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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Surreal and hypnotic, Randall DeVallace's Memoir of a Doomsday Prophet takes the reader through the journey of a man named Edwin Block as he searches for his purpose in life. After failing his final exam, Edwin Block ponders his future when an eccentric man named Barry Blakenship, a.k.a. BB, convinces him to steal the statue of Brathwaite College's founding benefactor, Thomas Bartholomew Bradford. While on the run, the duo parts ways and Edwin empties his wallet for a seat on a bus heading to Nebraska. He meets a man named Goodfellow Mortify on the road, who provides him with a copy of Providence's Blessing. Plagued by cryptic visions, Edwin finds himself in a castle made of salt, where he meets the Senechal, who seeks to manipulate him.
Memoir of a Doomsday Prophet is an entertaining thriller. Told through the eyes of an unreliable narrator, it provides a sense of surrealism and mystery to the story. Author Randall DeVallance keeps a slow and steady pace to the narrative for the first half of the book but steps up a gear or two as the story progresses further. The plot feels highly unpredictable, which makes you keep turning the pages in anticipation of its destination. There are few characters in the story, and Edwin and BB share the brunt of the narrative. I found both the characters unique and immersed myself in BB's parents' backstory. Overall, I enjoyed Memoir of a Doomsday Prophet, and if you're a fan of movies such as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, you should check it out.