A decent, quick read, but also a strong example of the value of a good editor. The writing and the story both need some assistance. I want to finish the story (this is the first in a trilogy), but I’d really love to see Christopher Hunter find an editor and update the books after he’s done another a round of work on them. This read like a first draft to me, not a final version.
This is really what worries me about the trend toward self-publishing — when does good enough become good enough? I’ve seen tightly edited and well crafted self-published books out there, but many of those are cases where the author hired out for freelance services. I know there are people out there working on ways to connect authors to vetted service providers. See BiblioCrunch.
There are also a new breed of author-cum-publishers like Bob Mayer’s Who Dares Wins. His company is an outgrowth of the stable of talent he had to pull together to publish his own work. He’s said before that “self-publishing” is a fallacy. No man is an island. And all writers need some help.
There are plenty of routes for authors to take, and I find that incredibly exciting. I just don’t want to see it at the expense of quality.