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The Oracle Year: A Novel Hardcover – April 3, 2018
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An Amazon Best Book of April 2018: If you woke up with 108 predictions in your head, what would you do? Sell the information to the highest bidder? Give it away? An ordinary man named Will Dando answers this very question in the pages of The Oracle Year, the first novel from popular comic book author Charles Soule. When Dando anonymously posts a few predictions on a site he dubs The Oracle, it’s flooded with queries, all of them variations of three themes: “Will I get what I want? How can I get what I want? Why can’t I get what I want.” What a self-absorbed society we live in, and Soule’s novel prompts us to ask a few pointed questions about our own naval gazing and the lure of fate versus free will. As for Will Dando, his life is turned upside down by knowledge he didn’t ask for but can’t un-know and everyone, from everyday citizens to hellfire preachers, all the way up to the President of the United States, wants a piece of him. Just when you think you know what’s going to happen, Soule throws a curveball and that’s part of what makes his characters and storyline believable and provocative. Life is unpredictable, after all… --Seira Wilson, Amazon Book Review
“Wildly entertaining. . . . the relentless pacing, richly developed characters, and brilliant ending make this apocalyptic speculative thriller an undeniable page-turner.” (Publishers Weekly)
“A thrilling, noodle-bending adventure that keeps readers guessing until the very end.” (Kirkus)
“..anyone will enjoy this comically fast-paced tale about Will Dando, who wakes up one day with 108 wacky and world-shattering predictions.” (Washington Post)
“Here’s my prediction: this book will seep into your soul. The Oracle Year is about knowing the future—and what you do with that knowledge. As you meet Will Dando, you can’t help but reevaluate yourself. Get ready for the best kind of fun.” (Brad Meltzer, New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle)
“Soule’s The Oracle Year is like a sliding puzzle, except every time you think you can predict what the image will be, new pieces slide into place. It’s a wonderfully mysterious thriller that proves Soule is as much a master of prose as he is of comic book script.” (Chuck Wendig, New York Times bestselling author of Invasive and Blackbirds)
“With The Oracle Year, Soule has created something truly special, both a globe-spanning thriller, and a razor-witted look at the modern human condition. The Oracle Year is easily one of the best debuts I’ve read in years.” (Scott Snyder, New York Times bestselling author of Wytches, Batman, and A.D.)
“Soule’s background in comics shows in this dark, rollicking tale.” (Booklist)
“This volatile and unpredictable novel will entertain and keep you guessing until the very end.” (New York Journal of Books)
“The Oracle Year has all of the elements of a straight-ahead action thriller, while exploring faith, politics, and personal responsibility with heart and a sly, satirical wit straight out of the funny pages.” (Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi Blog)
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Coming to the novel, it’s a taut well crafted thriller. Kind of reminded me of the Bourne series but the protagonists are way more accessible. Like the main protagonist here is no super spy just a regular dude. And you see him going through the decisions and choices he makes.
Really, what’d you do if you know anything for a fact about the future? For one, it’d be the scariest thing to happen to you and you can write a novel about it. And this author has done so and it reads great.
Finally, the story doesn’t rely on sex or overt violence for thrills, and that’s an accomplishment for a thriller.