Item description for Black Storm Rising by D. Shane Burton...
Overview From the depths of time they rise -- an ancient yet technologically advanced threat from a forgotten era of human history. On a planet linked to Earth, yet far removed, humanity has thrived in great diversity, yet now the very fabric of their society is endangered. Legendary heroes from long ago join together with modern explorers and soldiers to stand against the threat, or die in the attempt. The battle between good and evil is joined anew as the fate of a world hangs in the balance.
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Studio: Xulon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.26" Width: 6.36" Height: 1.26" Weight: 1.64 lbs.
Release Date Feb 28, 2003
Publisher Xulon Press
ISBN 1591604672 ISBN13 9781591604679
Reviews - What do customers think about Black Storm Rising?
Great concept, awful execution Jun 20, 2008
I really like the idea of what Burton is trying to do here. He's got a great concept and I'm a big fan of Christian sci-fi.
Unfortunately, I don't think he has the writing skill to pull it off. Burton's writing style is incredibly awkward. A basic guideline for beginning writers is "Show, don't tell"--in other words, use your characters to tell the story instead of simply saying what happens. (Look the phrase up on Wikipedia.) This rule needs to be engraved into a stout stick and Mr. Burton needs to be beaten with it about the head and shoulders. Seriously, I've read fanfic with better style.
The feeling of stilted awkwardness is amplified by the author's mortal fear of contractions and the way he frequently jumps between POVs. Even if you get used to the writing style, at bare minimum the book needs an editor. I read the "Historical Background" prologue with some interest but didn't get past the first chapter before giving up in pain, which was a first for me.
Lesson to prospective authors: No matter how awesome your ideas are, you've got to master the art of writing before you can tell your stories. I intend to return this book for a refund, if I can.
Too Much Feb 17, 2008
I appreciate Burton's attempt at a Christian sci-fi novel, but he needs to go back to the drawing board and work on his craft.
I often judge a good novel by how well it keeps my attention while on an exercise bike. This one kept it at times, but I found myself wishing it was over so I could start something else.
The book starts off slow, but I can handle that. There is a lot of getting to know characters so it seems you being set up for an in-depth fiction knowing of people, which I like. That said, it just becomes to over-the-top as you read. By the end of the book he has introduced elves, dwarves, merlin, Guenevere, giants, ogres, robots, dragons, wizards, etc; just about every fantasy element you can think of, with a perfect (too perfect) fitting together of Biblical explanation for each one. I just got a little too far out, in my view.
Also, it was a little too preachy. I like Christian fantasy, but I prefer the symbolic, or the in depth stories of personal struggles over books that use their stories to have one of the characters preach a sermon to you.
Again, I appreciate the effort and am for the self-publishing approach. I just think the author needs to go back to the drawing board and re-think some of his style.
An excellent read by an excellent author! Feb 9, 2007
Black Storm Rising by D. Shane Burton was an amazing read. I approached this book with an open mind. I was a bit leery about how science fiction and Christianity could be brought together but Burton did so flawlessly. The technical precision of Tom Clancy, along with the sci-fi storytelling of David Weber or Orson Scott Card is what I felt upon reading this book. There are those who have criticized the author for his unique writing style. I admit, after years and years of reading formulaic books it took some getting used to. After about the second chapter I was completely engrossed in the novel. The criticized style is one of the reasons this (and the sequels When Worlds Rage & Dark Tyrant's Ascension) novel is so enjoyable. I found myself excited about what would happen next. The characters are very well developed and their relationships with each other are equally so. As was mentioned in another review, there are a few typos and errors. This is understandable since these books are self-published. These errors in no way detract from the story. I would also like to address the Christianity of this book. There is no one denomination or viewpoint presented in these pages save for Biblical Christianity. It is not at all preachy or overbearing. It is however, an immensely important feature of not only the author's life, but of the lives of many of his characters. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the science-fiction genre.
Author Needs to Work on His Craft Jan 12, 2007
This book received great reviews here on this site. so I sprung for the whole series. What a mistake! The premise of the book promises to be a great story, and it probably is a great story, but the poor writing gets in the way. He obviously has not learned the writing mantra "Show, don't tell." I could not get drawn into the story because I'd constantly think, "I can't believe he wrote that!!" Also, Mr. Burton has made his book a soapbox for his particular theology which is quite irritating.
I believe that Mr. Burton should hone his craft of writing and republish this book. Anything worth doing for the Lord is worth doing excellently.
Not As Good As I Hoped Dec 2, 2006
After reading all the reviews on this book, and anything else I could find on it, I bought it from this site. It was not as good as I thought it would be. The author created a cool world, and had some interesting ideas, but it was very hard to read. The language through the whole book was very formal; even what was supposed to be slang! Also, there were a lot of characters, and you wanted one of them to come to the front and be the main character. No one really did, and you kept wondering who the story was about. This also made it hard to get drawn into the story, as you didn't really connect with the characters. It was unique enough to be interesting, which is why I gave it four stars, but it was also hard to read, so all in all, it was not as good as I had hoped.