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Soul Catcher by Michael C. White
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Nov 18, 11

Read from July 27 to November 18, 2011

This book is set just before the Civil War and is about a guy who is contracted out to track and return runaway slaves. The idea has a lot of potential, but the author blew it, in my opinion.

The first 115 pages were miserable -- populated by six characters that I didn't like at all and had a hard time caring about. I skimmed some of it, then layed it down for nine months until I decided to grit my teeth and finish it off before the year was out. Luckily, in chapter 7, there's finally a little bit of character development for Cain and it turns into a decent story (more like I expected) for about 300 pages. It ends okay (though predictably) until the epilogue which reads like one of many alternate endings and this one was the one he through in as a complete joke.

I gave it a few stars because some of it was good reading, but I can't ignore the fact that I never felt much interest for the main character. Also, I don't think the author considers women his target audience, since there's great description of guns and violence, but he glosses over the sex scenes completely. And finally, I don't like being aware of obvious themes that would have been pointed out by my high school English teacher -- in this case it's how Rosetta:Eberly as Hermes:Cain. *ugh* She's even described with horsey terms!

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