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It’s sad that work can take away the precious time that family can bond together. Some parents invest lots of energy and time in their work and end up severing the essence of the smallest social basic unit, the family. This was the case with Dr. Paul Christian.
Robert Fox has continuously envied Christian’s work. It’s an amazing program called Project SPINE. It is a spinal implant that seeks to enhance the reproduction of red blood cells. The end result is creating a faster, more ingenious subject over time. Robert offers to procure the project from his bother Christian at a price. However, Christian cannot allow anyone to take away what he has spent his entire life working on, not at any cost. With brute force, Paul sent his soldiers, the Fox Legion, to capture Christian and his wife. He plans to harvest his stem cells to acquire the essential information from his brain. With the information, Paul contrives to control the world.
Carson and Kylie are forced to believe that their father committed treason by the legion. They claim that Christian stole the government’s property, and during his apprehension, he shot his wife, Isabella, before committing suicide. The kids, Carson and Kylie, are ejected from their home and dumped in an orphanage at Harmony. Will they get over the death of their parents? Life at the orphanage is rocky. While Carson finds love, his baby sister is battling a string of cacophonic emotional torture. Carson has a choice to make. It has to be expedited. Will he stay at the orphanage with his girlfriend or elope with Kylie to salvage her from Rocky, who tried to take advantage of her?
I must admit that I had doubts when picking this book. Both the title and cover page insinuated that it is a sci-fi novel, a genre I am not quite accustomed to. I am glad that despite my reservations toward the genre, I chose to read this book. The Path of a Titan by John Bennett exposed me to a world of possibilities. The quote ‘You either win or you die' resonated with a slew of characters. During the Annual Levi Tournament of Titans, I witnessed how the fighters fought with vigor and valor. Carson was an epitome of good sportsmanship aspiring to win the tournament but caring for the safety of his opponents. The winner of the tournament will get a rare opportunity to join the famous Atlantis University.
The characters are easy to relate to in this novel. I found how Bennett introduced new characters into the book appealing. Somehow, all the characters that Carson interacted with posed significant effects on his growth. I understood why he treated some people with contempt. One of them is Jinx. The latter stepped into the lives of Carson and Kylie when they needed him most. His entry into the plot injected more determination and purpose into Carson’s life.
I also liked the ability to connect with the characters at a personal level. Through the monologues, I learned about the battles some players in the novel experienced. This was possible because the author resorted to employing the first-person perspective narration. I admired Carson’s compassion and hospitality. However, Kylie won my heart. She overcame her predicament and offered counsel to his brother. It is safe to say that she made Carson a better person.
There was nothing to dislike in this book. It was professionally edited and dispensed a worthwhile reading experience. The Path of a Titan by John Bennett deserves four out of four stars. Lastly, this is a novel for fantasy lovers. If you love adventure novels and science fiction, this book will get you hooked. To be precise, this novel is more suitable for the coming-of-age adults.
The Path of a Titan
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