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Reviewed by Jon Michael Miller for Readers' Favorite
In The Man with the Dorian Complex, author Brian Christopher’s operative premise is that an aging man who realizes he hasn’t lived fully discovers that he has an undefined condition that periodically gives him the physical appearance of a much younger man. The condition first activates as he imagines a romance with a young woman who rides next to him on the commuter train to London. Through a meditation technique, he learns to turn on the transformation almost at will. With this amazing secret, he sets out in search of the romantic fulfillment life has denied him. And no doubt about it, author Brian Christopher’s premise will grab your imagination just as it did mine.
I became immediately engrossed. In The Man with the Dorian Complex, Brian Christopher fully realizes his spot-on, empathetic, and comic understanding of middle-aged male malaise. Don’t most of us long for our lost youth and the opportunities we let pass us by? Mr. Christopher is accomplished at milking his premise to the max, but soon or later the fallacy of the dream must out, and as I breezed through his direct, unambiguous prose, I was waiting … waiting to see how it would all come to fruition. If the author is accomplished at building suspense, he is equally skilled at creating the emotions of new, first-experienced romantic love as he develops it between Jonathan and Zohreh. But will he resolve the plot difficulties he creates? That is the question. By using illicit biological methods, will his protagonist win the happiness he seeks? My advice to readers: open the first page, start reading, and you won’t be able to stop until you find out.