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Firebird (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Anthony Bellaleigh

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Myth has been unleashed.

When an industrial accident on a tiny Mediterranean island unexpectedly pours tremendous heat into ancient bedrock something long-hidden is lying there, waiting. Trapped for over two millennia in the dark and cold of the ground no-one could have predicted this sudden burst of incubating heat. This maternal warmth. This nuclear reawakening.

Myth has returned as a dreadful reality. A reality so dreadful that the mighty Roman Empire tried to erase it from history. So dreadful that humankind would rather not remember - would rather not even recognize it in the first place.

Myth has suddenly become a swathe of death and destruction and now only one man has the knowledge to track it down...

*****

15+ Action & Adventure, Sci-fi Fantasy Thriller. Full length (c.114,000 words). First published May 2011. This edition (June 2012) set out using International English spelling (where relevant).

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 751 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 354 pages
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004ZUTNGI
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15 internautes sur 18 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Very good "rookie" effort 11 août 2012
Par Bruce Barker - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Let me get a couple of things out of the way at the outset:

1. Even a cursory glance at my review history should show that I'm not a "shill" or friend of the author.
2. I was not solicited to write a review nor did I receive a free copy in exchange for this review.
3. The difference between a writer and a hack is a paycheck. I've been a freelance writer for many years and have the check stubs to prove it. I say this only to indicate that I do have some idea of what I'm talking about when it comes to writing and the construction of prose.
4. Finally, my methodology when reviewing books is to start with 5 stars and then deduct and add based on the merits (or lack of same) of the piece.

As debut novels go, "Firebird" ranks among the best I've read in quite some time. Yes it's flawed, but before you crucify this author I suggest you go back and read Stephen King's "Carrie" or any debut piece by a currently established author and compare apples to apples. As debut "indie e-books" go, this novel is nothing short of incredible. Let's be realistic here. We live in a day when virtually anyone with a few buck and some free time can self-publish to a large market. Even Danny Devito's character from "Throw Momma From the Train" could put his mystery novel up for sale. If you are unfamiliar with that particular movie, Devito plays a student in a community college creative writing course. His masterpiece is a murder mystery with only two characters - one of which is murdered in the first paragraph. Devito is actually surprised that his teacher (played by Billy Crystal) was able to identify the killer.

I'll do my best to avoid spoilers here because I do recommend you pick up this book and give it a try. The negatives - some of which have been pointed out by other reviewers:

I did deduct 1/2 star for grammar. If typos and grammatical errors are frequent enough that I find myself being pulled out of the story, I will generally take away a full star. I feel that proper grammar is a factor in the quality of a book, but it's one of many. It's rare that I will completely trash a novel based on poor grammar and spelling alone. In this case, the most annoying problems I found were the usage of British spelling (tyres instead of "tires," for example) and improper usage of question marks. The British words wouldn't bother me, but as another reviewer pointed out, these were American characters and some effort was made to use regional colloquialisms (with mixed success) to provide characters with accents, so the effort should have been made to use what the character would see as proper spelling. For future reference (in case the author reads his reviews) a question mark is used only when an actual question is asked. For example:

"Imagine how large the adult animal might be." (Since this is a commanding statement, no question mark is necessary.)
"Can you imagine how large the adult animal might be?" (Here, an actual question is being asked, so the question mark is proper.)

This sort of thing constitutes a minor quibble for me as a reader and since I'm of the human species myself and just as likely to make the occasional error as anyone else, I only docked the review by 1/2 star.

I nibbled off the remainder of the star because several of the characters were so similar to one another that I had to keep trying to remember the few slight differences in personality traits in order to keep everyone from blending together. Once I got roughly 2/3 of the way into the book I simply gave up trying and was able to just think of everyone as "part of the pursuit group" and at no point did I get lost. Again Anthony, if you read this review, please allow me to offer a sliver of advice. Before you start a draft of a novel, take some time and create a character list or, "Dramatis Personae." Take a sheet of paper for each character of note and write up a couple of paragraphs about his or her background - something that makes them different from the other people in the book. Use them as reference points as you write. For example, if one of the characters is an intellectual sort, he or she should be the one to draw most of the conclusions as opposed to say, the truck driver that dropped out of high school. Not only will it make the characters more individualistic, it will provide the reader with a greater sense of continuity.

So why do I recommend this book? Well, I don't give anything a 4-star review by default. I mentioned Stephen King's debut novel earlier for a reason. Even though "Carrie" was uneven in parts and had some flaws of its own, you could already see that the author had a unique voice and perspective. In short, you could tell even then that it wouldn't be long before King would find his groove and start turning out some sensational stories. One very special skill that King had then (and still has to this day) was the ability to get you to root for the "freak." Let's face it, the first time any of us watched, "King Kong," we felt sorry for the big ape and were quietly rooting for him and cheering him on. We knew that Carrie was different from the other kids her age, but we understood that it wasn't her fault. As a result, we were all rooting her on - even when the body count began to rise and she arrived home to deal with her own mother. From the mangled remains of Freddy Krueger to Godzilla, the baddest monster of all, one of the things that makes them special is that the person(s) that created these characters found a way to make us want to root for them.

Well in the case of "Firebird," one of the reasons the human characters seem so generic and homogenized is that the creature at the center of the tale is so cool and interesting that the people are boring in comparison. If you're a fan of monster-based science fiction, this is arguably one of the coolest critters to appear in a lot of years. It not only has cool natural skills, but the animal ties nicely into not one, but two myths with the author doing a wonderful job of generating plausible explanations for the development of the legends surrounding the creature.

As the reader you will be required to buy into one rather large aspect of suspension of disbelief in order to truly absorb yourself into the story, but I found the overall pacing and excitement of the book to be good enough that I eagerly accepted the presented explanation and just enjoyed the ride.

I guess the best way to sum it up is this...

"Firebird" is not a perfect novel by any means. But it is a mighty fine and fun debut novel from a writer that is only going to get even better as time goes by. At full price, the Kindle version of this book is selling for a fraction of what "Carrie" cost when it was first published in hardback almost 40 years ago. Yes, the book is a bit slow in a few places and several of the characters are a bit too indistiguishable from one another. The story itself however, is more than exciting enough to make up for minor shortcomings and the creature is so well thought out that it feels like something as magical and legendary as a unicorn or troll has sprung to actual life on the page. Is that worth $3 bucks to you? For me, it would be a bargain at twice that. I can't wait to see what idea is going to spring out of this guy's fertile mind next!
16 internautes sur 20 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 WOW 6 juillet 2011
Par Rolling Dwarf - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
As per title, WOW!
Just finished the book and never bothered to rate/review a book before, am not even mothertongue so ... The idea at the base of the book is so fresh that I would have given five stars just for that, the fact that it's a truly well constructed plot, full of suspense and action is a bonus. I wouldn't know how to classify it though, fantastic techno thriller?
My Thanks to the Author for some truly enjoyable hours (yes I am a very fast reader)and for once letting me see through an author's eyes my country and people not just as the usual bunch of drooling idiots;^)
7 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 A good debut!! 1 mai 2012
Par Hobbitual - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
As a first-out-of-the-gate book (for this author), a nice surprise.

Well-developed plot and interesting storyline.

On the downside (it is a review, after all) I found it more-than-a-bit plodding at times, and (like others have noted) likewise found myself flipping (virtual!) pages to get to the meat. And the slight 'twist' at the end (I found) to be somewhat expected.

On a personal note, I also found I didn't develop any particular fondness for the characters, but, hey, is that the author's "fault"? Don't know.

Overall, though, an enjoyable read and will look for this author again!
4 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good value for money 6 avril 2012
Par terry_permeance - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I read this book in 3-4 days while on holiday. It was easy to read and kept me interested.

The negatives:

1. Why were so many characters dragged around from scene to scene when no longer relevant, e.g. Tassos?
2. The ending was a bit of an anticlimax. It never explained what the Romans did and why the firebird was at Atlas to start with. Why did the firebird have to go to Africa? What were the cramps/pains?
3. The book needs another edit -- there were half a dozen typos.
4. The science was a bit half-baked, e.g. invisibility and water aversion (it ate water-based animals!).
12 internautes sur 17 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Not sure it was worth $2.99 2 mai 2012
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I'm not sure I even know if the actual story in this book is any good because I was so distracted by the numerous errors. The only reason I finished the book is that I'm stubborn. I paid for it, I'm gonna read it! The author thanks a number of people for editing at the end of the book, but I don't think that his gratitude is well placed. The punctuation and grammar are atrocious, quotation marks are used inappropriately, and sentence structure is often incomplete (i.e. no subject). The author is British so of course words are spelled in the British fashion, but he makes the mistake of populating the book with American characters and having them use British colloquialisms. And then there's the character from Texas who says words like "summat"? So I guess Texans speak British slang. There was absolutely no way for me to become engrossed in the story when I was constantly being taken out of it by all these errors. I can tell you that were a ton of characters who popped up repeatedly in order to make zero contribution to the storyline. All but about 5 characters were completely superfluous to the actual story and could easily have been eliminated altogether. In future, Mr. Bellaleigh should pay much more attention to the editing of his stories. I regret purchasing this.
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