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"OBSTACLES took me on an emotionally charged journey into another dimension. Mr. Reardon's writing is finely detailed and his plot is truly unique in a world filled with the paranormal genre!

There is a fresh face in the writing world that shows great promise, so if you're looking for a fantasy that contains real heroes, real action and sacrifice, in a world where you will actually be able to visualize every scene as it unfolds, you might want to try Chris Reardon's OBSTACLES!" ~ Diane (Tome Tender Book Blog) 


This imaginative journey began with a doctor's exasperation at his inability to save the life of one of his patients, a child named Gari. Throw in an eccentric elderly patient who claims to be able to bring back the dead, and I was hooked. From the minute Dr. Alcott took the mystical book in his possession, Chris Reardon penned an interesting and gripping world that is everything a fantasy should be. We have real characters facing great odds in pursuit of a noble cause. It's the kind of story that can easily be read in an afternoon without even blinking. ~ C. Stacey (Story Siren)

For me, after reading the first chapter of this book, there was no way that I could put it down. This book kept my attention from the beginning to end and was so wonderful that I read it in one afternoon. The writer has a way of describing the characters and situations in this book so clearly that I could see this in my head. ~ Daisy S
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First edition (August 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492233978
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492233978
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,569,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

E-mail Chris! chrisreardon34@gmail.com

Visit Website! http://reardonchris34.com/

YouTube! http://youtube.com/c/chrisreardon34

Christopher Michael Reardon is a student at Western Michigan University. Having experience as a writing tutor, he says you always learn something new when working with other students. Reardon is always searching for exciting books to read, especially new authors.

Reardon graduated with Honors from Lumen Christi High School in Jackson, Michigan. In the marching band, he's played flute, tenor saxophone, and the piccolo. He's also an avid tennis player, being on the varsity tennis team for four years. He received the honor of most valuable player his senior year at number one and two singles.

He is the author of Obstacles, a paranormal/fantasy novel from Solstice Publishing, along with Preserver and Breaking Rules, urban fantasy novellas from Sleepytown Press. He says fantasy adventure books have always been an interest, because they challenge the mind and send you on an epic journey.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ailyn Koay on November 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book has been given to me in exchange for an honest review:

I like it because:
the story is good and exciting. It is as a fantasy novel should be: challenge to the imagination. The characters work together for a main goal, yet have different personal goals.

But:
The author's grammar needs rechecking, choice of words are poor and do not portray intentions of the characters properly.
Dragging out a story is not for me, but the pace is ok. Although author said this is just 1 book (indeed it ended), but the last chapter hints at a possible continuation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julie Elizabeth Powell on February 8, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I have given this book four stars because the plot is intriguing. Although the writing style is good, it does need some attention and I'm not sure if all rings true with the main character. There are extremes of emotion, to such an extent that I wonder if the stress of which wouldn't put anyone into an early grave.

However, it was a good, interesting read, the idea thought-provoking and clever, delving into the science - or myth - of how to cheat death.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stacy L Sabala on May 27, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Book Review- Obstacles by Christopher Michael Reardon

Dr. Alcott is now a live-in doctor caring for a young boy named Gari. Dr. Alcott is prone to night terrors and fears death. One night when he goes to visit the hospital he has worked at in the past, he stops to talk to a well known patient named Mashilto. Mashilto is worried about young Gari and encourages Dr. Alcott to use the book Mashilto’s mother gave him. In it, he explains, is a way to raise the dead. The doctor is skeptical and agrees to take it and look at it. Once he has the book in his possession, he hears voices or he believes he is going insane. When his car is searched, the book is gone. Mashilto has no recollection of having a book like that. Dr. Alcott is shocked.
Gari’s latest visit is grave and he only has days left. After that terrible news is shared the book magically appears on Dr. Alcott’s bed. He panics in horror and fear. In the end he takes the book and completes the ritual. A Jauntla appears challenging him to give his own life for Gari’s life.
Once he agrees Dr. Alcott is a competitor in the obstacles. If he wins enough he earns the right to change fate. There are six total. Time is frozen until he wins at least three or loses four. He enters this adventure with four other people: Gretchen, Vitaly, Travis and Marya. Gretchen is trying to save her sister. Vitaly wants to save her father’s life. Travis is also trying to save his father’s life. No one knows why Marya is there. All they know is her story involves a drunk driver.
The obstacles are harrowing and dangerous. Alcott is thrust into his worst nightmares. If he fails Gari dies. If he succeeds he trades places with Gari and dies in his stead. It literally becomes the fight of his life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amy on December 27, 2014
Format: Paperback
Obstacles is the kind of book that brings you the unexpected in an engaging and unique story. The complex magical realm of the obstacles and the rules and logic behind it are creative and unique and add a new element to the fantasy genre. The story follows Alcott, a live in doctor for the terminally ill Gari, who wishes he could save the young boy's life. When he is given a mysterious spell book with a promise that is will save Gari's life, Alcott pushes past his paranoia and his fear of death in order to try and save him.

There is a great realm of believability and realism through this story, and it is matched by a wonderful fantastical element. The premise of Reardon's story is not to create heroes out of ordinary people, but instead is shows ordinary people trying to achieve the impossible in order to save someone in a truly selfless act. Alcott and the others participating in the obstacles all have their own reasons for partaking and we slowly see these reasons emerge as the story progresses.

There is a great amount of action too and Reardon uses it well and balances the excitement and the fantastical well. The obstacles they all face show great imagination on Reardon's behalf; they are clever and entertaining and filled with uncertainties that keep you guessing. The anticipation the contestants feel also translates across the page meaning you also feel nervous for the outcome and are unsure what will happen.

Reardon's strengths are in his creativity and expression of these ideas and the design of the world as well as his ability to surprise without losing sense of the story. In saying this, there are a lot of things unexplored.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hayley on October 18, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Firstly I'd like to say how gorgeous the cover is for this book. I mean really? It's ridiculously beautiful, I love, love, love it!

Secondly, the plot for this novel is astounding and like nothing I've ever came across before. A doctor bonds with his child patient, and is given a book by a dying man that allegedly has the power to save a life. Using this book he summons a goddess, who promises that if he succeeds at dangerous obstacles, the child will live.

I'm amazed that this is a debut novel based on the plot, but I must admit that the writing style could use a little more work I truly believe that the more Reardon works at his craft the more amazing he will become. That said, I am not a writer, I struggle to even write reviews let alone a novel, and so my critique may be completely out of line.

The development of characters was very well done, they were all realistic and likeable, and the settings that they are placed in are mind blowing. My only complaint regarding the story was that it seemed to move slowly, but that may have been just my experience. We all know I don't read a lot of fantasy, and though I like it I'm still adapting to the genre.

Overall this book was enjoyable but could have been better. Fans of the fantasy genre have more potential to love it, but I would say perhaps stay away until you fully love the genre. I'd love to see this book get a film adaptation, because I think that'd be a huge and highly addictive film.

I rated this book 3 stars on Goodreads.

This book was given to me in exchange for a review. My opinions are in no way affected by the publisher or author.

Originally posted here: http://thereadingwonderland.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/review-obstacles-by-christopher-reardon.html
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