Survival Story: A Girl and Her Dog's Tale

Survival Story: A Girl and Her Dog's Tale


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Survival Story: A Girl and Her Dog's Tale by Marita Balto







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Survival Story: A Girl and Her Dog's Tale


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When Emma’s family life falls apart, she decides to take her dog, Cozzie, and run away. She has everything planned out, from sneaking onto her father’s boat, to getting a place once they land. But life has a way of spiraling out of control, and a series of unfortunate events leaves Emma stranded on a deserted island with a dead father and child traffickers on her tail. Will she and Cozzie be able to survive? Or will the jungle swallow them whole?

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Review of "Survival Story" by Marita Balto
Reviewer: Martin Grundy 5th February 2021

It is hard to tell if this is a mistake, but the version of "Survival Story" by Marita Balto that I picked up is not ready for publication.

It is littered with spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, missing words, malapropisms, logical inconsistencies and missing details. There is even one editing comment left in the text.

This is a shame, because the story is a good one. The author has a way with words. The pace is good. The style is simple and effective. Many of the descriptions of the sea, sunsets, illness and insects are very evocative. A knowledge of and a love for dogs shines through. But it seems that the writer has rushed to finish, in order to advertise her (admittedly very worthy) cause at the expense of a professional product.

For the book to be taken seriously, it needs thorough revision by a competent editor. This is not a matter of pedantry. The words of a novel should be metaphorically written on glass with the reader looking through the glass to the story unfolding in their imagination. When there is a mistake in the text, attention is diverted from the story to the text itself, which is disruptive and not what is required. In that sense, the words of the book should be invisible.

I am sure I would recommend a revised and corrected edition of "Survival Story".
Austen Rodgers - Ferocious Heroines, Ancient Mythologies, and High Magic
FEATURED AUTHOR - Austen Rodgers is a science fiction and fantasy author living his best (and only) life in Waterloo, Iowa. He spends his free time painting miniatures for D&D and dabbles with fantasy maps of his own creation. In 2015 he published his apocalyptic novel The Book of a Few, and earned his BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2016. In 2019 he launched the first two books in my fantasy series, The Flame Seer and The Fire’s Scar, and completed the Crystal Mythos trilogy with The… Read more