5 Star Review

I love it when a reader “gets” it. Makes me feel like there’s a kindred spirit out there. Not everybody digs the picaresque genre.   But this fellow apparently does. Very sweet words, and much appreciated.  –aac

In what may be misinterpreted as a backhanded compliment,
Eclipse of the Heart by Adam Adrian Crown is so much better than it looks. The cover suggests something ethereal but sinister, the blurb
promises horse-whispering and cold-blooded vengeance, and some
early comments allude to Hemingway’s tight style of writing. Oddly
enough, all of this proves to be true and accurate. Still, the book
itself is so much better than this might suggest. We have the life
story of a man. A rough man. Tight, like the style of writing as told
by this very man. And one might again misconstrue this to mean
that he is simple, or not complex, or worse yet … possibly
unintelligent. None of this is true.
The character created by Adam Adrian Crown to reveal a rough
man’s story in Eclipse of the Heart may be concise, but he is also
irresistibly complex, self-aware, deeply troubled, and good of heart.
Ironic, then, that vengeance of a most violent sort, with a
soundtrack punctuated by unapologetic sex, seems to be his most
succinct and sincere way of proving his good heart. But this irony
scratches only the surface of why this book is so much fun (perhaps
satisfying is a better word.) A surprise on all levels, the story’s
narration sounds like an old film noir, while the plot unfolds like
Benjamin Button or Forrest Gump … only with major gunfights and
beatings to change the rating.    All I’m saying is that Mr. Crown has
pulled a fast one. This book is a literary marvel disguised as pulp
fiction. And I, for one, found it marvelous and exciting.

Reviewed by Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers’ Favorite



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