Everyone and No Oneby Mark Jacobson
Taylor Powell, the hero of Everyone and No One, is, by virtue of his beautiful and irresistible face, the greatest lover in Hollywood history. But self-absorbed as he is, he is sick of being The Face, sick of dispensing his own particular brand of sexual healing. There are so many women to make happy, but he's only one guy, after all, and the pressures are enormous.… See more details below
Taylor Powell, the hero of Everyone and No One, is, by virtue of his beautiful and irresistible face, the greatest lover in Hollywood history. But self-absorbed as he is, he is sick of being The Face, sick of dispensing his own particular brand of sexual healing. There are so many women to make happy, but he's only one guy, after all, and the pressures are enormous. It would be a relief to be someone else, anyone else. But when he is granted a new countenance that can save the world, he gets far more than he bargained for. After miraculously surviving a plane crash in which he is presumed dead, Taylor engages a strange, enigmatic plastic surgeon to make him unrecognizable. Freed of his fabulous looks, he becomes absolutely ordinary: everyone and no one. However, Taylor soon finds out that while he has been rescued from one kind of fame, his new face is anything but common. His features have been imbued with mysterious powers that have thrust him into the eternal battle between Good and Evil. In fact, when mankind is threatened with destruction, the only hope for its survival is the unremarkable face of Taylor Powell.
The narrator is one Taylor Powell, a Tom Cruiselike superstar known simply as "The Face." Along with best friend and Oscar co- winner Jimmy Dime ("a character actor with attitude"), Taylor enjoys an endless supply of the opposite sex. But the pressures of satisfying most of the country's female population are starting to weigh heavily. So when his private jet crashes, and he alone survives, he seizes the opportunity to remake himself. In Mexico, he seeks out the mysterious Dr. Parry, a former Hollywood plastic surgeon now engaged in a higher cause, who turns Taylor Powell into Dean Taylor, a nobody with a face that nevertheless has its unique featuresand a kind of mystical resonance. (He is, it seems, now a kind of proletarian Everyman.) In Mexico, Dean also meets for the first time the mythic ARANA, a strange band of violent crazies who are evil personified, and with whom he becomes locked in permanent struggle: Even in remote Florida, where Dean eventually becomes a carpenter, marries, and settles down, ARANA rears its ugly head. But the real problem emerges when Dean and his wife have a son, who, not surprisingly, resembles "The Face" and acts out against his mysterious father without a past. The plot hurtles through time with the speed of the comet that's threatening the Eartha looming disaster in which Dean recognizes the hand of ARANA. Dean plays a crucial role in dispersing the comet, thwarting ARANA once again, and then, his mission apparently accomplished, disappearing again, taking on yet another identity.
Jacobson's one-note humor wears thin very quickly, and his ad- hoc metaphysics simply annoy.
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