Contrails by Robert Anderson


Title: Contrails
Author: Robert Anderson
Available from: Amazon

I received this book with a request for review from the author.

This book gets a 3 rating from me because nothing about it is anything more than average.

The book description states that Sam Claymore sleepwalks through the highs and lows of being an airline pilot. Similarly, the author sleepwalks us through the first 40% of this book. It’s not entirely boring (unless you really have no interest in the life of an airline pilot), it just goes on far too long. I kept thinking it was kind of interesting and Sam Claymore has a certain humor, but where was the story going and when was it going to get there?

The last half of the book should have been filled with suspense, but it never quite delivers. It becomes predictable and Sam, as the storyteller, just seems incapable of building the necessary tension. Before I knew it, the story was over and I was left with a steady pulse rate.

Please, I am begging all authors – learn the difference between a plural and a possessive. Your character has a couple of Coronas, not a couple of Corona’s. The former is plural, the latter is possessive, and inanimate objects (such as a bottle of beer) cannot own or possess anything. Your character is smuggling a couple kilos of coke, not a couple kilo’s. There are hundreds in your wallet, not hundred’s. You put coke in TVs, not TV’s.

In keeping with the average rating, this book is reasonably well written but not really well written. It’s a reasonably decent read, but it left me feeling like I’d eaten half a meal.

At $7.99 for the Kindle version, I am not recommending this book.

Edited to add: I have been advised by the author that the ebook has been updated since it was sent to me, and the grammatical errors corrected.

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