I loved this novel! Although the interiors are dark, this book has something for just about everyone.
It is a thriller, no doubt, with compelling action sequences. I kept reading straight to the end – it is a “page turner.”
It is a strange romance between victims, thrown together by proximity and circumstance.
For those with a philosophical bent, The Survival of Thomas Ford seriously examines whether or not the universe allows accidents, and why good things happen to bad people(and vice versa).
For those interested in the fatalistic Celtic universe of folk lore and legend, The Survival of Thomas Ford is your book.
However, the book is really Jimmy’s story – Jimmy is one of the most brilliant characterizations you will meet in literature, and I use that term advisedly, because this is a literary novel, too. And yet, superficially, Jimmy reminds us of someone we may know. That is part of the terror of this book.
Euripides and Jeremiah warn: “The gods visit the sins of the fathers upon the children,” and in Jimmy’s case, the sins of Jack, his father, are visited upon him a thousand-fold.
It is, above all else, a deep psychological study.
The characters are well-developed, with a depth and realism unusual in contemporary writing. But the landscapes, the atmosphere, the settings also loom large in this book, taking on a life of their own. The prose is a pleasure to read and it ferries the reader quickly along the Styx to the inexorable windswept hill of horrors.
Logan is an unusually literate writer. I could sometimes hear the echoes of the ancient Celts who painted themselves blue and danced naked on the battlefield; maybe the echoes of Henry James; vividly feel the warmth of Lorna’s comely figure; the iciness of Jack’s ambition in the subtlety of the language. You will like Thomas Ford and I hope Logan is already at work on another novel. My kindle and I are waiting.
*WINNER OF A SPECIAL AWARD IN THE EFESTIVAL OF WORDS BEST OF THE INDEPENDENT EBOOKS AWARDS 2012
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