LOSING TOUCH is “definitely on base”

LOSING TOUCH got its first “critical” review on Amazon. It was a three star review, and said some nice things–I’m not sure why Amazon considers it “critical” (although I guess it does make some critical points), but I’ll take it:

LOSING TOUCH, now available at Amazon.com.

LOSING TOUCH, now available at Amazon.com.

“You got the lines right. You need more conviction.” 

So say the two thugs as they have Morgan Dunsmore tied to a chair and are ready to beat the snot out of him. This is also the case with the book. It’s an auspicious moment when an artist in any field slams one out of the park on his first at bat. (In this case, it’s Chris’s first novel.) But just getting on base is something to be heralded and Chris is definitely on base.

Here’s the scoop. Morgan Dunsmore is not having a good time. He’s lost his job. His wife Corrine can’t work due to a back injury. The credit cards are maxing out and the future looks bleak. Morgan’s coming apart both figuratively and literally. Through a fluke he finds that he can move through solid matter. Is this a blessing or curse? He figures he can use this ability to get through these rough times, but his moral compass is giving him grief about it. What’s a super hero to do?

This is a very thoughtful book but it does start a bit soft. It seem Chris hasn’t quite found his voice yet. For instance: You learn of his plight early on but you don’t really feel it. How is his predicament affecting him? He seems like he’s on a pretty even keel. It’s not until half way through the book he’s even looking for a job. I needed more of the angst. The big surprise to me was that the more I read the better it got. It were as though the exercise of writing it propelled him in honing his skill. The chapter with Morgan during a job interview, and the subsequent chapter of his returning home to talk with his wife, were good by nearly any standard. There was a device he used (his sub-conscious Pelham) I didn’t much care for. Was it the name Pelham or the way he played it that irked me? Probably a bit of both. And the analogy of the “disco floor” got me as well. Being a long time rock musician, any mention of the word disco makes my skin crawl.

I will play devil’s advocate here without spoiling. If I found out I had Morgan’s ability, I think I would make a bundle by letting people study me. Seems to me any number of folks would pay millions for the opportunity. There would be no moral conundrum (and not much story for that matter) were that the case though. Also, Morgan can pass through walls but his clothes cannot. What about the fillings in his teeth? But these are minor quibbles compared to the overall quality of the story and writing. He does need to be careful with the thesaurus. There were a few words used that simply jumped off the page as not belonging. And his publisher needs to (1) get him a better editor. There were a couple of sentences that were wrong. And (2) flip for a slightly larger font and ink that has not been watered down. Tired old eyes such as mine struggled with this.

That being said, hats off to Christian Larsen. I’ve spent more money on books from more notable publishers that were nowhere near as good as this. As I said: the more I read the better I liked it and that’s a good thing for any author. As for those five star reviews, come on. Five stars puts him in the company of Melville, Joyce, and Pynchon. No. He’s not there yet, but hopefully on his way.

-by Eric Sanberg
August 13, 2013

Not a bad “critical” review at all. And if it has to be MOBY DICK, ULYSSES, or GRAVITY’S RAINBOW to be a five-star book, then I’ve certainly got no complaints.

LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by NY Times bestselling author Piers Anthony, is now available in paperback and ebook formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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