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Posted December 8, 2011
Silverbirch is a unique action, fantasy novel that is very entertaining. As children, a group of friends stumble upon a tin box with a lightening bolt on it. What they find inside alters the direction of each of their lives forever.
The story continues as the friends come together after 20 years of separation. Dieter has spent time in an insane asylum for violently attacking a man without any recollection of the attack, Chase is a successful lawyer, Hayley is a successful adult dancer, and Nudge is a professional hit man. As they come together, the memories that of their childhood are brought into stark reality and they all must face the possibility that their actions over the past years had been influenced by a higher power.
As the group tries to figure out the meaning of the Silverbirch pages and lightening bolt mushrooms found in the box from their childhood, the mystery surrounding their individual and collective experiences pulls them deeper and deeper into a world they can hardly understand.
The story is fast paced and intriguing, there are issues in the writing style that may distract the reader. Specific lines are repeated over and over and at points the reason may not be clear, and slows the inherent fast pace of the story down. At other times it seems like the reader is being directly addressed, which at times also slows the story down.
Overall the story is very original and entertaining, outside of the need for an editor. I look forward to reading more from Rob Kaay and hope that he continues on with Silverbirch.