Monday, 23 July 2012

Review: Last Flight Out by Carroll Bryant

At the Other End:

Their friendship doesn't stand a chance. Their love will never die. Kavita Davidson and Lily McCourtney test the limits of society's tolerance with a forbidden romance shunned by the mainstream while breaking all the rules. With his career on the rise, Kavita risks everything to be with her. With a bleak future before her, Lily seeks desperately for someone to believe in. Together, they dare to try and defy the odds - leaving the rest of us to ask, is Kavita the monster the world tells him he is? Or is he the hero Lily has been praying for? And when it all comes crashing down, can either of them survive the aftermath? True love does exist!

First Impressions Last:

OOH, forbidden romance! A good blurb, that leaves questions for us, drawing us into the novel. Not everything is sunshine and roses! Oh, and gorgeous cover!!


Author Bio:

Carroll Absolom Bryant is the author of three E-Books. (Children Of The Flower Power, Last Flight Out and a science fiction thriller, Of The Light) With a fourth E-Book, (Year Of The Cat) due to be released sometime in August or September of 2012.

As a boy growing up, Carroll and his family traveled the United States constantly, always seemingly on the move. He has also spent some time in Europe, most notably, France and Italy.
He released his third E-Book, “Of The Light” - the first book of a five book science fiction series featuring the struggles of created character, Zenakis Vinzant, a character much taken from himself.

“I think I have found my zone.” He would say, talking about the success of his blog and the book sales that followed because of it. Also through this time, he would turn down a book deal that would have gotten “Children of The Flower Power” in print. Saying: “I’m an Indie guy all the way. I love calling my own shots. Making my own decisions on how my writing will be presented. Unless it’s a deal that is ‘just too good to pass up’

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Behind the 179 Pages:

First when reading the blurb, we instantly wonder why their love is so forbidden to society. I know this might be considered a spoiler, but in my opinion, is something that you need to know when deciding to read this novel. The forbidden love between Kavita and Lily is because of the age gap. The iconic and in my eyes, hated relationships between a teacher and one of his students.

I personally would have thought twice about reading this novel if I knew of ths factor. Personally, I hate teacher-student relationships just as much as I hate love triangles. I know it's not the story itself, but this kind of relationship is something I've always shunned. When I first found out that Kavita was to teach a class and Lily came along, I convinced myself to keep reading. I tried to forget about the kind of relationship it was and continued the story. If you're someone that doesn't mind this kind of relationship go right ahead and read. But if you're like me, I would tell you to still give it a shot.

One of the other major parts of this novel is the language. Kavita speaks as a poet with his dialogue while the rest of the story is told in an informing manner. Because of this, throughout the entire novel you are the narrator. That little voice inside our heads that speaks what's written acts like a narrator. This novel and it's language is written in a way that we become the narrator. Also, it brings the film sense into it as well. Written in the way a movie would, combine this motion picture image in our minds with ourselves as the narrator and you just think 'wow'. This carries out through the whole novel, not just from the middle, but from page 1 until the end of the novel, we 'see' the book.

Also, the language in some parts is said as sensations. Switching from Kavita to Lily and the sensations feel when they meet each other. Although we are reading from one point of view, we still get a glimpse of the other character when something happens that both characters feel.

Brilliant ending. Absolutely heart-wrenching that will leave you finishing with a sigh... and maybe even something I didn't even see coming. The ending nearly had me in tears, but alas, none were shed.

There was something about this novel that couldn't quite suck me in. Maybe the kind of relationship despite my efforts to ignorre it and just focus on Kavita and Lily.

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  1. This sucks, not your review, just the book

    1. Hi Anon, When I first published this post I had a bit of dramas with half of my actual post being cut off :( I hope I have fixed it because now on my computer I can see the full review and not just the blurb of the book, cover and first impressions. Check again now or try refresh your page. If it still doesn't work please please let me know! Thanks, Gina

  2. A man of ordinary talent will always be ordinary, whether he travels or not; but a man of superior talent will go to pieces if he remains forever in the same place.” — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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