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    When Gideon, a former missionary, discovers a mysterious drawing tucked in an ancient journal he returns to Jamaica with dreams of finding a centuries old treasure. He quickly learns there are those who would kill to keep the treasure secret. This thrilling adventure takes you deep into Jamaica’s treacherous cockpit country and back in time for a spine-tingling mystery you won’t be able to put down.

    Author: Aaron Blaylock
    Specifications: 320 pages - 6 x 9
    Expected Release: Early February 2016

    Overall Customer Rating of 4 Reviews:

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    Picking up this book, I wasn't sure what to expect. Unlike previous books I've read, no one recommended it to me and I hadn't heard anything about it, aside from what the cover blurb had to offer. I was pleasantly surprised and am glad that I decided to read this book. But, as always, I'll start with the not-so-good so I can end with the good.



    I ended up enjoying this book, but to be completely honest, I had a hard time getting into it at first. It wasn't boring or bad; it just didn't grab me or pull me into the story right away. I'm not sure if that's a result of the writing or just my personality. Sometimes when I have no expectations for movies or books, or have no knowledge of what they're really about, I have a harder time getting into them because I'm just trying to figure out what they're about. Either way, it took me a bit to get into this book.



    Having said that, I felt like the story picked up the further I got into the book, and I liked the story overall. Aaron certainly has a way of transporting his readers to the land of his love—Jamaica. He does a good job portraying the people, the language, and the culture. Now, I've never been to Jamaica, but through Aaron's writing, I was able to envision what it would be like there.



    I also enjoyed the parallel stories of Benjamin Jarvis and Gideon Goodwin place three hundred years apart. The flowed together really well, and the transitions didn't disrupt from the reading. I had several questions I was worried wouldn't be answered, but by the end of the book, I was satisfied with the revealed answers.



    I was also interested to see how the author would deal with the LDS aspect, as Gideon is a Mormon. I was pleased that Aaron made it apparent what Gideon's belief and religion was without saturating the entire book or forcing that aspect so it became awkward.



    So even though it took me a bit to get into the book and really understand the direction it was going, I enjoyed, and I'm glad I read it.

    A (Blandly) Good Book

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    Actual Rating: 2.5

    Here's a link to my review of Aaron Blaylock's debut novel, The Land of Look Behind:

    http://blogdogearedpages.weebly.com/dog-eared-pages/review-of-the-land-of-look-behind-by-aaron-blaylock

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    The idea behind this book intrigued me. Mystery, intrigue, running for your life, all of the things that I enjoy in a book. First off, the not-so-good: The author uses a lot of patois, which is the slang-speak used in Jamaica. Now, this makes sense, due to the fact that they are in Jamaica after all, but it was really hard to follow the conversations that the characters were having, and I found myself having to read each sentence a few times before I could get it. That was a bit distracting from the story. I eventually got used to it and was able to read those conversations easier towards the end of the book.





    The story bounces back and forth from a soldier named Jarvis 300 years ago and the main character, Gideon in modern day. I found myself really enjoying the chapters that dealt with Jarvis, but I didn't enjoy the modern-day chapters as much until the climax at the end. I think it was because Gideon came across as kind of a holier-than-thou punk. (He got better as time went on, but it took awhile.)





    I never would have guessed what the mystery ended up being in this book. It completely took my by surprise, but it was a pleasant one.

    Great novel, great writing, fun read!

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    The Land of Look Behind is a great, fun debut novel from author Aaron Blaylock. It is a slow build of an adventure story that packs in the action with a touch of the supernatural. It overcomes some of the clichéd storylines and characters with great writing and a great resolution. It’s reveals and twist are gratifying in the best way. The novel is out now, and I suggest you pick it up and give it a read!



    For a full review go to: www.the-rafters.com