Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Parabellum By: Greg Hickey To Be Published: October 2020

This book is not due out until later this year-but I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy! There are so many amazing things about this book, that I'm at a loss for words as to how to give it the praise it deserves.  It is a character study of people done with pinpoint accuracy.  It is a heart-breaking tale of the human condition and humans.  It is universal, it is past, present, and unfortunately future. This is an extremely powerful read, that will have the reader feeling on edge throughout.  With a hopeful ending, Hickey takes the reader full circle through the minds of his lead characters and ultimately through the psyche of America.  With the devastating device of not naming his characters until the end, he shows the reader that we are all the same. Another note of brilliance is the title-I didn't know what the definition of the title, until after I read the book; already stunned by the story, I looked up the definition and gut punched again, as to the simplicity of using that title, and how it perfectly ties everyone and everything in the story together.  Absolutely brilliant writing and storytelling. Reading Parabellum was an experience that I won't soon forget! 

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