A New Beginning (ROSWELL) (英語) マスマーケット – 2003/6/1
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As high school draws to a close for Max and the gang, they say their emotional goodbyes to Roswell and head toward the future, but their difficult experiences over the past three years pose little comparison to what lies ahead.
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I was not expecting a literary masterpiece which this title isn't. It does capture the characters quite well and I am willing to overlook most of the plot discrepancies and typos that other reviewers have mentioned. One thing that does annoy me is the mess the author made in regards to the problems with their van as it becomes a major aspect of the plot when it breaks down.
It is described as a 60s Volkswagen van (a Kombi) yet the author has Kyle walk to the front of the van to inspect the motor and then describes problems with the belts, hoses (I assume the author meant water hoses) and timing chain.
Sorry to tell you this Kevin Ryan but the motor is in the back of the van, it has one belt that wouldn't prevent the van from starting and the hoses only direct air for the heating as the motor is air cooled. Also there is no timing chain in these motors, they use gears to drive the camshaft. A dropped valve would have been a more convincing scenario for the novel.
Before you think that is all, the wrecked van next to the garage is described as having an alternator - wrong. Old Kombis have a generator. Then later on the van breaks a spring which is OK but no 60s VWs use the coil springs described, they are fitted with torsion bars. A break in these would be obvious by the entire front of the van having dropped but not visible by looking at them as they are sealed in a metal tube.
I am assuming that the author may have had a Ford or Chevy van in mind whilst writing this novel but changed the brand to match the van used in the final episode of the TV series. If this is not the case I would certainly think twice before getting my car serviced at Harbor Auto Repair (see thanks page). Perhaps I am being a bit picky as I used to work in a specialist Volkswagen garage and the average reader of this novel would not be any the wiser to the errors.
In the end I did wonder why Kyle just didn't get Max or Isabel to fix the broken parts once he had removed them from the engine and once they could see what needed to be done.
Overall I am pleased the series is continuing, at least in book form, and I quite enjoyed the read. The recent rumours of a Roswell movie to finish off the series is great news, however the books will have to do for the time being.