What makes inSyte different from other books of the genre?
inSyte is different in that it has a well developed plot with lots of twists and turns.
But at it’s core, inSyte is a character driven novel. Each character’s motivations are always clear so the plot is easy to follow without being predictable. I also strive for nicely understated humor to break up the intensity.
You always know who’s head you’re in, ie the point of view in any chapter is quickly apparent. The perceptions of the characters are different for the same circumstances, which adds depth.
And I have a lot of dialogue. Dialogue speeds up pacing and is an important element in making a book read quickly. Dialogue also helps to illustrate the characters.
My characters are multi-dimensional and interesting. Even the smaller characters are well-drawn.
My novel is a thriller and there’s plenty of action and tension. I paid a lot of attention to the dialogue to add tension by inter-cutting, avoiding having people speak in complete paragraphs and even sentences. Showing the impatience, projecting a more natural flow.
More than just dialogue, there are a number of physical conflicts. Otherwise known as fight scenes. The various fight scenes have been described by reviewers as horrifying and terrific. This is not a novel about fighting, by any stretch, but there is physical conflict. Great fun.
My antagonist, Cheslov, was described by Kirkus Reviews as “Woven throughout a story with many finely crafted twists, turns and revelations is the charismatic, mysterious, murderous Cheslov Kirill. As a classic merciless political operator, Kirill is unforgettable and chillingly, complexly rendered, especially for a man who uses a school of sharks off the Florida coast for corpse disposal.”
Cheslov is an intense presence in the novel because whenever I have a chapter with Cheslov, you stay firmly in his point of view. You see what he feel, know what he knows. His thoughts are not very pleasant, but they are consistent and (mostly) fair. If not just a tad warped.
You see, Cheslov was born in 1900. And my novel takes place in 2020. Much of Cheslov’s memories are a blank. He remembers events leading up to World War I, then his memories pick up in New York at the turn of the 21st century. Something happened in the woods of Rostov in 1918 but he doesn’t remember exactly what that was.
But the reader knows. So the reader realizes Cheslov is a paranormal character.
My protagonist, Mitch, is a hero and you find that out in chapter 1. Ex-Navy SEAL. So who possibly go into conflict with a literal monster like Cheslov? How about a Navy SEAL? Who do you think would win? And how?
Read the book to find out!
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