I entered a contest a while back. I didn’t win but I got the judges review of book 1 of Strand today and I have to say I’m ok with losing if this is what they thought of the Antilles…
22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
Entry Title Strand Book 1 “The Antilles”
Author: Don Chase
Judge Number: 22
Entry Category: Genre Fiction
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Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 3
Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 3
Production Quality and Cover Design: 4
Plot and Story Appeal: 3
Character Appeal and Development: 4
Voice and Writing Style: 3
STRAND BOOK 1 “The Antilles,” by Don Chase, is a fast paced space thriller filled with adventures, interesting characters, space technology, and an unexpected ending. Both the plotting and characterization are excellent. There are a few things missing that interfere with the enjoyment of the book, but for the most part it is a great read. The book needs some tweaks in formatting. It is traditional to put in an extra space when changing scenes, locations, etc., so I had to give special attention to the story as the scene often switched without my being immediately aware. However, that is a small glitch in a book this entertaining. It is a true space thriller, and the crew of the Antilles constantly experiences problems. Some are true action, some are political with kings and queens being murdered, some are personal problems with so many people living in a small space, etc. Somehow the crew is able to pull things together and escape from the many close calls that confront them. These men and women are true heroes, working for their country, their galaxy, etc. The author has done an excellent job pulling all of these factors together to give us a successful book.
Hopefully my next book can get such great reviews too!