Monday, 9 April 2018

My name is Nelson by Dylan Fairchild - Book review

Book review of 'My name is Nelson: Pretty Much the Best Novel Ever.'
By Dylan Fairchild



 From The Indie View: “A brilliant and unique novel…in terms of sheer storytelling mastery, it's one of the best books we've seen in awhile. We give 'My Name Is Nelson' five-plus stars and look forward to an equally well-written sequel...it's a tremendously entertaining storyline with rich characterization and cinematic action scenes. It's safe to say the author's crafted a potential bestseller -- and, possibly, a hit movie." (Don Sloan)

President Andrew MacIntyre was having a pretty good first year in the Oval Office. Suddenly, during what should have been a peaceful Christmas season, he's facing one of the worst national security crises in American history. And, it's being masterminded out of a sleazy, New Mexico strip joint? What the hell?

Is this a political thriller? Is it science fiction? A zany comedy? Perhaps it's a love story. Whatever it is, it's a riveting page-turner with a little sex appeal, and a lot of laughter. It's little wonder White House National Security Advisor Chet Addington * said this was, "Pretty much the best novel ever." **

* Absolutely, positively, not a real person
** He's been known to be wrong about stuff

Buy the novel here: My name is Nelson

My review

This genre of novel was new to me and I was interested to see if I liked the style. However the author was very engaging in writing style and it sucked me into the story straight away. I took a very lighthearted approach to the story and plot and thoroughly enjoyed the read. The author has well developed narrative between the colourful characters and this is definitely a strong point in the writing. On occasions, the style is confusing as unsure as whether the author intended it to be totally a comedy (due to the amount of humour) or thriller or the novel isn't even sure in itself, but, as I took it as the first, I was able to be swept along and enjoy the read and not take it too seriously.

The ambitious premise behind the novel, an underdog geek who works at Full Spectrum Kinetic Solutions aims to take things into his own hands and creates a weapon (UMEAD) destroy all the baddies, is a plot that can't help but draw you in! Troutman is a unique character and despite being the villain in the story, you warm to him. With an ending that you don't want to happen but totally suits the unique plotline, you'll be left thinking about it long after you have finished. An interesting and different read.

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