J. David Anderson reviews LOSING TOUCH

J. David Anderson, author of A TRAIL IN BLOOD, has written a review of LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by Piers Anthony:

LOSING TOUCH, now available at Amazon.com.

LOSING TOUCH, now available at Amazon.com.

Let me preface this review by saying that it is very difficult to get a five star review from me. I can enjoy a book immensely but still find flaws in characterization, dialog, motivation, or story that will pull me away. Christian A. Larsen’s LOSING TOUCH is definitely a five star book.

Morgan Dunsmore is experiencing what many of us have faced over the past few years: loss of a job, financial difficulties, a sick spouse, marital problems, and because of this, feelings of inadequacy. Top it all off with a large dose of bowel trouble and you have one miserable protagonist. In the midst of his woes, Morgan begins to lose his tangibility. His body seems to randomly phase through solid matter as if it were not there. Morgan now has to learn to control this ability, resulting in situations that are funny at times and scary at others. He also finds himself questioning, if he can learn to control this ability, what to do with it.

The main thing about this novel that stuck out to me was the wonderful characterization of Morgan. The secondary characters are well written too, but this is Morgan’s story. He is truly the epitome of the “everyman.” I found myself flipping back and forth between cheering for him and wanting to slap him. His decisions aren’t always the best but they always make sense. What I mean is, as a spectator of his life, I can see where his poor decisions will lead but as a human being, I can see why he would make those decisions without seeing the consequences.

The story progresses nicely and at a solid pace. There are some great scenes involving Morgan’s self-discovery, some that are just laugh out loud funny, and even a few that will make you cringe. It was nice as well to be surprised by the ending. Some novels drop so much foreshadowing or make things so obvious that you know how things will conclude half-way through the book. Though the ending wasn’t an “out of left field” kind of twist (nor did I think that would be appropriate), I truly had no idea how things would wrap up.

Larsen has done an amazing job with this novel and I cannot wait to see what he has in store next time around.

Buy your copy of LOSING TOUCH from Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble, or if you’re in the St. Louis area this weekend, stop by the Post Mortem Press table at ConTamination DEFCON 4 and pick up a signed copy.

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