Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Book Review - First Ten Pages - The Trials of Adrian Wheeler

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: The Trials of Adrian Wheeler
Author: Steve Shear
Genre: Drama
Publisher: Catalina Sun Press

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

Review Comments: 
The first paragraph garnered my rapt attention as Adrian, a badly wounded war veteran returns home. His homecoming is missing his mother who died when he was twelve, the only person from whom he could have hoped to receive a consoling gesture. Instead, he encounters the harsh words of a uncaring father. By this time, as an engaged reader, I'm ready to pull the old man's wheelchair out from under him. The next few pages introduce more family members and more emotional obstacles for this battered soldier to overcome.

At this point author Steve Shear has effectively given me cause to stay with this character. I can see that relationships are going to run deep and this is going to be an emotional roller coaster, but I'm hooked...

Quote from Book:
“Well Pa, thanks for asking, I’m just fine, except maybe for a lost limb, a metal knee that doesn’t seem to be working right, and a bit of self-pity—but no big deal, right, Esme?”

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