Readers’ Favorite announces the book review of Fiction – Literary “Slade” by Robb Grindstaff, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09YC221BK.
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“Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers’ Favorite
Robb Grindstaff’s Slade is a unique attempt, using an unusual style and format, to identify and highlight both the light and dark sides of the human psyche. Written as a series of interviews, the story focuses on Slade Bennington’s incredible survival and life story. After young Slade is horribly injured in a car crash that kills his beloved sister, Jolene, he is, as he puts it, “born again.” As a double amputee, with horrific facial injuries and burn scars, Slade faces a massive rehabilitation task. Writing down his thoughts and reflections during this time eventually sees the emergence of a book about his life that becomes an international bestseller and a major film. All of this fame and attention gives Slade incredible wealth and the unexpected love of the beautiful starlet hired to play Slade’s sister in the film. A second book, a semi-self-help book, propels Slade to superstardom, where he is able to charge exorbitant amounts for one-on-one counseling and seminars. Throughout it all, despite critics and detractors calling him a “cult leader,” a “brainwasher,” and giving him the nickname “Shaman to the Stars,” Slade maintains his simple, down-to-earth philosophy. down to earth and continuing on his life’s journey; a lifetime of love with his beautiful wife, Annie and their three wonderful daughters. But with fame comes risk, and Slade and his family will forever be the target of lost souls who read far more into Slade’s works than expected.
Slade is an incredibly powerful and empowering story. Author Robb Grindstaff had a stroke of genius in the style of this tale. By using a series of interviews, conducted by someone writing Slade’s life story, we are able to gain in-depth insight into the motivations and emotions of all the main characters, which is not not always feasible with a direct narrative style. I particularly appreciated the candor of the interviewees throughout the story. This made the actions and reactions crystal clear to readers. I loved the thoughtful analysis of so many ideas and philosophies. Casting Annie as a retired movie star, whose focus in life these days was the study and teaching of comparative religion, the author was able to discuss many great religious leaders and philosophers of the story, which I found compelling. I enjoyed Slade’s continued bewilderment at his own success and his simple, down-to-earth belief in who he was, what he was doing, and his purpose on this earth. Perhaps the most fascinating part of this story is the exploration of the human psyche and the battle between the inherent good and the inherent evil within each of us. It’s a powerful story that does what all good stories do – it makes you think, it makes you question your own beliefs and motivations, and most importantly, it deeply entertains you. Some of the subtle humor instantly drew me in and only added to my enjoyment. It is a fantastic book on many levels and I highly recommend it.
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