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Posted January 3, 2011
Storyline: Duality written by J.M. Pierce addresses the eternal struggle of man's faith in a higher power. Kurt is a very bitter man and he's lost. He has tried to be a good man by praying and going to church as often as possible. But after burying his wife and then his eldest daughter and losing his job all in a very short span of time, he first questions and then loses his faith. Eventually this all comes to a head when he ends up killing a man. As he's trying to escape, Kurt is hit by a car and killed. But. his troubles are not over just yet. Kurt now has a new job as the devil's newest demon, Gavril, and he must accept his fate as a servant of Satan. His first task is to harvest his own son's soul and bring him back to hell with the rest of the damned. Can Kurt overcome his dark anger in time to prevent his son from making the ultimate mistake? Will Kurt regain his faith in God? Only God Himself knows. Grammar/Spelling: I only noted one problem with Duality: a double period at the end of a sentence on page 82 (in my PDF version). Other than that, it was perfect. Character Development: Duality features a simple man, Kurt, who doesn't realize all of the good things he has in life. He thinks of himself as a good Christian, goes to church frequently and prays often. The reader is able to follow Kurt from the beginnings of his trials and tribulations to the very edge of madness when he must make the ultimate decision regarding his faith in God. Writing Style: The story was written as a series of flashbacks throughout his current situation as a demon in order to highlight Kurt's struggles with his inner demons. This definitely kept the plot moving along at nice pace. Mr. Pierce's descriptions of hell and of the devil are very realistic and quite frightening. Continuity: No issues with continuity. Overall Rating: 4- This was an interesting story of one man's journey from faith to hell and back. I could very nearly feel Kurt's pain and resentment at the world around him for all of the terrible things that befell him. This would be an excellent story for someone who has lost a loved one and can't seem to find the light again. I believe that his might help show that there is always a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel and to make life as great as you can possibly make it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 15, 2010
Duality, at a basic level, is a moral tale. Yes, it does have a Christian emphasis, but to simply slot it as Christian fiction would be inaccurate. It's character-driven story touched with elements of horror and the supernatural. In as much as it's a loosely adapted version of Job, it is every bit an examination of how choice unravels a human spirit, and it is that exact crossroads that makes this story both riveting and horrific.
I'll admit, I hated the protagonist at first. Pierce abruptly slams the reader into a situation that is very uncomfortable, rather like being in the head of a psychopath, in some respects, and it's not until I read most of the story I understood that the main character was not evil for the sake of evil. While he has done many inexcusable things, he has also had events thrust upon him which have taken their toll. Nonetheless, I really felt that I could never find the goodness within this character, but Pierce managed to turn that around as well, demonstrating a novel with realistic individuals.
If you are looking for a well-written story full of wonderful description and thought, I'd definitely recommend this read.