So, I just can’t seem to get the hang of much of anything because I literally wanted to have this review done a week ago – the book has been finished, but God forbid I get the opportunity to actually write the review. Between doing more job applications this week and being sick for three days I haven’t really had time to just sit at my computer and do anything – including talk about my NaNoWriMo news. But that is for Monday.
Anyway – let’s talk about The Raven.
Title: The Raven
Author: Jeremy Bishop
# of Pages: 290
Genre: Action & Adventure, Fiction, Horror, Thriller
Published: August 2013
Total Read Time: 3 Days
Rating Out of 10: 7
Jane Harper started out as an undercover whistleblower among a group of radical activists butting bulkheads with whaling ships in the Arctic Ocean. She ended up shipwrecked off the coast of Greenland and teamed yup with a pair of father-and-son whalers to destroy their own six-hundred-year-old Viking ancestors – resurrected as zombies by an insidious race of intelligent parasites. Quite a lot for even a tough-talking, two-fisted, former military brat like Jane to handle.
But winning their battle against the undead Vikings was just the beginning of the war against the parasitic Draugar now that the relentless creatures have escaped their island prison… and seek to turn the earth into a planet of the living dead. With a sturdy vessel under her feet, a do-or-die crew at her side, and weapons of mass-monster destruction in both hands, Jane takes to the hellish high seas to face down zombie whales and an armada of seafaring ghouls.
All in all, this was an amazing book. It did take a little bit of time to get back into the story since there was a lot of review in the beginning as well as a lot of personal information that you learned about Jane. I think it was important, but it was also something that made the book a little harder to get into.
Jeremy Bishop did another great job with this book. The imagery that he used made so much of this clear and an exciting story. I didn’t feel the horror aspect of this as much – but that may have been because I already knew quite a bit about the monster that was being presented. I still stick by the idea that this is a great introduction to the thriller and horror genre because it doesn’t have a lot of the same gore factor that I think Stephen King would have. I also think that this book didn’t have a ‘convenient’ character that showed up. Willem was kind of lucky person in the last book, but in this one, all the characters seem like they would have been a legit addition to the crew.
My favorite aspect of this book I actually can’t talk about because it would be a huge spoiler for anyone planning to read the books, but I will say that it was something that tore me up inside, but I could see coming from the beginning of the book no matter how much I wished that it wasn’t true.
I gave this a 7 out of 10 because it was a little harder to sink into this book, but once I was it was impossible to put it down. At the end of this book I was left with more frustrations then anything else because there is not a third book nor are there any plans from the author to write another book for this series. Personally, that is a huge problem for me. The way that the book ends is fine – but only if you intend to write another book. Without the other book, there is too much left up to the imagination. I didn’t like that at all, but it didn’t take away from the book enough for me to want to drop the rating on it.
Thanks guys for taking the time to read this. I’m sorry that it is taking so long for book reviews to come out, but one way or another my work schedule is evening out after the first of the year which is very important to helping me get stuff done.
Please read these books – they’re fabulous and really deserve attention. The author abandoned the series in pursuit of works that he believed would be more successful, but I think that this is one that he should have stuck with longer.
Till the next chapter-