Monday, June 18, 2012

The Pharos Objective by David Sakmyster (Book 2010

For a while there I was looking for more adventure books and Amazon's auto-suggestion area recommended this one. Although it was accurate in its genre, the book was nowhere as good as others in the same field.

The main plot of this one was good as it had ample amounts of historical background. The setting also changed quite a bit which kept it interesting. That is all I can say for the positives. The negatives come in 3s and all of this is highly subjective.

First of all I don't like when people are tricked. In this book, the main character is getting tricked throughout most of it and I just plain don't like it. In the end everything works itself out of course, just like any good story should, but for some reason this just annoyed me.

Secondly the story, albeit detailed, dragged on. The main focus of the whole book was to solve the mystery within the lost Lighthouse/Library of Alexandria, but man did it take forever to get to the end. It was as if we were watching the Last Crusade and seeing Indi in the desert temple getting stumped on various traps and riddles and having to retreat, regroup, and return 4+ times. That would've made for a very choppy story and it sure did in this book.

The last issue I had was with the characters. I just didn't like any of them, their decisions, or their personalities. Some were too naive, some were too stupid, and the main character, who is supposed to be some intelligent professor-type, seemed very weak. I honestly didn't care about any of them...they were just a way for me to get to the end of the story.
Rating - Mid