Monday, December 29, 2014

Edi's Spotlight: Dragon by James Austin McCormick

Dear Readers,

I know it happens to nearly all readers. You read a book description and then there is something within in the description which makes you wanting to read the book.
That is exactly what happened with the book I review today.
Author James Austin McCormick has been so kind to send me a digital copy of his Dragon (digital, October 2013) [Kindle ASIN: B00G7B9MHI].
But a good description does not mean that you get what you expect .......

Book Store Information
In general my decision to read a book is mostly based on the cover and the blurb/synopsis delivered on the back cover. You do not get more information when you are in a book store. The world of books is changing which means I also will take in account blurbs and descriptions on GOODREADS and other places.
Here we go:

Dragon (digital 2013) 
[Kindle edition ASIN: B00G7B9MHI

"Dragon is an epic, action packed tale of adventure set amongst the political backdrop of an uneasy intergalactic cease fire. As worlds conspire against each other, Gax, an insane warlord stockpiles an arsenal of ancient technology in his attempt to rule known space. Two ill matched and reluctant heroes stand in his way; Sillow, a neurotic and cowardly Sylvan and Brok, a surly and ill tempered Herkulun warrior. After a chance meeting in a seedy, mobster owned casino the two find their fates interlinked as they are propelled into a series of hair raising adventures that takes them from wanted smugglers to agents of a peace keeping alliance. As war grows close once again Sillow and Brok realize it is they alone who must stop Gax and prevent Armageddon, a very tall order indeed for two unlikely heroes." [Source]

The Delivery
The 258 pages are divided into seven chapters where each chapter is more like a short story.

 You follow an unlikely duo on their hunt to save the galaxy. There are many interesting ideas. Unfortunately there is not enough time to enjoy the world - so many different worlds, weapons, beings and so on -  and become accustomed to it. Due to the fast paced action the characters can't really develop because they are totally busy with solving problems and escaping danger situations.

The Inevitable

To be honest, normally I would have stopped reading after the first chapter. But as I promised to write a review and I review only books I finished, I read the whole book.

I could not cope with Sillow who is one of the two main characters. I did not like his humour and he was really annoying for me. That hindered me to enjoy this action packed and fast paced mix of science fiction and fantasy. From my point of view there was  also not enough space for world building and characterisation within 258 pages. 

But I'm sure that there will be people who will love Sillow and enjoy the story.

For me this is one of the cases where the book does not fit to the reader andvice versa.

Therefore I recommend to use the look inside function over at Amazon in order to see if it is to your liking or not

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