A Man Too Old for a Place Too Far

The Forgotten Child Trilogy Volume 1

Fiction - Adventure
322 Pages
Reviewed on 11/15/2020
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Reviewed by Saifunnissa Hassam for Readers' Favorite

Mark W Sasse's A Man Too Old for a Place Too Far: The Forgotten Child Trilogy Volume 1 is an adventure novel set in contemporary times. Francis Frick, 72, a self-made millionaire, owns a Manhattan consulting firm. He is ruthless, mean, demanding, and self-centered. Ruthy, his daughter, is the owner of the World Classics bookstore selling rare and first edition books. Frick and Ruthy's relationship is stormy and quarrelsome. Ruthy stands up to him, but she keeps her promise to her dying mother to care for Frick. A tiny magical person, Bee, believes that humans can change in the right circumstances. She sends Frick on dangerous and perilous journeys into the recent past. He is bewildered, struggling with fear and anger. The journeys turn into soul-searching challenges for Frick as he grasps their connections to his present-day life.

I enjoyed reading Mark W Sasse's A Man Too Old for a Place Too Far for its character development of Francis Frick. I loved the imaginative, inexplicable, terrifying tangled web of past and present that Bee, a magical being, spins into Frick's life! He faces two significant challenges. Can he bridge the deepening rift between himself and Ruthy? How can he do something that matters little to the world at large but means the whole world to one ordinary person? I liked the way Ruthy's life as well as those of the other characters reveal Frick's life and character. I liked the feisty and independent Bee and the glimpses into her world where other magical beings exist. A well-crafted tale of magical realism healing an estranged father-daughter relationship.