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Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite
This Way Madness Comes by Robert Alan combines the genres of mystery, thriller, and suspense together in one novel. It will appeal to an audience made up of mature young adults and adults who enjoy suspenseful fiction set during the Cold War. The story follows Dr. Alexi Truskov as what he first thought was a ground breaking discovery, that would lead to a peaceful ending of the Cold War, instead leads him down a dark rabbit hole that has him questioning his own loyalties. Dr. Alexi Truskov was first and foremost a scientist who devoted his life to “uncovering the fundamental truths of nature,” yet he is forced to decide between betraying his country or betraying humanity as a whole. His decision will shape not just one country, but the entire world and all of humanity.
This Way Madness Comes by Robert Alan reminded me a bit of the X-Men First Class movie in how both main characters have to weigh their own morals, their loyalty to their country, and the fate of humanity. I greatly enjoyed reading the book as, besides being remarkably well written, its suspenseful narrative refused to release me. I simply could not stop reading at any point as I simply had to know the fate of Dr. Alexi Truskov and the world; this caused me to finish the entire book in one sitting. While I enjoyed all of This Way Madness Comes, my favorite aspect was the very beginning where author Robert Alan gave me insight into Dr. Alexi Truskov's beginnings as a scientist, a student, and a person. This insight allowed me to truly sympathize with Dr. Alexi Truskov and to understand him better as a character.