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Paul Chandler
Loden's Children

Quarter Finalist

Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 9.50 out of 10


Plot/Idea: Chandler's mystery/thriller is a fast paced novel that will likely have readers racing to the finish line as private investigator Riley Callen tracks down the missing Loden children and unravels what led to their kidnapping. 

Prose: Chandler's prose is clear, immersive, and detailed, providing a cinematic reading experience. 

Originality: Loden's Children is uplifted through its unique characters and unexpected developments. The introduction of Molly, a brilliant AI assisting Riley Callen in her investigation, provides a wholly engaging element. This, combined with the reasons behind the kidnapping at the heart of the narrative, make for an incredibly fascinating story.

Character/Execution: Chandler has created a main character that readers will have no problem rooting for. Not only does Riley have impressive skills, she has morals that withstand even the hairiest of situations. Additionally, readers will be excited to see how AI Molly grows beyond what her creator thought was possible.

Blurb: Chandler's cinematic novel will thrill and fascinate readers as main character Riley unravels the Loden Children cold case.

Date Submitted: April 18, 2023