Mantle Convection

Fiction - General
310 Pages
Reviewed on 04/16/2016
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Author Biography

Sava Buncic is a novelist, long-time scientist and university professor. To be Had is his fourth novel, following Mantle Convection (2015), Inside Out of Bubble (2016) and Harnessing Altruism (2017). Sava has lived in constant motion between New Zealand, United Kingdom, and Serbia for most of his adult life.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Mantle Convection by Sava Buncic is an inspiring tale of a man on a quest to reconcile with his past and create a life that matters. Mark has been broken by life in lots of ways; he has loved and lost, and as he struggles to heal his past wounds, he equally works hard to do that which can give meaning to his life. Will he be able to rise above the traumas and pain of his childhood and connect with what he loves most, or will he sink with the powerful emotions that warp his heart? This is something readers will love to find out.

Mantle Convection features some interesting characters and readers will love Mark, Alexander, and Margaret because they are the kind of characters most people will easily identify with. It is interesting to see how the author develops the internal conflict in his main characters, almost always putting them in the dilemma of choices. The author creates emotional and powerful scenes that make readers ask important questions about life, including handling life-threatening situations like terminal illness, the place of friendship when one is called to follow his or her personal calling, and many others. The plot is simple, and might seem to slow down at some points for readers who don’t enjoy many explanatory and lengthy descriptions, but, overall, it’s a story that has many good lessons for readers, ones that will make any reader think. The book is packed with insightful thoughts and powerful reflections on life; one feels the author does more than tell an entertaining story.

Janelle Fila

Mantle Convection by Sava Buncic is a thought provoking piece of fiction. Mark’s childhood was lonely and painful. He wants to move past the hurts and fears of his past. He throws himself into his professional work and becomes successful, but his background is always in the forefront of his mind. He begins to learn to find balance in his life, shining the light of his inner self onto the dark shadows that camouflage his past. He meditates and learns about a person’s soul. He seeks out personal relationships and builds trust between family, friends, and peers. He begins to find the good in any situation, even the bad parts of his past. He wants to gain confidence, earn friendships, and live in love instead of betrayal, manipulation, and failure.

Mantle Convection was a really interesting story because it brought up a lot of profound issues. I think the subjects covered in this book by Sava Buncic will resonate with readers because they are timely and many people are affected by them or deal with them on a regular basis. So that made the story very interesting. I liked what I learned about myself as I was reading about what Mark was learning about himself. I thought that was a very clever way of Buncic to draw the reader deeper into his story.

Tracy Slowiak

In an interesting and thought-provoking new book by author Sava Buncic, Mantle Convection is a book that will stay with readers long after the last page is finished. Following the story of a protagonist with a very difficult past, readers will find their hearts touched by his fight to become a successful person. Mark was scarred by an emotionally painful childhood and does all he can to change both himself and his circumstances and become the type of person all should strive to be. His journey takes him to the depths of emotional lows and the wonderment of emotional highs, and gives readers a lot to learn from and a lot to think about. Will Mark ultimately gain all that he hopes from his life? You'll need to read the book to find out!

I very much enjoyed Mantle Convection. Author Sava Buncic has done a great job in creating a character that readers will connect with, relate to and truly care about. If that isn't a hallmark of a great author, I'm not sure what is. The book provides a guideline of sorts for people going through emotional struggles in their own lives, and many readers will find it as much of a great read of fiction as it is a way to reflect upon their own lives. I am pleased to recommend Mantle Convection to any readers looking for an enlightening read, and look forward to reading more from author Sava Buncic as soon as I can!

Rabia Tanveer

Mantle Convection by Sava Buncic is about fighting the demons of your past, reflecting upon your life, and coming out of it as a survivor and a winner. The story follows Mark, a man who had a devastating past that rendered him mentally damaged. His life had always been very different from everyone else's, but one day he decided to change his life and become the successful person he is now. He had his challenges all right, he fought with the darkness inside him, and came out victorious. The once too shy boy is now a confident man who has family and friends who back him up. His journey is one of enlightenment where the reader joins him and reflects upon his own life.

This novel is definitely one that makes you want to think about your past actions and how life became this way. I found this very soulful and soothing. There is a lot going on in the novel, but everything is molded to the story in a way that feels effortless. The writing itself is great; you will not find any grammatical errors or structural issues with this novel. It is a smooth read, and you will finish this novel in one night because you will not be able to put it down. I found the story very compelling, invigorating, and appealing. I certainly thought about my life after reading it. I can certainly see this book helping a lot of people to understand and find themselves.

Chris Fischer

Mantle Convection, a new read offered by debut novelist Sava Buncic, is a great book that describes the emotional maturing of one man, taking him from a difficult and painful childhood all the way through to his life as a successful man. Mark, the story's main character, is a man determined to make more of his life than what many with his upbringing might aspire to. He wants not just to survive, but to thrive. His life takes him from an almost abusive childhood to that of a man who is successful, both professionally and personally. In a story told in almost an autobiographical style, readers will definitely feel that they are reading a realistic portrayal of one man's life, and will hope for the best for that man.

I found Mantle Convection to be a very worthwhile read. It is thought provoking, well written and quite descriptive. Readers will come away from this book with a profound understanding of the main character, Mark, and will have come to care about him as well. Author Sava Buncic has done a great job in providing readers with a story that will touch their hearts and their minds, all at once. Any reader that likes a touching, realistic read that tells the story of a likable character, who pulls himself up by his bootstraps to make more of his life than anyone could have imagined, would love Mantle Convection. I am happy to recommend this book, and certainly hope that author Sava Buncic will continue to work on future publications of this nature. If they are anything like Mantle Convection, they would be well worth a read!