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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
The Scourge of Man by Zoran P Obradovic is a gripping story with a dystopian edge, great characters and a lesson that touches powerfully on the human spirit's quest for happiness. Vincent is a depressed man who has lived on the fringes of society, feeling restless and desperately seeking a purpose. This is why he just moved to New York City, hoping his life could take a new course, but when he begins to feel comfortable in his new environment, all hell breaks loose and the city is devastated by a catastrophe no one saw coming, and none can escape the consequences.
As the city begins to recover from the calamity, a new way of life springs forth and Vincent finds both love and a purpose. But the events that unfold in this new city compel him to take justice into his own hands, becoming a legendary figure who is feared in some quarters and revered in others. But deep within the desperate man turned the scourge of the city is the vulnerability of a man looking for love and a deeper life. Can he find answers for his questing soul or will he be driven deeper into the darkness that beckons him?
What arrested my attention as I started this novel was the beauty of the prose — friendly, fluid, and captivating. The author has the gift of feeding the reader’s insights with beautiful images of the setting and I also enjoyed his ability to show the emotions in the characters. Vincent is a symbolic character whose quest echoes the dying cry of every human soul for a life of meaning and inner freedom. The setting is one of the best I have read in this genre and it is hard not to imagine it in one’s mind. Zoran P Obradovic’s The Scourge of Man will captivate readers and compel them to see the arid climates of their souls even more. It’s deft and balanced, utterly engaging.