5 Star Review

 

 


If you’re looking for a quick, lightweight read, give Eclipse of the
Heart by Adam Adrian Crown a miss. This book intrigues, tantalizes,
shocks and challenges readers. Eclipse of the Heart dares you to
put the book aside once you start reading. And it’s anything but a
short novel. The narrator is laid back, cool. His voice has attitude
i.e. “Take it or leave it. I don’t care.” It’s that every attitude that
sucks you in, makes you wonder why he feels that way. What
happened to him? When his story starts, its plot suggests a chilling
thriller: a woman loses her entire family in a car crash thanks to a
drunk driver. As usually happens, the driver gets off too easily. The
mother’s need to see him suffer as she is suffering grows. She hires
the narrator. He makes sure the drunken driver pays for his crime.
Vigilante? Hired hit man? Is this murder for money or what?

It’s the “what” that keeps readers turning pages. Through a large
series of stories we learn who the narrator is. We are invited to
think about his humble, poor beginnings, the abuse he suffered,
and oddly accepted at the hands of his alcoholic father till he was
13. We are taken inside the head of a highly intelligent child who
loved to read and learn, who was bullied by his peers and often
puzzled by the actions of the adults around him. And then we
witness the turning point in his previous willingness to accept the
ugliness life dishes out to those who don’t deserve it. The narrator
is still only a teen when he doles out what he considers suitable
punishment for evil-doers. Despite the violence, the reader doesn’t
condemn him. Through his thinking and actions, the narrator is now
challenging readers to look as deeply inside themselves as he is
doing. The challenge is to be as honest with ourselves as he is.
Could we be that truthful about everything we think and feel?

This novel is for thinkers, deep thinkers, preferably those with some
education behind them as there are lots of references to books,
political figures, war-time atrocities and the many, many instances
of man’s inhumanity to man. If you’re not familiar with what it’s like
be in the coast guard, or the police force, in prison, or even in a
rock band, you’ll be enlightened. You’ll also come away shaking
your head at what you suspect, but don’t want to believe about
figures in authority, be it in law enforcement or business. You’ll take
off the rose-tinted glasses. And you’ll come away feeling more
compassionate than ever about the ordinary man who can’t get
ahead for trying. Eclipse of the Heart is so raw it hurts. There’s an
overwhelming sense of loneliness about the narrator and it’s little
wonder he leaves us thinking, as he does, that animals are infinitely
more intelligent, loveable and kind than humans are.

As a novel,  Eclipse of the Heart is many things, the most of important of which
is brilliant!

Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers’ Favorite

 

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