A Review of Scavengers from the Sea: A Thriller That’s Not so Thrilling

Published by author services company TCK Publishing, Scavengers from the Sea by Rob Mackintosh is subtitled “a historical thriller novel.” That’s where the trouble begins.  The novel isn’t so much thrilling as it is a series of slice-of-life pieces with nothing to tie them together other than the characters.


This is book one in the Legend of the English series.  The novel does have an ambiguous ending, perhaps setting up a sequel.


The novel is told in first person, which is notoriously difficult to write.  First person limits the storytelling, and most authors’ characters don’t come close to reaching the excellence of Ishmael, the narrator of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick


“It’s pretty enticing to try writing that way at first, especially if it comes easy or feels more natural than third person,” editor and fiction author Jason Bougger says.  “But it’s not as easy as it looks. And doesn’t sound as natural as you might think it does.”


Bougger lists why:

  • As the novel goes on, it becomes more and more difficult to main voice. So instead of the story being told in the character’s voice, it is told in the author’s voice.
  • Writing is too conversational and, therefore, too wordy.
  • “Show, don’t tell” is a difficult task in first person.

Read more:  https://www.melinadruga.com/scavengers-from-the-sea/

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