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Chance: A Novel Hardcover – February 18, 2014
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I just read TAPPING THE SOURCE a week or two ago, and that book truly was a five star novel from start to finish. Maybe reading them back to back, I was more disappointed by CHANCE than some other readers.
So what specifically didn't I like about the book? For starters, just from my personal taste, there are three plot devices that I hate: time travel, amnesia and split personalities. This book unfortunately involves the last one, and I'm not sure what it really adds to the story. My bigger criticism though is that the story just seemed to go out of focus so much. There is a pretty clear and sometimes interesting plot in here involving a misguided love interest and a dangerous bad cop/husband. I think if the book had stayed with that story more clearly it would have been more enjoyable. Instead it strays at times into musings or events happen in unclear ways.
Anyway, its not a bad book, but in all honesty I've read many better novels lately, and this isn't one I would be quick to recommend to anyone.
The doctor in question, Eldon Chance, is an ordinary man, a sympathetic character who could be the guy next door because who doesn't know somebody who's had a few hard knocks the way life is nowadays. But Chance the anti-hero has an extraordinary knack for making bad decisions and pretty soon he's off on a rollicking roller coaster ride down the wooden rails as he sinks deeper and deeper into ruin. He starts by having inappropriate sexual fantasies about patients, gets involved in a very shady deal with an antiques furniture dealer and, worst of all, he bonds with "D", a hulking, tattooed, paramilitary "Fixer" with a troubled past and a penchant for bladed weapons. Add a seductive and mysterious math teacher with multiple personalities, a red haired secretary with a silver stud in her lower lip, the Romanian mob, and a dying philosophical Frenchman with a talent for conceptual photography, and you might have the ingredients for a bouillabaisse worthy of Elmore Leonard (who incidentally did a blurb for Kem Nunn's surfing classic, "Tapping the Source").
Mr. Nunn has made his mark writing novels about California.Read more ›
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