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review 2017-10-20 00:49
Be very, very careful what you wish for
The Serpent Scrolls: Rise of the Immortal Snake (The War with Satan Book 1) - Kenneth Harris

Afterwards, he was immediately executed. It is believed by local scholars that his beaten and burned corpse was decapitated limb by limb and buried in the forgotten grounds of Serpent Cemetery just outside of Kilfield, Massachusetts. Reportedly, his spirit awaits rebirth by 99 souls from his own admission shortly before his death.

Harris, Kenneth . The Serpent Scrolls: Rise of the Immortal Snake (The War with Satan Book 1) . Kindle Edition.

 

Emphasis is mine.  This is from the one-page Introduction.  It is the second or third major grammatical or syntactical error on that short page.

 

Disclosure:  I obtained the Kindle edition of this book on 19 October 2017 when it was offered free and promoted as such on BookLikes.  I have had intermittent communication on BookLikes with the author, but not about this book or about his writing in general.  I am an author of adult fiction and non-fiction.

 

 

The text is absurdly over-written, with four adjectives used where one would be too many. Often, they're misused.

 

Lots of words are misused.

 

He inserted the mouth of a rigid bolt cutter over the bulky wrapped chains and bisected it.

Harris, Kenneth . The Serpent Scrolls: Rise of the Immortal Snake (The War with Satan Book 1) (p. 1). Kindle Edition.

(One does not insert something over something else.  Bolt cutters have blades, jaws, and a neck, but not a mouth.  Chains are plural; it is singular.)

 

 

I don't know if this is supposed to be a morality tale reminding us of God's love or a Young Adult horror story.  If it's supposed to be a combination of the two, I can only roll my eyes.

 

The book needs serious editing.  I'm not being paid to do that.

 

I recommend avoiding this book as if it were a rattlesnake.

 

 

 

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text 2017-09-04 00:23
Reading progress update: I've read 159 out of 247 pages.
Terror in Tower Grove - Samantha Johns

 

This is a really badly written retelling of The Exorcist but with Roman Catholic proselytizing added.

 

 

“The devil is real, Tricia,” he said emphatically.  “He is a pure spirit, who was once an angel.  He has powers—the same powers as angels.  Only he hates humanity and wants to see us suffer agonizing, relentless torture at the hand of his demons for all eternity.  His minions escape hell to torment humans and dwell on the earth for as long as they can before they have to return to that horrid place.  Their numbers have multiplied dramatically over the last hundred years.”

 

“The number of priests being trained as exorcists has been increased.  That is due to all the Satanist cults and interest in the demonology and witchcraft in recent decades.  There are over 8,000 covens just in the fifty states alone.  Pope John Paul II issued new Canon laws requiring  that an exorcist be assigned to every major diocese in the United States.  Exorcisms grew over seven-hundred-and-fifty per cent just between the 1960's and mid-1970's.  I doesn't seem like a coincidence to me that it was then that all the child molestation cases occurred in the Church.  He has infiltrated the church because that is his ultimate goal—to bring down the Catholic Church.    Every year thousands of exorcisms are performed,” he explained, watching her reaction.

Johns, Samantha. Terror in Tower Grove (pp. 159-160).  . Kindle Edition.

 

 

 

 

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text 2017-09-03 23:54
Reading progress update: I've read 129 out of 247 pages.
Terror in Tower Grove - Samantha Johns

“It's true, Tricia,” he said with a sigh, “and if you remember the movie “The Exorcist,” the victim was a pre-teen.  Even in the book version—which was the true story—only it was a boy.”

 

“So, why hasn't Andrea been twisting her head around or puking pea soup at us?” she challenged.

Johns, Samantha. Terror in Tower Grove (p. 129).  . Kindle Edition.

 

 

 

 

My eyes are rolling on the floor . . . . . .

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text 2017-09-03 23:46
Reading progress update: I've read 117 out of 247 pages.
Terror in Tower Grove - Samantha Johns

“You look like an angle,” Sean's voice called her back to the present.

Johns, Samantha. Terror in Tower Grove (p. 120).  . Kindle Edition.

 

 

Yeah, I know, it's an easily made typo.  But in a chapter titled "The Ghost-Demon," it was too amusing.

 

So, now we have

 

 

The new civil servant boyfriend gets murderously attacked by ghost, has to go to the hospital.  Upon return from hospital, he decides to move in with her 36 hours after she met him.  They have sex on couch that was recently covered with broken glass, and start talking about marriage and family.

 

Tricia is a "free spirit" who grew up in a repressive Roman Catholic family.  I got the impression she was married to her daughter's father Michael Kelly, but maybe not.  She lived with this Robert person for several years without benefit of marriage.  Now this Sean guy is extolling the virtues of his faith.

 

I'm not buying it.

(spoiler show)

 

 

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text 2017-09-03 23:31
Reading progress update: I've read 112 out of 247 pages.
Terror in Tower Grove - Samantha Johns

The book just earned a DNF, but it's not going to get off that easy.

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