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Mystery of Everyman's Way - a Review
Mystery of Everymanís Way, by Paul Collins, sounded as though it would be exciting. The book was supposed to be full of twists and turns that would keep me on the edge of my seat. My excitement about reading this particular book soon withered away to boredom when I found the story impossible to follow or understand.
If you can overlook the misspellings, uses of wrong words, disjointed paragraphs, and punctuation errors, perhaps you will find it a better read than I did. It opens with Gregory Henry Case, a professor at Oxford University. When he takes a momentary break from his research to drink a bit of vodka, he hears an explosion. He walks out of his office to see what has happened and finds the floor deserted, except for a cadaver. The main floor isnít deserted, so he asks a guard about the explosion. The guard doesnít know anything about an explosion, so Mr. Case takes the guard to see the dead body he found. The body isnít there when Mr. Case returns to where he left it. The guard is a bit upset and makes sure Mr. Case is aware of the penalty for filing a false alarm.
His girlfriend of many years walks out on him. Years pass, then there is a recurrence of the mysterious explosion. The same body appears, this time unconscious instead of deceased. Mr. Case takes him to the medical authorities, still he dies. When they check the DNA, fingerprints, etc. of this mysterious corpse, they find that it is an older Gregory Henry Case. This is where the story really begins to take unexplained twists and turns. It confused me when Scotland Yard arrested Mr. Case for murdering his future self, even though there was no evidence against him. Right after his arrest, he is whisked off to another dimension.
This book, provided by BellaOnline management from me to read and review, sounded so much better than it actually was. In my opinion, the author needed to spend more time polishing his manuscript before submitting it for publication. The story needed to flow smoothly from one scene to the next and make sense, not read like a first draft still full of misspellings and errors. When events occurred without reason or explanation, it only left me confused. The hollow characters, like cardboard cutouts fighting their way through the story, desperately needed more depth and purpose added to their short literary lives.
The fact that it was published by eTreasures publishing leaves me wondering just how thoroughly this company reviews the manuscripts it accepts for publication. I seriously doubt that I will read any more books published by this company.
Mystery of Everymanís Way received some good reviews on Amazon, along with some negative ones. This leads me to believe that there are people out there who would enjoy reading this book. If you would like to purchase this book for your reading enjoyment, I have provided an Amazon link below.
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