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Big Mistake To Order On Faith: Too Erratic To Follow
Reviewed in the United States on July 24, 2018
I made a big mistake in ordering this book based strictly on several good reviews, which stated that it was an interesting read, when it turned out to be anything but.
In the (rare) instance that the review page doesn't afford you the opportunity to actually read excerpts of the book, (which was the case here) you don't have the opportunity to read even a smattering of the book, and judge for yourself whether you want to buy it, but just have to trust that the other reviews are true.
And so I ordered it on faith, which meant that I had read absolutely none of the book, which I now realize was a major blunder.
To make matters worse, I also ordered another book by the same author, "The War Of 1812," and I dread that the same situation will prevail; that of deadly boredom.
The problem was that he didn't follow a logical train of thought, but jumped around helter-skelter from one location in the US to another, with seemingly no rhyme or reason, and even to other locations in Europe, to the point that I couldn't follow anything.
If he was trying to lay the groundwork to better understand the plot, he failed miserably.
I knew absolutely nothing about the French And Indian War, and wanted to fill that void, but after trying several times to make some sense of the opening chapter, I saw that he kept the same mindless jumping around, without being able to discern almost anything about the story.
If a writer can't hold the reader's interest, what are the chances that the reader will continue to the point of even beginning to understand the story?
The reader is the loser, because the writer has already written the book. But the writer's problem then becomes: If nobody wants to read it, how many books can he sell?