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The Return de Carter Vance

The Return (edição: 2012)

de Carter Vance

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Título:The Return
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The Return de Carter Vance


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I had tried three times to read this book, I just couldn't get into it, I would lose my focus quickly. Now I am not saying that it is a bad book, it is not just something I could get into. Other's may like or love this book, but again it just wasn't for me. If a book doesn't hold my attention after multiple attempts are reading it, I generally will just set it down, and move on.
  hixxup79 | Feb 23, 2020 |

The Return is a modern fantasy novel in the vein of Dan Brown. It starts with the discovery of a modern Templar manual, takes in a healthy dose of Vatican conspiracy, worldwide evil and ends up with the second coming.

Okay.... the problems I had with this book were numerous, extremely so. For starters, the text is bland and the characters more so. We are told that Geoff is a financier and how he stumbles upon this Templar text, but not his back story. He takes this text from a hidden library in his friend's house, doesn't mention it and is suddenly enthused with the idea of finding the Templar history for no discernible reason. There's also no reason why he thinks he's being followed.

Another issue comes with the villains. They are cardboard cut outs with no menace and the dominatrix killer nun (don't ask) is so random, I can't even think about it.

Then there's the fact that the 'last scion of Christ' plot is lifted directly from Dan Brown, in a book where Dan Brown's novel is alluded to.

And I will stop there before I begin to rant.

My recommendations for improvement are: Give the characters some initial motivation and let us get to know them. Unless you're starting the story in the middle of some action, give us some kind of intro before the story kicks off. Pace the book a little better and lay off the 'beige prose'. I cannot overly stress the importance of a good editor ( )
  Claire.Warner | Feb 8, 2015 |
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

(Spoilers within)

I'm just going to say it right off: This book didn't work for me.

I've read some other reviews and I agree with some of the things they said and disagree with others. First, I agree that there are no characters in this book. I can summarize everything about a character in one line.

Sarah: She donates to charity and such and is horribly rich.
Peter: He runs a big shipping company place and is horribly rich.
Regina: She serves some guy and wears very impractical clothing. Also, as a woman who is sexual, she's of course pure evil and loves torturing and killing people.

This is honestly about as much as I can tell you about any of these characters. They're cardboard cutouts with names attached.

This book also desperately needs editing. It's not one or two errors. There are errors everywhere.

You're dad would be proud.

"Davidson"? Peter queried.

Today there were arriving at...

Thankfully, it was so expense that is was sold only in small jars.

The tenses will change, quotations marks are often missing, words will be missing and sometimes I'm not even sure who is talking. There's even at least one spot where it suddenly switches to first person POV, and doesn't have italics or anything to mark it off as thoughts. At another point a character thinks about doing something, and in the next two paragraphs announces that she's done it when she hasn't even left her spot yet.

Onto the plot. Geoff accidentally stumbles onto a Templar book while on vacation. For some reason this becomes the obsession of his life. Luckily, like all characters, he is ridiculously wealthy and can travel anywhere on a whim to research whatever he wants. Besides the fact that it doesn't establish why Geoff cares so much about discovering the secrets of the Templars, it also doesn't explain how he does a lot. For example, he goes to "library after library" and pours over books and manuscripts. Then we're immediately told that the pieces "were starting to fall into place". What pieces? I have no idea. We're just told he's discovering this stuff and figuring things out somehow. We don't know what he read in the books, how he read between the lines and came to conclusions he did or what people on the street tell him. We're just told he looked at books/talked to people and now he knows stuff.

At one point he's at Oxford University and leaving the library. He notices someone else is there and immediately thinks he's being followed. Like so many things in this book, I immediately ask, "Why does he think that?" There are plenty of people who go to that university, and lots of people stay late on campuses. I've even seen people sleep in random places like lounges or libraries. It's not that weird to see a person there.

One of the things I disagree with other reviewers on is that the book needs to be longer. While I understand their opinion and why they would say that, I would say that there is a ton of useless text that can be taken out and replaced, like one point where the bad guys deal with a crooked taxi driver which has no bearing on the plot. The majority of the book reads like a list of events.

When Peter and Sarah go out on a date, we're told things like what time Peter went to the hotel, what they ate, and a list of places they visited. We're even told:

They seemed to have endless things to say to each other.

But we don't see any of their conversations and we're not even told what they're talking about. The book tells us they have a lot in common, but I couldn't tell you what any of those things were. Then there's needless explanations, such as saying "It was obvious they had missed each other very much." after they hugged. We shouldn't have to be told that. It should be obvious when reading it, but it's not because the writing lacks any impact. There are no emotional connections to any characters.

Which is why I disagree that the book needs to be longer. Instead of telling the reader a list of places they went, the author could have focused on one place and shown and actual scene with them, talking and getting to know each other. It could replace the needless text with something that shows us who the characters are as people.

The roles Sarah and Regina play might be upsetting to some. Sarah basically exists to have a baby. On the other hand, Regina basically exists to be sexy and evil. I don't recall seeing any other female characters in the book, or, if there were, they were very brief. Whether they're good or evil is summed up quickly. "Sarah donates to charity, therefor she's good". "Regina likes kinky sex, therefor she's evil". It would be so easy to do more than the cliche with these characters. Maybe Sarah donates for shallow reasons or for basic good publicity, but isn't necessarily more generous than anyone else. Maybe Regina could have taken in "pets" who had been abused in their lives and she watches out for them. So much more could be done with them without making them flat characters, but it doesn't happen in this book.

Sarah is part of a long line of women who will supposedly give birth to the savior at some point, yet her mother doesn't bother to tell her anything until she's dying. Sarah takes it surprisingly well. Everyone takes everything surprisingly well.

Even parts of the story are flat like this. For example, in Chapter 97, "Pilot's Seat", I could have summed up the entire chapter in a sentence and skipped it. I already knew exactly what was going to happen. Follow along and see if you can guess:

Read the rest here. ( )
  Eisah | Feb 7, 2015 |
I was actually quite amazed at the premise of this book. Now, I am all about reading anything that involves the Templars...well, anything that involves clues and secrets and bad guys trying to keep those secrets from reaching daylight ever...so it was definitely a no-brainer for me to pick up this book and read it.

Initially this story starts with one man. A man who ends up finding a book that basically begins a bloodthirsty battle between good and evil. Well, bloodthirsty on the part of the bad guys. This battle not only involves a sacred group that was thought to have been lost centuries before, but also the Second Coming of Christ. And to my surprise, these concepts worked quite beautifully together. They really did fit.

We meet a lot of characters in this, but the main ones that the story focuses on are Sarah Davidson and Peter Christos. It seems that Sarah is the latest in a long line of woman who are actually descended from Christ himself. Only women. That is the important part to remember. And she will play a big role and gain quite a few enemies as the Second Coming gets closer and closer. And of course she will also gain a myriad of support from them, supposedly lost, Templars.

Many familiar things will be mentioned throughout this entire story: the Ark of the Covenant, the Holy Grail, etc.

While I did love the story as a whole, I believe that the execution could have been better. The ideas and story and overall package was there, but some tweaks in the forms of editing and proofreading could have made the entire thing pop.

Cannot wait to read what will happen next. The battle is just beginning.
  westkayla1221 | Apr 23, 2014 |
The author, Carter Vance, gave me a copy of this novel in exchange for my review.

The premise is a good one. While there are definite similarities to the premise of The Da Vinci Code, The Return” is unique. The novel starts with Geoff finding an introduction manual to the Knights Templar while visiting a friend’s castle in Provence. Geoff is stretching out his back and finds a hidden room. The Return is a swift read with extremely fast moving action. There are readers that will love this novel for its cheeky approach to religion and ideas held sacred.

The Return reads so swiftly because it reads very much like an overview. The story could have benefited greatly from development. The idea presented could have been a five star masterpiece with a bit of expansion and care to writing style ensuring that readers are immersed and involved. Vance, as we follow Geoff, has events stated as fact and while we may be there with Geoff we have a sense of being told what happened rather than the language and setting leading us to feel we’ll a part of the scene. A fly on the wall. We get little looks at key characters that mostly fall flat due to lack of expansion of motivation. It seems we are to believe that certain people are who they are and things are happening as they are without reason. Simply because we’re told that’s the way these things are.

There are people who will love this novel. Those who enjoy the ability to walk away from a novel and come back several hours later will love it because review will be brief. This is a premise worth exploring. ( )
  TammyDewhirst | Nov 3, 2013 |
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Score: 5.00 / 5 - Reviewer Top Pick

A young man discovers a hidden library filled with books and papers mentioning the Knights Templar. Soon after, he is found murdered, surrounded by the mysterious ancient symbols of an ancient order long thought to be disbanded. His friend, a wealthy business man, Peter Christos, meets and begins a romance with a mutual friend, Sarah Morales. Unknown to them, the Templars are alive and well and want to protect the couple from forces that seek to prevent the fulfillment of the prophecy about Christ's return. Thus begins a cat-and-mouse game of biblical proportions involving the Holy Grail, the Ark of the Covenant and the ultimate battle for Humanity itself.
The Return is the first in a series about the Christian prophecy of the eventual return of Jesus. I found the book to be a fascinating read, well-written and engaging. While it is similar to The DaVinci Code, it is at the same time quite different. I give this book 5 stars and encourage everyone to read it.
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