Set An (Im)Perfect Future: The Devil Of Dublin by Haze O'Hagan

§ I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel. § 

Dublin, Ireland - 2050: The world has changed as technology took mayor leaps forward: limbs can be regrown in mere minutes, tattoos can change shape, and you can lift 100 kg without batting an eyelash. All you need is the help of a few tiny nano robots. In this modern world, religion and god have become redundant, the same can be said for Haze's belief after his father's death - he is not sure if God exists and if he does, he is not sure if he likes him.

Then his world is turned upside down as he meets the man who has made this modern age possible: Patrick Lynch. While people see him as a modern god, quite the opposite is true. He is the devil himself, and has enslaved countless people and did not only kill Haze's father but cursed him as well. As soon as Lynch touches him, Haze discovers powers ... the question remains what he should do with those powers? Help the poor? How and at what cost? Or should he take revenge for his father's death?

The Devil Of Dublin by Haze O'Hagan
"The Devil of Dublin" has a very strong beginning and pulls you right into the story. O'Hagan begins to explain the new technological world but what drives the plot forwards is the supernatural and celestial element.

Afterwards the plot stagnates until we discover who and more importantly what Haze is and how he happens to have these powers. The author uses this pause to introduce you further into the modern life of 2050. Personally, I prefer to be given bits of information as you go along and in a descriptive manner. O'Hagan uses a telling manner which means that in the middle of a scene there is going to be a whole paragraph to explain how modern contraception works. This created a staccato effect and I could never really get into the plot because of it.

Furthermore, I felt that it had been hard to connect with Haze as well. While the writing is fast-paced it loses its ability to be written emphatically. For example, we are told that Haze is sad and that's it. There are no tears, lips that are bit to suppress emotions or deep breaths you take in order to regain control. While this stripped writing style works in action scenes it does make the slower and softer parts harsh.

However, the book is filled with a range of diverse characters. Haze is bi-racial and has been raised in a family with mixed religious beliefs, one of the side-characters is gay which isn't treated as a big thing. This might not seem like a lot but is far more diversity than an average Science fiction novel offers unless it has racism or LGBT+ as a main topic.

Added to this, is that I felt that the characters interacted well together. The conversation seemed realistic and the bonds formed between them are quite familiar to everyone who had been a teenager: the two best friends who tease each other but are brothers from other mothers.

I also enjoyed that Haze is not inherently good and by the end of the story you are still not sure on which "side" he is. He wants to protect his family and the people he loves and cares. Then he wants to protect the weak but goes on to do so by hospitalizing the abuser, does the end justify the means? Does his motivation make him that much different despite using the same method? By the end this riddle remains unsolved. Haze is something in between, he is called "The Devil of Dublin" by the media and police but helps to chase down the worst criminals Dublin has.

"The Devil of Dublin" is an indie book by Haze O'Hagan and you can feel how eager and enthusiastic he is about his story. With the book, he tries something different and new, at the same time, I feel that he still needs to sharpen his words a little bit by adding more "showing" than telling. Since I had been given an advanced copy, there is still time to iron this out - alongside a few your and you're mistakes.



Haze: The Devil Of Dublin by Haze O'Hagan
Published2019
Pages: 356
ISBN-13:978-1723738876
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The Devil Of Dublin by Haze O'Hagan

About Haze O'Hagan


Born and raised in Dublin Ireland, he spent much of his youth playing basketball, reading comics, video gaming and creating stories (usually to get out of trouble.)

Furthermore, "I'm of African American and Irish Ancestry and believe in diversity. Being mixed race and raised with the experience of multiple cultures has given me a broad and unique perspective of the world. After living in Africa for two years in 2009-2011 as a Latter-Day Saint missionary, I developed a love for reading and writing."

Upon returning home, he dreamed of writing his own novel and upon his mother's passing in 2017, he felt driven to live my dream; thus "Haze: The Devil of Dublin" was born.

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19 comments :

  1. I love diverse, layered and complicated characters. Excellent review!

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  2. Sounds really good. I would like to see more of this.

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  3. Not sure this is my genre but it sounds interesting! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. sounds like more than meet the eye kind of book

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  5. this sounds complicated and intriguing - I like books that make me think

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  6. good review, loving the name haze

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    1. Thanks! I also thought that it's a cool name!

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  7. What an intriguing cover, excellent review!

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  8. This seems like a very imaginative book, but I'm not sure it's for me. I enjoyed reading your revise!

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  9. Great review, the book sounds very intriguing.

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  10. looks good! Thanks for sharing this awesome review

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  11. Author here! Awesome review. I'm still looking for a publisher so thank you for the postive review! I've got working on the manuscript again making sure to show rather than tell ;)
    Please contact Haze@hazeohagan.com for free review copies :)

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    1. Hello Haze! I am glad you liked my review. I hope you find a publisher soon :)

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  12. Great review, this is the first time I have heard or seen this book it really does looks and sounds very intriguing. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

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