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What a fantastic read! If you're a fan of John Fante or Elmore Leonard then you'll want to pick up The Enigmatologist immediately. It's a humorously hard-boiled story that is penned by Ben Adams, who writes with the authority and conviction of a seasoned author. After finishing I came to the realization that not one page of this book had been wasted.
From page one I was hooked by Adams' firm grasp of the plot as he took me down a road filled with mystery, intrigue and lots of humor, and it's all set against the backdrop of the epic expanse of the American Southwest. He unfolds the story at a compelling pace, making sure that no stone is left unturned but also whetting your appetite for the next chapter to come. And as John Abernathy's journey in trying to locate Elvis begins to unravel and reveal the ever-expanding enigma of his case, growing more bizarre and more mystifying, my own journey as a reader is fulfilled with each passing chapter. His search for the truth is deftly told by Adams who does not rely on hackneyed tropes but instead uses his own refreshing voice to add a new facet to a much loved genre. I've learned that this is the first book in a trilogy and, for one, cannot wait for the next adventure. Well done.
John didn’t always know. He was just a twenty-three year old graduate puzzle designer biding his time doing boring work as a junior private investigator for his grandfather’s friend. Sick of taking pictures of cheating husbands and wives, he was thinking about a different occupation when opportunity knocked in the form of a photograph with a startling, if indistinct, likeness of Elvis. The photo was allegedly taken by a woman in the remote New Mexico town of Las Vegas who offered to sell it to the National Enquirer.
What follows is confusing, action-packed nutty bedlam that stretches John far beyond the point of no return. He learns more about his life and family, and more about his future in a couple of days than he thought he ever wanted to know. He also learns that he has not grown up alone; he has been watched by many eyes every day of his life and that his future affects more lives than he ever imagined.
It took a long time for me to get into this story, It seemed to begin slowly with a ‘who really cares’ attitude. However, once John reached Las Vegas, the story built quickly and purposefully and I really began to wonder how it would turn out. Incorporating elements of government conspiracy, Elvis fan worship and imitation, Alien cover-up conspiracies, Native-American spirituality and the mystery of a vast remote location, The Enigmatologist grew into an entertaining larger than life scenario. It would be a good read for any lover of mystery, Sci-Fi or conspiracies.
Hey John! Look up and wave.
Unlike most reviews that feel that are expected to spend five-hundred words describing the plot to you, I’d rather tell you three things that made me like this book.
1. It’s a darn good title. Seriously, I can now use the word enigmatologist at work the next time someone is doing a crossword puzzle and seem quite intelligent rather than how I truly exist as barely below average. However, a true crossword fiend is a cruciverbalist, and it would probably be a far better idea if I were to keep my big mouth shut.
2. It’s a heck of a good story. In general, I’m a fan of Elvis sightings. It has been far too long since such things have been openly acknowledged, much less the behind-the-scenes action by a myth-hunter. Adam’s protagonist John Abernathy is as much legend as he is rake. I love the perpetual conflict of loathing his job but loving the perks.
3. It is very dark comedy. If you are a fan of knock-knock jokes, The Enigmatologist is likely going to push a few of your buttons in a bad way. Ben Adams is writing for a mature audience who can appreciate humor under dire circumstances, more so for those of us who truly wonder if we are in on the joke or the stooges unwittingly doomed to performing the punchlines.
I unabashedly recommend reading Ben Adams The Enigmatologist. He is a sharp, clever writer with an eye for the surreal as keen as Kurt Vonnegut. He is an evolutionist forced to teach creationism but woe be unto those who think they can stop this brilliant mind from subverting their young. It is only a matter of time before Ben Adams writes something so great the whole world will know his name.