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Since exiting a finance career in a world of cubicles, Bruce Fottler has been busy writing novels. His latest is the post-apocalyptic thriller: "Paladin's Odyssey."
Bruce grew up in the Chicago suburbs and moved to the Boston area as a young teen. While seeking a career-track that mostly put him behind a desk, he dabbled in creative pursuits such as producing, writing, and directing film shorts. However, it was always writing novels that interested him the most because they aren't limited by production budgets, technical capabilities, or tight shooting schedules.
Bruce has three other published novels: "Chasing Redemption" (Sci-fi thriller), "Dover Park" (Mystery), and "The Juncture" (Time-travel drama).
on March 09, 2017 :
This was an interesting book. I really enjoyed the mystery of it, and just when i thought i had it all figured out, it changed direction. The ending was definitely unexpected, and normally it would get extra points from me (because you don't see it coming), but at this instance i did not like the sudden change of direction. Personally i think that if it had ended 3-4 chapters before, it would have been better.
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)
on Oct. 04, 2016 :
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Fascinating tale, enjoyed reading it! Story begins very smoothly, like the slow-flowing river and then, without a warning, the announcement of flood, crescendo drowning all our ideas of the possible ending resolutions! I always wondered how was it possible for those people to be the “sleepers” for couple of decades, fooling everyone, even their closest ones. Another question also arose – were there or even are there still vice versa “sleepers”? Why not exploit such a good idea?
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
on March 31, 2016 :
This offering by Bruce Fottler concerns three related men and their families. Jim Moreau is a successful businessman working in R&D at a manufacturing concern, and his wife Sara and he have two boys, Kevin and Dylan, but long for a girl. That ship has sailed, as Sara recently underwent a hysterectomy.
Jim's brother Tom is a detective for a police department in a city nearby. Both Tom and Jim are somewhat dissatisfied with their jobs, and Jim is about to go into business with Andrew, their cousin, a plumber by trade.
Jim's world and plans are upset by the arrival of a girl who claims to be Jim's seventeen year old daughter Rachael, by a woman who drowned twenty-two years ago. She also claims that she's been living with Jim her entire life, and that his cousin Andrew murdered her mom and has spent the last twelve years in prison. But of course, none of that is possible. Or is it?
Rachael must be lying. The only other option is too incredible to believe - where Rachael is actually from another timeline, where the events she claims to have happened actually... did.
Jim and Tom work together to expose this girl for the hoax she must be, but each piece of evidence they examine makes her story more plausible. From the arrival of Rachael a couple chapters in until the unexpected ending, this book had me on the edge of my chair.
Language: There are a few expletives in the book.
Sexual Content: Light. There is some sexual tension and innuendos passed back and forth among the men, and a reference to a possible incest attempt. PG.
Spiritual Content: Moderate. God is referenced as the reason why Rachael could have been transported across timelines to a better existence. Church is attended, but the faith of the main characters appears shallow and surface.
This book kept me up, and I finished the last half of it in one sitting. It's a page turner. I gave it five stars.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Feb. 04, 2016 :
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is the second book by Bruce Fottler that I have read and as the first one I can only say - a great book! It starts with what seems to be a typical family - Jim, the father, his wife Sara and their two sons. Suddenly a girl called Rachel appears, claiming to be Jim's daughter. She allegedly remembers things about her life with Jim that couldn't possibly be true. Who is she and how come she is so convincing? The author slowly guides us through the story, first at very slow pace and then there are suddenly so many incredible twists and turns.
Bruce Fottler is an amazing writer. His characters seem so real and so easy to relate to. I even love the fact that he spends so much time on unimportant details since they really bring in a touch of reality. For example, his characters do actually cook decent meals, use the bathroom from time to time and chit-chat.
I recommend this book for all those who love mysteries, interesting plots and unexpected twists!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Oct. 08, 2015 :
Dover Park by Bruce Fottler
Wow! This is the second book I have read by Mr. Fottler and it most definitely will not be my last. He is one of my new favorite authors! I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
According to the Amazon description: “Troubling secrets are about to surface in Dover Park. On the eve of summer, a mysterious visitor turns up in a quiet, suburban town. The very existence of this enigmatic presence is a paradox, one that upends the idyllic lives of the Moreaus, a well-respected family of the community. Unsettling revelations are made surrounding a tragic accident that occurred many years ago, and routing out the truth threatens to tear the Moreaus apart. Was the drowning of a close friend in Dover Park an accident...or not?”
I don’t recall reading a book that had more twists and turns than this one. Just when I expected one thing was happening Mr Fottler threw in a curve ball and the story went another direction. Just when I thought everything was solved at the end (spoiler alert) the story goes another direction. Oh My!!! How many complications or rather turns in the story line, can occur in one novel; obviously at least three or four. I started this book last night and finished this morning. If I had started it earlier in the day I would have finished it in one sitting. Once the first curve was thrown at me I couldn’t wait to find out where Mr. Fottler was going with it. I was never disappointed. Several times he could have ended the story and I would have been satisfied but I love what he finally did with it. You will too!
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on May 05, 2015 :
Wow! I did not expect that ending! This was the story of a teenager named Rachael who "awoke" from a nightmare life where her mother had drowned when she was 5 and a father who drowned his sorrows in alcohol. She walks back into the house after an akward night with her father to find him under the sink fixing a clog for his "new" family. They try to figure out where this girl came from. An alternate dimension? You'll have to read it and find out but I bet you'll never guess where this story is going!
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)