Fateby Mary Jane
People have argued for millennia over what controls us, Fate or Free Will. Well stop the presses and hold the phone because salvation lies within the book currently in your hands. Join Christian Whitney as he makes the
One man's fast and funny exodus from successful lawyer to bungled bank robber during a Los Angeles weekend. Is it Fate? Free Will? You decide.
People have argued for millennia over what controls us, Fate or Free Will. Well stop the presses and hold the phone because salvation lies within the book currently in your hands. Join Christian Whitney as he makes the difficult transition from successful attorney to bumbling bank robber, along the way meeting the woman who is the answer to all his questions. His companion on this quest is a childhood nemesis who reappears in his life at the worst possible timeor is it the best? Over a single long weekend in Los Angeles our intrepid duo goes from Santa Monica to the Inland Empire, from the heights of Mt. Baldy to the depths of Disneyland, all the while intertwined in a fate they don't understand and making choices whose consequences they can't comprehend. Start reading and you'll find the pages virtually turn themselves.
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I found this a very enjoyable read. The characters were quirky, complex, and humorous. It was imaginatively written in much the same way Douglas Adams wrote the Hitch Hiker series and the Dirk Gently series. It has the same intimacy and off hand style as a book by Vonnegut. Most of all I found it fun.
A friend recommended this book to me, and now I'm doing the same. It is cleverly written, with humor just the way I like it: dry, insightful, and plentiful. The author knows how to pace the story, and the plot progresses much like a modern action movie, only with more character development. Although the two main characters are not the most inspiring individuals, the author is able to invoke sympathy for them in the reader. Also like a good movie, the author asks the reader to suspend disbelief often, but gets away with it. The dialog varies from desparate pleadings in porn shops to philosophical conversations in mountain cabins, and is always realistic. The use of Rock music references keeps the mood light (although they are a little forced in places). The author also uses a clever narrative device: a narrator who really _is_ omniscient. A well-crafted story, perfect for distracting you during your commute or vacation. I'm ashamed to admit it, but I didn't see the end coming (like I can with most movies/TV shows/books these days). A most pleasant surprise!
I am having a great time reading this book. I ordered it on a lark and ended up really enjoying the dry humor of the narrator. I am trying to count the number of Rock and Roll references in the book and will then send an email to the author seeing if I found them all. I am from Southern California and enjoyed the story as the two would be bank robbers traveled throughout the state. Fun and fast read.
This is by far the greatest novel I've ever written; the fact it's also currently my only novel should not take away from the sincerity of my review. The story is fast paced and exciting, following two inept bank robbers as they try to evade capture and not kill each other at the same time. One of the robbers, Christian Whitney, has the added difficulty of falling in love-at-first-sight with a bank teller while robbing the bank - surely something bank robbers are not supposed to do. This is the woman he's been seeking for years - for more reason than one. Oh heck, just buy the book and see for yourself. Another thing that makes this such a page-turner is that it includes references to many classic rock songs, tying the narrative in to the collective consciousness of a generation or two of music lovers. Throw in interesting minor characters like an ambitious TV new reporter (and her loyal cameraman), a philosopher living at high altitude, and literature's first truly omniscient narrator, and you have a book you'll want to read again and again - and recommend to friends! As the story twists and turns, you'll have to decide for yourself if it's fate that is driving these poor souls along or if it's their free will which is making a mess of things. After you figure it out, please e-mail me and tell me all about it. Sincerely, Mary Jane