Thursday, February 26, 2015

Book Review: 3 A.M. (Henry Bins Book 1) by Nick Pirog

3 A.M. (Henry Bins Book 1)
by Nick Pirog
Published: Oct. 8, 2013

Amazon Synopsis:

Henry Bins has Henry Bins.
A sleeping disorder, named after him.
He is awake for one hour a day.
He wakes up at 3 a.m. then falls asleep at 4 a.m.
Life is simple.
Until he hears the woman scream.
And sees the man leave the house across the street.
But not just any man.
The President of the United States.

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 My Thoughts:

3 A.M. is a book with a very interesting premise. The main character Henry Bins has a condition named after him as he was the first patient discovered with the condition with it. This is a condition where the patient is only awake for 1 hour out of every 24. Henry always awakens at 3 a.m. and falls asleep at 4 a.m. regardless of where he is or what he is doing. He has never been awake during daylight hours.

But what kind of trouble can you possibly get into at 3 a.m. in the morning? It started for Henry when he was looking out the window of his front room and he heard a scream from a house across the street. Then he saw someone leaving the house. As the man got into his vehicle he spotted Henry and Henry recognized the man - the President of the United States!

Henry couldn't believe it so he had to check things out himself. That's hard to do with an hour a day. The plot twisted and turned until it buckled in on itself in resolution. It was a fast-moving story that kept you on your toes paying close attention.

The part of the book I enjoyed the most was Henry's relationship with his cat. He had many conversations with his cat and I found many of them to be quite humorous, lending levity to the story.

Parts of the story go back into Henry's childhood explaining what his life was like as a child who was only awake for an hour out of every 24 in the middle of the night. This helps gives us insight into Henry's personality. The author did a good job of helping us characters are not as well developed, but as this is a novelette, there just wasn't enough time. There is a sequel to 3 A.M. so I expect that some of the other characters will be more fully fleshed out there.

I placed this book in the adult category due to the amount of profanity in such a short book. The profanity was the thing that bothered me the most about this book. I enjoyed the story well enough, and would love to read the sequels, but I won’t because of the amount of profanity that I expect to find in them based on this first book.

Basically due to the amount of profanity in such a short work I penalized this book a star. I do not think it is necessary to use profanity to write a good book. I have therefore given 3 A.M. 3 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion is not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

I was born in Denver, went to school at Colorado State University, then started writing in 2003 when I graduated.  I knew I wanted to be a writer since I was around 12, but didn't get around to putting the pen to the paper until after college.

I live in a town called Encinitas, about a mile from the beach, with my beautiful girlfriend Erica and three dogs, Penny, Potter and Mishka.

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