Forever is Fatal Review

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Forever is Fatal is a book in the Thriller and Mystery genre written by Benjamin S. Dutka. The book was published by Light Switch Press on 2014-03-25 and contains 239 pages. The book has an ISBN number of B00J8ZHTWK. Our users found the overall impression of this book to be Exciting.

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Plot/Execution 9.0
Structure 8.0
Writing Style 7.0
Enjoyability 9.0
Overall 9.0
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Forever is Fatal: A Surprising Psychological Jaunt


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Plot/Execution 9
Structure 8
Writing Style 7
Enjoyability 9
Overall 9
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Okay, for the record, I'm not a huge fan of this digital explosion in the literary world. It means a bevy of unworthy books are assaulting the digital space. However, I've recently come to the sad conclusion that traditionally published books aren't giving me what I want.

I want to think. I want a book that isn't published because it has a societal or political agenda, or because the author just so happened to be related to the publisher. Therefore, I broke all my rules and set out to find an intriguing book in the digital space.

I decided on "Forever is Fatal," by Benjamin S Dutka. I was a little skeptical, because the cover and description ("high-end porn" was listed) made it seem almost like a trashy romance novel. But it wasn't categorized as such, and I sensed something intriguing about the plot. I was right.

The writing style is a little strange, but it has a very specific...I don't know, beat, I guess. Almost musical. Once you sink into that style, you really start to move right along. Two main characters, both of whom suffer from a split personality (the man has it worse than the woman), are on a collision course, and their battle is absolutely combustible.

However, I'm not speaking in a gritty sense; I'm speaking more in a psychological sense. Because the author tackles several deep concepts in this book, including vigilantism and the horrid psychological struggles of two very sick individuals. How the author ties everything together is very clever, too. In the first few chapters, he introduces each character separately, which also helps to explain how they eventually meet and tangle.

The structure is a little off because sometimes, I felt confused and even rushed. There are a few errors in the text as well; errors I'm sure wouldn't have escaped the eye of a traditional publisher. But beyond that, I really enjoyed this read. Don't think for a second that there's anything explicitly trashy about the text; there are some rougher, more mature moments, but at no point does the author trip over the "50 Shades of Gray" line. He's tackling much more important ideas and he knows it.

When you're done reading, you sit back and think. That's what I've wanted to do for months! You sit there, pondering what happened and reflecting on the psychological thrill-ride. So much of it happens so fast that you're often left breathless. I would've liked a bit more development, especially where the minor characters are concerned (the author seems to forget about them here and there) but otherwise, I was pleasantly surprised.

I definitely recommend it, provided you don't mind some darker imagery. If you've got a mind aching for a little stimulation, you should give this one a try. And I'll try some other digital books, too, now. ;)


Review Posted By JWright1976 On 2014-04-02 At 22:02:37

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