- File Size: 629 KB
- Print Length: 306 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1511527145
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: White Butterfly Press (December 25, 2011)
- Publication Date: December 25, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006Q68W7U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,143 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It is a thriller, no doubt, with compelling action sequences. I kept reading straight to the end - it is a "page turner."
It is a strange romance between victims, thrown together by proximity and circumstance.
For those with a philosophical bent, The Survival of Thomas Ford seriously examines whether or not the universe allows accidents, and why good things happen to bad people(and vice versa).
For those interested in the fatalistic Celtic universe of folk lore and legend, The Survival of Thomas Ford is your book.
However, the book is really Jimmy's story - Jimmy is one of the most brilliant characterizations you will meet in literature, and I use that term advisedly, because this is a literary novel, too. And yet, superficially, Jimmy reminds us of someone we may know. That is part of the terror of this book.
Euripides and Jeremiah warn: "The gods visit the sins of the fathers upon the children," and in Jimmy's case, the sins of Jack, his father, are visited upon him a thousand-fold.
It is, above all else, a deep psychological study.
The characters are well-developed, with a depth and realism unusual in contemporary writing. But the landscapes, the atmosphere, the settings also loom large in this book, taking on a life of their own. The prose is a pleasure to read and it ferries the reader quickly along the Styx to the inexorable windswept hill of horrors.
Logan is an unusually literate writer. I could sometimes hear the echoes of the ancient Celts who painted themselves blue and danced naked on the battlefield; maybe the echoes of Henry James; vividly feel the warmth of Lorna's comely figure; the iciness of Jack's ambition in the subtlety of the language. You will like Thomas Ford and I hope Logan is already at work on another novel. My kindle and I are waiting.
At around the 75% point, the plot started to drag when the characters got all introspective and spent too much time either day dreaming about the past or fantasizing about how things might have been. Even so, I really liked it.
I would say it's a bit slow to start, but once the plot is laid out and the characters well established, it gets quite interesting and rushes to a satisfying if incomplete end. I say incomplete only because I like to see all the loose ends tied up and see where the characters are well after the climactic finish. But there's something to said for leaving that to the reader's imagination.
I baffled between a 3 and 4 rating. I went with 3 because it's been a long time since I've read any fiction. I didn't really have anything to judge against. But if possible I would have gone with a 3.5.
I am now interested in reading other titles from this author.
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