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Thursday, August 22, 2013

New Reviewer Details Ainsworth's Emerald

Title: Emerald
Author: John Ainsworth
Genre: Fiction: Thriller
Available on Amazon

Reviewed by Zach Tyo originally for IndieBookReview.Blogspot.com

               For my first review I’ve chosen a story from Indie Author John Ainsworth, in particular his book Emerald.
                The story follows childhood friends Danny, Patrick and Sarah in their journey through life. From growing up in the slums of Liverpool, England during the 70’s, to war-torn North Ireland and run ins with the violent IRA. As their lives and friendships become ripped apart amid tragedy; the only thing holding them together is a childhood promise, which even they may not be able to keep.

                Ainsworth tells his story well and in a way that makes you ask question after question, but with very well thought out flashbacks he manages to tell two stories in one. On one side you have events taking place in Liverpool that builds you up.  Each chapter questions get answered and the way the story moves between the world of the children in Liverpool to adults in England and Ireland is wonderful and it flows very well.

                A big plus for me, and this may not be important for some people, is that the more followed of the three characters is a member of the British army, of which Ainsworth has served in himself. This character is the most relatable of the three, and you can see that the writer’s personality comes through in him.

                The story is more than a tale of vengeance. It truly makes you dive deep into your own personal psyche and wonder how far you would go if you were in Patrick’s shoes. Would you scour the earth and kill the one that took your love away, or would you forgive and try to forget Could you move on if you were the one reason your sister was dead? Or would it move you to kill?

                There are several pros in this story, a fact that I am genuinely happy about since this is my first review and I get to kick it off with a bang:
  •         Each chapter that begins with a flashback you find yourself wondering how it will tie in with the events of the characters’ adult lives.

  •  Each fight scene, and there are several, keeps you turning the page for the next blow as you wonder who will come out on top.

  •  The story is one of those that I couldn’t put down, and it kept me interested throughout.

  In addition to the positives there are, as always, some negatives that come with it. I do caution that the positives far outweigh the negatives:
  • While the story’s pace throughout is good, the first two chapters began a little slow and the flashbacks started off a bit confusing.

  • The three childhood friends/main characters were very relatable and I found myself vested in them, unfortunately a few of the ancillary characters had personalities that you knew were big but yet they didn’t quite come off that way.      

In the end Ainsworth’s Emerald is more than worth the read, as long as you like a fast paced story that moves far but remains smooth in its transitions. The story is compelling, the characters likable, and the journey is great for a weekend read (or if it catches you the way it did me a day’s read).  

Overall Emerald by John Ainsworth scores a solid 7/10 for me based on:

7/10 for readability- though the story starts out a little slow, it quickly picks up and redeems itself in a wonderful way.

9/10 for story- throughout the story I tried to find something I could compare it to, or something it shared similarities to. Some people may say it just seems like a tail of vengeance cut and dry, but the way Ainsworth spins it that’s far from the mark on this one.

6/10 for characters- as I stated earlier the main characters are wonderful, but there are quite a few ‘extras’ that didn’t hit the mark. All characters involved contributed to the story in some way, but I found myself asking who and what when they came in with strong dialogue and were gone the next paragraph.

7/10 for thrills/action- this last category is the ‘wild’ card of the bunch. Each story has its own selling point, and for me in this story it’s the action sequences and the overall ‘thriller’ component. The action sequences were great, and fight scenes well-choreographed. Unfortunately a few of them were over so quick it didn’t feel like they were done justice, but these were the minority. As for the overall ‘thriller’ component I found myself thoroughly interested and on the edge of my seat as the ending built up, and prepared to be surprised because you will be fooled into thinking you know what’s coming, but you don’t.

I’m very happy, and thankful, John Ainsworth allowed me to do a review of Emerald. I really enjoyed the story and I suggest picking it up for your next ‘guilty pleasure’ session. The 3.99 price tag on Amazon’s Kindle store is more than worth it.

If you'd like to check out Emerald for yourself click here.

Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read my review, as I said in the first post please feel free to comment on anything. I'm still trying to figure out my 'niche' as a reviewer so any comments on the overall format would be more than appreciated.
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