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A Big Bite for a First Novel
on June 10, 2012
According to the author's bio, `Daniel Armand lives in Toronto, Ontario. His inspiration behind Adam Orser: Chronicles of Evolution originated during the summer of 1983, after a near death encounter offered an incredible insight into the obscured aspects of life, love, and the progression of the human spirit. Daniel is currently working on the next novel of the Adam Orser saga. "I truly hope this novel will help inspire readers all over the globe, to embrace their spirituality. It is through clarity of mind and understanding that we may one day.' Heady and commendable beginnings for a `continuing saga', but given the author's facility with language and his ability to create the multiple atmospheres the book demands, he may indeed be on to something worthwhile following.
Our protagonist is psychologist Adam Orser who is in a serious car accident resulting in a coma, and in that state he perceives an alternate reality where he is assigned a mission involving a kidnapped girl. Good start but the long novel seems begins to wander a line between thought processes that makes staying with the story, despite the fact that it is so technically well written, a challenge until the author settles into the story that places Adam's inamorata, Jazmin, as a plumb line that keeps the narrative balanced. Granted it is a difficult assignment to write about two levels of perception of life and make them both credible, but Armand's command of his dialogue allows us to bear in mind the greater overview of the story. Destiny and the choice of direction play major roles in the unraveling of this tale and as the author intends to write further books in this sage the brevity and puzzling aspects of this first book are understandably suspenseful.
For a new author, an example of his skillful writing is justified: `To speak in riddles is like creating a forested labyrinth around one's home; it might be very beautiful, it may even be very practical, but it's still simply a means of protection from outside intrusions as is a fence or even a moat. To be a comedian is to surround oneself with wobbly mirrors, the kind usually found in a fun house where people of all ages can see the humor of their own distorted nature, while at the same time distracting the minds of those who truly wish to see what lies within.' Writing of this quality deserves watching. Perhaps it would have been better for Daniel Armand to write a simple novella first before committing himself to a multivolume saga. But for a first outing, this book is very impressive. Grady Harp, June 12