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Review: The Phoenix Egg

September 10, 2008

Caitlin Maxwell and her soon-to-be ex-husband own a technology company.  While they’re talking on the phone, Scott is run off of the road and killed in a car accident.  Soon after, Caitlin finds herself being hunted by Japanese businessmen, French businessmen and the federal government.  She discovers that Scott has left something behind that they all want, so she turns to an old friend for help.

The Phoenix Egg was written by Richard Bamberg and published by Invisible College Press.  I didn’t love this book, but I didn’t hate it either.  I think it has potential, but it needs a good edit.  There are lots of sentences like this one in the book – “Him aimed for the center of the wall and squeezed off six quick rounds.”  At one point, the main character’s name was wrong.  The plot got lost in descriptions and technicalities a few times.  I felt like these things detracted from the book.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. September 10, 2008 10:39 am

    Don’t you just hate sloppy editing?

  2. September 10, 2008 10:42 am

    That’s depressing because the description for the book is so intriguing.

  3. stacybuckeye permalink
    September 10, 2008 1:47 pm

    Finally a book you review that I don’t have to put on my reading list! I do really like your reviews.

  4. September 10, 2008 3:58 pm

    Editing issues drive me nuts and really ruin books for me! I would love to be a book proofreader or something because that would fit right with me. At least then when I found the errors noone else would have to deal with it.

  5. May 27, 2009 1:24 pm

    I can’t agree more with your review. As the author, I was embarassed by the lack of editing on the manuscript. Although I should have done a better job myself, I had thought the deal including editing since the person who bought the novel had a title of managing editor. Be careful when dealing with small presses.

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