Saturday, October 29, 2016

The Land of Look Behind, Book Review

Synopsis
‘The Land of Look Behind’ is the debut novel from author Aaron Blaylock. It tells the story of Gideon Goodwin. He pines for Jamaica, where he spent two years on mission, as he clerks a gas station in Apache Junction, Arizona. Just before he and his best friend, Todd, take a trip to the island he starts to unravel a mystery he discovers in an old journal. While we join Gideon on his modern day adventure we also join Ben Jarvis, a British soldier and writer of the journal, on his adventure in the 1700s. Jarvis was in Jamaica in the time of pirates and runaway slaves. We follow his path as he figures out what he’s fighting for.






Review
‘The Land of Look Behind’ is a great, fun debut novel from author Aaron Blaylock. It is a slow build of an adventure story that packs in the action with a touch of the supernatural. It overcomes some of the cliched storylines and characters with great writing and a great resolution. It’s reveals and twist are gratifying in the best way. The novel is out now, and I suggest you pick it up and give it a read!


Good
Jamaica is more than a locale in this book, it’s a character. This book really reads as a love letter to the island nation. If you’ve never had the urge to visit Jamaica, you will after reading this novel.
The dual stories are a fascinating device that really help the novel overcome some of the parts when it lags. Jarvis’ story carries the first half of the novel while Gideon’s story picks up the second half.
The adventure is great. It really draws from the great adventure films of the 80’s like Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Goonies. The focus is on a McGuffin, but it also has some supernatural sequences.





Bad
Pacing, mainly in the beginning of the book, is a bit slow. It takes a while to build up its momentum, but by the time you get to the last 100 pages it flies by.


Verdict
Read it!
It’s a great adventure tale set in a beautiful location with a bit of the supernatural.

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