Sunday, July 08, 2012

Spear of Seth (Tales of the Van Senmut College) by Rene Daniel (Book 2011)

This book was one that the author offered up for me to read, so I appreciate the opportunity. As always I'm never biased because of this, but I still got to point it out.

So the story in this one is very adventurous with lots of archaeological background. A few college kids get mixed up with some professors in an Egyptian dig and become intertwined in a story with many different characters, interests, and locales. They find a lost world and get to experience it a little before having to deal with some unsavory antagonists from their own past. As a first attempt at an adventure story I'd say that it was pretty good. There was enough content to keep the plot going and the historical background drew you into the setting.

There were negatives though. The first was that it was unbalanced in terms of time. During some events, the author should've spent a greater deal of time describing the situation, environment, etc, but instead the scene started and ended in a flash. Other times it was the exact opposite where unimportant scenes that had no bearing with the rest of the story kept on lagging on. Another negative was that in one scene an individual was able to learn English in the span of maybe a week. The ability of a person to be able to pull this off is unnatural and the reasoning was not explained. Next, this group of adventurers were able to wander into a random European village and discover a hidden/missing monastery/church that had never been touched in 400+ years? This strikes me as very odd. I can understand if it was hidden in a desert or inside of a mountain or something but these guys glided in a boat on a small river a few yards from the edge of a village and stumbled onto hidden history. This seems pretty unrealistic to me as many generations of children from this village must explored around in their youth and found something...

The book was pretty long so I think if the author would've fully described everything as he should have, the book would've ended up being some 900 page monstrosity. To alleviate this, less content but more detail would've assisted in making this story more enjoyable. Just a suggestion.
Rating - Mid