Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Book Review: The Sentinel by Jeremy Bishop

In the frigid waters off the Arctic Ocean, north of Greenland, the anti-whaling ship, The Sentinel, and her crew face off against a harpoon ship in search of Humpback whales. When the two ships collide and a suspicious explosion sends both ships to the bottom, the crews take refuge on what they think is a peninsula attached to the mainland, but is actually an island, recently freed from a glacial ice bridge. Seeking shelter, the two opposing crews scour the island for resources. Instead, they find Viking artifacts, the preserved remains of an ancient structure and a stone totem warning of horrible creatures buried in the island's caves. Facing violent, frigid storms, a hungry polar bear and the very real possibility that they are stranded without hope of rescue, Jane Harper leads the two crews, who must work together to defend themselves against an ancient evil upon which the modern stories of both zombies and vampires are based. The original undead are awake and hungry. Beware the Draugar.

My Review:
Lets get it right out in the open shall we? If there is one thing in life that I hate, it is hearing a woman referred to using the c word. I hate that word. But let's be honest, in this book that is the one word that perfectly sums up our heroine Jane.

Jane is a pure and utter bitch from hell and I hated her. She believes that she is superior to everyone else on the ship. She looks down her nose at all the grotty men on board who aren't good enough to share her bed...then she gets annoyed that none WANT to sleep with her! She is prejudiced, rude and vile. She constantly makes mean comments in her head directed at the fat girl Jenny who is a nice and friendly women who goes out of her way to help Jane and saves her from a bad fall. So Jane has bitchy thoughts about being flattened by Jenny, crushed by Jenny, the boat tipping because of Jenny, polar bears finding a better meal in Jenny...When you get a comment like this every second bloody paragraph on every page, it gets tiresome. The author obviously has some obsession with fat people as we kept getting this crap rammed down our throats.

Jane also thinks she is the great undercover spy on the ship, working to get evidence of this environmental group using illegal and dangerous methods to further their aims. Trouble is, the captain of the ship knows she is a spy and has been having her watched all along. Not so great now are we Jane?

By the time the boats sink quite early on in the book, I already hated Jane and wanted her to die painfully. Knowing this wasn't going to happen made me decide to give up on this hellish MC and find something better to read. I can barely even comment on the plot or writing style because the entire section I read was Jane complaining, Jane bitching, Jane being a giant pain in the butt.

No thanks!  

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  1. Great review. This used to be on my radar but no longer. Thanks for saving me some time!

    1. I'm really annoyed that I never even got to the main part of the story before I got tired of Jane!

  2. Aw, drat. And it looked cool from the cover.

    1. I had high hopes for the book as well. I hate it when your hopes are dashed!