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The Affliction of Praha by Simon Gillard Review

Murder mysteries and historical fiction have been my two favorite genres recently. The Affliction of Praha combines those into one quick read. Keep reading to see what I thought about it.

The citizens of 20th Century Prague adore the Teralov Family. Therefore, the murder of Peter Teralov shocked everyone. The family hired Detective Edgar Rollenvart to bring the killer to justice. Edgar teams up with Peter’s brother to learn more about the case. As suspects mount, the evidence dead ends, leaving the Teralov family with more questions than they had at the beginning.

The Affliction of Praha is fast paced. There was not a dull moment in the entire book. It didn’t take me long to finish. However, that did lead into my main problem with the book. The character development wasn’t great. I didn’t really connect with any of them. I couldn’t figure of the motive of the killer, because Peter was barely discussed. My reading preference leans toward character motivated stories, but if you like plot driven stories this might not be an issue for you.

Above all, I do hope the author continues to write. His writing reminded me of Agatha Christie’s. With a bit more polishing and development I think he will be a great mystery writer. Toward the end there are several plot twists that kept me on the edge of my seat. He put a lot of thought and creativity into them. It made for a strong ending.

My Rating: 3/5

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Thanks to the author for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review!

Sin and Zen by S.W. Stribling

Sin and Zen by [Steven Warren Stribling]

Sin and Zen was an interesting ride. I was given a copy of the audio book in exchange for my honest review, so here we go.

When Will Strief suffers an injury to his leg in the French Foreign Legion his military career is brought to an end. At twenty three he finds himself in Marseille, France far from home with no responsibility to anyone. He is living the dream of most twenty three year old males. He’s living the rockstar life. This book dives into the mind of a man trying to learn about himself and the world.

This one might not be for everyone. To be honest, I wasn’t sure it was for me at first. Will isn’t the most likeable character you will ever meet but over time he becomes tolerable. The lack of plot was interesting to me. It was like you were inside his mind. His thoughts and actions are at the forefront of the story. There is no rhyme or reason, just like in real life. We live day to day and try to figure it out as we go along. 

Will had his fair share of bad romances. Man, most of the relationships he had were toxic but yet I kept rooting for them. I would find myself wanting to yell at both of them and tell them how ridiculous they were being. Again, though sometimes that is reality. Not every romance ends like a fairytale. 

An interesting aspect that I really enjoyed was the mountain climbing. I would have loved to have seen more of that. It was such an interesting journey. The whole story could have been based on that and I would have been fine. The author’s writing is great. His descriptions really take you there. I also loved some of the dark humor he included. 

Sin and Zen is a quick read that takes your mind off of where you’re at in the world and puts you in the mind of Will. If it sounds like something you’re interested in it would be a great way to escape the chaos of the world right now.

My Rating: 4/5


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