The Four Myths

Fiction - Thriller - General
372 Pages
Reviewed on 08/31/2021
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Four Myths is a work of fiction in the thriller, action, and suspense subgenres, and was penned by Robert Reisler. Written for the general adult reading audience, the work contains some moderate expletives but no extensively graphic content. A journal from the year 2048 sparks the fascinating action in this apocalyptic tale. When archaeologist Jack Johanssen and night watchman Randy Haverstamp happen upon this prophetic item, details of the end of the world come to light. It all seems bleak until the prophecies begin to come true, and a path lies ahead that might be the only way to stop this future from becoming a reality.

Author Robert Reisler has crafted a superb thriller. The edge-of-your-seat sense of suspense is one of the most impressive features of this book, and I loved the structure of the plot, where certain elements are revealed to add new intrigues, just as you think you know what’s really going on. It makes for an unpredictable read and leaves tons of room for the author’s clever innovations to surprise readers at every turn. I also enjoyed Jack and Randy as central figures, neither of whom were the typical action-man presentation in apocalyptic thriller novels. Their skill sets and unique personalities really shone through in the dialogue and decisions they had to make. Overall, I would highly recommend The Four Myths to fans of Stephen King-style thriller fiction and stories which pack in plenty of plot with a fast pace and exciting characters.

Vincent Dublado

Is there anything you can really do if the world is about to end? The Four Myths by Robert Reisler is among the best thriller novels I’ve read this year—brilliant, suspenseful, alarming, and most of all, thought-provoking. The plot involves low-profile archaeologist Jack Johanssen and his friend, Randy Haverstamp, a night watchman. These two men are about to join forces for what is to become an adventure of a lifetime after Johanssen catalogs the contents of an old metal box: a scroll. As he scrutinizes the old parchment, weird thoughts begin playing in his mind. Certain chapters of the story jump back in the past to reveal The Ancient One, the Scroll Holder, who takes custody of the scroll yet is forbidden to read its contents. The interpretation of its cryptic symbols reveals the imminent destruction of life on earth, and humanity will have to fight so that the world doesn’t end.

With an expert view and confident storytelling, Robert Reisler presents a novel that keeps the tension high, and it gets even more intense as you move to the next page. Even the conversations between or among characters supply an idea of the thrilling events that will soon follow. Stories about the end of the world are nothing new, but this is a fresh take on the storyline that even involves fighting demons. The storyline pulsates with tension as it references our paranoia about Armageddon, brought about by ancient relics like the Mayan calendar predicting the exact date of the world’s demise. While we’re waiting for the next apocalypse, take time to read The Four Myths and see how it makes you re-evaluate your existence.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

The Four Myths by Robert Reisler is an archeological/futuristic thriller. Jack Johanssen is an archeologist who avoids the limelight. Randy Haverstamp is a night watchman, the complete opposite of Jack, and, unlikely as it seems, they are good friends. Jack catalogs the contents of a box stored in a government warehouse and discovers a scroll written in code. Teaming up with Randy, the two determine that the script is from the future, which foretells the end of the world and how it can be stopped. As the prophecies in the script begin to happen, Jack and Randy find themselves fighting to save the world in a plot that spans time; the quintessential story of good vs. evil. Can they stop the prophecies from coming true and save the world from certain disaster?

The Four Myths by Robert Reisler is a cracking thriller, one that will have you on the edge of your seat with nail-biting suspense. The plot unfolds slowly as the characters come to life before your eyes. Full of action, it has plenty of twists in an unpredictable story with nicely developed characters at the center of it. These are not the type of people you would expect to see in this kind of end-of-the-world thriller. They are ordinary people with ordinary lives who find themselves in the unenviable position of saving the world from certain destruction. This is a deep story, one that will get you thinking on every level, littered with messages for those who want to find them. If you like post-apocalyptic thrillers, you will love this one.

Rabia Tanveer

The Four Myths by Robert Reisler is a thriller novel about the age-old battle between good and evil with a twist. Jack Johanssen is an archeologist who loves his job. The fun begins when he can get his hands dirty with the artifacts and information he digs up. However, when Jack gets his hands on a strange box with an even stranger scroll inside, he knows he needs reinforcements. In comes his friend Randy, a night watchman who complements Jack’s personality. But the duo has no idea what they are getting themselves into. The scroll seems to indicate what will go wrong and how the world will end. This is Jack and Randy’s golden opportunity to save the world. But at what price? Is the world even worth saving? Or are Randy and Jack setting themselves up for failure?

Fantastic from start to finish, Robert Reisler offers readers intense suspense, humor, and remarkably developed characters to keep the reader sitting on the edge of their seat. I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next. The Four Myths is an amalgamation of fantasy, apocalypse thriller as well as action. However, the selling point of this novel is that the author nails each of these themes. The author masterfully weaves in historical events with the present and future to make the story incredible. Randy is a great companion to Jack. The duo is unstoppable once they get started, and that is when the fun truly begins. The plot points can be difficult to manage, but author Robert Reisler manages them effortlessly. The narrative is engaging, and I don’t remember saying that for a novel recently. I felt like I was part of the story! The twists and turns are brilliant, the character development is fantastic, and I would highly recommend The Four Myths to everyone.