Monday, August 8, 2011

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥: Blood & Water by Ephraim Rodriguez

Release Date: July 7th, 2011
Publisher: CreateSpace (self-published)
Page Count: 180
Source: Complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you!)

Blood & Water chronicles the life of an American lobster-fisherman haunted by his father's ghost.

Henry Michael Fischer wanted nothing more than to be like his forefathers; become a lobster-fisherman, get married and have a son of his own to carry on the family tradition. But when Henry suspects he is being haunted by his father's ghost, he must lay the past to rest, even if it means digging up his father's grave to return what has been taken—his identity.
What Stephanie Thinks: Rodriguez's debut novel is a haunting and poignant addition to the literary world. His story follows the trials and tributes of Henry Michael Fischer, who's inadvertently living the life of Henry Elliot Fischer (his father), as well as that of Henry Daniel Fischer (his father's father). This eerie and questionably coincidental occurrence is shocking to the stranger, but even more jarring for the victim.

The author writes simply in style, yet manages to make his words sound elegant and poetic. There are definitely some examples of awkward sentence structure in this book, however. Nothing major—mostly comma splices and run-ons—but nonetheless, they do make the story difficult to read.

A story that is plain in nature, but compelling in message, Blood & Water is a read that's bound to make your spine tingle. If you enjoy concise prose with a powerful punch, I recommend you try this one.

Stephanie Loves: "He took one last look at his father, held a shallow breath, put both free hands on his father's casket lid, closed it and said, without saying, good-bye."

Radical Rating: 7 hearts: Not without flaws, but overall enjoyable. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥