The End of the Line

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The End of the Line by Gray Williams, sadly had a hard time with this book. Does not set up story well, had difficulty following storyline and did not want to keep reading.
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Unfortunately, this was a book I could not finish. The opening pages are filled with so many characters and things going on that I was completely lost and had no idea what was going on. I didn't connect with Amanda or any of the characters and ended up stopping. From the blurb, I was really looking forward to reading, but I'm afraid the writing didn't do it for me.
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The End of the Line had a interesting plot, but it fell short. There were so many holes in the story or so things that were just not explained. The author has promise.
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This book is about Amanda and her crew of criminals who are stuck in a train car across Russia to destroy a demon. There are flashbacks about how it started and a bit about the heists but what you learn about the world is mostly told and not shown. This is very much a first novel, as the writing is more tell than show. It takes some time to care about the characters, and all of them are idiots. Most of the issues even with the demon are all of their own making. Also, sticking an entire book mostly in a train car really gets boring. Despite one flashback scene from the demon’s point of view, this was surprisingly light on the descriptions of the deaths and as such, it was kind of hard to care about them or find the demon that threatening. Also, no one ever explained why the one summoning circle was in Russia and why no one took a helicopter there and saved the entire plot. I liked the ideas and for that it almost got three and not two stars but there were some factual issues, such as bleach and urine should not be combined in a train car, or this would be a much shorter plot.
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