When Giles Deschain, a well-respected man, consort and father, discovers evidence of the malicious spice drug in his hometown, he embarks on a quest for truth and justice.The longer Giles searches, however, the more volatile and unpredictable he becomes, and as he inches closer to exposing the rats that live in the walls, the moral anomalies of his own actions begin to endWhen Giles Deschain, a well-respected man, consort and father, discovers evidence of the malicious spice drug in his hometown, he embarks on a quest for truth and justice.The longer Giles searches, however, the more volatile and unpredictable he becomes, and as he inches closer to exposing the rats that live in the walls, the moral anomalies of his own actions begin to endanger every single person he once hoped to protect.Both thrilling and heartbreaking, Strife is a novella of obsession manifest in many forms....
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strife a mirage novella Reviews
Strife, and other Mirage stories, can be found here for free; http://www.miragestories.com/#!storie... Disclaimer: I am the author's fiancèe.I've known Giles Deschain for a very long time now. The Giles I know however, is a completely different man. He wasn't born this way, and he surely didn't come across this lifestyle by chance, so who is he? Strife became real, because when writing the larger story, Kevin needed to know who Giles was. It's the very powerful story of obsession and a different form of addiction, reminiscent of Stephen King's The Gunslinger, and it earns it's five stars from me because I saw how raw and visceral the story is to the character, the audience and other stories to come.
I really enjoyed this book! I had no idea what it was about going into it, but figured out very quickly that it was gonna be a great book. I haven't read many books with as interesting a concept as this, which puts a twist on the "normal father goes insane" story. This was one of the better books I've read recently, and I recommend this to just about everybody! No matter what you like, it will somehow fit your tastes.
A beautiful, dark and teasing mystery.One of Kevin J.J. Carpenter’s first ventures into fiction other than short stories, Strife is a great feat of a novella, and highly entertaining. Set in a fictional world similar to our own – except that this one seems to be ruled by individual Baronies, and there are policemen running around with swords (!) – Strife follows a duty-obsessed constable named Giles Deschain as he struggles to single-handedly rid his home town, Othilia, of a powerful and dangerous drug known as the Demon Spice.Carpenter creates suspense marvellously as the story unfolds and a sense of corruption is subtly conveyed. The protagonist’s motivations are unclear at the beginning of the novella, and this could be a little confusing to readers; Giles lives an almost utopian lifestyle, with a beautiful and loving wife, a cute daughter, an expensive manor house and a respectable, well-paying job – why is he so dead-set on eradicating the strife from his home town? But reading on rewards you with backstory that helps you understand where Giles’ duty complex springs from.The further you get into the story, the more the tension builds and the characters shine through the pages, and this progression is skilfully mirrored in the world-building, as the reader learns more about and becomes more invested in the intricacies of the fictional world that the story is set in. From a writer’s perspective, Strife is most genius in it’s design as a perfect funnel into the author’s future works of fiction within this universe. It manages to intrigue readers, reeling them into the world and leaving them curious upon turning the final page, yet not dissatisfied. I, personally, am itching to read more from the Mirage series.With poetic language, an interesting setting, a likeable cast of characters and a gripping mystery that begs important questions about human purpose and morality, this novella deserves no less than five stars. Kevin J.J. Carpenter is a talented storyteller and quickly becoming one of my favourite authors.
Although this is outside the normal genre I read, I found this book to be very intriguing. It must have been, because I couldn't put it down once I started!!! Spoiler ahead: Giles Deschain is a member of the Guardian Force in Othilia. When he comes across the devil spice Strife, he is enraged. He doesn’t want this anywhere near his town…the town where he lives with his beautiful wife and daughter. Yet, when he brings it to the attention of someone higher up, he is told to let it go. He receives orders to not investigate, but Giles can’t help himself. Giles investigation wrongly leads to him to one person who is accidentally killed in the process of investigating. Giles is stricken with grief until he is finally persuaded by superiors that he can find the strife farm. Unfortunately, in his investigation, he uncovers the truth, but loses his wife in the process. This book is the first story of Giles and I cannot wait to find out what more comes to him. I can honestly say that I am now waiting very impatiently for the next story of Giles to be published. The writer draws you in until you are holding your breath to see what happens. As I stated before, this is outside my normal genre, but it is definitely one that I would recommend to anyone who likes a little mystery and intrigue. I will continue to come back to this author for everything he writes!
This was an interesting tale set in an alternate world about a good man who becomes obsessed with eradicating a drug called "Strife" from his town. The short story opens when Giles, a respectable and honorable family man who works for the village police force, discovers some Strife in a campsite. Convinced that the drug is being manufactured in his town, he sets off on a mission to uproot it with deadly consequences. The story was a quick read and well written, and the language was lyrical and interesting. I just didn't really get Giles. Why was he so obsessed with discovering where the Strife came from? He seems to plunge headfirst off the cliff, when it would be more believable if he got nudged along in smaller steps, and had some sort of backstory to explain why he cared so much. But, this is only the first installment, so maybe the next story will fill in more details!I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for an interesting quick read in a quasi-fantasy type world, especially if you like your reads on the darker side!