Saturday, January 29, 2011
Review of Lost on Spirit River
By David Broughton
Title: Lost On Spirit River
Spirit River Trilogy: Book 1
Author: Tommy Batchelor
Amazon Rating Four and a half stars.
Publisher: Mirror Publishing
Milwaukee, WI 53214
Illustrations By Kim Reale
Cover Design By Laura Redmond
“Don’t be too long getting the Christmas tree,” Grandpa shouted, “and watch out for the ancient ones.” As he laughed, his laughter followed the children out the doors of the cabin. They ran along the path leading them to the river’s edge and into the forest.
Shadows moved as smoke through the trees.
My original review of Lost on Spirit River gave away too much of the delicious story, so rather than publish that one, it chose of it's own accord to rocket deep into cyberspace, never to be seen again. Instead, I'll tell you this, while the story of Lost on Spirit River would be of interest to the younger set, starting possibly as young as ten or maybe twelve, grownups will enjoy this book too, probably more than the younger set. More mature readers will appreciate and notice the well-developed characters, and the intriguing twists in the plot that at first seems rather straightforward.
The author, Tommy Batchelor, has done a masterful job of weaving together almost all the elements you could want in Lost on Spirit River, except romance; though the boy's parents do somewhat repair their broken romance at the end, it's not a major part of the story. The story does have danger, action, humor, lessons learned, animals, and as the title suggests, the ancestors' spirits, both good and evil.
I rated this book five stars, simply because that's all there are on Amazon's five star scale; it should probably get six stars, on that same scale. To sum it all up, if you enjoy a good, well-written story with a bit of the unusual, what some might call paranormal, then by all means get Lost on Spirit River in some format or another, whichever you prefer. You won't be sorry, that's for sure. Well, maybe you will be sorry, when you finish the book -- sorry that it's over, yet while you're reading it, you'll find it nearly impossible to put down, and will rush to get back to it.
As of this writing on New Year's Day, 2011, it happens to be on sale at Amazon, so get a copy now.
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