“…The diverse characters in the book become enmeshed in the struggle and the tension between them builds increasingly from page to page.” –Enrico Downer, author of There Once Was a Little England.
“JUNTA examines the politics of a nation as only a skilled storyteller like author Ken Puddicombe can. Rich with local flavor and characters that live and breathe on the page, JUNTA will stay with you long after you close the book.”—Karen Fenech author of The Protectors Series.
All of the characters were well-developed. They were credible, interesting and unique, with disctintive voices. Each character has their own personal journey, suffering and hopes. I thoroughly understood them through their thoughts, feeling and actions. The dialogue was done with such sophistication that it revealed new facets of their personalities. West Indians have a specific way of phrasing sentences and I liked Ken’s artistic decision to go with the accent. It flowed well and it was easy to follow. I noticed there was a lot of emphasis on the setting of the fictionous island of St. Anglia. The setting adequately described powerful descriptive passages and visual imagery that at times I actually felt I was brought into the world that he created, as the author. This story had so much rising tensions and climaxes that at times it felt like I was watching an action movie.
Overall, I think the basic premise of this novel was appealing and well executed. It’s concise with a great writing style. I feel as a historical fiction it captured the time and it kept me totally engaged from the beginning to the end.