The Redemption of Oban Ironbout
William E. Jefferson
Port Estillyen Productions ©2013
ISBN 978-0-9856621-2-7 (ppbk)
ISBN 978-0-9856621-3-4 (e-book) 286 pp.
If I hadn’t promised to read this book, I’d have set it aside after the first few pages .I’m glad I didn’t. The concept of the monks dramatic ‘Readings’ is stupendous. I am now reading scriptures in a far more profitable and interesting way.
The problems with this story? Nothing insurmountable. The main characters are finally introduced clearly on page 11, which cleared up any confusion. The monks and some other folks speak quite poetically and that’s cool, once accepted as being a bit wordy. The rhythm of these talks is fun.
The main difficulty I had: The times the author ‘told’ readers information via dialogue between characters. Such dialogues don’t come across as credible. An example: Hollie tells Goodwin she’s wearing red slacks and has brass buttons on her shirt. He can see all that, and doesn’t need to be told.
The plot, although a bit thin, is okay, too, with a cool surprise near the end and a happy time for all.
As this author gains experience I’ll look forward to future stories.