Review: Blaggard’s Moon, by George Bryan Polivka

First I want to say a HUGE thank you to my wife, Rebekah Jesse, for posting three days of reviews on this book, and for posting them on my blog.  Just a reminder to all, please double check who the author is on the posts on my blog.  My wife does post here from time to time and I want to make sure she gets full credit for her writing!  You can see more of her writing at http://jessebecky.wordpress.com/

Thanks, Becky!

Now onto our book. 

Blaggard’s Moon is a fictional pirate adventure written from a Christian world view.  The author is George Bryan Polivka.  One should know that while I don’t hate pirate stuff, I’m not exactly drawn to it either.  My tendency to turn away from it is probably due to the recent years of pirate over-saturation in our day to day.

That being said, I’m finding it very difficult right now to find the right way to describe the book.  So I’ll go with the closest thing that comes to mind… it was absolutely amazing!

From the very first sitting I was sold.  My opinion did nothing but rise the whole book through.  I have never been tempted to read a novel twice until now.  I know I’m on a review tour, and I know I’m an author of novels myself, but I’m honestly not a big reader of stories.  I love to read theology, and I’m all about watching stories on the screen instead of reading them in books.  But man, this book was good!

The characters, very well done.  Every one of them was believable, colorful, and unique.  The setting was solid.  Well put together, well used, and with massive amounts of potential for more.  The storyline, I really enjoyed it.  There were a couple points where I would have gone a different route, but it’s good that Mr. Polivka was the author and not me.  Good job man!

All these elements were solid and fun to experience.  Based on these alone I would recommend this book to any fan of fiction.

But the main reason I like the book, the one reason why I’m considering another reading… I have never enjoyed the telling of a fiction story better than I have with this novel.  There is exception to that, and that is in the storytelling of Andrew Peterson‘s songs (Andrew’s book comes close).  But considering books and even movies, George Polivka’s telling of a fictional tale is jaw dropping!    I’m not worried about overselling this part.  He could never compare to God, nobody can.  But God has made men in His image, and storytelling is a talent that it seems He has given to George.

I know that the elements I mentioned at first are, in a sense, part of story telling: characters, settings, plots.  But one can nail these elements and still not tell a story.  An author can give a narration or history lesson that does a great job on the particulars, without the author being a true bard.

I must also say that one can even do a terrible job on the particulars and still do a real good job of telling a tale.  A man could tell you the dumbest tale you ever heard, and yet even then captivate you.

But Blaggard’s Moon nails the particulars, and then delivers them to you on not just a silver platter, but on a silver platter on a silver table on a silver floor, while you sit in a silver chair under a silver moon.  I’m not sure I can even detail why I was so impressed by the story telling.  And maybe that’s partly why it was so good.

I also really appreciate some of the applicable truths one can find in the story.  You may not consciously catch them; the author himself may not have even caught them as he wrote the book (or maybe he did).  But they’re there, and they’re good.

Even though it’s a pirate’s tale, I’m pumped about reading more from this author!  Thank you George Bryan Polivka.  I pray that your soul and your pen follow His leading.

Please, read this book. 

To find out more about Blaggard’s Moon, or about George Bryan Polivka, check out some of the following links…

Blaggard’s Moon http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0736925376 .
George Bryan Polivka’s Web site – http://www.nearingvast.com/

For reviews and relevant posts:

Brandon Barr
Jennifer Bogart
Keanan Brand
Melissa Carswell
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Alex Field
Marcus Goodyear
Todd Michael Greene
Ryan Heart
Timothy Hicks
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Kait
Carol Keen
Mike Lynch
Magma
Margaret
Melissa Meeks
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Nissa
John W. Otte
Steve Rice
Crista Richey
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Rachel Starr Thomson
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Jason Waguespack
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler
Jill Williamson

My Pirate Name…

So a fellow member of the Christian Sci-Fi Fantasy Blog Tour shared a post on Blaggard’s Moon, by George Bryan Polivka (an amazing book!!!!!!!).  Her post had a link to a genuine Pirate Name Generator.  You type in your real name and your gender and it gives you a pirate name.  I just went to check it out, and found it funny that part of my pirate name was actually my tag name during my graffiti days… krebs.

Here were my results:

Real Name : Cristafer
Pirate Name : Mad Hailey Krebs
Ship Name : Miss Helo The Blue Planet

If ye want to be knowing what yer own pirate and ship name be, then stop yer loafin’ and cast off for  http://www.piratename.net/

 

 

 

CSFFBT-Blaggard’s Moon Part 3

For those of you who have not read this awesome book by George Bryan Polivka, the following blog might just be a spoiler for you. Read ahead at your own risk.

 

In this book, there is a lady, Jenta, and her husband. The dynamics between these two is very good and so is the description of the relationship between Jenta and her captor. There is a lot to this story, and a lot of plot twists.

One of the plot twists that I particularly liked was towards the end when the reader is led to beleive that Jenta’s husband and herself are dead and lost forever without seeing each other for a last time.

My emotions got the better of me while reading the scene in which they said goodbye and I liked having my suspicions confirmed about her husband.

I especially liked what happened at the end of the book with Mr. Delaney Smith…I won’t spoil it for you, but I can tell you that its not quite what I expected. If you are interested in this book, I would strongly urge you to go out and buy yourself a copy. It is a book that I plan on reading over again. I am sure I will not be as surprised with some situations in the book, but it is so well written that I want to be back in the story again. I think George Bryan Polivka is a great author and I will be spending some time looking for other titles by him at my library and local bookstores, I encourage you to do the same.

For more information about this book, check out what these other blogs have to say.

Blaggard’s Moon – http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0736925376 .
George Bryan Polivka’s Web site – http://www.nearingvast.com/

*Participants’ Links:
Brandon Barr
Jennifer Bogart
Keanan Brand
Melissa Carswell
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Alex Field
Marcus Goodyear
Todd Michael Greene
Ryan Heart
Timothy Hicks
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Kait
Carol Keen
Mike Lynch
Magma
Margaret
Melissa Meeks
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Nissa
John W. Otte
Steve Rice
Crista Richey
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Rachel Starr Thomson
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Jason Waguespack
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler
Jill Williamson

CSFFBT-Blaggard’s Moon Part 2

This is my 2nd installment of my review of the book “Blaggard’s Moon” by George Bryan Polivka.

For those of you who have not read the book, most likely the rest of my post’s will be spoilers for you. Read ahead at your own peril.

 In this book, there seem to be two narrators. One Delaney Smith, whom I mentioned in post 1, and one Ham Drumbone.  While at times, it can make the story confusing, being pulled in and drawn out of the story within the story, I actually found it refreshing. I like the idea of the main character (although at times, it does not seem that he is the main character at all) having memories and being able to look into those as though they were my very own all along.

The author does a good job of bringing out all the emotions of each character in this book and making the reader unsure of what is going to happen next. There were many times that I thought I had it all pinned down what the plot of the chapter was to find that I had no clue at all. I like being surprised. While there were many, there were not so much that I expected the unexpected. (I hope that made sense!)

I especially liked how he seemed to be able to reason the woman’s part in the book. While at times it is not what I would have done in that situation, I think he did a good job of trying to get into a woman’s emotional state of mind and determination that arises out of crises.

For more reviews on this book take a look at these blogs.

 

Blaggard’s Moon – http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0736925376 .
George Bryan Polivka’s Web site – http://www.nearingvast.com/

*Participants’ Links:
Brandon Barr
Jennifer Bogart
Keanan Brand
Melissa Carswell
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Alex Field
Marcus Goodyear
Todd Michael Greene
Ryan Heart
Timothy Hicks
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Kait
Carol Keen
Mike Lynch
Magma
Margaret
Melissa Meeks
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Nissa
John W. Otte
Steve Rice
Crista Richey
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Rachel Starr Thomson
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Jason Waguespack
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler
Jill Williamson

CSFFBT-Blaggard’s Moon Part 1.

This is the 2nd book I have read as part of CSFFBT and I have got to say that it was quite interesting.

The book is “Blaggard’s Moon” by George Bryan Polivka.

I loved the cover art, which in my opinion is part of  what draws one into a book, sometimes at first glance. It is what makes a person decide to follow the intrigue that it has brought up. In this case, the books cover made me smell the ocean air and see the giant moon up close. I wanted to be on the ship rolling across whatever waves might be lapping against the hull of the ship, and if I closed my eyes, I could imagine myself being there. I wanted to know though, where the ship was headed, what it was doing out on the ocean all alone,  and most importantly, to find out what a “Blaggard” was.

The book does a good job of drawing you into its world. Even from the title of the first chapter. I actually had to re-read the first chapters heading to make sure I wasn’t losing my mind and not being able to read anymore, then I finally recognized it as a different language.

*possible spoiler in red*

The first person I came across in the book was Smith Delaney. A good fellow seems to be, but there are things at work in his heart and in his head that might convince a person that he is not quite so good.

 

I did find out what a Blaggard was, although I am still not sure if it is a real word or just one made up, either way, it seems to fit.

Look for installment #2 of Blaggard’s Moon and check out these other blogs for more about Blaggard’s Moon.

Blaggard’s Moon – http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0736925376 .
George Bryan Polivka’s Web site – http://www.nearingvast.com/

*Participants’ Links:
Brandon Barr
Jennifer Bogart
Keanan Brand
Melissa Carswell
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Alex Field
Marcus Goodyear
Todd Michael Greene
Ryan Heart
Timothy Hicks
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Kait
Carol Keen
Mike Lynch
Magma
Margaret
Melissa Meeks
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Nissa
John W. Otte
Steve Rice
Crista Richey
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Rachel Starr Thomson
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Jason Waguespack
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler
Jill Williamson