- Caitlyn Lynch
Book Review: Gravity by James M. Corkill
I'm utterly bemused as to why this book is in Action and Adventure: Romance categories on Amazon. There are two romances in the book; one between two thinly drawn side characters, and one between the hero and his girlfriend... who dumps him part way through the book for being an adventure junkie. This was telegraphed from the very beginning, so it wasn't really a surprise. The surprise came at the end of the book when Alex decided that he was perfectly fine being an adrenaline junkie, actually, and concluded that he didn't want to make any effort to win Fala back.
That is not a romance, Mr Corkill, in any way, shape or form.
I could maybe forgive the book being in a poorly chosen category if the other category, the Action and Adventure part, had been any good. But to be completely frank, it was terrible. The villain was a caricature, the plot was paper thin and the dialogue was stilted and unrealistic. Real people just don't talk like that. The only emotion I found myself experiencing when reading this book was boredom; there was no build of dramatic tension whatsoever.
The storyline and the plot had some potential, but it needs a darn good copyeditor to take a scythe to it and cut out all of the boring minutiae if the author wants to be the next James Rollins. All the stuff around the marina in Oregon had me bored senseless. Who WERE those people and why were they so incredibly dull?
To cap off my irritation, there were spelling and grammatical errors like sudden tense changes, random point of view switches in the middle of scenes, and even scene switches in the middle of chapters with nothing to mark where one scene finished and another began. This was pretty dire.
Gravity is available on Amazon now, if you have a yen for stilted, wafer-thin plots in a sci-fi romance that's not actually a romance.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through ReadingAlley.