Quite a start. I instantly had a sense of the character and what has availed him. Creative writing enables the reader to quickly be immersed into the story.
An interesting tale of Oreny’s bid for freedom in his last days from prison. How he went about planning it. It does take awhile to get into the story though from there. The characters are enjoyable, but I felt it could do with a bit of speeding up to get to more exciting bits away from the prison.
But be prepared because this story does start off in prison, so there are some scenes that are described that are unpleasant. Cade, the prison officer is not a character that is likeable at all, and I did wish I didn’t read some of the parts in the novel. I personally feel those scenes could have been left out, as I read the rest of the novel I was on edge in case more scenes appeared, which they did.
Unfortunately I had to skip through some scenes.
There is quite a lot of swearing as well; although it should be said that it is probably similar to what is actually said and done in prison.
The prisoners seem to almost be made out to be the good guys, while the prison guards are the bad guys. Although I guess in reality it is probably true. Which is what I’m guessing the author is conveying, the bad side of prison that people tend not to think about. And the need for revenge.
The story moves at a more interesting pace as different locations are revealed in the outside world. Historically significant locations, and a broad range of characters that eventually interconnect with one another. These characters were enjoyable to read about.
The variety of characters liven up the story, getting intimate details of their inner thoughts, their past and what exactly brings them all together. I did have some difficulty connecting with the characters, some are easily forgettable, and some you want to forget.
At times I felt it could speed up, the details about the three men’s trip to unknown land and the money they seek.
Mistakes are made which brings the authorities closer to them.
The ending was quite dramatic and unexpected.