Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Great Hawk by Karl F. Hollenbach

The Great Hawk is a book about a boy named Jimmy who spends the summer with his grandparents. He becomes interested in falconry and asks his grandparents to help prepare him to learn his new hobby.

The book might seem like a simple story that a child might enjoy, but it is rather gruesome. The author has a definitive way of writing very detailed, which is definitely something that enhances the story. This means that the gruesome parts of the story are always very detailed, which may not appeal to everyone, especially children.

The book tells a short story of a child who wishes to learn a new skill, but ends up learning a lesson in return. There are many unpredictable twists throughout, even in the beginning. The story takes place in the depression era, which might not appeal to everyone. The story moves rather slow because everything is so detailed. In some chapters, it feels as if little was accomplished, probably because it leans more to detailing many conversations other books would simply skip over.

The Great Hawk is an interesting short story that has limited appeal. The detailed writing is a nice change from standard writing styles, but sometimes makes the story seem to move too slow.

Interested? Get a preview of the book and buy it here.