Morgan Dunsmore of LOSING TOUCH; the next Walter White?

Mark Matthews, author of ON THE LIPS OF CHILDREN, has written a four star review of LOSING TOUCH for The Bookie Monster, comparing Morgan Dunsmore to Walter White of BREAKING BAD:

Kindle and paperback now available at Amazon.

Kindle and paperback now available at Amazon.

LOSING TOUCH is the story of [Morgan Dunsmore,] an everyday kind of married male trying to make ends meet. His biggest struggles are to be a father, stay faithful, provide for his family, and as the story begins, come to grips with the power to move through other objects.

But this new power isn’t in a superhero universe, it’s in the real one, and thus, for example, he can pass through walls but only when naked (for how could clothes get through the wall, right?)

If you ever been bothered by the fact that the Hulk only loses his shirt and not his pants when he turns green from rage and expands, this novel is for you.

While the husband has the power to phase through things, in a way, he has been castrated to a degree and is losing his power. There is wonderful metaphor going on here. At least that’s how I took it. The husband was no longer tangible and seems to be feeling a bit impotent despite everything. Eventually, he can’t please his wife anymore (his appendages pass through other objects) and he can’t provide for his family (things pop through things during interviews. It’s all very hard to explain). He finally does try to use his new power to provide for his family and make things right, but this is complicated. Sneak naked into a bank, then what? You can’t sneak the money back through. All sorts of scenarios play out, and you start to feel trapped in the main characters plight and isolation.

The isolation of the protagonist was displayed wonderfully. He doesn’t tell anybody about what is happening to him and is constantly afraid his wife will found out. He’s a shame-based creature who is only as sick as his secret. There are some interesting marital moments that anybody who has done the ‘split off to different rooms’ thing each night, not out of spite, but just general emotional distance, will relate to. I couldn’t help but seeing him as a Walter White Character to a degree, Walt was maybe more powerful, but both of them trying to flex some male muscle in their suburbia lives, neither able to ever fully conquer.

It is through many micro-moments that the book holds itself together. It is not a book that travels fastly or grand, but instead travels inward. Self-thoughts and inner discussions of the character with his doppelganger dominate. The writer shines in some of these moments…

Read the rest of Matthews’s review here. LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by NY Times bestselling author Piers Anthony, is now available in paperback, Kindle, and Nook formats.

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