What’s it about?
“Man tries to remember his past while Jude tries to forget hers.
Years after the nuclear holocaust decimated Britain, Man wakes up, naked and alone but for the murdered corpses which surround him. Struggling with amnesia, Man travels the wastes trying to piece together his past.
Across the crumbling remains of the city, Jude flees a depraved fiend, running for her life. Beyond the Storm is a journey of horror and suspense which paints a broken future world and the events that made it that way.”
My Review of Beyond the Storm
This is a hard book for me to review because I’ve gained a measure of respect for this author from my various interactions with him. He seems to be a lovely fellow who is willing to do all he can to improve his craft. This is, however, a review of the work put before me, and not the person behind the work.
Beyond the Storm is, in my mind, best described as “England after 1984“, and that’s kind of cool. I think everyone who read it wondered what it would be like once everything went to Hades as it was inevitably going to. You can tell the author is a fan of these type of books too. Not only do we have the obvious 1984, but there’s also a reference via name to the author of Brave New World, and there are also elements of The Stand and Swan Song thrown in for good measure. There is devastation and beauty, depravity and strength, and people range from downtrodden to hopeful. From sane to gibbering craziness.
Probably the truly scary part is how easily you can see that which ends the world happening. It makes you shudder just to think of it, because you know that even now, to a lesser extent perhaps, its being played out behind closed doors. That’s enough to send a chill down your spine. There’s also a nice, interesting twist near the end with character development happening in unexpected ways.
However, Beyond the Storm needs work. There are too many errors contained within it to just be brushed off. They range from grammar/punctuation to over-usage of the same descriptors. There are a few cases where I had to go back and re-read something because it didn’t make sense given what I’d already been told. Now, I know the author is working on getting this fixed. He has assured me that he is going to seek further proofing for the novel. In fact, he said he’s already fixed the problems I pointed out in the first 1/3rd of the book.
Right now, I can’t honestly rate Beyond the Storm higher than 3 out of 5. Once it’s been properly edited and some revisions made? I could easily see it moving up to a 4 out of 5. In fact, I hope the author sends me a completely edited/revised copy, because I would love to read a polished version (and will happily adjust my rating at that time)!
Title: Beyond the Storm | Author: Adam Jones (site) | Publisher: Tea Cosey Publishing | Publication Date: 2015-10-10 | Pages: 206 | ASIN: B016H3VU70 | Genre: Horror | Language: English | Triggers: Mutilation, Rape (Mentioned, not seen) | Rating: 3 out of 5 | Date Read: 2015-10-30 | Source: Received a copy free from the author in exchange for an honest review.