Book Review: The Friar’s Lantern by Greg Hickey

29 Jul

The Friar's Lantern front cover

You may win $1,000,000. You will judge a man of murder.

An eccentric scientist tells you he can read your mind and offers to prove it in a high-stakes wager. A respected college professor exacts impassioned, heat-of-the-moment revenge on his wife’s killer—a week after her death—and you’re on the jury. Take a Turing test with a twist, discover how your future choices might influence the past, and try your luck at Three Card Monte. And while you weigh chance, superstition, destiny, intuition and logic in making your decisions, ask yourself: are you responsible for your actions at all? Choose wisely—if you can.

Available on Amazon.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

What a fun book to read. It’s like the Choose Your Own Adventure books for adults. I actually read The Friar’s Lantern twice. The first time I made the choices I wanted and the second time I made other choices. Of course, it was the “other choices” that gave me the million dollars.

After reading The Friar’s Lantern a couple times, I can see how the author could lead the reader to make certain decisions; however, he does give different choices with different outcomes so there are always those unpredictable souls who will choose the other path.

I definitely recommend The Friar’s Lantern. It’s a quick read whether you read it once or twice or more. See how your choices affect the outcome.

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About the Author

I started my first novel the summer after seventh grade. It was based on a short story I had written for class the previous school year about the passengers of a shipwrecked cruise liner forced to coexist on a deserted island.

I didn’t get very far. Much as I liked writing stories, I far preferred playing outside with my friends.

Eight years later, I began to find a better balance between writing and life. I wrote the early drafts of my first screenplay Vita during my last two years of college, doing most of my work in the dead hours of Friday and Saturday evenings before going out with my friends. Vita went on to win an Honorable Mention award in the 2010 Los Angeles Movie Awards script competition and was named a finalist in the 2011 Sacramento International Film Festival.

After college, I spent a year in Sundsvall, Sweden and Cape Town, South Africa, playing and coaching for local baseball teams and penning my first novel, Our Dried Voices. That novel was published in 2014 and was a finalist for the Foreword Reviews’ INDIES Science Fiction Book of the Year.

Today, I still love sharing stories while staying busy with the other facets of my life. I am a forensic scientist by day and endurance athlete and author by nights, lunches, weekends and any other spare moments. After my post-college travels, I am back in my hometown of Chicago with my wife, Lindsay.

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3 Responses to “Book Review: The Friar’s Lantern by Greg Hickey”

  1. The Cozy Pages July 29, 2018 at 1:19 pm #

    I’m intrigued. Liking the idea of the adventure books for adults 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    • sleepygirl2 July 29, 2018 at 1:52 pm #

      That’s why I had to read this one! It didn’t disappoint.

      Liked by 1 person

      • The Cozy Pages July 29, 2018 at 7:19 pm #

        I just gave my nephew two adventure books for his birthday. He’s enjoying the first one 😊

        Liked by 1 person

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