This Way Madness Comes

This Way Madness Comes

A Novel

Fiction - Thriller - General
711 Pages
Reviewed on 08/28/2016
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Author Biography

Robert Alan, is a native of Chicago, Illinois. His debut novel This Way Madness Comes, is a suspense/thriller set along Florida’s northern Gulf Coast. This Way Madness Comes is an epic adventure full of unexpected twists and turns that confronts the madness of wars, ambition, technology run amok, and out-of-control ideologies.

Robert spent more than twenty-six years as an officer in the US Air Force. Alan holds a B.S. degree in Physics from Michigan Technological University, and an M.S. degree in Systems Management from University of Southern California. In addition to his Air Force experience, he has worked in the aerospace industry as a systems engineer for Hughes Aircraft in Saudi Arabia, and has spent mare than eight years working as a contractor for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Alan is currently writing his second suspense/thriller novel, tentatively titled, The Trinity Stone.

    Book Review

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.