Book Review – Jack Hunter, The French Connection

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Therefore, as a stand-alone tale, it fits into the swords and dungeons genre that has become very popular. Within that genre, it blends historical facts and details with imagination to produce an absorbing saga that unfolds with all of the twists and turns that the reader will expect to see. It is nicely written and a tale that is entertaining and gripping. A reviewer could therefore claim that it is a book that sits well in the upper levels of its genre, but there is a special twist.

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NAME: Jack Hunter, The French Connection
CATEGORY: Book Reviews
DATE: 120614
FILE: R1977
AUTHOR: Martin King
PUBLISHER: Razor Sharp
BINDING: soft back and electronic
PAGES: 300
PRICE: £8,99
GENRE: Fiction
SUBJECT: Fiction, thrills, thriller, action, adventure
ISBN: 978-0-9571021-1-8
IMAGE: B1977.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: Reviewing a fictional work presents a special challenge. The reviewer must attempt to reconcile two unreconcilable factors. The review should provide a fair and objective presentation of the book and its contents, but the reviewer must avoid spoiling the readers enjoyment in reading the subject of the review with the surprises that an author carefully crafts into the story to maintain the readers’ interest and to entertain.

This book is part of a developing series, but is a self-supporting story that does not mandate the reading of other titles in the series. For the reviewer, entering the series with this book, there is no option to relate the story to others from the same author, or to know how the series will develop in later books.

Therefore, as a stand-alone tale, it fits into the swords and dungeons genre that has become very popular. Within that genre, it blends historical facts and details with imagination to produce an absorbing saga that unfolds with all of the twists and turns that the reader will expect to see. It is nicely written and a tale that is entertaining and gripping. A reviewer could therefore claim that it is a book that sits well in the upper levels of its genre, but there is a special twist.

In the past, sword and dungeon tales have been published in paperback printed form. As for any book, they are bounded by the benefits and constraints of printed paper. Size and weight is a factor and, by tradition, the paperback has been produced to fit into a pocket or luggage and allow the reader to dip into the story at convenient moments, or dedicate the time to sit down and read from cover to cover.

That format has been challenged in two ways. The eBook provides an electronic facsimile that is intended to look much like the printed paper version, but be held in a reading device that can hold a large number of books in a volume that is much less than a typical paperback. This certainly allows a reader to take a library in the pocket, rather than just one or two books. It also allows a householder to build and extensive library that requires almost no bookshelf space. There are two further benefits. A reader device with an eInk display screen relies in exactly the same way as a printed paper page, by reflecting light. Alternatively, a colour display that requires a back light can display in full colour without requiring the substantial cost increase that colour printing requires.
There has also been the introduction of video games that have become very popular and increasingly sophisticated. The animation standards are now reaching the point where they are very close to a film that uses real people. In the near future it is probable that 3D displays will project a video game that looks and feels like an extension of the space the viewer occupies. The boundary between reality and virtual reality will become progressively more blurred and the viewer will feel a part of the story, rather than someone looking in.

This new book is exploring a further possibility by operating alongside an app that tuns it into a pioneering interactive augmented reality book. In the process it adds to the challenges of reviewing it. The best that this reviewer can offer is the conclusion that it is a new experience that should be enjoyed. As an entertainment package, it is really good value and mind expanding. It cannot be compared critically with a printed fiction book, an eBook, or a video game. It provides a new level of experience in entertainment. It has considerable potential for further development but at this point is is an engaging process that provides 360 degree virtual reality, challenging the reader to solve the riddle of The French Connection.

The reader is able to experience something new and form an opinion of where this novel approach should go. It is an exciting new future for story telling and entertainment.

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