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Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite
The Sun King: From Retired Engineer to King of Solar Power by David Toth is a contemporary novel that explores how far passion can lead the human soul. “When Harry Lennox retires in May, his friends and neighbors on Mawa Lake say he will lose his mind in six months. They are wrong. Harry goes bonkers after sixty short days.” These are the opening lines of a story about the desperation of passion, the friction between fear of death and creating a legacy. After his retirement, Harry develops an obsession for solar power and nothing, even his wife Gladys who considers him the most predictable person, can convince him to do otherwise. Read to find out how his passion for harnessing solar energy pulls him away from family, creates powerful conflicts, and pushes him to the edge of insanity. A story that reads with stunning realism.
David Toth has created a character who will remind readers of the perils of living with an unfulfilled passion. It could have been different if the protagonist was a character in his mid-thirties or forties, but Harry is someone retired. This is the story of many people and the only difference between Harry and most of us is that he becomes obsessed to do the one thing he could have done many years ago. The writing is strong, enticing, and absorbing. The Sun King: From Retired Engineer to King of Solar Power features well-crafted sentences and passages and it is impossible to stop reading. The author knows how to create dramatic effect with his choice of words, impeccable punctuation, and unique phraseology. This conflict is well explored and it drives the plot. This is a very entertaining story with powerful lessons.