Tuesday, January 17, 2017

"Fata Morgana" by Ken Mitchroney and Steven R Boyett

"Fata Morgana" by Ken Mitchroney and Steven R Boyett 

Not sure if it was just the copy I had or how my Kindle e-reader handled the file, but there was some formatting errors with my copy.  There would be a couple words and then it would drop the to the next line and finish the sentence.  Other than that formatting error occasionally the e-book was fine.  

A story about a WW II bomber going into some sort of parallel universe, Wow!  How can you go wrong with a synopsis like that.  That is what originally drew me to this story.  I really liked the sound of what the story was about.  The cover art is nice, and to be honest, I've never heard of the authors, but the story description sounded awesome. 
This book had some exciting sequences throughout the story.  The opening scene is an in late out early  type scenario and are tossed directly into battle.  It is an exciting scene though and really got me into the mood of the story.  I had a sense of being in the battle and what would be going on around me if I had been there.  The description here was done very well. 

The characters are introduced one by one, but that is where I ran into some issues.  Many of the characters were introduced, but were called by different names all during the same scene.  I had trouble keeping up with who was saying what because I couldn’t figure out whose name was whose from previous scenes.  I think that the character tags could have been shored up and tightened up a bit and it would of helped the story flow a little bit smoother for me. 

One minor thing that kind of bugged me was when a couple of the chapter breaks happened.  I think that it would have been a good transition into a new scene, but the hard break left the story feeling weird for some reason.  One example would be the backstory of Martin on the Ill Wind.  There was a hard chapter break and then it went into the backstory.  To me it would of felt more natural to just read a scene break and keep going. 

Sometimes the description became too much for me.  I would just start skimming through paragraphs that described in a lot of detail.  There were also a lot of military terms used and thrown around that I didn't understand because I was never in the military.  The use of so much military terminology kind of broke the flow of reading, sort of like a speed bump. 

The first part of the book just went on too long for my tastes.  It was a military story for the first 30% of the book.  Then it started to delve into the fantasy aspect of the book.  I was hoping this book would be much more fantasy from the get go.  I understand having to build up to the scene where they cross over, but I think it could have been done with much less. 

Overall, the story was ok.  The writing was not bad, but wasn't great.  It occupied some time for me, but didn't leave any lasting impressions on me.

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