Pariah - Book Review
"Pariah, written by multi-talented artist and author Timothy
Goodwin, is a science fiction, fantasy novel that incorporates
some very clear ideas to what is wrong with today's world.
The characters are colorfully portrayed and the battles were
very well written.
Eric, the main character, is a victim of an abusive father and
endures extreme poverty as a young adult. He is eventually
diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and grows into what could
be called a normal life. He meets and marries a wonderful
woman and her son embraces Eric as his father. Eric loves
his life despite the difficulties in finding a good job and
unfulfilled dreams to relocate his family to a place where his
wife would not suffer from allergies so badly.
Eric becomes involved in a motor vehicle accident and
wakes up in a wildly different place called the Itarri. He is
later told that this is a space ship and he is light years - and
possibly another dimension - from the life he once knew.
Everyone on board expects Eric to become someone else
when he regains his senses. Seemingly on the brink of
insanity, he experiences "fragmentation" - when memories
of other lives collide - but eventually works his way back to
sanity only to discover that he is actually a clone.
In a desperate attempt to do whatever it takes to return to a
time and a life he cherished so dearly, Eric undergoes
intensive training. The reader is taken on fantastic space
travel and time travel adventures, battles with foes, scenes
with gods, demi-gods and an old flame that is incredibly
vindictive are good spices for a great read.
At times I found myself confused, but I know from
experience that books I have reread many times are those
that challenge the mind and intrigue the reader to return.
The ending has an interesting twist, which I think readers
may suspect early on, but the work is written so well that it
will leave them guessing. "
Publisher: Publish America, Inc.
Author: Timothy Goodwin
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