ChiZine publications have been extremely generous with me, sending me many great books for review not to mention wonderful content to share with you all. The first of theirs that I have read is Westlake Soul a fantastic well written novel that I am pleased to have as my first post of the year and a review no less.
Have you ever read a book and been so impressed with what the author has done that you totally are at a loss as to writing an appropriate review. Westlake Soul is quite the character. As the story is told exclusively from Westlakes’s point of view we get to know him quite well.
Westlake is a good man but Westlake is trapped inside himself. The once active man surfer champ who has it all a family, money and a beautiful woman who loves him and he too loves, now he is in a vegitative state. He drools on himself he has to be washed and has his adult diapers changed, he now depends on others to care for his body. His mind however is more active than ever. His head injury resulting in him being a genius superhero. He can travel the world in an instant all on mind power. He knows things and can now even communicate with the family dog the only one who knows he’s still in there and not just an empty shell.
What does a superhero who can do anything but get his mind and body back into sync do when time starts to run out? When his arch nemisis ( what every superhero has one ) Dr. Quietus comes for him, can he find a way out. This is a powerful impressive story, character focused but story rich, deep, witty, charming and highly entertaining.
This story is original, the characters Westlake obviously in particular is so well written and he Westlake makes this story. It is one that simply must be read.
All superheroes get their powers from somewhere. A radioactive spider bite. A science experiment gone awry. I got mine from a surfing accident in Tofino. The ultimate wipeout. I woke up with the most powerful mind on the planet, but a body like a wet paper bag…” Meet Westlake Soul, a twenty-three-year-old former surfing champion. A loving son and brother. But if you think he’s just a regular dude, think again; Westlake is in a permanent vegetative state. He can’t move, has no response to stimuli, and can only communicate with Hub, the faithful family dog. And like all superheroes, Westlake has an archenemy: Dr. Quietus – a nightmarish embodiment of Death itself. Westlake dreams of a normal life – of surfing and loving again. But time is running out; Dr. Quietus is getting closer, and stronger. Can Westlake use his superbrain to recover… to slip his enemy’s cold embrace before it’s too late?