Electric Order

Electric Order ISBN: 9788494878718 Kwill Books, First Electronic Edition by Armani Martel.

Plot: Set in a dystopia of the future where the pattern is slanted toward ‘those who have’ controlling literally all of life while ‘the have-nots’ in the worst scenario, sign a Guaranteed Living Income Agreement that provides the absolute minimal of everything for existence. Here the reader is introduced to a constantly soul-searching Angolan born, Portugal raised Paulo Suarez, a detective in the elite department of Criminal Corporate Investigations stationed in Canada. (Most of what the reader learns about him is not forthcoming until quite late in the book.) His virtual partner in a department that does not have a partner system per se, is Nadine. Ana is head of the department and his love. His moral inclinations cause him to prepare a revealing report on a powerful Chinese corporation and he must be demoted. He is moved to Homicide where he acquires a new partner, Lula Majumdar about whom we hear little. They are assigned to find and apprehend Daniel Bremmer, who reportedly has killed several people. Daniel is the son of Richard Bremmer, now incarcerated for publishing ‘unacceptable’ articles. The story describes in some detail Daniel’s life and activities and the story proceeds as the apparently streetwise but otherwise not too bright, greatly mentally disturbed youth manages to escape capture through quite a number of escapades. A number of additional characters of varying roles of importance are introduced and an epilogue somewhat provides ‘a wrap’.

Discussion: This addendum is provided because upon finishing my review, I perused those provided by others and discovered that we were monstrously far apart. Many reasons for this dichotomy exist, probably most prominently a notable difference in what one believes makes good reading. Only the reader can decide. However, to provide this viewer’s viewpoint, the author has presented a very good portrait of a chaotically degenerative world, but unfortunately peopled by poorly delineated characters with whom it is difficult to empathize, in a rather confusing plot that would benefit from editing and proofreading. Additionally, it is not for the reader who prefers to avoid recurring descriptions, some regrettably disgusting, of the decadent conditions to be found in such a degenerative society. Granted, the author has depicted an excellent realistic portrayal, but not pleasant reading. For example, (some of the even less delicate words and/or descriptions are removed) “Lucy is wearing a blouse cut just below the waist line and above the belly button. She is strung on a pole with her two arms holding on for dear life. Her right knee resting on the shoulder of a mid-thirties, fat, red haired and bearded bloke. Sweat drips from the tiny slits in his eyes, pours down his dry skin follicles and on mustard colored stains blotched about his neck. His trousers are wrapped around his boots. His filthy…. an old man and a young whore cum for one another…. See Joe drink a fifth of Jack and cum on to a brunette with lice and blood clots in his hair. He moves from the scene so as to follow the scent of food….The old boys and ladies too old for …. (and) washing white stockings in a wooden barrel. A drunk vomiting while screaming obscenities to the winter goddess. Just past this and he can treat himself to the wonders of uncontrolled and unregulated nouvelle cuisine,”

Summary: I fully realize and accept the fact that basic, raw descriptions are commonly accepted in today’s literature and enjoyed by many of today’s readers who thirst for unvarnished reality. Regrettably, after having witnessed the results of similar events, this reviewer prefers reading less disgustingly descriptive scenes and prefers actually an eclectic choice of fiction/non-fiction that is enjoyable and/or instructive. My review more specifically is a caveat for similar readers and my apologies to the author and to readers who have an interest in books such as provided by this author. However, I should think even here readers would like to have a better edited and proofread book with more ‘compete’ characters.

2* 4* for description of a dystrophic state; 1* or less, reasons described.

Black Curtain Call

Black Curtain Call an e-book published, copyright and written by Nikki Welton.

Plot: Ivy is a young woman facing her first lead roll performance when she overhears the young theater owner Cole telling the play director Marc that this will be the only performance because he was closing the theater to turn it into a Disco. Her long time close friend, she attempts to reason with him, but he is adamant. Meanwhile, Dwight who is Cole’s father and had been committed because his dementia had been worsening causing him to attack Cole with a knife, escapes by using a key with special properties. He comes to the theater and tells Marc he must use the key to escape to save the theater. The police arrive, apprehend and return Dwight to the institution but Marc does use the key to escape and takes Ivy, her older sister Grace and somehow Cole with him. They approach a black curtain, he uses the key and they enter Scotland in the era and as characters of the play Macbeth as depicted by Shakespeare. From here the play evolves on a sort of redo of the tale with Mark as Macbeth, Grace as his wife, Cole as King Duncan’s son Prince Malcom and Ivy as Princess Ingibiord his fiancée. After many harrowing activities here they manage to return but to a situation with an individual history of some of them quite different than formerly presented.

Discussion: The author’s Dedication appears to describe what the prospective reader may anticipate. “To all the crazy actors and theater lovers. To Macbeth and Duncan And to the cast and crew of Good Knight MacGyver (1991). This book would never exist without you.” Ivy is a scatterbrained young woman seemingly living a life that seems to be largely fanciful. Those individuals she has set forth in the dedication no doubt will really appreciate her efforts. For the casual fantasy reader, it may be an entirely different story. They may find a very confusing plot peopled with individuals with whom, for this reader at least, it was impossible to establish any empathy. Readers similar to myself, will find the one saving grace is the interesting and often amusing take on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, witches and all. A most difficult book upon which to render a conclusion. Those referenced no doubt will enjoy it immensely. However other readers who enjoy fantasy tales but discover such complete flights of fantasy difficult to accept, still may enjoy the unusual treatment of the story and characters of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

3* Range 5* – 1* dependent upon reader’s attitude.