Friday, March 14, 2008
BY: Jeremy C. Shipp Jeremy Shipp takes the reader on a psychological head-trip through the eyes of Bernard Johnson. A thirty-five year old intelligent man with a wild, incredible imagination. Bernard is tormented with his dreams, fantasies, and nightmares. The reader is taken through the door of a magic carpet ride of adventure, but the ride doesn't end there. The ride continues from the magic carpet of fantasy, through the door of the haunted house of fear. Each reader will be taken through the same journey, but if they dare go a second round, they may experience a completely different feeling than the first ride. Vacation is a thought-provoking, surrealistic first time novel, created into a dark fiction masterpiece. This adventure story through the mind of Johnson is disturbing, provocative, and challenging. Shipp covers every segment of human emotion to perfection, leaving the curious reader in total darkness. Reading Vacation is like watching one of Alfred Hitchcock's finest brain-teasing movies, where the reader is left confused. This unpredicting story of one man's journey is a powerful, bizzare, roller coaster ride into the human psyche. Vacation demands the reader to begin this journey once again, and for each reader that takes a second ride, Shipp's mission is accomplished. His sole intention is to make sure the reader hasn't missed anything. The reader is left with questions, not answers, and is forced to solve this puzzle of mystery. Is Bernard Johnson battling with depression? Does depression take over? The author draws a fine line between fantasy and reality through the wandering mind of Bernard Johnson, as he struggles out of his comfort zone. I recommend this novel to all readers who enjoy dark fiction, combined with challenge, and suspense. However, one must be as daring as Jodi Foster in "Silence Of The Lambs." Bear in mind that she was warned, "Don't let Hannibal get into your head!" May I remind you that he was a clever psychiatrist, and she was forced to take that daring risk. Shipp invites his readers to take that risk, while riding that roller coaster of madness through the psychological journey of Vacation, reminding readers that the greatest risk in life is not taking one. Geri Ahearn, I.O.M. Author of 6 Books Author Geri Ahearn, INC.