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Reviewed by Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite
In what may be misinterpreted as a backhanded compliment, Eclipse of the Heart by Adam Adrian Crown is so much better than it looks. The cover suggests something ethereal but sinister, the blurb promises horse-whispering and cold-blooded vengeance, and some early comments allude to Hemingway’s tight style of writing. Oddly enough, all of this proves to be true and accurate. Still, the book itself is so much better than this might suggest. We have the life story of a man. A rough man. Tight, like the style of writing as told by this very man. And one might again misconstrue this to mean that he is simple, or not complex, or worse yet … possibly unintelligent. None of this is true.
The character created by Adam Adrian Crown to reveal a rough man’s story in Eclipse of the Heart may be concise, but he is also irresistibly complex, self-aware, deeply troubled, and good of heart. Ironic, then, that vengeance of a most violent sort, with a soundtrack punctuated by unapologetic sex, seems to be his most succinct and sincere way of proving his good heart. But this irony scratches only the surface of why this book is so much fun (perhaps satisfying is a better word.) A surprise on all levels, the story’s narration sounds like an old film noir, while the plot unfolds like Benjamin Button or Forrest Gump … only with major gunfights and beatings to change the rating. All I’m saying is that Mr. Crown has pulled a fast one. This book is a literary marvel disguised as pulp fiction. And I, for one, found it marvelous and exciting.