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TEETH - The Epic Novel With Bite

Teeth - The Epic Novel with Bite (Vol. 1, The South Pacific Trilogy) - Timothy James Dean When I was given a copy of Teeth by the author outside of a Goodreads contest, I didn't know what to expect. I have been trying to broaden my horizons about the types of books I read since I have been getting bored recently, so I thought "What the heck?" Teeth definitely is not the type of book I normally read. Many reviewers before me have stated that the book starts out slow, and this is true. The buildup takes a long time and I will be honest in saying that I almost gave up around here, but I managed to press on and slowly but surely the action began to happen. While reading this book I was going through some difficulties in life (deaths in the family, job search, etc), which probably slowed me down more than average, mind you.This review will be honest because I believe as a writer myself that you do not get better without recognizing your faults! So bear with me. I hope this helps.It is obvious that the author is writing about something he loves immensely, and a lot of research clearly went into this book. My complaint with the book, other than the slow ending, would be the fact the book at times is overly wordy. I think that an editor going over the book with a fine-toothed comb would work wonders to tighten up the book and bring together pieces. The heart and soul of the book is there, though, and the author imbues his book with passion and his own personal excitement, and this carries over to the reader. The last half of the book is great and exciting and I flew through it. The issue for me was the first half, which I understand was slow for a reason.There was plenty of action, tension, and excitement once you get to the meat and bones of the story, and this is where the heart of the novel is. You just have to get past the beginning, which might be a task for some. Or it might be easy and this was just me.I enjoyed the book, but for a few reasons, I wish I could give this a 3.5 instead of a 3. Since there are no half stars, I will round down because I really do think that another round or two of editing would make this book PERFECT. I am not one to give out perfect scores, either, unless the book was a masterpiece or something I have read a dozen times. The author definitely has something here, that's for sure. There's just a lot of it, including superfluous stuff that comes off as filler more than needed plot material. I'll be passing this book to someone I know will love it, though, so there we go.