Tuesday, May 8, 2012

7 Hours - Post 1 -- Rearview by Mike Dellosso.

Rearview is the first of seven novellas in an anthology put out by Tyndale. Except, it’s not really an anthology, because the novellas are e-books and sold separately. I received a review e-copy of the entire collection. Here’s the overall premise:

Death comes for everyone. But what if you were given seven more hours? Would you go back and relive a previous time in your life? Or would you live seven more hours starting now? The clock is ticking. What will you do with the time you have left?

Seven writers come together to tackle the questions of life, death and time as we know it. Linked together by a mysterious character, each author has taken the same concept and created their unique story with a supernatural twist.

Fascinating premise, huh?

I’m halfway through the collection and had a hard time putting down my Kindle to take the time for this post. I’ll be publishing reviews for the stories over the next couple of weeks. Learn more at www.7hoursbooks.com. 

And now, my review:

This story grabs you immediately. Dellosso obviously understands regrets, and he infuses this oh-so-relatable element into his main character. His protagonist is a college professor who’s trying to do the right thing when a student who’s been caught cheating (and who just happens to be a senator’s daughter) accuses him of sexually assaulting her. Immediately Dan jumps to the conclusion that his life is over, so why not hurry things along? All this before “time” (in the character of Thomas Constant) confronts him with the fact that he will soon die so he can choose where to have the 7-hour gift inserted into his life—either extending his life or going back to a certain time. Daniel chooses to extend his life. He wants one more chance to tell his wife and sons he loves them. After taking care of some business in town, he sets off to find them in New York City, where they’re spending the day shopping. But things don’t go smoothly. Along the way he interacts with someone who will impact his life, even as he impacts the stranger’s. I enjoyed this story, though, there was a bit more blood and violence than I’m used to. Still the story is enjoyable and the protagonist’s hang-ups were relatable for the most part. This novella was a great way to launch the collection.

Highly recommended.

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