Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction
Published by Open Road Media on July 29, 2014
Amazon, Barnes & Noble
In a Las Vegas hotel room, a man awakes to confront his destinyDreaming, Jack hears voices: a frightened child in a hospital, a woman cheating on her husband, a death-row inmate. When he wakes, the voices recede, but they do not vanish. He is in a luxurious hotel room on the Vegas strip, and his body is covered in scars. Jack Strong is a patchwork man, his flesh melded together from dozens of men and women, and his mind is the same way. Countless lifetimes are contained within him: people whose time was cut short, and who see their place in Jack as a chance to make things right.On behalf of one of them, Jack reignites a feud with corrupt casino bosses. Drawing on the skills of another, he beats the life out of two bodyguards. Jack fights for control as he lurches from impulse to impulse, certain that somewhere within him exists a soul. The answers may lie with whomever is tailing him in a sleek black car—if Jack can somehow confront him.
“I was some kind of abomination set loose upon the world for reasons unknown.”
Jack Strong was a very interesting story. With only a mere 52 pages, Walter Mosley created an original concept and manages to execute it wonderfully in that short amount.
I had never before read anything by Mosley, but now I really think I’m missing out. His writing style is really wonderful. It was captivating from the very beginning. You could actually feel how each “voice” inside Jack’s head has a distinctive personality.
Jack as a main character was an enigma. He was Jack, but he was also Lance, he was also Rod, he was also Johnetta. Jack would sometimes let some of his other “personalities” appear and “take over” and it was really interesting seeing how each life had different experiences and set of skills. It was interesting that Jack didn’t just see himself as Jack; he saw himself as a combination of all his other “previous” lives.
“It came to me that it wasn’t so different being man or woman. We all slept and woke up, felt heat and cold, got hungry and aged over time. Our senses approximated each other’s, and memory offered up images that had more meaning than anything real.”
As a short story, it is definitely well developed and wonderfully written. It even opens up a window to be continued later on if the author so desired. If you haven’t read a book by Walter Mosley before, this is definitely a good story to start with.
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