on January 14, 2013
Genres: a psycho thriller, Fiction
Published by Entropy Press Pages: 328
Source: Review Request
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James Micheal Whren is brilliant, beautiful, rich, and taken—with himself, or more precisely, his genius for creating music. Desired by many, committing to no one but his muse, on the eve of his brother's funeral, his father inadvertently turns his life into a living nightmare, and James is left abandoned in hell with no one real to save him.
His odyssey to freedom takes him beyond the looking glass, to the reflection of friends and lovers. Humbled and alone, James escapes to the Greek island of Corfu. But instead of finding solace there, loneliness almost consumes him.
Until Elisabeth, and her son, Cameron.
Reverb is a love story, a psychological thriller paced with romantic suspense. Intricately woven characters fraught with frailties that possess us all, are sure to linger long after the read. The story chronicles the evolution of a modern man--from solipsist to integrated awareness. It is a tale of redemption, of one man's journey through extraordinary emotional growth, awakening his capacity to love.
Spun from The Magus, also about a man who learns to love someone other than himself, and way beyond 50 Shades of Gray, Reverb is told like Crime and Punishment--modern, clean, edgy verging on sharp. Like nothing you've read, guaranteed...
About the Author:
Getting my feelings and thoughts out of my head and in front of me helps me decipher them. I’ve written all my life, at first in journals, then blogs. Sometimes I have an idea or notion I’m convinced is true, then write it down and see the flaws in the logic.
Way before writing novels, I’ve always been a storyteller. I use tales as parables, to teach with, not only myself, but my kids, and my students at Cal Berkeley. Relating stories of things that happened, or, more precisely, elaborating on things that happened to fit the lesson, ok, lying, I’ve always been good at that. Long time ago, I heard the best way to pull off a lie is to keep it as close to the truth as possible, “tweek the truth,” I was told. It’s easy to pull of a realist tale this way, since most people aren’t paying that close attention anyway, and take what is said at face value, unless it’s too far out there. I find I need to tweek the truth more often than not just to be believed, because truth is truly stranger than fiction most of the time.
Reverb is the truth, tweeked. It’s about most men I know — self-absorbed, disconnected from outside themselves, into their own heads, their careers, their toys, sports, whatever, but not so much into listening to anyone unless it serves them. James, the main character in Reverb is a master musician, more into his career than the people in his life. To change this basic character flaw in him (and most men), he needed a seminal event to connect him outside himself. Reverb takes James on the ride of his life, the journey his evolution from solipsist to awareness, and awakens his ability to truly love.
J. Cafesin is a novelist of taut, edgy, modern fiction filled with complex, compelling characters that brings the story to life, and lingers long after you’ve finished. Her debut novel, Reverb, has been called “riveting,” “deep,” “an original and unique read,” by recent Amazon reviewers. Other works include her fantasy short story series, Fractured Fairytales of the Twilight Zone. Her second novel, Disconnected, is due out in the spring of 2014.
Her essays and articles are featured regularly in local and national print and e-publications. Many of the essays from her ongoing blog have been translated into ultiple languages and distributed globally: J. Cafesin.
J. Cafesin lives on the eastern slope of the redwood laden Oakland Hills with her husband/best friend, two gorgeous, talented, spectacular kids, and a bratty, but cute Shepherd pound hound. Find her on Facebook, Google+, and Goodreads.