Feb 10, 2013: "The buildings on the left side of the street used to be rundown and graffiti-covered refuges of drug addicts while those on the right side housed the adult bars and small neon-lit rooms where scantily-clad women of all nationalities plied their trade in monetized affection. "
The above quote is a single sentence from chapter one, and provides a sample of some of the exposition one might find in ‘Lion of Leeuwarden’. It’s hard to read, and that’s a problem, especially because it’s not an isolated case. Such exposition leads into virtually every scene, with some pieces better written than others.
The action and pacing is good enough, but the presentation and word choice make it a difficult read, to the point that I wonder if English isn’t the author’s first language. There’s too many overcomplicated/’smart’ words and overwrought sentences when simple ones might do, and this couples with the long, foreign names (Leeuwarden, Adriaan, Johannes) to interrupt the already iffy flow of the writing.
Hard to recommend, but the glimpses of the underlying, interwoven story threads and vigilante anti-hero suggest that there’s a decent story in there. With a reader willing to look past the writing or some attention from a proofreader/editor, the story could be worthwhile.
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