Book Review #179: The Reflection of Innocence


Author: John Tolliver

Genre: General Fiction

Language: English 

Series, if any: NA

Publisher: John Tolliver

Date of publication: 15 February 2016

No. of pages: 367

Synopsis: 

John Calabrace had an unsually hectic childhood; it was not because he was an overtly active child or his family had problems. He spent all his life fighting a flood of memories, most of which are not hisnown. The second he is touched by another person, he knows every memory and feelings that the person has ever experienced. And the worst part is there is no way to remove those memories from his head. 

It might have been a wonderful gift. But the dark aide of the gift was that he took solace in the depths of alcohol, and when that didn’t help, he he joined the Navy. The relative isolation of a nuclear submarine was a much needed relief, if only he wasn’t submerged back into the real and dirty world of espionage. 

While John may know everyone else’s secrets, he also has secrets of his own. Only problem is he can reveal them to no one. 

Review: 

For a description that sounds like high-paced drama and action, the book was a mellowed version of a memoir. After painstakingly finishing this book, all I can say is that I don’t understand this book at all. My expectations of an action thriller was completely shattered with the mellow narration of a memoir that makes no sense at all and has a flow that is too slow to enjoy or follow. According to me, both the character and the plot are largely floundering and hence unappealing to me. 

The cover image and the title actually resounds more with the idea of a memoir and barely reflects anything from the plot description that has been provided. 

My opinion: Not a fan. At all. I am honestly still contemplating what to do with it.

My rating: 1 out of 5

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