Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Book review: Undaunted by William Manchee
Undaunted is a huge disappointment. What should have been a great story line ends up being trampled to death in the race to the finish. Characters are flat and poorly developed, with wildly varying traits occurring in the same people at different times in the book. Unless the author somehow forgot to mention that more than half the cast is suffering from bipolar disorder, the characters were unrealistic and often irritating.
The writing itself is frustrating to read because there were, at least in the edition that I read, glaring typographical errors. In some cases, entire words were wrong, like the word "innocent" appearing where it clearly should have said "incident." There were also several times where half of a sentence was written in third person, and the other half was in first.
On top of all that, there were several incorrect statements of law and/or legal procedure, which indicate that the author did not research those areas thoroughly.
All in all, it was a great concept that should have been given the time it is due. Instead, it reads as though the author just slapped down words on a page and sent it off to be bound without even reading it over.