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Who is Frankenstein? We often think of him as the creation, though the creator's name in the original was Victor Frankenstein and the monster was called Frankenstein. In this story, Dr. Chris Alexander is the monster. At first. He is a self-loathing, self-debasing semi-realist. I say semi because his story begins with a modicum of faith. Whether it's faith in humanity or faith in technology, you'll have to decide. He's a fascinating character that made me want to hug him, slap him, shake him, and kiss him during his journey with Frank. Frank is an enigma. He's a child. He's Amish. He's autistic. This story is about the both of them. They take a journey together and discover something wonderful - hope. They both grow. They are both humans, despite the fact that Frank's heart and mind live in the body of a killing machine. Why does he save the terminally ill autistic boy? How does an autistic boy, with limitations based on his autism alone, come to terms with his new body (a mechanical killing machine) and an Amish mindset?
Nothing is as it seems in this roller coaster ride. It's a story of redemption. My favorite kind. It's original, thought-provoking, technologically sound and singularly clever. It will not disappoint.
There are a few niggles with this book, including the common failure to research simple weapons terminology. While I can't quibble with descriptions of military weapons, we get treated to the common error of handgun magazines referred to as "clips." Also, I can name on the toes of my left hand all of the semi-auto 38 pistols. It might be possible that Michael meant the venerable.380ACP pocket pistol, but "38" is almost always a revolver round.
One big downer is the homicidal "good guy" Cyrano Dresser, who is an over-the-top cartoon stereotype of the ruthless government "problem solver." One can only hope that we don't have such men in our government, although this character would play well on screen as the guy you love to hate.
Bunker's writing is amazing in the book. As an Indy author, he has grown, refined, and delivered a first class, professional level book in this one. I prefer not to read first person, present tense style writings because very few can pull it off without being tedious. Bunker can. He deserves great praises for this one!
Disclaimer: I received this as a ARC and was asked to write an honest review, which I have. I have also pre-purchased a copy to support this author.
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The story itself moves fast and is full of action. While I understood it with the first read, you get more out of it each time and you realize halfway through your second read that the entire premise is well thought out, well researched, and pretty darn good thinking all the way around. But, then, after reading so much of Michael's work, I would expect nothing less.
One thing I noticed through the book is that Dr. Alexander may have started out a borderline sociopath, but as the story moved along, I noticed the development of more and more compassion for the boy who became Frank, and his people, as well. There's always a lot to learn about Amish ways, even if you have been brought up as an Englischer near them, as I had been. I'm old now, and I still have a lot to learn. And I am on the autistic spectrum, myself, having been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in 2006. So this made Frank nearer and dearer to my heart with the turn of each page. The tricky nature of emotions and handling pressure was well done in this book. I found myself nodding my head, as if it made a difference what I thought.
Michael is, as always, a phenomenal writer to me. I've read all of the Wick series, all of the Pennsylvania series, and quite a few of his more theological works. He is one of the most real and intelligent writers I've come across. I recommend Brother, Frank, and everything else he's written. This one gets a 5-star rating from me.
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