Friday, November 3, 2017

✱✱ Book Review ✱✱ A Fool's Journey: Book I, The Magician by Mark Pannebecker

If you enjoy a story delivered in short bursts, check out Mark Pannebecker's A Fool's Journey: Book I, The Magician.

Benjamin Porter is a fifteen-year-old living on a cul-de-sac in a quiet suburban neighborhood who is intrigued by the pageantry of a motorcycle gang across the street.

But his fascination and naivety of their world could be the death of him.

In his freshman year, Benjamin seizes the opportunity to befriend one of The Company’s junior members, Craig Marse, and he rashly embraces the destructive, illegal, and dangerous lifestyle as Craig’s student.
Ben quickly becomes enmeshed in the world of drugs and violence, deftly navigating the intrigues of this volatile subculture. As he builds his reputation, he begins to embrace his notoriety”"so much so that the essence, the true character, of Benjamin Porter is at risk of being permanently altered.
A Fool’s Journey is a 21-part series of novelettes inspired by The Fool and his journey through the twenty-one Major Arcana of the Tarot. Follow Benjamin Porter, from 15 to 28 (1975 to 1988), in the first seven novelettes”"and the first part of the trilogy”"where he explores the sensual, physical facets of contemporary American life. The Magician is the first in the series, and Ben’s first lesson is about the use”"or misuse”"of power.

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Momma Says: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I've developed a liking for continuing stories delivered in short bursts. They're perfect for a quick read at lunch or bedtime, especially when they grab a reader's interest quickly. The Magician is a great example of that. Not knowing a lot about the tarot, I wasn't sure how well I'd like this one, but that wasn't a problem. I was quickly caught up in Ben's story as enters the coming of age journey. I think we've all been in a place in our lives where we felt the need to fit in and the urge to give in to peer pressure. Pannebecker has a writing style that is quite compelling as he sets the stage for Ben's life lessons as he travels the road into early adulthood. I was surprised at how taken I was with what started as a teenager's fascination with a motorcycle gang and the path that our character is led down because of that fascination. Of course, like any good serial should do, this one left me intrigued and wanting more of this intense and promising story. 

** Reader Copy provided by NetGalley and Independent Book Publishers Association


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