View from the Edge

View from the Edge

by Michael Kasenow

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"I've been there with my books and bones. And what has it given me? A bad marriage and a visit to the nut house." So says Joshua Feenics, a University Professor recovering from a psychotic breakdown. He returns to work only to face a dull life without meaning or purpose. His wife is having an affair, and he cannot erase the nightmares about his brutalized childhood. To make matters worse, his students are embroiled in a cult, while the University sinks into a national scandal. Someone wants to kill Joshua; the thriller unravels to find out who and why?

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ISBN-13: 9780741470997
Publisher: Infinity Publishing
Publication date: 01/02/1900
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

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View From the Edge 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Reader_Views More than 1 year ago
Brutalized Childhood, A Psychotic Breakdown, and The Target of a Death Plot Reviewed by Richard R. Blake for Reader Views (1/13) Award-winning author Michael Kasenow captures the nightmare of horror and the results the brutality of parental abuse in his mystery thriller “View From The Edge.” Kasenow uses fiction as a medium to alert his reader to the lasting impact of childhood abuse and the resultant low self-esteem. Professor Joshua Feenics, department head of anthropology and archaeology at Hadrian University, returns to work following a leave of absence after recovering from a psychotic breakdown. He is greeted by a frustrated faculty, undisciplined students who are mixed up in cultic practices, and a school in the midst of financial crisis. At the end of the day he makes a two-hour commute home to endure the sting and emotions of the last uncertainties of a dying marriage. The realism of Kasenow’s writing is influenced by his personal experience of abuse as a child from an enraged father and an alcoholic mother, who was driven over the edge of sanity, turning to drink as an escape from the horrors of spousal abuse. His writing takes on another mark of authenticity through the lessons he learned while traveling around the country where he met a variety of colorful personalities, “mystical vagabonds, and drifters.” An avid reader, Kasenow’s writing reflects the style of Steinbeck, O’Neill, Fitzgerald, Maugham, and many others. The element of dialog is used in establishing plot and for developing a diverse group of characters. These conversations are peppered with strong language and offbeat discussions which add to the reality of the dysfunction of those viewing life from the edge. An element of mystery is introduced as Joshua faces the threat of death by an unknown killer. The use of back story made the timeline confusing to a point, however, they are well written, informational, and added to the understanding of the protagonist, the antagonist, and other key players. The graphic reality of “View From the Edge” by Michael Kasenow will resonate with anyone who has experienced the emptiness of the death of emotions resulting from parental abuse, or spousal betrayal and will provide insight into the depth of horror experienced by the victims of such abuse and mental illness as a result of their personal pain and hopelessness.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Disappointment is nowhere to be found in Michael Kasenow's masterpiece of a novel, View From the Edge! On the heels of a psychotic break, Joshua Feenics returns to his position of Department Head of Anthropology and Archaeology at Hadrian University in northern Michigan. The pulling of the trigger that resulted in his breakdown could have been a multitude of things—his abusive upbringing, his cheating wife, Ashley, or perhaps it was the day-to-day challenge of balancing the bureaucracy associated with modern-day University practices... The story opens with Feenics reflecting over a wide range of situations; from chalkboards to students. He has just enough time to redirect his thoughts to his eight-year-old son Blake and his wife Ashley before his rat race of a day begins. He thinks about the last counseling session with Geraldine. He was angry; not only about Ashley's preference to sleep in her son's bed each night rather than share their bed; but also whether she really was done with her extramarital affair. Score one for Joshua as counselor Geraldine insists eight years old is far beyond the acceptable age for a mother to continue to sleep with her child. As the work day begins, Liz, Joshua's secretary, interrupts his reverie with a heart-felt welcome back. Unable to keep his cast of character colleagues at bay any further, Charlotte-the-Liar Adams pops in for her usual nosey visit. She got her nickname for obvious reasons—an innate propensity to lie and on a grand scale at that. Professors MO and Jeffersen are a pair of bookends who know how to reach beyond the limits of impropriety and provide a whole new meaning to the word. Holly Hayes is his steadfast confidante and occasionally together they have been known to decompress after a long day at the campus watering hole, Tidewaters. Rounding out the list for the day is Professor Annachie. It seems a windfall of an opportunity has fallen into his lap and by the time he's done with his pitch to Feenics, he's certain he will concur. The Mount Sinai Artifacts' CEO, Harold Pierce, has selected none other than Hadrian University to be the recipient of religious artifacts first discovered in digs in the holy land of southern Israel. They want Hadrian University to be the warehouse to some of the most precious BC artifacts ever discovered. Annachie thinks he works his magic in convincing Feenics; now they must convince the President, Dean, Provost and the rest of the University's top tier that this is a must. The one thing about the entire proposition that Feenics can't seem to shake is it all sounds too good to be true. Michael Kasenow is the ultimate spin-doctor of a brilliant plot and storyline in View from the Edge. His phenomenal range of credible characters have unique individuality as well as the perfect blend of misfits when united for one of their college campus faculty meetings. Kasenow demonstrates from beginning to end he knows how to find the power in each and every word and there is no mistaking he has placed them exactly where he meant to place them. It is no wonder he has received accolades such as 'award winning,' and 'critically acclaimed.' In my humble opinion, he has earned admirable recognition once again in this latest novel; a must read and a perfect example of how a best selling contender should play out. I am a voracious reader and when I burn through three hundred pages in less than 24 hours, that's more than a 'good read' in my opinion. Well done Mr. Kasenow. Quill Says: This novel is not only entertaining, but is clearly written by a writer who knows how to entertain!
kim0712 More than 1 year ago
Superb writing and such an enjoyable read! View From The Edge, by author Michael Kasenow, revolves around a college professor, Joshua Feenics, who works at Hadrian University and heads up the Anthropology and Archaeology Department. The professor has just returned to work after having a psychotic breakdown and is having a difficult time deciding what his next steps should be and if he is on the right track in his life. Joshua had a difficult childhood that was abusive and still has nightmares about that time in his life. In addition to a psychotic breakdown and nightmares, he also has a wife that cheats on him and drinks to much. Yep, basically his life has no meaning or direction – with the exception of his son. Joshua is living what he feels is an unimportant and unfulfilled life and throws himself into his work just to get through each day. Then something happens – he finds that his students are part of a cult and the entire University becomes involved in a national scandal. And, someone wants him dead. Wonder why? You gotta read the book – and its a good one! I so enjoyed this book – not only for the mystery, but also, you are able to watch a man shed all the bad that has happened and find a purpose in his life. Loved it!
Lana-Bradstream More than 1 year ago
Professor Joshua Feenics had a traumatic childhood, he has a bad marriage with a drunken cheater for a wife and his mental stability is not incredibly good. As he recovers from a psychotic breakdown which landed him in a mental institution, he returns to his work at the university. There, he finds neither joy nor meaning. The only thing that makes him happy is his son Blake.     This book, VIEW FROM THE EDGE by Michael Kasenow, is an intriguing read and is the winner of the Indie Reader Discovery Awards. It played right into my interest in history by throwing in an archaeological dig for Biblical artifacts in which the university gets involved. That was the main thing that caught my attention. I wish Kasenow had written more about that, but the author did a fine job with the rest of the material.     While it may start out slow, the book picks up the pace and the intrigue. The ending is somewhat of an explosion. Trust me, it's a good one.     Kasenow did an excellent job with character development, particularly with Joshua Feenics. The character is believable and sympathetic. I kept rooting for him to make changes in his life so he wouldn't be so miserable. Each page I read and each page I turned gave me more hope that the main character would accomplish that.     Kasenow also made Joshua's wife thoroughly despicable -- a truly detestable excuse for a human being.     I did, however, see some grammatical and sentence structure errors, which, as I know I have said before, usually throws me off as I throw the book. Again (just like with previous novels), the story is good enough to overlook the errors and continue.     All in all, 3 out of 5 stars. It is a very good read, but it just falls short of being a re-read. 
beckvalleybooks More than 1 year ago
When I started reading this novel I did not want it to end, I absolutely loved this book.  Reading the authors background it is evident that he has drawn on all his life experiences to produce an excellent novel. Based around Joshua Feenics, a University Professor, who is recovering from a psychotic breakdown and returns to work to find himself questioning his life's meaning and purpose. Whilst reading and following the professors thoughts and problems he has, the reader may see a lot of themselves, such as the doubts about our work, the troubles we all experience in our marriages and the love we have and really want to show to our children.  As we go through the problems he faces, he absorbs himself into his work and helps others to try and solve their problems, so he can hide and shield himself from the reality check, sound familiar? The authors style of writing and language is really easy to follow and understand.  The book has an excellent twist towards the end on two fronts, which adds even further enjoyment to an already excellent read.  I think the main reason that I enjoyed and relished this novel was that I could see alot of myself in the main character.  This is a novel that I would strongly recommend to anyone and I hope that the author will produce more work along similar lines.
National_Board_Certified More than 1 year ago
Although I didn't always agree with the actions taken by Joshua Feenics, the main character, it's impossible not to sympathize with him. There's a lot going on in this book and sometimes it was difficult for me to stay on track. The writing is expressive and thoughtful; I often got lost in the description and forgot what was going on in the chapter. The book is really written in Joshua's stream of consciousness and that makes it difficult to keep up sometimes. View From The Edge has extremely short chapters--just a few pages each. That made it easy to read when I only had a few minutes to spare (since I like to stop at the end of a chapter.) However, when you get to the end, you can't stop at the end of a chapter....you've just got to ride the wave to the end. I received this book to review. The opinions stated are 100% mine.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite Joshua Feenics is head of the Anthropology and Archeology Department at Hadrian University in Walden City, somewhere in the Mid-West of the United States. Joshua has not had an easy life as a child of an alcoholic mother and a raging, abusive father but he has put his past behind him as much as is possible and has risen in the field of teaching. Now he is back at work at Hadrian after three months' medical leave when his not-always faithful wife, Ashley, commits him to a mental hospital subsequent to his having what she said was a nervous breakdown. Joshua takes on departmental issues such as Thumper's bullying and bigotry, Tom Taylor's possible takeover of Joshua's department, MO's coughing illness, and the proposed link between Hadrian University and the archeological finds of the Mount Sinai Project which discovers and sells rare Holy Land artifacts. The men behind the Mount Sinai Project claim to have found a part of the Ten Commandments tablets. Joshua makes his way through all this and more, but how? "A View from the Edge" is a well-written novel of a fascinating, intelligent man who has survived much and the complex world in which he finds himself again looking at survival. The poetry Joshua has written is inserted in the text and it in itself is first-rate. Joshua's dialogue with Holly Hayes, his part-time lecturer, with Liz, his departmental secretary, and with creative, quirky student Dyce and with other professors such as the ambitious Annachie and college officials is totally believable and adds to the story. Joshua's relationship with his beloved son, Blake, and with his off again/maybe on again marriage works well within the storyline. The plot moves credibly to the story's somewhat surprising conclusion. "A View from the Edge" is a remarkable book that readers everywhere should read and absorb.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tamera L. for Readers Favorite Recovery is never easy, yet Joshua Feenics is trying to regain his life, even though he is plagued with haunting memories that threaten his sanity. Without much emotional support from his wife or peers, Joshua has to retain order in his life. His one joy is his eight year old son, Blake – even though he resents the fact that his wife prefers to sleep with his son and has been doing so since the boy’s birth. Things get interesting when there is the chance to discover artifacts written by the “finger of God” or, more importantly, the first set of the Ten Commandments (one of 2 sets) that were given to Moses. In anger, Moses had broken the first set. But in finding the broken pieces, Joshua and his colleagues face all the perils that only such a historic discovery can bring. "View from the Edge" by Michael Kasenow has an interesting twist with a look at the Israelites and another view of Moses and what happened the day he returned from Mount Sinai. Joshua Feenics is an interesting character filled with likeable characteristics as well as the same human flaws the rest of us suffer from and yet somehow have to overcome and move forward. Michael Kasenow is a descriptive writer with a flair for writing about the 'unordinary' life in an ordinary existence. The writing flowed nicely but I would have liked to have a deeper glimpse into Joshua’s past. Well done.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Stephanie D. for Readers Favorite "View from the Edge" by Michael Kasenow is the sort of novel that smacks you in the face. It is an immensely powerful book, yet the hero is a gentle, damaged academic, who adores his son, and just wants one adult in his life to love and respect. The recollections of the childhood abuse Josh received from his father, while his mother did nothing to protect him, are painful in the extreme and still haunt him, day and night. And now his wife, Ashley, is treating him appallingly too, although somehow managing to be a good mother to their adored son. But she is on a downward spiral. In parallel with Josh’s recovery from his accident which runs alongside the gradual breakdown of his “train wreck strewn with fears” of a marriage, is the attempt by Josh’s university department to obtain the Mount Sinai Artifacts which brings a lot of media attention their way. His students are indulging in some weird behavior. Oh yes, and someone wants to kill him. The book is populated by rounded, complicated, flawed characters. The hero/anti-hero Josh patiently sorts out petty and major problems at the university and is an attractive, likeable man. He copes but suffers. Such contradictions run throughout the book. The tone is angry and violent at times, but tender and humorous at others, even romantic. There is despair but optimism, as well as deception and betrayal but also love and loyalty. Kasenow shows great versatility in his writing and conjures up action and emotions that keep the reader hooked. It is moving and shocking at the same time. In short, "View from the Edge" a book you must read.