Category Archives: First Person Narrative

Leech: By Robb Neumann

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“Leech is a macabre, thought-provoking and beautifully frightening tale that pulls you in and takes you far away from what you know and subliminally sweeps you along challenging your sub-conscious with its towering span of incredible storytelling.” https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/

The story is narrated by a male protagonist who is plagued by insomnia and is looking for someone to share his lonely existence with. He meets Lillian in a drug store and they soon become friends, while sharing a strange intimacy together that seems to suit them both for a short time until Lillian changes the relationship dynamics with an offer, then a threat. He soon becomes what Lillian is, as she gives him mortality. He sacrifices his humanity to be with her, even when he doesn’t really understand what his life will be like with her. The transition to love, to distrust, from admiration to hate takes him on a journey across the Atlantic to South Eastern Europe where he fights a battle between absolution and vengeance as he wants to stop Lillian from hurting anyone else when she shows him a truth that creates even more questions and concerns to the value he places on human life.

There are so many words I could use to describe this book as I met a mixture of emotions while reading it. Mysterious and unsettling are just a few words that come to mind. Original, atmospheric and brilliant are understatements. Yet, these are the only words I can use to describe this well-written novel of darkness and beauty.

My Ranking: 5 Stars

Enter The Monkey: By Prince Rasta

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Enter The Monkey is a memoir of one man’s search for happiness and self-discovery in a dream adventure around the world. https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/

Prince Rasta opens his diary from the age of five to the age of twenty-seven for the world to see. The reader is invited into his world to share his emotional journey from been a young boy who is weighed down with insecurities, to a young man who gains precious insights in to some of life’s most basic questions.

I would like to applaud Prince Rasta in being so defenceless and honest with his feelings and expressing his thoughts so openly, as I suspect some people will either love it as a source of inspiration, or hate it as self-indulgent blah blah blah. I found the book to be truly inspirational and think it will help many people on their own personal journeys towards fulfilment.

My Ranking: 4 Stars

 

RedEye: Fulda Cold: A Rick Fontain Novel By Bill Fortin

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“RedEye: Fulda Cold is a suspenseful, hard-hitting and astonishing piece of military history that is set in 1969 West Germany and explores the reality of what happened on the border between the conflicting forces of East and West that I knew very little about until now.” https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/

Rick Fontain tells us about his exciting adventures through a first person narrative that allows the reader to travel with Rick from his initial induction into the army, following him on his journey where he and his team are stationed near the Fulda Gap to prevent an invasion or attack from Russia.

As a reader, I felt that I could connect easily with Rick on his incredible journey as he takes you by the hand and doesn’t let it go until the last page. Fortin does a remarkable job of describing the people and the landscape of the late 1960s, while throwing more light onto the tactics that the American military deployed to contain Russia in the Cold War. I certainly hope that this isn’t the last we have heard from Rick Fontain, and do hope that there is a sequel in the near future, as I cannot wait to read more of this young hero’s adventures and more of his infectious good humour.

Finally, I would also like to add that Fortin has put together a remarkably well written story with a vast amount of meticulous research and footnotes that detail the timeframe of when and where things take place. I found this to be tremendously helpful as it strengthened my understanding and added to my reading pleasure.

My Ranking: 5 Stars

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5 Star Review: The Pool Boy’s Beatitude By DJ Swykert

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Jack Joseph is the main protagonist who is a functioning alcoholic, womanizer, weed smoker, physics philosopher and swimming pool cleaner that holds a master’s degree in particle physics. His marriage is in turmoil due to his heavy drinking and broken promises to his wife who eventually kicks him out. Jack has a lot of emotional and financial worries going on in his life that he needs to clean up, but just like his physics states, everything is in a state of flux, decomposition and failure and he finds it hard to get motivated and address these issues until he meets Sarah…

After meeting Sarah, Jack begins to self medicate and runs down his own detox program and discovers love for the first time in his life beyond himself. He uses a mix of Xanax and Valium to wean himself off the alcohol. However, with his ex-wife filing for a divorce and his other girlfriend Rosemary, he finds himself caught up in a web of deceit he struggles to break free from. Jack makes a commitment to Sarah but still has an obligation to Rosemary who bailed his sorry arse out of jail and gave him cash and drugs with the possibility of a new home as she has friends in real estate.

With Rosemary, Jack crosses the threshold in to Rosemary’s abyss away from everything he said he wouldn’t step away from love, Sarah, an honest relationship, breaking free from his drug orbit and unhooking himself from his habits. No longer Rosemary’s pool boy and casual lover, he soon becomes her servant as she is his lifeline to drugs and Rosemary eventually becomes his benevolent, malevolent and benefactor.

Will Jack come clean to Sarah, who is his lifeline to his spirit and soul? Or will he revert back to his old habits? Or will he succeed for a change?

DJ Swykert successfully manages to create a great first person narrative that sucks the reader into Jacks world to such a degree it seems effortless which leads me to conclude that DJ Swykert is a master of an incredibly complex art that is conspicuously challenging to any author.

My Ranking: 5 Stars

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