It had been slightly over a year (March 2017) that my novel, The Eurasians had been reviewed by Blueink Review. It was a mixed review and only this year I understood the weaknesses and the strength of my story. I wish to thank them (the reviewer) for this and now I have tips of how to write my next book.
“However it is missing a clear definitive plot to drive the novel” was one of those negative feedback. It went on to say, “But despite such enhancements, the story lacks a powerful narrative arc.” In other words, my romance-thriller novel is unpredictable. So unpredictable that it cannot “Provide a spark that sustains audience interest this failing will likely prove hard for readers to surmount.”
But the review also mentioned, “Betrayals, deception and corruption drive The Eurasians.” As you continue reading you will find, “This sprawling story shifts often from action scene to action scene, and the narrative perspective changes from chapter to chapter.” From these statements I can conclude indeed this book is a page turner.
As I said before; my story beginning with the first several chapters are rather flat. There is nothing exciting to sustain readers’ interest. But if they are patient, they will discover the spark, and then; bang! Fireworks all the way until the end! Here are those chapters that shift from action scene to action scene.
This is the first English romance-thriller novel from Borneo that mostly takes place in Malaysia since 1964. “In the book’s opening scene, British soldier Aaron Johnson is wounded while assisting Malaysian soldiers in battling Indonesian troops. Elsewhere, Mei Ling decides to escape her dismal life of poverty to gamble, drink, and sleep around, renaming herself Elaine for her job as a night hostess in Sandakan. After Aaron meets Elaine, he decides to marry her. But his troubles begin immediately as Elaine continuously gambles away all the money Aaron makes.” The backdrop of this novel is historical, political and environmental which help to summarize what Borneo is all about. Thus this book is also useful for people who want to know more about this enchanted island.
THE EURASIANS by Don Peter is published by Partridge Publishing since 2015. It has 296 pages and printed in paperback, hardcover and e-book format. Please log on to my website at www.travelleisureborneo.com for more details.