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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
A Spy in the Ruins by Christopher Bernard may be the most unusual read you will attempt in your lifetime. But, put forth the effort and you will be rewarded by poetry and prose that will snake through your consciousness and leave you with a disjointed stream of consciousness punctuated with emotions common to humankind. The reader is immediately introduced to catastrophe in which humankind’s muses have obviously played a starring role. A city is in destruction and a lone man walks and allows sensation to be his guide. Parts of the whole captivate his attention while olfactory and visual senses play with the neurons in the mind.
There is no plot to this book other than what the reader wishes to make. It is not a book in which the sheriff kills the bad guy and gets the girl in the end. It is pure consciousness and sensation. The word play is mesmerizing and the phrasing lyrical. The author offers literary invention. The final chapter is riveting. In A Spy in the Ruins, Bernard has given the reader a complicated journey through the neurons and synapses of the mind. It is brilliantly portrayed as a single moment in time in which disorganization and chaos rule and all the potential of life is reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis. In the throes of destruction, the complicated machinations of the human mind are revealed in all their power and limitations.