Thursday, October 18, 2012

One Rode In by Albert Zayat {Book Review}

Cal is a journalist who's career is on the line, he might be able to redeem himself with a tip about a violent gun fight in an upstate New York bar named Destiny. Immediately he takes the road trip to find out what happened.

The book opens with Cal's road trip to New York while listening to a radio show which features a doctor "Doc" who believes it's possible for people to come back from the dead. As the storm cuts in and out of the radio show, you see the beginning of all the mysterious things that are about to occur. It gets even weirder as he stops for gas and the gas station attendant seems to know all about Cal's life, including his past, present, and future. Just when Cal thinks that things can't get any weirder, the map he is following seems to be changing every time he reaches his destination.

Zayat uses an insane amount of words to portray how truly mysterious everything is around him including the people he comes into contact with. By the time Cal arrives to the bar, I was prepared for the book to be over just from the amount of words already used just for the drive to the climax of the story.

Cal arrives at the bar where the fight took place, and meets a man named Malcolm who mysteriously appears out of no where. Malcolm is the turning point of the book where Cal really starts to search for the answers behind all his unanswered questions.

There are so many clues and hints along the way throughout reading the book, some which are obvious information while other is unclear information. I read all the information hoping that further down the pages, some of the information and notes I was taking along the way would be found useful to solving the countless mysteries that appear for the whole duration of the book.

By the end of the book I was trying to plug in all the information I had gained from reading into the mysteries, but it did not make everything clear as I was hoping. I am going to read this book one more time and hope that by reading the end, it will help me understand the other parts of the book.

I found this to be a bit of an exhausting read. There is pointless information and critical information, its completely unclear as to which is which, even in the end when I thought everything was coming together. I believe the second or third time I read this, it will become more clear. I would recommend taking notes and remembering as many key points as you can while reading this book.

I could have done without all the rambling and useless information, this way it would have been a much more of a thriller novel instead of a cluster of information that is left up to the reader to put it all together.

Overall, I would give this book a rating of 2/5. Zayat is very creative and imaginative but I think with a bit more structure to the story line it would be a much better book.

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What is the book about? 
Discovering an unconscious man who may be vampire, in the neighbor’s yard leads werewolf Tawny Howls down a love path that’s not going to make her father happy. She senses this man is different, but that doesn’t stop her attraction. Werewolves and vampires are traditional enemies, and it doesn’t help when he remembers nothing about his prior life.

Awakening to find a beautiful woman hovering over him, he remembers nothing of his past life. When Tawny decides to call him David, he’s fine with the name and the attention he receives from his nurse. But why does the scent of the prey she hunts excite him more than the food she cooks?

Can the strong attraction between a shifter and a vampire overcome years of distrust for each other’s species? Will the discovery of his true identity ensnare them in a battle that endangers their lives, in an effort to save mankind from Demon rule?
Frustrated with her father’s demand she find a mate, Tawny does, but it’s not one that will receive her family’s blessing. Plus, her new love has no memory of his past…even his name.

Meet Lizzie T. Leaf:
Award winning author, Lizzie T. Leaf started life in Kansas, continued her growing in North Carolina, and currently shivers through the winters in Colorado.  She has numerous e-books in varying lengths and her first print book, Struck by Lightning, won dual 2007 Beacon awards, in addition to being a finalist in two other contests.

In addition, Making Christmas, a Christmas Historical novella set during the Civil War won Love Romances Café Best Historical for 2011 and is a finalist in the Aspen Gold for Best Novella. 
Beyond Magic, the first book in the Magical Love series won the 2012 Award of Excellence Best Paranormal/Fantasy/Sy-Fi, and is a finalist for Best Paranormal in the Aspen Gold.  Winners are announced in mid to late October.

Since discovering the fun of writing paranormal, she plays with creating vampires, faeries and other immortals. Her current focus is the DEAD series.  Musa Publishing has re-released the first four novellas in the series and DEAD Hot, a new novella, is scheduled to release in October.  Emerging Magic, the second novel in the Magical Love series will also release in late October or early November with Passion in Print Press.

When not creating mischief for paranormal beings, she can be found exploring the other genres she wants to write.  She also serves as the 2012 President for the Heart of Denver Romance Writers.

Lizzie loves to read, spend time with her family and travel with her best friend husband during her free time, on which most of friends ask…“what free time?”

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