Publisher: TMN Publishing
Author: Lee Wayne
Received: Review Request
I received a copy of The New Ezra Files in exchange for a fair and honest review.
The New Ezra Files is about a city that is very much beyond our own. The police we know today are nothing like what the people of Ezra know. To them, the concept of murder is a thing of the past, stories told by grandparents to scare their children. Or if they’re like Aryeh, the stories were spellbinding tales that motivated them to the (significantly less interesting) police force of their time.
Things progress pretty quickly in this novel. One moment Aryeh is living the life of a bored police officer, and then next he’s stumbled upon the first murder case in almost a hundred years, and the next thing we know the truth is being obscured at every turn. Soon Aryeh himself (and us along with him) doesn’t know what is true or false, which memory is real or fabricated.
I really wanted to enjoy this series. It has such a unique and interesting concept, but unfortunately the follow through prevented me from being able to sink my teeth into it the way I wanted to. I found myself confused more often than not – which I’m sure was meant to mirror Aryeh’s predicament, but in reality all it did was distance me from the character and events going on.
I find myself conflicted; on the one hand I’m wishing there had been more to this story – perhaps with more time this unique world could have been fleshed out. On the other hand I’m not sure more time would have changed my concerns. I would love to see this reworked some more, I think it has a lot of potential.