Book Review: Fantastik by C.A. McGroarty


Fantastik (click book or see below for description)
By C.A. McGroarty
Released 6/5/14
Downloaded free through Amazon on 8/28/14

Rating: 3 bones

Finish Time: 5 nights.  It took me a few nights to figure out what was going on in this book.  It was an impulse download, I tend to do that when I have too many books in my queue, that I don’t know where to start.  Weird, I know.  I had trouble getting into this – and maybe was only reading a little at a time, so it took me until about halfway through to realize that was kind of the point – the main character of this book didn’t even know what he was doing!

I’m all for trusting your gut, but Charlie Boone had some deeper issues and his gut was making him do some crazy things.  Even his wife would agree.  It takes a little for Charlie and Jake’s paths to cross, but when they do, hang on for a wild ride.  From two different worlds are these two men, but they both learn and grow from each other in a quite unexpected journey.

Charlie, product of a rough childhood, is having dreams and visions of things he cannot decipher.  But when he meets Jake Mott, things become a little clearer, in that he knows he is supposed to follow him.  Jake, just released from prison, where he was for 30 years, just wants some quiet and time to readjust to society.  But when Charlie is persistent, knows things no one else ever knew, and predicts certain events, Jake just can’t say no.

It was an interesting story that had me cringing at times yet warmed my heart at others.  It was part mystery what Charlie’s visions would reveal.  Part self-discovery for both characters and even a little faith thrown in, which I love, especially when it is not expected.  And even a little love between Charlie and his wife.  I don’t even want to mention the ending, but I will say it was satisfying yet heartbreaking at the same time.

Overall a good story, I went with 3 bones because it was hard to get into and simply comparing it to other books that held my interest a letter better, but not a bad free read.

Description from Amazon:

Charlie Boone, a city bus driver and the bastard son of a schizophrenic woman, still lives in his boyhood home with his wife and two kids and cares for the ailing mother who made him promise…he’d never let them take her away.

But Charlie’s unfortunate childhood isn’t the only thing haunting him. Tormented by unsettling dreams and disturbing visions of his own, he now finds himself on the brink of insanity, and the thought that he shares the same affliction as his mother is beginning to look like a reality. The prospect of losing his wife Lisa and their two boys has him desperate for answers.

Jake Mott, an ex-con, has spent the last three decades in a maximum security prison for killing a man in cold blood. Still struggling with the guilt of his youth and life in the free world, he is planning a trip to California to reclaim a bag of money he buried thirty years ago.

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