In Guy's Odyssey, Seth Bleuer's study in fiction of a veteran suffering from a traumatic head injury and PTSD, Bleuer tells the intense struggle of a man trying to hold on to his sanity. I felt empathy for the author's main character, Guy, right from the beginning of the story. Needless to say, I wanted to find out how Guy would turn out and how the story would end.
The author did a great job in developing the downward spiral, emotional and physical, in which Guy is trapped. A nasty head injury, combined with witnessing too much violence, and finally reaching a point where he is over-medicating himself with drugs that undoubtedly have a longer list of side affects than one could ever remember. The author holds few punches and pulls the reader into Guy's world. Whether that world is imaginary or real, even Guy is no longer sure.
Recommend this book to anyone interested in the struggle of so many veterans who return from combat with physical as well as emotional injuries only to find their adjustment complicated by the medications that are supposed to do them good.
Review by Bob Doerr, MWSA Reviewer
It’s just another day in Iraq for Guy, a young American soldier. But when he suffers a head wound in a car bomb attack in Baghdad his real journey begins.
As the blast sends him on a deadly odyssey through the very fabric of time, he finds the beautiful yet mysterious disappearing sand. But Guy quickly realizes things aren’t what they seem and he may be witnessing his own destruction. With the reality warp tearing him apart, he has only his fading mind and a mysterious journal to help him solve the puzzle before time runs out.
His desperate search for an answer leads him to a single moment where everything hangs in the balance. Does this mysterious journal hold the clues to his salvation, or is it the ramblings of a madman? Can he figure out the mystery and save himself, or is the end of his odyssey written before his journey even begins?
Book Format(s): Kindle, ePub/iBook
Genre(s): Fiction, Mystery/Thriller
Review Genre: Fiction—Mystery/Thriller
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