Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite
The Edge by George Benda is a uniquely original historical fiction read. It all started with a plot; someone was planning to overthrow the government and Jack was in the wrong place at the wrong time, antagonising the wrong people. His past antics meant he was already on the FBI's radar. Soon it became apparent that his mail had been tampered with, and his car was being observed. Jack swears his past mistakes are not something he's repeating, and yet, the more the FBI digs, the more suspicious things they can tie him into, and some of his contacts are causing alarm bells to ring. Connections are unearthed in the strangest of places, and events just don't seem to add up. Jack must find a way to discover the truth, before twisted lies built on random links and speculation cause his downfall and destroy the lives of everyone he holds dear.
I initially thought The Edge by George Benda would be difficult to follow, being written in scenes that alternate between different timelines, but I was soon whisked away, enjoying each part for what it was, be it highly intellectual debate and theories, past recollections, or even romance. It simply worked. Each part added to the plot, weaving an intricate tale. This is not the kind of book you can just read for a few minutes and put down; it requires your full attention and it is not difficult to give. It took me until chapter two to adjust to the author's unique style, but I was intrigued long before. Definitely a moreish read. A combination of science, philosophy, and romance that is bound to charm. This is the second book in a series, but the author provides enough insight for this to stand alone.