Bob Van Laerhoven’s review of Cataclysm

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Think back a few days. If you remember, the Belgian novelist Bob Van Laerhoven and I agreed to read each other’s book and review it. In my case I read and reviewed the Kindle version of his short story collection – Dangerous Obsessions.

For his part Bob read the paperback version of my novella Cataclysm (click the above cover). Here is what he had to say in his review:

5.0 out of 5 stars  An adventure in time and thoughts

Format: Paperback
It’s hard to put a “genre” on “Cataclysm” and that’s just what I like in “modern literature”. Although the novel is short, Jack Eason manages to touch a lot of fascinating themes without giving the impression that the story is rushed. Literature harbours a great deal of tales about time-travel, but “Cataclysm” adds a kind of “philosophical” outlook on the legends about our origins, the concept of time, and even the definition of gender, to name just a few subjects. Jack Eason clearly is a well-read author who is interested in science and a wide variety of topics. Still, in spite of the richness of ideas, “Cataclysm” is not didactic: the laconic humor and the terrific no-nonsense style turn this idea-rich novel also into a grand adventure with boisterous characters and even an alien romance with a surprising emotional end. When you read a lot like I do, you notice that after a while many novels turn into a blur. I don’t think I will see it happen with this one. Well done, Mr. Eason.
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I don’t know about you, but I wish that all reviews on Amazon were written like the above. In other words, non critical. Not once does he moan about anything in the story, or bitch about how the story was written, or even the New Zealand version of the English language used. If you are planning on writing a review for any book now or in the future people, pay attention to the way Bob composed the above.
Thanks Bob, much appreciated.
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