Thomas Fenske is originally from Texas but currently lives in central North Carolina. When he is not writing, he works as an IT professional.
The Feverby Thomas Fenske
His dangerous trespassing trips into the unknown have alienated his family and friends, and even cost him the woman he loved but "the
Sam Milton's life revolves around two things, a cryptic riddle and the mystery of a lost gold mine and so far, his search for the truth has only led to frustrating dead ends.
In his mind he has only one choice: keep looking!
His dangerous trespassing trips into the unknown have alienated his family and friends, and even cost him the woman he loved but "the fever" continues to push him.
Just how far will his lust for gold take him?
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What if fate dropped the possibility of adventure and riches on your doorstep? Would you be mildly interested and very skeptical or would you seize the moment to become a modern day goldminer on a mission to find the lost treasure? How far would you take your quest? An afternoon of hiking? A week, or could you become obsessed to the point of isolation from the world with every breath being taken to further finding a needle in a haystack? Sam became completely absorbed in finding the gold a dying drunk swore existed. He was told,”… find it and its yours,” and that is exactly what Sam intends on doing, no matter how long it takes or what he has to give up to reach his goal. The greatest thing Sam may lose is himself, and he hasn't a clue. This is Sam’s story, and readers will feel they are sitting like a fly on the wall in Sam’s life, from the tiniest detail in the weather to the breath taken in a conversation. Every trip into the mountains is to narrow his search grid, but it is the moments in between that grab the largest share of the story. Thomas Fenske has done a marvelous job of bringing a modern day gold rush story to life, even if it is through the eyes of only one man who has caught The Fever. As time passes and Sam’s obsession takes on mega proportions, people will come into his life and leave, some making a huge impression, some a blip on the radar. Believers in his mission are few and far between, but his true friends are always somewhere in the background. What will they say if Sam does find his pot of gold at the end of the trail? Will he get the recognition and redemption he craves? Thomas Fenske has an eye for detail, from the smallest item in a scene to the words spoken, although at times, I felt the dialogue to be just a tiny bit unrealistic. Twists of Fate, or planned events may throw Sam into a frenzy. Mr. Fenske has created a believable character in Sam, a lonely man without a purpose who has molded the search for lost gold as a replacement for moving ahead in life I did want to feel every step of the way on Sam’s hikes, and I was surprised at how unprepared he would be camping out in the elements. Then again, do Leprechauns pack for survival when chasing down the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Will Sam find his gold? There’s gold in those hills and Sam may never let go of that thought! I received this copy from Thomas Fenske in exchange for my honest review.
"The Fever" is a very good read. The plot keeps getting better and better as the novel progresses and the tension mounts. The author's skillful use of flashbacks fleshes out the adventure story, and coincidences turn out to be more than coincidences. A promising debut novel with the seeds for a good sequel.
Do you believe in curses? Many people do. Especially when they are out searching for gold. The main character, Sam, was in college when he spent a night in jail. While in jail he met a man named Slim. Slim was very sick, and knew his time was coming to an end, so he told Sam about a cave that had a lot of gold. The only problem was that Slim did not outright tell him where it was. He told him where it was using a riddle. It took Sam several years before he was even remotely close to figuring out any of the clues. He would often take trips, hundreds of miles from his home, to go hiking. He thought by hiking he could figure out the clues. It was not until a co-worker pointed something out on a map did Sam figure out part of a clue. Sam’s journey is scary, dangerous, and life-threatening. You need to read it to find out if he finds the cave or not. Make sure you have your good-luck charm. The Fever is full of interesting characters. It also includes some side stories throughout. I found the book to be very interesting, and I am eager to read the second book. Following Sam on his quest for gold has been exciting, to say the least. You never really knew where Thomas was taking the story, meaning it was not predictable. Definitely a page turner. I really enjoyed how fate played a strong role throughout the book. Fate, logic, hope, and a little bit of luck certainly goes a long way.