An evocative work of contemporary fiction Men are the Thing to Fear by author Robert Morrison is an absorbing read that draws readers into the captivatingly debauched world of central character Danny Kaneen, an anti – hero who evolves into a surprising hero.
For author Robert Morrison this is his first published novel in which he successfully proves his mettle as a literate fiction storyteller. By virtue of the title alone readers will find that they are intrigued enough to dip into this book but once they are into the story they will find that they are compelled to follow the story through to the end.
The story revolves around the life and times of Danny Kaneen, the intriguing principal character who candidly narrates the intimacies of his actions, thoughts, and desires. He shares a bawdy and selfish viewpoint, which will evoke a range of reactions from the reader, sometimes amusing, sometimes sad, and sometimes enraging and at other times deeply insightful.
Danny is an imperfect man but a perfectly engaging character by virtue of his weakness for drink, his lack of direction in his career, and hedonistic attitude towards women which makes you want to hate him but you are drawn to keep reading out of curiosity to see where this rake of a character winds up. Danny lives for the thrills of a good time and does not take life seriously so when his world comes crashing in on him through a series of unfortunate events he struggles to find his way to a happy and productive path. However, despite his shortcomings a slight undercurrent of empathy runs within Danny Kaneen that eventually helps him to evolve as a character. While on his road to redemption, he has to face some undeniable truths and make a serious but heroic life altering decision, which helps him to come to terms with not only his personal issues but also the issues of those closest to him.
I enjoyed reading Men are the Thing to Fear, it was an entertaining, character driven and cohesively plotted read that kept my interested piqued until the end. Author Robert Morrison has a writing style that is intelligent and demonstrates a genuine talent for weaving a story with fascinating characters faced with real life situations and issues relevant to current modern society. I recommend this book to any adult reader that likes a well-told, realistic story.
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