Young Mathew Wylie is awaiting the Grand Jury decision as to whether or not he is to be tried for the murder of Julian Solo, the man he first met, dead, in the hospital emergency room where he was a nursing volunteer. Accept this, suspend your disbelief just once as Julian Solo comes back to life it doesn't take much suspension; people come back from apparent death regularly and you are off on a wonderful, amazing story�
More than a mystery, this is a love story, a series of love stories; love between a mother and a child, between a man and a woman, between colleagues working toward a single goal, love for science and learning, requited love and unrequited love, demanding love and undemanding love, open love and hidden love, love between friends, and love for life itself. Not only does it encompass all these themes in a single short book, the story is told in the hardest possible way, a way that can turn dull even is the hands of the most skilled writer, certainly one which should never be attempted by a first novelist: a series of notes, memos, diary entries, letters, laboratory notes, and such. And yet, with the proper magic, it can be beautiful and enthralling. And inspiring. I found touches of religion theism in the most general sense, in the story, constrained by the unchanging destiny Kismet of the inevitability of the ending and of man's unfitness to play God.
This is Shelly Reuben's first novel. I believe that why would the publisher lie? but I can't believe it. It's so good. Very highly recommended.
This novel, by Shelly Reuben, is written in the classical tradition that inspired directors like Hitchcock and Houston to translate edge-of-seat suspense and romantic tension to the big screen. Julian Solo is a wealthy, brilliant scientist with the lyrical soul of a man more likely to attack windmills than microbes. After an accident in which he dies and is revived on the operating table, Dr. Solo uses his genius to devise a serum with which he can enter and leave the death state at will�
Shelly Reuben creates a hero for whom death is a transitory condition. Julian Solo's purpose is to save the life of Cynthia Wylie, whom he passionately loves; he will have to kill her to save her�
Julian Solo is a remarkably impressive debut by this real life private investigator. She creates vivid characters that are robust and full of feeling. There is a heroic and epic sweep to them as they become involved in philosophical issues, passionate loves, and compelling mysteries.
Julian Solo � is a suspenseful science fiction novel dealing with the theme of man-made life after death...
The familiarity of its setting and the strength of its characters and detail also make it memorable as illustrated in her description of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge: "�beholding this elegant giant with its slender back arched across the river and its colossal legs plunked firmly up to the ankles in water�is like seeing a pastel hued creature from Fantasia, poised momentarily against the horizon, that might any minute rear upon its mighty hind legs and gallop off into the sunset."
�Miss Reuben establishes a steadfast grip on her readers by making them privy to the personal letters, journals, and conversations of her characters. She guides our hands into a drawer filled with confidential files and allows us to continue violating the characters' private affairs. In this matter, we are getting information first hand. Reuben is not trying to throw a curve, leave anything out, or tease her readers. She is simply giving out the fact�slowly. And with this slow motion comes the turning of pages at an alarmingly rapid pace