Author: Izai Amorim
First Published: 2016
Page Count: 357
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 2/5 Stars
The only thing that might be “on the run” is the reader’s attention span trying to meander through this slow-paced novel.
*Story Somewhat Held my Attention
*Numerous Grammatical Errors *Dull, Slow-moving Plot *Chaotic Beginning
“Some people say that when you’re about to die, you see your whole life flashing before your eyes, like you’re watching a movie.” Pablo had quite the life until a group of Columbian drug dealers frame him for their crime. Leaving behind his high-class life style, Pablo must go “on the run” and create a new life in the drug world in order to stay hidden from the government and other dealers that think he is the real criminal.
Though it took me awhile to catch on with what was going on in the story and where the character was going, the plot did somewhat hold my attention. His relationships with his dysfunctional family and the creative way Pablo becomes successful in his new profession are interesting to follow. I could see this happening in real life and, who knows, maybe it already has?
However, the plot was not enough to really get me excited about this book. The beginning of the story is really hard to follow which is where the problems start. The author throws us into the action but without enough finesse so that the reader can get their bearings and easily follow what is going on. From there the plot just sort of chugs along with the author telling us instead of showing us or allowing us to experience what happens. Another big problem were the grammatical errors in the book. There was easily one every ten pages and they weren’t just misspellings of words or the incorrect use of words, but a misuse of conversational English. While I concede that this is an ARC (advanced review copy), the lack of uncorrected proof pages make me wonder if this is what will be on display in the final copy. If not, slash this critique, but if so, buyer beware. My other big issue was that a lot of the characters felt like paper cut outs of each other with very little difference in dialogue or in the way they interact with each other. And while a lot of this story revolves around the dangerous underworld of drug dealing, I never once felt that our main character was really in any danger. The casual, at times cheese ball, way he interacts with his boss Mad Dog and how easily he succeeds in the business almost convinced me to consider a career change! If it was really that easy to make that much cash while hardly ever crossing danger’s path, everyone would be a dealer!
Every book that comes my way is given the same consideration and open-mindedness, but there were just too many pieces to this book that didn’t work for me. However, the story is not a complete loss which is why I gave it an extra star. But ultimately I could not recommend someone choosing this book over the many others that grace the digital and physical bookshelves of the world, especially when us readers only have so many hours in a lifetime to consume as many books as we can.
*I received a free copy of this book for this review from the author.