Friday, October 12, 2012

JD's Review of 'The Beginning' (Whispering Pines Book 1) by Charles E Wells


Psychic Powers, Rattling Skeletons and Thrilling Action!

'The Beginning' opens with one of the best first chapters I have read in a long while. I found myself thinking: first five minutes of James Bond movie.

The story itself is very visual and evocative, and the characters deftly drawn. There is a dizzy mix of action, mystery, murder and psychic voodoo playing out against the background noise of family skeletons rattling loudly in the closet. You root for the good guys and hiss loudly at the bad guys. The action comes thick and fast and I found myself staying up until 1.30am to finish the book. Impossible to leave it alone for long once you’ve reached the mid-point - wife, kids or work notwithstanding.

I did find some formatting/typing issues in the text which a little more time in editing could have smoothed out, and (being a cynical Brit) would have liked to cut out some of the more homespun American dialogue. I found myself just wanting to get back to the action – of which there is a lot!

'The Beginning' is the first in Charles Wells’ mystery/thriller series 'Whispering Pines'. Will I be reading the next in the series? As you US-types might say, “You betcha!”

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