Reviewed: 2016-03-13 - (Review Updated: 2016-07-10)
This is a wonderful coming of age story with both some romantic twists as well as some very adult topics. I initially reviewed this story when I first started reviewing, and at the time I had not really developed a method to my reviews. Since I was leaving town for a week-long vacation, I decided to buy the book and read it while I was travelling, particularly since many areas I was going did not have good Internet connection.
Across the board, this story earns outstanding marks (10) for plot, technical quality, and appeal. In terms of plot, this story is absolutely huge. It is over 500,000 words, which equates to 5-8 novel-length reads. The author takes us from a point in time where the main character is less than 10 years old and through roughly 20 years of his life. Timewise, the story appears to encompass a timeframe from the early 1990s through the early 2010s. It has its very lighthearted moments which will leave the reader laughing along, as well as its very serious moments which will leave you crying. Due to the timeline involved, it necessarily touches on events of 9-11, albeit briefly, and then on the effects of war and more.
Technically, I was able to find perhaps a dozen total mistakes across the entire work. That is nearly an average of 1 mistake for every 45,000 words, which is extremely good.
For appeal, the story simply strikes a chord. There are aspects of romance, but also a wonderfully told tale. You will laugh, and you will cry. If you decide to purchase the story, search for it on Amazon rather than Lulu. I bought the Lulu version first, and found I could only view it on my phone, as I could not find an app for my kindle that let me read the epub downloaded. My phone screen is nowhere big enough to read for long. In frustration, I searched on Amazon and found it there for less than what I paid on Lulu! It is more than I normally pay for a book, but the length of the story makes it worth the cost.
Reviewed: 2015-12-01 - (Review Updated: 2016-01-24)
If you have been living in a black hole without any excitement in life and humdrum literature, I recommend this story to you. Even if you have been living I still feel you need to follow as Graham (Grim) Reaper lives life, growing up, finding love, fighting a war, facing life's turmoils.
'rlfj' spent all of 2015 writing this soon to be classic, dividing this epic into three different tales of the star Grim and his lifetime love Kelly. We follow along as Grim and Kelly grow up in Georgia, having to face life's pitfalls and triumphs. This is definitely a keeper that I will read again and again.
I don't know where 'rlfj' created this story of 'The Grim Reaper' it's a thrilling adventure in growing up and facing life.
This is ongoing so there will be another review at the end but me thoughts so far are ...
When he wrote "A Fresh Start" Rollie Lawson- set a very high bar for his subsequent work. "The Grim Reaper" meets that standard. It's a coming of age story of a fairly ordinary High School jock who so far hasn't gone to college but joined the army (and that's all the precis I'm giving).
We're not far along it but so far it is well written, interesting and contains believable characters. More importantly they are characters you want to see succeed, they are worth the time and effort in reading the story. In the early chapters there is also a "baddie" worth disliking :)
So far there are 38 Chapters published. As ever with Rollie's recent stories, it's been well proofed and edited and it is well paced. There is a fine line between under and over writing and this one walks it very well.
I suspect we're not a third of the way through so you have two choices, get reading and wait for each chapter as it comes (usually twice a week)or bookmark to read when complete. Either way it's worth the time.