Predators, too, can be prey.
…a literary marvel disguised as pulp fiction…marvelous and exciting.
Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite
…so raw it hurts. Eclipse of the Heart is many things, the most of important of which is brilliant!
Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
...Adam Adrian Crown’s gift for humor and storytelling comes out beautifully. You won’t put this book down!
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
…riveting story with compelling characters, a story of trauma, hurt, and redemption — or is it revenge? The unique phraseology, the emotional depth of the story, and character development are top notch. Eclipse of the Heart is a great read.
Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
The writing is sharp, its narrative clipped with short sentences that make big, bold statements...Adam Adrian Crown is a king among indie storytellers and I'll gladly eat up whatever he's got to serve next.
Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
I COULDN'T PUT THIS BOOK DOWN!
In Eclipse of the Heart, master storyteller, Adam Adrian Crown, weaves a gritty tale centered on the confessions and musings of his protagonist, Jack, to the woman he loves. Written in an engaging style, I couldn't stop turning the pages until it was finished. This book will take you through a gamut of emotions and leave you wanting more.
While not a novel for the faint of heart, Crown uses his character to explore personal and social situations and conflicts familiar to many of us. And I think if we are honest, we might even see some part of Jack in ourselves.
ONE WILD RIDE!
One wild ride of a story and in today's world it will take you up and down a roller coaster ride and places you could just find your self in the same wild world we live in today. Chapter by chapter it made you want to find just who this wild man really is lurking out and where he will take you next.
Enjoyed every bit of it.
-- BLACK R
Once I started reading it, I couldn't stop. Nothing got done till I finished the book! Very intriguing! Can't wait for the sequel!
I enjoyed Eclipse of the Heart the first novel by Adam Adrian Crown .
It has diverse and interesting characters . The plot has twist and turns . It' easy to hate and love the characters due to the layers in personalities , backgrounds and life experience. I enjoyed the gymnastic metaphors throughout . The underlying subplot of gladiator , assassin , combined with Don Juan.
Mr. Crown has developed some complex interesting conflicts intertwining through these pages . This novel is good reading for both men and ladies. I look forward to see how and if more adventure awaits in the future.
Vulnerable, Fascinating & Shocking
This is a remarkable book. By 25 pages in, I was convinced I was actually reading an autobiography. The level of vulnerable detail and insider knowledge in this book just cannot be imagined... The book ricochets from serious violence to pornographic encounters to heart-opening discourse about childhood abuse and rescue horses. The insider info on the judiciary system and what it's like to be a cop rings about as true as Excalibur's sword. At which point we simply must assume this IS an autobiography, but probably logged as fiction due to statute of limitations restrictions. Which is a shame. Because if it could be released as an autobiography it could easily follow the same trajectory as The Glass Castle. It is that shocking and that remarkable.
Eclipse of the Heart also took me on a journey of examining my own feelings/position on vigilantism. For most of the book, I was glad that there was someone like Jack to even the score and prevent men like the drunk driver who killed a family (because he had lots of dosh and was plugged into the old boys club) from walking away free. Again, the detailed descriptions of how he plans and executes each punishment ring absolutely true and you find yourself thinking, "There's just no way he could make this stuff up." But by the time I got near the end of the book, I found myself changing my position on vigilantism. Here's my take-away: I supported Jack's crusades when the case had already gone through trial and the Judge requested Jack's assistance. Or when the surviving member of the dead family requested help. But when Jack begins balancing the scales of justice based on his own experiences, interactions and woundings... that's when things went sour for me. That's when things circled round to Nietzsche's warning, "Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster... for when you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."
Regardless, this book is a tremendous commentary and look inside the justice system and what's wrong with policing in America. The fight scenes are superb - as only an experienced martial artist could describe them. Jack's boyhood and upbringing are heart-wrenching and he provides the best, multi-faceted, description of a childhood sexual encounter (he rejects the label of 'abuse') I have ever encountered.
Truth or fiction Eclipse of the Heart was very entertaining reading. I thought With all its twists and turns it blended very well.
-- Stephanie Yager