Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Book Review - The First Ten Pages - The Fountain of Youth by Steve Shear

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: The Fountain of Youth
Author: Steve Shear
Genre: Drama
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Review Rating: 
***** Totally Hooked - Can't Put It Down

Review Comments: 
Oh my goodness! The first pages of this book really punched me in the chest, leaving me drenched in vivid memories of years gone past. You see, I was a caregiver for my dear mother who suffered with dementia the last five years of her life, and who I had to eventually place in a nursing facility for more professional care. Author Steve Shear's descriptive setting, his intuitive understanding, and his fabulous word pictures firmly captured my full attention.

The protagonist of this story, Robert Glickman, has watched his grandmother and mother suffer through dementia and now, it's his turn.... But, from what I could glean from the first ten pages, he doesn't have any intention of going by the wayside in the usual way. He and the other characters that have appeared in the story are unique, interesting, and I'm almost sure they have a lot of twists to throw a reader. This is one journey I want to take to the last page. Great first ten pages!

Quote from Book:

~ I was about to get back on the elevator when the doors closed behind me as if to say you’re not going anywhere. By then I was curious about Hades and decided to follow Mrs. Slaug and her visitor down the hall, all the time being careful to pay attention to my surroundings. It all had to go in my journal since I wasn’t ever going to return. I have other plans when the time comes. ~

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