First let me establish my credentials. I am a professional reader. Over the course of my forty-year career, I have traveled many millions of miles on airplanes, and spent thousands of nights in hotels. Since I cannot work or sleep on an airplane, I turn to fiction and realistic science fiction (not fantasy) to make the airplane ride or hotel stay seem shorter, eh?
I happened across Epiphany on Wall Street via Twitter. The author kindly read part of my blog, and challenged me to read their book. It was not much of a challenge, eh? For I TRULY got the better end of the deal by having read their book. My simple blog was pathetic in comparison.
From the outset this is a thoroughly engaging book. The characters, though one may be a bit unusual, are TOTALLY believable. The reader is drawn into a parallel world of destruction, not only of a man, but of current-day America itself.
There are a few qualities I look for in a book. The MAJOR one is that the author knows how to write dialogue in the context of how WE speak, not in endless, almost speech-like conversations that are not realistic. This author joins all of my other favourite authors in that the dialogue is fast paced, believable, AND cleverly advances the story.
Epiphany also hits hard at our so-called "Democracy and the wealthy, as seen through the enlightened eyes of the character. It also touches on the class warfare in our society, addressing many burning topics of today. Topics that we shall ALL be facing in the very near future, if some of us are not already.
Were I to have to leave America quickly, there are a few novels that I would take with me. This would be one of them. Indeed, I even had to put it down for a day as it was coming to a close, simply because I did not want it to end!
Read it....you shall NOT be disappointed that you did. No matter your political persuasion, concern over the VERY small but believable science fiction involved, or your view of American society and monetary issues, you shall come away with something special. Truly you shall.