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Obstacles by Chris Reardon

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) A child will die. You’re afraid to live. Would you go to all lengths to save him? Darkness knows no bounds, as Alcott, an African American doctor sees all too well. The man is petrified by death. His fragile existence rests at the mercy of the universe. This fact is far too much for him to handle. From unyielding nightmares to elevator terrors, he’s lost in paranoia.

Assigned to look after an ill child, Alcott’s horrors only heighten. Gari is a nine-year-old boy with a fatal disease. He will surely pass on within the year. Alcott bonds with him more and more each day. Part of him knows this grim fate just isn’t right.

Alcott befriends a hospital patient. This lunatic forces him to lug home an ancient text on bringing back the dead. Despite the man’s obvious dementia, Alcott attempts the scheme. Charging up a cliff, he recites the chant over ocean gusts.

A god woman glides in from the horizon. She instructs Alcott on the trials to save Gari’s life. These fearsome Obstacles require true strength. From battling sharks to wielding a flail, he must prove fortitude against genuine danger. Alcott decides his fate at this moment.

Death’s claws shall not grasp Gari’s soul.

Alcott is a doctor that has wrapped himself in fears. When he has to look after a young dying patient, Gari, his fears wrap him even tighter. The more Alcott is around Gari, the more he starts connecting. It is just frustrating that nothing can be done to save Gari, he is not even expected to make it a year.

Then Alcott meets another patient that is showing classic signs of dementia. He insists that Alcott take this huge book about bringing the dead back to life. After reading the book, Alcott decides that he is going to try it to save Gari. When he follows the instructions, a goddess arrives and gives him direction to win each challenge. If Alcott wins, he is essentially exchanging his life for Gari’s. If he looses, Gari will still die. But he is not alone in his struggles; others are there competing for loved ones of their own.

For a first book, this is good. I liked the idea of the story but it could have been refined a little. Having said that, I really liked following the growth of Alcott. He goes from someone afraid of everything to being willing to give his own life for Gari. This is a good book and I do recommend reading it.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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