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Find Caesar Vol. 1: The Search Is On! (Book) Review

 

 
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2/ 5


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Some very imaginative and original plot twists.

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Main characters are often unlikeable, and too little of the story is fully developed.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Find Caesar Vol. 1: The Search Is On! is a story with a lot of potential. The author has a lot of imagination, and some very original ideas. Unfortunately, those ideas are never fully realized to their full potential, and the oversexed and often overbearing main characters serve only to turn readers off.

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Posted July 12, 2013 by

 
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The question is, do you even *want* to find him?

Finding Caesar is an…odd book, to the say the least. If nothing else, the author has originality and quite an unusual imagination going for him. So what is it about? Well, it has a few different story lines threading through it, but it is mainly about Erik Brickley and Roman de Caesar, and the once in a lifetime story that brings them together.

Erik is an up and coming freelance journalist in New York City who secretly hopes to fulfill his dream of becoming a bestselling romance novelist. His life takes a strange turn when he is inexplicably given a huge assignment that he has no idea will change his life forever. Roman is a mysterious figure who flits in and out of the spotlight at will. Widely known as the world’s most sought after male escort, Roman has won (and lost) millions in his quest to take women to “Paradise.” There is a wide range of supporting characters, from the inevitable bad “guy” desperately searching for Caesar, to scores of people who have been a part of the life of Caesar.

In many ways, it is a highly imaginative story with twists and turns that are often quite unpredictable. I love a good story that keeps you guessing. Unfortunately, Find Caesar just does not tie together well. There are so many scenes worked through that are seemingly only there to prove how very macho Erik or Roman is, without advancing the story in any way. And their characters are themselves often highly unlikeable. I’m all for that, if it is the intent of the story, but in this case, many of the very things that are meant to make their characters seem both larger than life and the envy of their peers, are just kind of sad and often don’t even make a lot of sense. Caesar often comes across as a bit of a controlling psychopath who kidnaps and kills at will, and Erik as an overgrown kid who simply cannot control himself – there are even a couple of references he makes towards raping women (once where he says she’ll love it) that will likely be a huge turnoff to readers, and serve not at all to advance the story in any meaningful way.

I really tried to like Find Caesar. There is a lot there that could really make this a good story. I think a big part of the problem is that the author tried to do too much, and ended up not doing justice to the engaging parts of the story. A book about the journalist finding and interviewing a renowned male escort – and all the twists and turns involved – would have been a great read. A book about a descendant of Caesar who is possessed of supernatural powers – also a cool story. In the end, neither one is fully developed enough to really bring the readers into the tale. To top it off, there are numerous editing mistakes throughout the book, which happen often enough to be distracting.

Find Caesar Vol. 1: The Search Is On! is a story with a lot of potential. The author has a lot of imagination, and some very original ideas. Unfortunately, those ideas are never fully realized to their full potential, and the oversexed and often overbearing main characters serve only to turn readers off.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)