Murdered by James Schannep

Rating Overview

Writing: ★★★★ 1/2
Story: ★★★★
Characters: ★★★ 1/2
Cover: ★★★★

Overall: ★★★★ (4.0)

This book was given to me in a Giveaway.

The story takes place in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil about a tourist who takes the wrong street only to find himself caught up in a murder investigation that winds up involving the local police, US state department and drug dealers. It’s a pick your path book where the next pages are based off of your decisions.

The Critical Points:

Writing:

James writes quite well, editing all matches up and I found there were many quotable areas along the journey. The great part about this book, even though I mistakenly killed myself (I always die in pick your adventure books), there is always a reason to go back and start all over again. The chapters can be short and read in small chunks, perfect for travel or those looking for micro escapes.

Story:

The premise is great, finding out more and more about the lead character (played by you) as the story unfolds. The only thing was trying to get a sense of all the things he was encountering. It’s hard to do in a fast paced ride like this one, but I only got some cursory feel for the area in the beginning. I’ll probably find out more on my next run through.

Characters:

The characters all start to take more shape the further I read, but there wasn’t a great sense of what makes most of them tick beyond putting my own imagination to it. If anything, I’d like to know more about the character we’re set to follow around so I “know who I am” to some degree. Granted, my choices make me decide, but I’d like a little guidance in the acting my brain is doing.

Appearance:

I like the cover, it reminds me of a throwback drawn cover like murder mysteries used to have when I looked through my parents book shelves. It stands out and draws a reader in.

Final Thoughts

James does a great job with this story. I couldn’t devise the different paths and layout like he does. I hate giving out 4’s instead of 5’s to people, especially when I enjoyed myself. I would pick up another of his books for later down the road and encourage anyone with a knack or wonder to do the same. His novel took me back to the last time I picked up one of these types, which was a couple of decades ago.

Links

Find James’ books through his links below!

INFECTED (Click Your Poison Book 1)

MURDERED (Click Your Poison)

SUPERPOWERED – Coming soon! (What if You Had Superpowers?)

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James’ Page



Same review, different spot:

MURDERED (Click Your Poison, #2)MURDERED by James Schannep

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rating overview
Writing: ★★★★ 1/2
Story: ★★★★
Characters: ★★★ 1/2
Appearance: ★★★★

Overall: ★★★★ (4.0)

This book was given to me in a Giveaway.

The story takes place in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil about a tourist who takes the wrong street only to find himself caught up in a murder investigation that winds up involving the local police, US state department and drug dealers. It’s a pick your path book where the next pages are based off of your decisions.

The critical points

Writing: James writes quite well, editing all matches up and I found there were many quotable areas along the journey. The great part about this book, even though I mistakenly killed myself (I always die in pick your adventure books), there is always a reason to go back and start all over again. The chapters can be short and read in small chunks, perfect for travel or those looking for micro escapes.

Story: The premise is great, finding out more and more about the lead character (played by you) as the story unfolds. The only thing was trying to get a sense of all the things he was encountering. It’s hard to do in a fast paced ride like this one, but I only got some cursory feel for the area in the beginning. I’ll probably find out more on my next run through.

Characters: The characters all start to take more shape the further I read, but there wasn’t a great sense of what makes most of them tick beyond putting my own imagination to it. If anything, I’d like to know more about the character we’re set to follow around so I “know who I am” to some degree. Granted, my choices make me decide, but I’d like a little guidance in the acting my brain is doing.

Appearance: I like the cover, it reminds me of a throwback drawn cover like murder mysteries used to have when I looked through my parents book shelves. It stands out and draws a reader in.

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