Monday, August 21, 2017

Book Review - First Ten Pages - Ark City Confidential by H.B. Berlow

As a reader, if my interest isn't stirred in the first ten pages of a book, it's most likely I won't take the time to read the rest of the story. First impressions do matter...

So, what exactly is the point of a ten page review? Obviously, it's not the story itself, the effectiveness of the plot development, the quality of character development, or the overall talent of the author. What I'm reviewing is the author's ability to draw me into their story in just a few pages. Can they give me a sense of place and time, set the tone of the story, make me care about their protagonist, and give me an impelling reason to keep reading. In today's competitive market, an author only gets a few pages to make all that happen for a reader. The rating reflects my view on those elements. It doesn't reflect on the whole book, since I haven't read the entire story. So I encourage those who read these reviews to keep that in mind and to peruse other whole-book reviews to help make your buying decisions.

Title: Ark City Confidential
Author: H.B. Berlow
Genre: Historical Crime Fiction
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Review Rating: 
*** Hum... Has Possibilities - I'll read ten more pages

Review Comments: 
Officer Witherspoon is off to handle a harmless drunk who likes to shoot a few rounds into the air when he's over indulged. The whole scene is pitiful and funny at the same time, giving me a cozy feeling to start. Then I realize that the reason everyone recognizes Officer Witherspoon so easily is that his face is badly scared from a war wound. Then there is a hint of pending danger when he meets a man who has the potential to either benefit or harm him. It's only ten pages, but the layers of interest are starting to build up.

Quote from Book:

Ark City, KS, known as “Little Chicago”, has secrets buried as deep as its underground tunnels.  But police officer Baron Witherspoon has secrets of his own

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