Book Review: Lost in Infinity by Travis Besecker

Book Details:

File Size: 394 KB
Print Length: 426 Pages
Publisher: Amazon
Publication Date: February 11, 2012
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

This book is not for everyone.

Lost in Infinity is a novel that many readers will find hard to define. In fact, it’s much easier to list what it is most definitely not, than what it really is. It’s not necessarily a tale of suspense or a thriller. It’s not a mystery by normal standards. It’s not inspirational, romantic or full of laughs. Depending upon your perspective and final take on the tale, it’s not even entirely fiction.

This book is not for everyone. Lost in Infinity is a novel intended for a very specific audience…

The author would have you believe this is a “psychological roller coaster wrapped in the factual memoir of a chronic insomniac suffering from apeirophobia (the fear of infinity).” He would go on to explain that the “novel unfolds the history of his life as he tries to unlock repressed memories through a near schizophrenic relationship with his own splintered subconscious.” This is a clever ruse to suck in his niche reader. This book is not for everyone.

Influenced by Chuck Palahniuk, Kurt Vonnegut and Carlton Mellick III, the novel offers a unique look into the private confessions of a self-absorbed blogger on the precipice of a mental breakdown. The recurring theme of déjà vu leads you through the work giving glimpses of a dark past while offering anecdotes that will eerily relate to most readers. Mixing in humor and satire with a confused childhood spent under the microscope of therapists keeps the mood light while he digs deeper into his past looking for the root of his problems. The narrator pulls back the curtain and reveals his dark inner turmoil as he fears a slow deliberate path toward schizophrenia. A repetition of events and recollections leads the reader through the twisted break the author fears while touching on life’s everyday issues and questions. He delves into sleepless nights, stress, relationships and the pitfalls of education and careers while he openly offers opinions on religion, suicide, insomnia, depression and the meaning of life.

Many casual readers will be turned off by the jumping timeline. Some will be confused by the author’s back and forth focus on his missing memories. The first person pseudo-oral narrative will leave others simply frustrated. The rest will grow sick of the author’s defense mechanisms, most often hiding behind his pretentious recollections of growing up a childhood ‘genius’. This book is not for everyone.

Now that you’ve been properly warned and many have moved on to their next light read . . .

Lost in Infinity is part social commentary, part psychological mystery and part diary. What begins as an egotistical journal from an overconfident, yet anti-social, bratty blogger slowly dissolves into the twisted chaos of a mind on the brink of collapse. The reader is eventually forced to decide if the book is a cry for help from a man attempting to rationalize his schizophrenia or a clever ruse to make them stop and contemplate the meaning of existence. Lost in Infinity will leave the reader questioning everything they thought they knew about the author’s sanity, about their own life, about existence and the infinite universe beyond.

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Book Review: The Chameleon by E.J. Silverman and G.R. Smith

Book Details:

File Size: 320 KB
Print Length: 122 Pages
Publisher: Silversmith Book Club
Publication Date: September 10, 2012
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

Suppose the casual conversation you’re having with this stranger is actually a job interview; and suppose you’re unknowingly interviewing for a job to fly half-way round the world to stop a madman. Would you have what it takes to be a Random?

The Organization has done the research, but Cam has the final say on who will be his five Randoms. Billy is the honest simpleton; every job needs the new guy. Manford is the Navy vet; life always deals him bad cards. Sarah is more than just eye candy; her street smart survival skills could mean the survival of the team. The Professor’s job is easy; analyze the data and get inside a madman’s head. Tom is the unwitting inside man; he’s the eyes and ears of the team, as long as he stays alive.

But which one is the Chameleon?

They all have to learn fast and think quick, because their rewards in life—and their lives—depend on it.

Join the Randoms in this new action adventure that takes them from Nowhere, USA, to a small tropical island where they find ancient secrets, defiant locals, and rogue military officers. Sometimes, the adventure is in the journey and the destination.

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Book Review: The Pact by CN Bring

Book Details:

File Size: 509 KB
Print Length: 322 Pages
Publisher: Assent Publishing
Publication Date: April 25, 2013
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

Commander Celia Kelly is a perceptive Naval Intelligence Officer rebuilding her life after the tragic loss of her husband. Newly assigned a mission planning Intel for a SEAL Team…The suspicious suicide of a fellow Officer has Kelly questioning everything.

With the help of a one of a kind secretary, by the book assistant, and a Navy SEAL, Kelly discovers she’s been set up. Digging relentlessly, nothing is as it seems. Someone is after twenty million dollars that disappeared when Kelly’s husband went MIA and now that someone is after her!

With surprises at the turn of every page, the original characters and three dimensional plot lines keep the suspense going until the very end.

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Book Review: Deadly Plunge by Greg Messel

Book Details:

File Size: 4321 KB
Print Length: 420 Pages
Publisher: Gregory W. Messel
Publication Date: October 1, 2012
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

Former baseball player and newly-minted private investigator, Sam Slater is hired to find out why a rich, politically-well connected San Francisco man, Arthur Bolender, suddenly ended his life by plunging off of the Golden Gate Bridge. All those who know Arthur say unequivocally that he did not commit suicide. However, Bolender’s body was found floating in San Francisco Bay and his car was abandoned in the traffic lane of the bridge. Meanwhile, Sam’s romance with glamorous TWA stewardess Amelia Ryan continues to blossom and deepen. She is now his secret fiancee. Amelia also eagerly helps Sam solve his cases when she’s in town. The key to unraveling the mystery seems to be a strange old Victorian-style house. Bolender’s widow, a rich, seductive socialite named Maggie Bolender, was not even aware that her husband owned the house. What is really going on behind the doors of the mysterious house? Finding the answers will plunge Sam and Amelia into a dangerous world of political intrigue in the exciting sequel to “Last of the Seals.”

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Book Review: Last of the Seals by Greg Messel

Book Details:

File Size: 1019 KB
Print Length: 392 Pages
Publisher: Gregory W. Messel
Publication Date: April 23, 2012
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

The year is 1957 in San Francisco. Sam Slater is a lifetime minor league baseball player for the San Francisco Seals. The Seals have just one more season left as San Francisco is about to become a major league city. The Giants are coming to town in 1958 and the Seals will be displaced. Sam has come to the end of his baseball career and is going to join the private detective agency of his best friend. When his friend is brutally murdered, Sam must go it alone and try to find out why. Along the way he is swept off of his feet by a beautiful Elvis-obsessed TWA stewardess named Amelia Ryan. Sam and Amelia try to unravel the mystery together. Sam’s best friend, Jimmy inadvertently saw something he shouldn’t have. Sam and Amelia have pictures in their possession that have crime families in San Francisco and Chicago very worried. Then a young woman Sam has been searching for is found dead on the beach. Suddenly, Sam and Amelia find themselves in danger. On dark and foggy San Francisco nights, trouble is lurking just around the next corner.

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Book Review: Blood Land by R.S. Guthrie

Book Details:

File Size: 526 KB
Print Length: 231 pages
Publisher: Blu Pencil Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: July 6, 2012
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

Crime’s an ugly constant in the big city. L.A. Chicago. New York. But when a savage murder brutalizes a small town and neighbor turns on neighbor, a tough-as-nails cop is essential to restoring order. Blood Land is a gritty, emotional saga set in the Wyoming badlands with both greed and vengeance at its core.

When billions of dollars in natural gas rights hang in the balance and the town’s top law officer’s wife is slain by her own blood, a reluctant hero is forced to battle his own demons and ultimately choose between justice, revenge, and duty.

In the tradition of Dennis Lehane, Tony Hillerman and James Lee Burke, Guthrie’s sparse, haunting storytelling compliments his talent for creating richly-drawn, unflinching law officers with human frailties and a sense of justice.

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