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Ascending Spiral began, for me, as a boy’s own adventure but quickly
morphed into a story about a man fighting a just war against invaders. Then
followed human damage, downfall and retribution. I was hooked.
For readers who like action there is plenty, though some rather violent,
but all realistically representing human nature. I found it a disturbing but
profoundly compelling distillation of the potential for good and evil to exist
in all of us. But Bob also introduces hope and the possibility of forgiveness
for oneself and others without excusing evil deeds.
From the prologue, and you should read it, Bob sets the style by writing as
if everything is happening in the present even though the action zig zags across
time and space through history. This gives the story its immediacy and
brightness and allowed me to remain engaged when it took on fantastical elements
that are not my preferred reading matter.
Bob manages to get under the skin of both the male and female characters
and is not afraid to cover many distasteful but all to real aspects of human
frailty and cruelty. The vehicle for telling the story through the character’s
reincarnation is the greatest strength of the book for me. However, I don’t have
to believe in reincarnation to be thoroughly engaged in the existential
questions posed. Who am I? What is the meaning of suffering and what can I do to
lessen it both for myself and others?
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