Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Full Text: Welcome to Goliath's Eye, it's something like The Shining for eco-warriors. The woodlands of a once grand private estate are being cleared for a new development of upscale homes in South West England. The woods are regarded by many locals as a "spiritual place," while children suffer nightmares after hearing dread tales of the evils that lurk within. 'The Heights' is a modern miracle of architecture, all glass and concrete, with a view of the seashore in the winter months after the leaves have fallen. The new homeowners are beside themselves with bliss. Ah, domestic tranquility. (Hold that thought.) Meanwhile, a short distance away a troupe of environmental activists are encamped at the edge of the woods, determined to protect the area from the construction of a by-pass road. Their round-the-clock vigil has brought the project to a standstill. Then things start turning strange. Really strange. Goliath's Eye is an intriguing mystery peopled with entertaining characters; it just takes too long to get from point a to point b. My time was well invested in the story for the first hundred pages but I found myself skimming the middle until the story picked back up in the final hundred pages, where it takes a sharp turn from just creepy to supernatural horror. The author thanks his copy editor and confesses that all errors were later added by him. So, I guess he gets the blame for the many typos: ecology for environment, conceit for concrete, boardroom for boredom, Columbia for Colombia. These are just a few of the many word substitutions that appear to have been made by a smellchecker program, and not a professional proofreader. There's a lot to like about this book. Losing a hundred pages, and a thorough proofreading would bring it up to a five star read.
by Rusty Clark