Official Review: Death's Strife by Anthony Chesterfield

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Official Review: Death's Strife by Anthony Chesterfield

Post by ayoomisope » 10 Mar 2019, 19:06

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Death's Strife" by Anthony Chesterfield.]
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Imagine you can interact with life and death as actual personalities—try to understand their objectives, ideological motives, purpose, and complex relationship. Death’s Strife by Anthony Chesterfield is a fictional book that explores the essence and struggles of life and death, with respect to humanity.

The novel opens to a disagreement between Death and his father, Life, in the firmament. The two are stewards of God for the earth. Since the dawn of time, both father and son have had their differences, and their relationship has remained edgy ever since. Death fervently believes mankind falsely accuses him of the concept of death; he thinks Life also fulfills an important role in the process of death. During one of their dissensions, they mutually agree to include an outsider Lilith to help reconcile their relationship. Lilith, however, secretly despises the duo, and she tells them their relationship is irreparable. Death and Life eventually agree to wander around the earth in human form—interacting with and persuading mankind to follow one or the other to decide who would gain the upper hand. They decide to meet in Madrid in 1939 (seventy-four years after their arrival on earth). They journey to earth: Death finds himself at the El Escorial Monastery while Life discovers himself in Paris. Only time will tell who, if anyone, will be victorious.

I appreciate the imaginative process employed by the author in this work; it undoubtedly breaks the stereotypical mould of common fictional works. The principal characters, Life and Death, are relatable and properly developed. Their actions and motivations are deeply engaging and captivating. Moreover, the explored philosophical background of the idea and profound impact of these characters is a special highlight. The supporting characters are also employed masterfully, especially Alfonso and Bernard DuPont.

Nevertheless, the book was not professionally edited. There is a significant number of grammatical and spelling errors. Furthermore, the author seems to hold a belief that the earth has existed for less than 10,000 years. While I do not have a problem with this belief, the book also mentions the evolution of man, creating an inconsistency. In addition, the spacing used for the left and right margins appears too small; this might reduce readability for readers.

I assign Death’s Strife a rating of 3 out of 4 stars. Despite its drawbacks, it is a book that truly delivers a very engaging story I believe would appeal to readers of all ages who love creative fictions that involve philosophical elements. However, it is certainly not for readers who might think, based on the title, it is a psychological thriller.

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Post by Bianka Walter » 14 Mar 2019, 06:13

This is such an interesting premise.
Although, I agree with you that there needs to be some consistency. I'm sure it was an oversight on the author's behalf to mention evolution and back it up with a 10000-year-old Earth, so well picked up!
I really enjoyed this review :)
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Post by kandscreeley » 14 Mar 2019, 08:10

It's too bad about the errors, but the book definitely sounds unique. I haven't really heard of Life and Death being personified. It brings to mind C.S. Lewis's Screwtape Letters, but that is different. I'll look into it, though. Thanks.
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Post by kdstrack » 14 Mar 2019, 15:41

I agree that this is an interesting story line. I am wondering if the book explains how father and son came to be opposites other than just assigning them their attribute. This sounds quite intriguing. Great review.

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Post by Prisallen » 15 Mar 2019, 13:58

This does sound like a very imaginative book, putting Life and Death in human form and having them wander around, trying to get followers. I'm not sure it is for me, though. It doesn't sound like my cup of tea. Thank you for the review!

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Post by chiefsimplex » 16 Mar 2019, 18:18

The underlying idea is fascinating, it gets one thinking.However the contradictions noted taint the otherwise good work.Still these kind of fiction stories do not sit well with me ,require lots of active imagination.Thanks for sharing the review.
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