Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Marsburg Diary by Chris White

Book Blurb:
Harvey Marsburg, son of the late William Marsburg, is reading through his deceased father's long-lost diary. At first, Harv is annoyed at the peculiarities of his father, irritated that he has to uncover old wounds by reading this old book. But he finds to his amazement that his father might not actually have been mad. In fact it appears that William may have been nearly 150 years old when he died in 1977. Now his body lies decomposing in a Yorkshire mausoleum, but his legacy lives on. Harvey reads cryptic notes from the executor: "May your father rest in peace. He deserves it." Something watches him from the darknesses of his house as he reads the diary with growing interest. Plus, there are two other books in that old trunk that the foundation sent. One of them, he could swear it, is calling to him...

My review:

Words can’t really express the way I felt after reading the Marsburg Diary!! I’m not sure what I expected I would read but it certainly wasn’t that. Harvey Marsburg, the son of William Marburg decides to read his deceased fathers long lost diary. He is trying to unravel how or why his father became such a lunatic. What he discovers though is not that his father was crazy but he was tormented by evil due to a book he discovered.

When Harvey is reading the diary we are transported back in to the time when his father is seeking the book of Kreios and all the danger that erupts from that simple quest. Then it flips back in to Harvey’s world and what he is discovering about the book that is now in his possession. Questions begin to arise; is he destined to follow the same trail of his father and what does that mean for him.

I found the beginning of the book a bit confusing and at times I felt like I had to re-read the paragraphs to fully understand what was happening. I did feel like I was reading the diary of a lunatic which I think is what the author was trying to do and then it all began to make sense and the puzzle began to take a shape!! My skin was crawling with the evil that portrayed!!

Of course this book brings some answers the questions we were asking when we were introduced to Kreios in book one of the Airel Saga but mostly it just brings more questions that I want to ask. Chris gives us encouragement though by stating that there will be some answers to come in book two of the Marsbury Diary series.

Content: Mature audience, some violence and evil.

Disclosure: I was provided a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review and opinion. All opinions are my own.

About Chris White:

Chris loves history, Sherlock Holmes, and anything that’s not virtual, like old motorcycles and mechanical typewriters. He also doesn’t get why we have these things called “smartphones” when all they do is make people dumber. He recently celebrated 10 years of marriage with his wife, April, and has two boys: Noah, age 8, and Jaden, age 3, who inspired the Great Jammy Adventure series; the OK-to-color-in picture books. Chris is working on a short story called The Marsburg Diary that will further explore one of the subplots of Airel (with Aaron Patterson). His first novel, K: phantasmagoria, is due out in 2011. Chris has a major crush on Audrey Hepburn, who is now dead. He also thinks Mary Poppins is hot. His wife is okay with all of this.
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