Thursday, November 18, 2010

Dante’s Journey – A review

Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by the author for the purpose of a review. The views expressed here are honest and are no way influenced by the author or the publisher.

Synopsis (from the back cover)

A flash of light and Detective Joe Dante step s through. No longer on the cobblestone streets of 1961 Boston, Joe finds himself in a horrifying new world – Hell itself

Joe is in hot pursuit of his family’s killer, drug lord Filippo Argenti, when both were killed, and isn’t about to let a little thing like death slow him down.
So, with a healthy dose of New England stubbornness and the help of a mysterious guide, Virgil DiMini, Joe must evade angry demons and search ever-lower through the rings of the original Dante’s Inferno in hopes of finding justice for his wife and children.

However, Joe will soon discover that behind every sin lies a secret and each secret revealed could land Joe in an eternity of hot water…..Very hot.

My Review

Dante’s Journey is a sci-fi fiction that does an interesting take on Death and Hell. There are several things that I thought were really great about this story; firstly that it explored a realm that is often over analyzed and thoroughly scrutinized, it also took an interesting stance on the Devil, and it explored the many facets of hell.

Being based on Dante’s Inferno, the story line isn’t exactly original but it does offer the reader an insight into all new characters with an unusual plot. The author’s writing style was also fun and light and admittedly it did offer me a source of escape from my daily routine.

Having said all of that, I would have liked to see this story go a bit more in-depth into its own plot. There were not a lot of visuals of hell nor did the characters have any real dimension.  I loved the revelation of the story but it wasn’t explained sufficiently and so many of the actions just seemed rash.

While sci-fi fiction may not be my thing in print, I do love it on the television and while reading Dante’s Journey I envisioned what the story would look like if it were to be adapted.  I’m sure that with a little more work, this book will be a good story. In the meantime if you’re looking for something that’s light and is a time filler, then I recommend you read Dante’s Journey.

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