Rearview, written by Mike Dellosso, is unlike most short stories on the market. It begins as if Dan Blakely were going through a normal day, until he is quickly faced with the decision of his life.
In one morning, Daniel Blakely loses his job and his reputation. Considering driving off the side of a cliff, he swerves to miss a man in the road and goes over the side. As he lay dying, the same man, Thomas Constant, approaches him and offers him the chance to relive any seven hours in his past or to live seven more hours into the future. He chooses to relive the past seven hours, then spends them attempting to fix the problem that caused the loss of his job and reach his family in New York to say good-bye.
From the moment the pages begin to be turned, the intensity of this story is continuously felt. This allows for a continued, heightened experience as the story progresses to the unexpected twist at the end.
All in all, this book is a recommended for those who enjoy an easy, action-packed read.
Rearview, by Mike Dellosso, is unlike any other short story I have ever read. It begins as if Dan Blakely were going through a normal day, but quickly escalates into quite the suspenseful tale.
In one morning Daniel Blakely loses his job and his reputation. Considering driving off the side of a cliff, he swerves to miss a man in the road and goes over the side. As he lay dying, the same man, Thomas Constant, approaches him and offers him the chance to relive any seven hours in his past or to live seven more hours into the future. He chooses to relive the past seven hours, then spends them attempting to fix the problem that caused the loss of his job and reach his family in New York to say good-bye.
To be honest, I was not exactly sure what I felt at the end of this story. It was very intense from early in the book until the very end. The ending, however, is a complete surprise. I wasn't prepared for the twist after reading so much of the previous story line.
Overall, though, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a quick read.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Dan Blakely was on the literally verge of success. Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel he never thought in his wildest dreams that anything could change so drastically in the blink of an eye or in his case in a decision he felt could hold no repercussions for him. Yet all of that would change in the matter of 7 simple hours.
When he got up that morning little could dampen his spirits until he got a phone call from his boss asking to speak with him right away when he gets in first thing. He didn't think he had anything to be concerned about. So when he arrives at the office, he learns that one his students, Erin Schriver, who he confronted about cheating on her literature essay paper, now is accusing him of sexual harassment and physical abuse. She is also the daughter of a well-known Senator and since the board knows that this will become a media circus, they have no alternative, but to fire Dan.
What this does to Dan's emotional side of things is to consider all the possibilities that this situation could bring not only to himself but to his wife and two young sons as well. So Dan see's no other possibility than to end his life. This is where the story really gets interesting and what makes Rearview in my opinion a great short suspense thriller reminiscent of a Twilight Zone of Night Gallery episode.
In this part of the 7 Hours Series, Mike Dellosso does what he does best and that is bring the reader into his story and gets them to invest in this on an emotional level. Anyone could imagine what it would be like to be in this nightmare and then he twists it like no one can. A man in black appears just as Dan is on the verge of death and provides him with proposition. He can go back in time to any 7 hours in his past, move forward 7 hours in his future or do nothing and die now. Any of the options will end in his death but it is up to him to chose how to live his final hours.
Mike Dellosso is a master at weaving these types of story lines from his previous novels I've had the privilege to be able to read and I can highly recommend this one. There is a unique twist in this one and one that rings a personal message to Mike as well as anyone who reads this one. I received this eBook for my Kindle as a personal purchase and have to say I can't say enough great things about this and can't wait to finish the entire series! What choice would you make if you found yourself in that situation? I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars. It makes for a perfect easy read that feels like an entire novels worth in this short story and for those of you that love a great twist suspense thriller, then this is perfect for you!
Dan Blakely is at the peak of his world. He's a professor at Boone College Campus teaching English Literature. He's ready to receive an additional PhD and a promotion, which includes a higher salary. In fact, in anticipation, he's already bought a new car and house.
The higher status and salary evaporate when he is accused of sexual assault and subsequently fired from his job. He's desperate and makes a poor choice in how to handle the financial mess he's in. Ultimately, he finds himself under the mangled mess of his car on the side of the mountain. The choice Dan made may seem Ã¢â¬Ëreasonable' considering the fact that he is far away from the Lord, yet not so because of his professionalism and the fact that his family relationships were close and were of great importance, though he had some regrets there.
While trapped, a mysterious stranger, Thomas Constant, offers him three choices. Frantically, Dan makes his choice, but it's a choice that will cost him dearly.
This was such a haunting ride of a book. Mike has you guessing whether he's dreaming, hallucinating, or is actually going through the experiences he is going through. It didn't matter how I looked at the book at the end, Mike still had we wondering how much was real and how much was too mysterious to comprehend.
I was intrigued by the analogies that mirrored Dan Blakely's life. Here are just a few:
Lead glass windows distorted the view of campus-like the upcoming meeting
Dark sky hung dark and foreboding-like his life after his firing
Breaking car tumbling down the mountain-like his life tossed in a tumbler
Minutes and hours ticking away-like his life fading as an ebb tide
Dan's life, like all of our lives, is made up of choices. Some lead to great rewards, others lead to regrets. Dan had regrets. How about your own life? Who or what is more important? This is something that you will be contemplating throughout Rearview. A lifetime won't make up for time squandered, leaving you with regrets. Make your life count, but make sure it also counts with the Lord.
In Rearview, I found a side of Mike I was familiar with. He's a great storyteller that just never quits! This book is no different. Like his previous books, this one will also have you on the edge of your seat! Buckle up for a superb ride!
This PDF copy was provided by the author in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.