Thursday, April 9, 2015

{Review} FAILED MOMENTS by A. Robert Allen

ISBN #: 978-1505814675
Page Count: 244
Copyright: February 5, 2015
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

(Taken from back cover)

What do a biracial plantation owner, an Irish street fighter, and a daydreaming stock trader have in common? A first name? Or, perhaps, the ability to make catastrophic mistakes?

History is chock-full of failed moments, but what if, to fix your own mistakes, you had to right the wrongs of two other men long dead?

Tackling race relations from a unique perspective, Failed Moments, is a thought-provoking adventure through four centuries that questions the measure of a man not by his decision to do no harm, but his willingness to act on what is right.

Charlene's Review:

Patrick’s story begins in a hotel lobby as he waits for a date. Unbeknownst to him, he is actually in a coma and his date is his deceased aunt. As she explains the complexities of their reunion, Patrick is guided back in time to his former lives, where we follow him as he faces societal and racial discriminations. Patrick learns he must right the wrongs of those before him in order to move on to his final reward.

Reminiscent of Dickens' Christmas Carol, Mr. Allen reminds the reader that every action and decision we make causes a ripple effect on the future. Dealing with issues such as racism, social class , and reincarnation, Failed Moments is a sad testament to the worst of mankind, but also to the ability of man to undo the damage by choice and action.

This was a slower read for me, as it unfolds in stages, and I occasionally had to look back to make connections, but it definitely leaves the reader to soulfully question their own connection to the past. Failed Moments is a highly detailed, historically complex novel worthy of recognition.

*A physical copy of the novel was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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