Full Moon Over Faulconbridge

Murder, Madness and Magic in the Blue Mountains

Fiction - Supernatural
194 Pages
Reviewed on 07/18/2017
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Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite

Robyn is a fledgling reporter who catches a surprise story in Full Moon Over Faulconbridge by Victor Spiegel. The camera and sound crew filming Robyn’s short introductory piece about the beauty and tourist value of the Blue Mountains of Australia capture a murder on their equipment, which leads to their deaths. Margaret, who felt that there should be more to life, is now rid of Merv, whom she considered responsible for holding her back. As the world grows more out of tilt with people acting out in hate and ravaging the land, the rainbow serpent, Biami, the Creation Spirit of the Blue Mountains, acts through his intermediary, Wargon, to demand that The Rent be Paid by all the former politicians and prime ministers enjoying themselves in purgatory; otherwise he will destroy all of his creation. In the meantime, Bernard, a young man who is trying to center himself through martial arts and meditation, has stumbled across a magic flute that has amazing effects on the people that hear its music. As Margaret pushes for achieving power through magical means, Robyn tries to get her story and Bernard confronts his personal demons, as well as the very real threats of Biami’s demands and Margaret’s madness.

Victor Spiegel has blended Australian folklore and present-day political and social truths with good old-fashioned hate, disappointment and vengeance to create an entertaining and thought-provoking story that is actually fun to read. The complexity of the relationships is a plus while it allows for character growth, or at least understanding why they do what they do – and there are plenty of interesting characters that don’t have room to be mentioned here. With a plot that is certainly unique and quite creative, there is a good deal of tongue-in-cheek humor to provide levity instead of simply reading about doom and gloom. Full Moon Over Faulconbridge is not your run of the mill supernatural story – it takes the genre to a different level and should definitely be on your ‘to read’ list. Tremendously creative and different and I think it is great!