Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Failure of Fish by Michael S. Robinson, Sr. is a coming-of-age story that reads like a classic, a story with characters that will awaken all kinds of powerful emotions in many readers, reminding them of the dilemmas of growing up, the fears of transitioning into adulthood, and the question of moral responsibility. In this story, readers are introduced to young Billy Potter who, apart from dealing with the painful loss of his father, has to witness the moral decay in his own community and watches, albeit helplessly, as it sinks, but his mother’s duplicity will cause his heart to bleed in many places. Read on to discover his heartaches, including the loss of his best friend to the war that still rages in Europe. In all of this, what really defines the hero? Read on to discover for yourself.
This is a story with wonderful historical references, including the “war to end all wars.” The writing is powerful, espousing a style that reflects the historical period in which the story takes place, and readers will love how the author penetrates the minds of the characters and develops a conflict that is as relevant as it is exciting to watch unfolding. The reader is absorbed into the story, told in a gripping first person narrative voice, and shares the worldview of the protagonist. The setting is beautifully captured, a place called Stella’s Cove, with great natural features and a culture that veers heavily towards superstition. In this setting, readers encounter lively and well-developed characters; they experience the dynamics of life in a small, growing community, and the fears, the joys, and thrills of the people. Michael S. Robinson, Sr. has crafted a masterpiece in Failure of Fish; a story that will entertain and have readers spellbound from beginning to end.