Book Review -- The Fisherman -- by Mark D. DiRienzo

Phyl CampbellStarred Page By Phyl Campbell, 2nd Jun 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3hnmw1nu/
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Mark DiRienzo's book, The Fisherman, is not bad if you can get past all the typographical errors. And though I normally strive to write good reviews, the fact that he has no negative reviews on the sale page on Amazon make me question the authenticity of the reviews... I feel balance is required.

Disclaimer:

At an author's book sale, I traded Mr. DiRienzo my two books in exchange for his one -- the page counts and assessed values were about the same this way. After slogging my way through an interesting story marred by terrible editing, I sent Mr. DiRienzo a message offering my services or just suggesting that he find someone better than the people he gave credit to (it pains me that there were more than three, and the book was still this murky). Mr. DiRienzo did not give me the courtesy of a response, though we had messaged each other in preparation for the book sale event and I thought he seemed like a pretty genial person.
Self-publishers (I am one, too) often get a bad reputation for not being good enough for traditional publishers to pick up. Though I am normally someone to fight against that sweeping classification, I fear that this book will be one held up to show why self-publishers won't challenge the big dogs.

(The pictures I have attached to each section are photos I have taken of the actual book text to highlight some of the typos I found. -- apostrophe instead of plural VIPs, no punctuation after "again," and no comma in the series before the "and." I'll give other critics that the third complaint is debatable, but I stand by it. This author credits MULTIPLE editors --)

The Storyline

Main character Stevens is a former military commander turned minister turned hired gun.
Confused yet? This was actually an interesting set of twists, and worked for the story. Stevens questions the presence of the Almighty as he kills, and defends his lack of questioning God at the same time. He talks about his methodology as he seeks out those who would take him out, and flashes back to the events that caused him to be where he is today. The main body of the story is a high stakes cat-and-mouse game of kill-or-be killed.

(The pictures I have attached to each section are photos I have taken of the actual book text to highlight some of the typos I found. -- used "their" instead of "there," for one --)

Critique of the Story as a Whole

Stevens is a guy you will develop a rapport for, even though his actions are despicable. If you can get past the editing (or lack thereof -- more on that later), you might marvel at the way the author creates a character who would shoot to kill in cold blood, who would torture someone for information, who would not stop until his enemies are dead. Take a good mob story and add a dash of mystery and you'll get what Di Rienzo wanted to do with this book. I've read some James Patterson (The Alex Cross Series) and I could see some similarities.

(The pictures I have attached to each section are photos I have taken of the actual book text to highlight some of the typos I found. "my dominate hand")

My big gripe #1: Editing (or lack thereof)

Even in a NY Times Bestseller List, one will find the occasional typo, left out word, forgotten punctuation, and so forth. With the growing amount of communication we engage in on smartphones and via chat, some people have gotten lazy or complacent with their mechanics. But for an author who needs to be representing not only himself but the genre of self-published authors, I was really disappointed that this book was printed. I felt even worse when I learned that this author planned at least two more books in this series. If people are going to plunk down their hard-earned money for a book, the product they purchase should be one of quality.

(The pictures along the side of this section are just a few of the glaring errors I could not ignore. I intended to put all the pictures in this section, but upon preview, only see one. So I am going back and attaching a book page photo per section so you can see for yourself. --no ending punctuation--)

My big gripe #2: All the Amazon.com reviews GLOW.

This book has 4.9/5.0 stars on Amazon.com. Granted, there are only 10 reviews. Maybe the 10 people who felt compelled to write a review honesty enjoyed what they read, were critiquing on merit, not ease of readability, grammar, or mechanics, and most likely they are not published authors themselves and had nothing to lose from such great reviews. They don't review much, if ever, and chose to review this book. And maybe that's great for them. But it begs the question of whether they are buyers of books or if they are friends of either the author or of grammatically-challenged hit men. Which makes me a trifle leery to post a negative review -- if I get whacked, shall we know why? (I jest -- I hope!!)

(The pictures I have attached to each section are photos I have taken of the actual book text to highlight some of the typos I found. -- oh, so many --)

Maybe it's me...

So maybe it's just me. Maybe I am overly critical of bad mechanics and usage, and that's certainly an argument that can be made. I am a stickler for good editing, and hate seeing glaring errors -- especially missing punctuation, extraneous punctuation, misspellings that change the meaning of the sentence or render it incomprehensible -- especially on nearly every page. I have a big problem with self-pubs who do not put their absolute best foot forward for our genre.

(The pictures I have attached to each section are photos I have taken of the actual book text to highlight some of the typos I found. "board in the waiting room")

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author avatar Retired
2nd Jun 2013 (#)

I do not like reading books that have too many obvious errors either. Good review!

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
2nd Jun 2013 (#)

Thanks, Carol! I appreciate it.

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