Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Author: Patrick Skelton
Format: Kindle, Paperback
Tormented by guilt after the death of fiancé, John Timmons lives life in a fog retreating to his mountain cabin after work comforted only by his dog Spencer. While out hiking, a reflection catches his eye and he spots a small object sitting on a log in a nearby river. After a torturous journey down a ravine, he retrieves the object. It is mostly unremarkable but is engraved with the strange phrase “Project Daf Yasfhat”. From this moment forward, John’s life and those around him are never the same.
Patrick Skelton’s “The Device” is a gripping tale that captivates readers with very subtle science fiction elements. Like all good directors or story tellers, it is what Skelton doesn’t tell you in the narrative that keeps the reader guessing where it is all leading. Who is the mysterious man that appears throughout all of John’s life like a guardian angel? What really happened to John’s biological parents? What is the unnatural affliction to sound John has? Most of all, what is the device?
“The Device” takes place in the near future and Skelton extrapolates from today’s government actions what might be the resulting healthcare and environmental regulations and their impact on our lives and personal freedoms. The results are written so matter of fact that this makes them even more chilling. This a fast moving and entertaining read especially given the kindle price. I look forward to more from this author.