- 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: #503,075 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.
I heard about this book through viral marketing, not something that usually appeals to me, but for the sake of this site I put aside my I put aside my cynicism about how one rises up through the Amazon charts and decided to find out for myself what all the fuss was about. I'm glad I did. Literary fiction is usually up my street. Contemporary thriller, only sometimes.
From the very opening, the `literary' fiction box was ticked with the beautiful prosaic description. OF A CAR CRASH. That was a master stroke. It worked. And I wondered why it worked. I was put in mind of the many films that I've seen (in a former life as a screenwriter) and how often the use of cinematic lighting can kill off the veracity of a scene or movie (Killing Private Ryan springs to mind... I mean, going into war beautifully back lit?) However, in this novel, the opposite is true. The heightened language actually enables one to fully engage with the horror of the initial car crash. So far so good... the writer has us hooked. Would the rest of the novel live up to expectation?
I'm happy to report that it did. What really did it for me in this excellent novel was the depth and detail. This applies to both characters and plot/narrative. Logan really takes you into the depths of his characters souls, using the kind of details that show a well crafted novel (and that other writers appreciate because they know how hard it is to achieve) There is a panoply of characters who one cannot `like' but Logan manages to keep you engaged with them, almost as if you are rubbernecking a car crash! Giving compelling motivations to unlikeable characters is a skill that Logan pulls off every time.
The consequence of in depth, detailed, controlled writing (especially interesting in a novel where one of the characters is obsessed with Chaos theory) was that reading it became like waiting for the moment of impact... that's the best way I can explain the suspense engendered by the author. The imagery is strong, haunting and sometimes horrific, but then you wouldn't expect to walk away unscathed from a car crash now would you?
In conclusion then, while all that glitters is not gold and while climbing up the Amazon charts may be indicative of little more than super good marketing I managed to put all cynicism aside in reading this book. Logan has proved that however he got there, he deserves to be at the top of the pile! I would certainly recommend the book to anyone who loves good literature. I want to read more of his output and I don't care what format it's in.Writing this good transcends any of the current furore around epublishing...... He's a great writer. He should be read.
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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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