Spyder Bones

Fiction - Visionary
250 Pages
Reviewed on 07/12/2019
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Author Biography

Oliver Phipps is an award-winning author, entrepreneur and adventurer. He served as a Paratrooper in the United States Army and studied at MSC.

In the late 1980s through mid 90s Oliver pursued his love of music. He enjoyed traveling, playing percussion and writing lyrics for popular bands. During this time Oliver also began writing short stories and articles.

After playing for thousands through the fall and winter of 1996 Oliver's band abruptly disbanded. In early spring of 1997 Oliver, along with a guitarist friend, got together with the intention to form a new group. But rather than form a new band the two put together an expedition plan for traveling to Northern Canada and Alaska in order to prospect for gold.

Leaving in April of 1997 Oliver and company traveled up the historic AL-CAN highway. After exploring the Yukon and Northwest territories of Canada as well as the Arctic Circle the team traveled over the Top of the World highway to Alaska.

1999-2000 Oliver traveled through Asia, visiting Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan among other countries.

In 2004 Oliver published his first book and continues to write books, articles and short stories. Currently Oliver and family reside happily in the U.S.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Spyder Bones is a work of metaphysical fantasy fiction penned by author Oliver Phipps, which explores the spiritual realm and what lies beyond the ordinary plane of existence. In 1969, we meet a soldier and combat medic Aaron whilst he is serving his second tour in Vietnam. He has a girlfriend out there and a life which he has settled into, but everything changes when a deadly fall from a plane sends him into a coma. Here, Aaron (or Spyder, by his nickname) experiences a totally different realm with a much bigger war going on than the one he was originally fighting. Here, explorations of good versus evil, religion and the spirit bring new challenges to Spyder within his own mind.

Suitable for mature readers due to some of the content and dark themes, this is a real thinking point of a novel which also offers plenty of action, battle scenes, and interesting character development. Though it will not suit all fantasy tastes due to the loose nature of the plot structure, the world of demons, angels and mystical things which Spyder enters following the fall is full of interesting creatures, powerful action sequences, and thoughtful themes. Author Oliver Phipps focuses on concept and atmosphere quite heavily, making this a lavish read with many factions, enemies and warriors to get to know, with a fast-paced plot line that literally travels at the speed of light sometimes. Overall, Spyder Bones is an enlightening urban fantasy work with plenty of excitement packed in.