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*** A Fun Illusion Fantasy                                          Review by Rox Burkey

Karl Morgan creates a unique story with an intricate world that disrupts space, time, physical and spiritual frameworks. The main character Carl Sandberg Prescott is a teenager with magical abilities. Carl has a strong sense of right and wrong that helps him negotiate the illusion versus reality challenges as he makes choices.

This is a complex story that takes readers along for the ride between parallel universes. The friends, Carl, Aida, and Sylvia, learn and grow as they shift between dimensions. Aida and Sylvia take on different forms and character personas.

In some ways, I found the story a little like Alice in Wonderland from a reality perspective.  The writing style is impressive, with imagery created by the words that painted pictures in my mind of the places. The sample below lets readers use multiple senses to bring this story to life. 

“…She nodded. “I trust you, Father.”

Manny removed his arm and raised his right hand with the thumb and index finger touching at the tip. His hand moved forward and passed through the side of her head. A few seconds later, he removed his hand. “Mort, I need a glass jar with a lid.” The container materialized on the tabletop. Manny removed the lid with his left hand, put his right hand into the jar, opened his fingers, and quickly closed the jar. There appeared to be a small spark floating in the jar. “All done. How do you feel, Alexis?”

“You were right about the odd feeling, but I feel great, and the ringing is gone.” She pointed at the glass jar. “Is that the trace you mentioned?”

Manny nodded. “Yes, that is correct. This spark is our only hope to rescue Carl. Thank you for saving it for me.”

“I didn’t know I saved it, Father. It was just in my ear.”

Manny nodded and then laughed. “That is the way it works. When there is a desperate moment, we become very clear-minded. In that moment, we can accomplish momentous things.”

I personally enjoyed the religious overtones along with good versus evil. I was challenged with keeping the threads and character roles straight. I do recommend the story to people who enjoy fantasy and world-building, including shifts between dimensions. It could make an exciting fantasy tabletop role-playing game.

About the Author

I love science fiction and fantasy! As a normal, breathing human being, I have my own ideas about how and why we are here. I also have my views on why evil and good exist in this world. Put all of that together and I am blessed to have the chance to share my words with you, my readers.

Writing continues to be an adventure for me. Each story refines my skill and allows me to delve into different aspects of my personality and to better define my world-view. But please do not think that makes me special. We are all on our own adventures, and hopefully, each of our lives allows us to learn and grow. If you are interested in stories that will challenge how you see the universe around you, my books might be right up your alley. Expect the unexpected. I have written space operas where you can travel the universe and see how much and how little things change from planet to planet and species to species. I have and am writing crazy stories about people who somehow end up with incredible talents that can and do change the world. And believe me, the adventure has just begun.

Now I am focused on changing my preconceptions. I have never been a fan of very violent stories or movies. My new Revolution series throws that idea into the trash can. While we may live on other different political sides, I hope we can all realize that our government has too much power over us, from social media and mobile phone hacking to spying on those who disagree with them. This dystopian series takes that to its most outrageous conclusion. While violent and profane, the stories are fast-moving and packed with suspense.

If you want to see the cobwebs and dust bunnies in my head, try one of my tales. If you turn out to be as crazy as me, join the adventure! All the best!



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