Monday, March 4, 2013

The Wayward Herald: The Review of Enoch’s Device Is Up On Reader Views!

The review of my novel Enoch’s Device is now up on Reader Views. Previously, the review, written by Marty Shaw, was published on Blogcritics. Here are some more excerpts from the review, which I first mentioned here:
"I’ll be honest and admit I wasn’t a fan of Dan Brown’s 'The DaVinci Code,' so I was a little hesitant when I flipped open 'Enoch’s Device' by Joseph Finley, imagining a dry mystery buried within a description-heavy historical setting, but I was hooked within the first few pages and that other novel was quickly forgotten.
"The number one difference between Finley’s debut novel and any other historical fiction book out there is that the story offers much more than a mystery to be solved. Real magic exists within these pages and it’s woven into the story so well that you will be wondering exactly where fact turns to fiction."
"The main character is a young Irish monk named Ciaran, and he’s an enjoyable character to follow around. I was especially intrigued by the excellent balancing act the author performed with the character. Ciaran spends a lot of time during the first half of the book repeating the philosophy to himself that monks aren’t warriors, trying desperately to not get involved in the adventure that begins unfolding around him. However, fate keeps tossing him headfirst into the action and he eventually comes to terms with how to be both a warrior and a monk.
"What’s so impressive about this is that Ciaran never undergoes any type of radical change that makes you wonder if you’re still reading the same character. He doesn’t go to bed one night as a docile monk and wake up the next morning as a battle-ready warrior. The hot-blooded Irish lad’s transformation is slow and evolves naturally, so that when he heeds the call to battle and steps solidly into the role of hero it’s both expected and surprising at the same time.
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"In addition to the people that populate the story, the setting itself is a powerful character within the book. You’ll easily imagine yourself standing on the grassy plains of Ireland and feel the salty spray of the ocean against your face as demons attack the ship you’re sailing on. The locations, the experiences, and the time period itself come to life with the author’s talented use of words.
"If you enjoy tales of magic and adventure that are perfectly blended with reality and history, 'Enoch’s Device' by Joseph Finley will be an exciting read for you."
You can read the complete review on Reader Views here. In other news, there is still plenty of time to register for the Goodreads Giveaway for Enoch’s Device! You can read more about it here.
Until next time, good tidings and good day!

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