Review: North of Elysium by Jerry J.K. Rogers

elysiumNorth of Elysium by Jerry J. K. Rogers. 69,000 words. Available on Smashwords.

Because of the type of books that I write, I continue to look for and read as many Christian indie books that I can find. If you have one that you’d like to recommend, let me know and I will probably take a look.

But this book fascinated me with possibilities, as you can see from its description:

“A teenager from Africa with the ability to track spirit possessed creatures is aided by a self-exiled religious recluse with the unique ability to read souls. The two are brought together and journey to a mysterious small town in Northern California searching for a daimon that’s entered the world causing local havoc. If not successful, the ramifications are greater than both initially realize.”

So far, so good. In fact, I enjoyed the beginning of this book very much. It starts in Africa, and I looked forward to the main character, a teenager sent on a mission by his village and the local Christian missionary, going to northern California in pursuit of a demon.

And then the story falls apart. The African joins forces with two other men and ends up in a very suspicious town. And that’s where they lost me. The book is so full of editing errors and formatting errors that I had a hard time getting through it. More importantly, the book of full of profanity and sexual scenes that made even me blush. I will have to admit that I couldn’t bring myself to finish the book.

I found it interesting that the book was available on Smashwords, but not on Amazon. Now I have a good idea why.

I give it one star out of five.