You all know Indiana Jones?

I used to call him that. Imagine him, except twenty-two, no whip, and he didn't find cursed artifacts or run away from giant stone balls.

A Sister's Promise

Shelby Perry

"A Sister's Promise" is a contemporary adventure book very well written by a young and promising author. A good start by Shelby Perry. I'm waiting for the next one!

 "A Sister's Promise" is a great adventure book. It reminded me the old pulp adventure magazine stories and movies. But this one has an unconditional contemporary feeling, which is quite good.
 It's the kind of story you want to know what's going to happen next and it has a well-founded sense of honor among the heroes.

 In the midst of the action you can't help keep asking yourself what happened to the Black Prince, the legendary pirate and his ship - The Lucifer. It keeps you interested and intrigued.

 The writing is good and very straight to the point. In my view it works very well that way. 
 I'm not a big fan of telling an action/adventure story in the first person because there's only one point of view but somehow that didn't bother me too much in "A Sister's Promise". Like I said, it's straight to the point and the action and intrigue made me forget that detail. And of course, it's an artistic choice so there's nothing wrong about it. It was also interesting to read the 18th century journals.

 There's a strong female lead character - Sasha. She's very intelligent, cunning and sexy. I really liked how the author made the crossbow Sasha's favorite weapon, almost like in a McLuhanian way. It reminded me Luke Skywalker's lightsaber. Sasha's crossbow isn't just a weapon. It has an important background but I'm not going to reveal it here. All I can say is that Sasha manages the crossbow as good as Robin Hood!

 Besides well-thought-out characters, the author also shows a very good topic and historical research. To that I add the clever way Shelby Perry handles references, especially regarding Sasha's brother.

(..) You all know Indiana Jones? (…) I used to call him that. Imagine him, except twenty-two, no whip, and he didn't find cursed artifacts or run away from giant stone balls.

 Of course there's a big Indiana Jones influence but the author makes it clear that besides most of the readers, even the characters know it. That's creative writing!
 Another important thing is the tour de force/ plot twist regarding one of the main characters. I wasn't expecting it and I believe that most of the readers won't be as well.

 I'm a huge fan of this escapism heroic pirate treasure hunt adventures and this book has everything of it. 
 "A Sister's Promise" is a contemporary adventure very well written by a young and promising author. A good start by Shelby Perry. I'm waiting for the next one! 


NOTA: Esta análise está em inglês porque foi escrita diretamente para o Goodreads e Amazon.

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Francisco Sousa Faria da Silva