I could tell by the confusing language of the first two pages that Fear the Silence was a self-published book. What made it different from the rest of the self-published novels I've read is that this one is British. This means I'm lucky I know what a "boot" is...not footwear but a part of a car.
|Fear the Silence is a self-published book, apparently. And like so many self-published books, I feel sorry for the author or whoever paid to have it printed. Milt Gross photo.|
An English car. I learned enough other British words and expressions for me to understand that this book was not made in America.
This was a murder mystery, but the writing was so horrible the only real murder I noticed was that of the English -- or British -- language.
There were so many "he"s in it, I never was sure who he was. Once in awhile, it would have been nice if I could tell who "he" was. All I know for sure is that he was he.
Another problem that hindered this American reader was that the author used too many initials in front of names or documents. What a DC was I never found out.
Page 324 carries a good example of mixed tenses -- not mixed drinks. 'I'll do what I can.' If it means drowning the dog, he would do it too. To that sentence, my response is a genuine Maineiac "huh?"
On page 246, I found, "He was a tough man and afraid of nothing, one of the reason he liked him, but his highly tuned nose told him something didn't feel right." I'm not quite sure what that says, but I think even I, a genuine Maineiac writer -- at least I pretend to be -- could have been clearer.
Now whose nose was that again?
The story was good in the latter part of the book. During the first part, I wasn't sure it was a story. But it got better toward the end. In fact, toward the end, it was a good, readable tale.
I'm not sure what the title, Fear the Silence, means unless it was that evil things happened in quiet places, such as a bedroom where the damsel was not only distressed but butchered. Or, it could have something to do with the silence I needed but never quite found in our house to read the story.
No publisher is listed for this 2015 novel. Nor is a price given, but Amazon.com lists it for $13.50 for the paperback, which someone had mailed to me for review, and $3.49 for the Kindle Edition.
The author in a note thanks the readers, who made his first two books successful. He didn't give the names of those books but you can find them here.
My recommendation? Yes, read it if someone gives it to you. Do you want my copy? Just send me your address. No, you have to pay for it.
A horrible experience reading this horror tale.Milt Gross can be reached for corrections, harassment, or other purposes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Milton M. Gross Copyright 2015
Iain Cameron is originally from Glasgow in Scotland, but has lived in Sussex for over twenty years; first in Brighton, then Crawley and now in a village not far from Horsham in West Sussex. He is married with two daughters, one at university and the other still at school. A qualified accountant he has worked in the computer, financial services and telecommunications industries. Over the years, he has accumulated a stockpile of stories, outlines, part-finished and finished books, some of which might eventually see the light of day as a published novel.