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A Difficult Mirror Paperback – September 18, 2013
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About the Author
Benjamin X. Wretlind has been--at different times, of course--a fry cook, range boy, greens maintenance technician, reservations agent, room service attendant, editor, banquet server, meteorologist, instructor, program manager for Internet applications, curriculum developer, training simulation engineer and certification coordinator. Exciting stuff, to be sure. There was that one time he took flight on the wings of an F-16, but he puked. All in all, the important thing to remember is that Benjamin is a writer. He has penned a few novels, deleted a few novels, edited a few novels and is, of course, writing a few novels as he continues through this life in front of him. His wife, Jesse, is an artist and counselor, which helps dealing with the five kids they raise as well as a dog, a rabbit, two hamsters, a gerbil and three fish.
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His well crafted characters transform from words to living breathing beings each in turn telling me of their trials and tribulations. When you read a Wretlind novel, you don't just read through it. No. You linger within his worlds and mingle with his people; quickly becoming engrossed. This novel is no different.
Poor Justine, only four years old and trapped in an unknown place. You will feel her fear, and the other characters desperation seeps through the pages. It's an epic tale in the vein of Stephen King's "The Stand" that cannot and should not be missed.
This novel is more fantastical than his previous works, CASTLES and SKETCHES FROM THE SPANISH MUSTANG. While those novels did contain fantastical elements, they took place in "our" world. A DIFFICULT MIRROR largely takes place outside of our world, in a mysterious void where the lost--more often than not--are never found again.
Wretlind's characters are always three-dimensional and sometimes eerily realistic, as though you might run into them on the street. As the characters in this novel make their way through the void, Wretlind expertly weaves their memories into the narrative, bringing them to life.
Combining horror, fantasy and mystery with elements of the traditional hero's journey, A DIFFICULT MIRROR is a doorway into a world where demons and painful memories from the past hold sway. With a unique and detailed plot, rich characterization and a very real sense of danger, it is sure to appeal to readers of all genres.
Note: I read an advance review copy of this book.
This was an extremely well written book that brought alive the characters, whose strands intertwined with each other to such an extent that on one level we could see that everything is connected. It is a lengthy piece where the reader must concentrate on the intricacies, so as not to miss the layer upon layer of meaning.
The world beyond - or within - depending upon your point of view, is filled with secrets and discoveries into the lives of the characters, where memories are explored and decisions left wanting.
Can they learn the lessons and move on, or will they be forever locked into a Hell of their own making?
On the edge of my seat most of the time in the book, I felt myself holding my breath. It is that exciting and suspenseful. The characters like Marie Evans are well developed and descriptions into the void are very well received.
I love the structure of this book from modern to fantasy and back. It is unique and a welcome change. I found A Difficult Mirror to be a clean and crisp book that fits into many categories. This book has it all and I hope the author has more in store because I am a new fan of Benjamin X. Wretlind.
I highly recommend this book for an Awesome read and I know you will enjoy this very creative and master story teller's work 5 stars
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