It is strange that the four extremely well written books which make up Mr. Scipio's 'Summer Camp' series have, until now, garnered but one review between them.
They have been carefully and thoughtfully crafted. The characters are extremely well drawn. Not for Mr. Scipio the two dimensional, cardboard cut outs which populate so many stories; his characters, Paul and his family, the close friends, the fellow students and even the 'bit players' are fleshed out into people that we can picture in our minds. In one piece of feedback that I sent to the author, I stated that his characters were so real that they almost became friends.
This skill with people, plot and dialogue makes these stories delightful reading, keeping readers up too late at night while they finish another chapter and making them want more.
It is this 'more' factor that brings my only criticism of Mr. Scipio.
Summer Camp 1 with 26 chapters was posted over a period of 3 months. One assumes that it was pretty much complete before posting started.
Summer Camp 2 with 38 chapters appeared over the course of 15 months.
Summer Camp 3 with 30 chapters kept its faithful readers on tenterhooks for 17 months, but like the others it was worth the wait.
Summer Camp 4 is, as yet, incomplete. If we average Mr. Scipio's chapters per book we come to a figure of 31.3 so it might be said that the book is two thirds complete (although it might be planned as a longer work).
So far it has taken 7 years (yes years not months) to appear. At the present rate of progress it might be 2024 before it is finished.
This reviewer will be well into his 80s by that time! Will I live to read the end? I don't know but I certainly hope so!
Dear Mr. Scipio, we cannot complain. You give freely of your time and talents to entertain us. We assume that you also have to earn a living but could you, would you give us some more Summer Camp soon?
In case you haven't noticed, I think that these are four of the very best on SOL and well worth reading. They are almost error free and well worth reading. They earn the very high ratings that I have given all four of them.