Harold Coyle Message Board
Fred Smith posts on 8/9/2012 6:24:30 PM
In Cat and Mouse, the sleazy journalist Lyell is said to be a graduate of the Harvard School of Journalism. Sorry, there is no journalism school at Harvard.
Leonard posts on 9/13/2011 2:05:52 PM
Having just picked up a copy of Cat and Mouse, I have to agree that the line edit of the book was atrocious.
I _do_ edit a book once in a while, as a favor for a friend who is published by a large publishing house, so I know what the job entails.
I don't know what's going on at "Forge", but I certainly hope someone has fixed it because it _will_ cost them readers if it hasn't -- and authors will begin bailing if it isn't.
Noah Vaile posts on 4/29/2011 6:35:15 PM
I too have found the same thing today reading 'Cat and Mouse.'. "Reviled" instead of "reveled" and "absconded" instead of "ensconced" are but two of the misused words in the first 64 pages. I actually had to stop reading another one of his books three or four years ago it was so poorly edited.
Clearly using a simple spelling-proof software program rather than a human being. I hope. If it is edited by a human things are worse than they appear, which is pretty bad.
I had planned on writing to Coyle when I came upon this page. I cannot find a 'contact the author' address as some other popular writers have. Apparently he has absconded with his identity and ensconced it in a place where it can be kept incommunicado because he finds he cannot revel in the quality of his books and wants to avoid facing being reviled.
I think the book I had to put down was 'God's Children.' I did manage to lurch through Dead Hand. Team Yankee, Sword Point, Bright Star, Trial by Fire, The Ten Thousand, and Code of Honor were all wonderful and well edited. What happened?
res8635 posts on 4/12/2011 10:26:35 AM
Coyle's book "More Than Courage" is absolutely filled with mistakes--some regarding weapons, some geographic, some personal. His stuff used to be great. What's the deal now?
RetCW4 posts on 12/18/2008 12:48:36 AM
I have to agree with the 2 previous comments. I just finished Cat & Mouse, and Mr. Coyle should fire his proofreader/editor. Rice patties? Khe Shan? Burnsides? Absconded? Caulk (vice chalk)? Winkle? Repeated errors and misfires that ruin an otherwise fairly good read.
Bill, US Army Retired posts on 12/10/2008 11:23:29 AM
Have to agree whole-heartedly with "Frederickunltd". I just finished "Cat and Mouse" and the editing was poorly done and some of the military terminology was off the mark.
frederickunltd posts on 11/26/2008 4:31:16 PM
I have read several of Mr. Coyle's books, and in general have enjoyed them. BUT, and it is a huge BUT, he needs to find a new proofreader/editor. The number of grammatical, punctuation, and syntax errors in CAT AND MOUSE are atrocious!! I am not a professional journalist, only a person with a good high school/college background in English, and several times I was forced to reread a sentence or paragraph to understand what he was trying to say. These errors, while understandable during the throes of creating a novel, are unacceptable in the final product of a professionally written/edited work.
alan schultz posts on 7/29/2008 11:25:45 PM
Beginning with Team Yankee, I've read a goodly number of Mr. Coyles fiction works, all of which proved to be interesting. Earlier this evening I finished They Are Soldiers, which dealing with a National Guard unit, was differently oriented from his other works, as I recall them.
Having said that, it strikes me that NOTHING was lost re the change in venue, that being from the REGULAR ARMY to the NATIONAL GUARD. Hopefully Coyle will keep at it.
Mike posts on 11/27/2005 8:42:41 AM
Anyone else notice that in "They Are Soldiers" Christina Dixon's eyes changed from green on page 49 to brown on page 83?
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