Roger loves his wife, and (with the expectation of coming home from work at a decent hour) would do anything for her, but after a freak rainstorm and horrific accident, being there for Lois isn’t exactly an option anymore. Why? Because he has no idea where she it. Separated by chaos the two are sent to different hospitals; clueless, desperate, and in Lois’ case… nameless. But living without his wife isn’t an option for Roger, so he sets out on his own path; find Lois, and don’t take no for an answer.
I really wanted to like this novel, if for no other reason than Jonathan Sturak being such a pleasant person, (and one of my Twitter buddies,) but a job is a job and someone has to do it, so here is the breakdown.
Clouded Rainbow is: a beautiful concept, with amazing cover art, fantastic editing, and no plot. Ok, that’s not exactly true, there was a defined plot “a man searching for his lost treasure” but even with the brief moments of action, and the (admittedly) interesting cast of “extras” the story came across as bland. Sturak has talent, that is not the problem, the problem is in his ability to harness and focus it. There were several instances in the forefront of this novel that were written as dream sequences, (Sturak’s way of helping Roger regain his lost memories,) and it was in these moments that his writing shined. I could see everything so vividly, feel it, wrap it around me, but when his character was forced back into reality (versus dream state) the plot would again dip, and the dialogue would (in turn) become bland and repetitive. Neither of the main characters were developed properly (Roger spent the entire novel repeating the same mantra over and over, and well… Lois was in a coma so fat chance of getting a peep out of her) even though the situations that were created left ample room for embellishment. The worse part? I found myself waiting the entire novel. Waiting for the twist, waiting for the crack, waiting for that point when everything just clicks and you find yourself saying “Oh No WAY?!” You know that saying “A watched pot never boils”? The same can be said for an underdeveloped plot line.
My advice? Don’t knock Sturak out of your line of sight completly, but maybe wait until he has a few under his belt. He will get it… it just might take a few tries.
Happy reading my fellow Kindle-ites and remember: Always wear clean underwear… accidents happen and you don’t want to be caught with 2 day old granny panties on.
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