Author Book Review 2017

Author Book Review by Bianca Gubalke

New Mystery Novel by Micheal Maxwell

While defining your exact genre is rather easy and self-explanatory in Non-fiction, it can be rather difficult and limiting in Fiction. I’ve experienced this myself with my novel, BORN WITH WINGS – The Immortal Life of Piu Piu‘ – while it’s highly spiritual, visionary, mystical, magical realism. . . a mystery is being solved, as well. And what a mystery!

It’s no different with “Dara & Dupree”, and while it has been classified as a mystery novel, it falls into a number of other genres, too. However, I won’t spoil it here!

I like how the author introduces himself in his brief Bio: “Micheal Maxwell was taught the beauty and majesty of the English language by Bob Dylan, Robertson Davies, Charles Dickens and Leonard Cohen. He has traveled the globe, dined with politicians, rock stars and beggars. He has rubbed shoulders with priests and murderers, surgeons and drug dealers, each one giving him a part of themselves that will live again in the pages of his books. Micheal Maxwell has found a niche in the mystery, suspense, genre with The Cole Sage Series that gives readers an everyman hero, short on vices, long on compassion, and a sense of fair play, and the willingness to risk everything to right wrongs. Maxwell is committed to writing a clean, character driven, mysteries series with lots of twist, turns, and heart.”

“All is right with the world.” ~ Robert Browning

Nothing is right in the world of Dupree when he wakes up one morning, wishing to be dead. Nothing had worked out in his life the way he had planned, and, suddenly, willfully, after leaving home with a demanding wife and a maddening bunch of hyped teens in the morning, the successful lawyer turns ‘the opposite direction of work’ and, bit by bit, liberates himself of the chains that he had pulled behind him ‘like Marley’s Ghost’.

As he embarks on an inner journey of changing himself, the world around him changes. Resonates. Leaves people in tears: “I don’t know what to say.”

But Dupree takes it further. So strong is his desire to leave the past behind and see the world with new eyes, that he throws caution to the wind and, abandoning his luxury car, patiently, expectantly, waits at the side of the road for whoever stops and invites him to share a part of their journey towards the North.

This is where the real music of this soul-baring story begins. Where the floodgates to thoughts, emotions and laughter are opened with characters from all walks of life, reminiscent of those in Robert B. Parker’s popular Spenser series. And as Dupree moves further and further away from where he started out, the reader is becoming part of the journey, looking back while moving forward, gaining new insights and truths, and wondering how it could possibly end . . .

A fast and fascinating read that puts many things into perspective. Don’t miss it!

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