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Reviews

Some months ago, I submitted A Great Flash of Light to the Writers Digest's book competition - a category of self-published books. I received their feedback and wanted to share it with you.

Feedback.

Structure, Organization, Pacing: Please choose the statement that best applies to this book.

Reviewer 1

This book is exemplary in its structure, organization, and pacing. The structure of the chapters/parts aid in a compelling organization of the story or information. The pacing is even throughout and matches the tone/genre of the book.

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Reviewer 1

Author features a great deal of research here, and does a great job of organizing that research so that we can absorb it like narrative, not sit in front of a dry recounting of history. Nice work.

Spelling, Punctuation, Grammar: Please choose the statement that best applies to this book.

Reviewer 1

This book has spelling, punctuation, and grammar corresponding with the region of the world from which the author hails (ex. British English or American English) or with where the book is set (including slang, vernacular, or dialect). These choices are intentional and implemented consistently throughout with few, if any, errors.

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Reviewer 1

Excellent care of the edit, making sure that the book is free of typos that would distract the reader. Author gives his material the best chance of being read fully, comprehended and enjoyed.

Production Quality and Cover Design: Please choose the statement that best applies to this book.

Reviewer 1

This book is exemplary in production quality and cover design. The physical materials, printing, and binding are of professional quality and traditional industry standards. The typesetting and page layout (including illustrations, images, or figures) are easy to follow, thoughtfully designed, and error free. The cover appears to be professionally designed and is compellingly related to the content/genre of the book.

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Reviewer 1

The vista in this cover connotes a sense of vastness all around, awe-inspiring nature and awe. As a setting for the topic of this book, it works well. It's successful in its simplicity. A busy cover image wouldn't be as effective.

Plot, Story, or Topic Appeal: Please choose the statement that best applies to this book.

Reviewer 1

This book is exemplary in its choice of topic or theme of the story. It is unique but still has strong appeal for most readers in its intended genre. If the book is fiction or narrative nonfiction, the book is well plotted. If the book is poetry or prescriptive nonfiction, there is a cohesive theme or delivery of information.

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Reviewer 1

Author guides us through his insights on how humanity is 'approaching nuclear midnight,' how we can face the peril of ignorance and how nuclear power has unexpected folds and pockets for the reader's investigation through this author as guide. Author tempers the information with family stories, his takes on such events as the Cuban missile crisis and the Vietnam War, and of course layers of experience with the real people in his life. Expectations are quickly surpassed as the reader picks up this book to learn about nuclear power's role in our future and finds an engaging memoir filled with humanity and questions we relate to. Nicely done.

Voice and Writing Style: Please choose the statement that best applies to this book.

Reviewer 1

This book is exemplary in its voice and writing style. It has a unique voice, and the writing style is consistent throughout. The style and tone are also consistent with or will appeal to readers of the intended genre.

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Reviewer 1

Author's voice is mostly informative, taking the material he's known and studied for so long seriously but knowing well enough not to make the book sound like a lecture, or an entire course. We can absorb a writer's voice better when we like the writer. So with a nice connection to this author, we're comfortable on the learning path here.

In a few explanatory sentences, please share with the entrant 1-3 things that you enjoyed or that readers will find compelling about this book and why.

Reviewer 1

'Dragged before the high court of Mom and Dad' is just one place where the author does so well to add a light touch and some humor to his storytelling. The balance works so well. Robert's Yankee Doodle song is hysterical. That moment captures the burst of energy that is youth. So nicely done. Very nice descriptions throughout: 'under the nuclear sword' is a moment that stood out. Author's guidance inspires us to journal about big topics like racism, the earth's energy crisis and religion.

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