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Sunday, May 26, 2013

A Review Of Marvin

5.0 out of 5 stars

5.0 out of 5 stars The Redemption of Marvin Fuster April 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
"Dance of the Spiral Virgins," by Patrick Sean Lee, is a very appealing, enchanting, and heartfelt fantasy told by a polished professional storyteller. This book is an absolute steal at $2.99! It's one of those gems hidden in the indie Kindle file. I don't often read fantasy, but a friend who loves discovering talented, low-cost Kindle titles assured me this book was worth the price. I'm happy I took her recommendation. This lovely tale kept me smiling and entertained from beginning to end.

What you get with this book is the quirky and disarming story of Marvin Q. Fuster. He's an uneducated, homeless, elderly alcoholic rescued by angels. The question for readers is always, why? Why are angels interested in this man's fate? What is their purpose? Why are they intervening to change the course of his life?

The story takes place in the present day in and near downtown Denver, Colorado. In the beginning of the tale, Marvin falls out of a dumpster after a night of binge drinking and ends up in the hospital. He almost dies. While recovering, he has a dream so powerful, so real, so compelling, that it changes his life forever. In the dream he meets Amy and falls in love. She is a gorgeous, entrancing young woman...and astonishingly, she seems interested in him, too.

Marvin wakes up from his dream as a man possessed! He is willing to do everything and anything he can to find Amy and convince her to love him. Of course, there's the huge problem: Marvin is a weathered, wrinkled, gray-haired, sixty-six year old indigent vagrant and Amy (she really does exist) is an exceptionally beautiful and talented young woman. In fact, she is the chief legal assistant to the law firm of Samson and Delilah. Martin believes the only way she'll even give him the time of day is if he manages to reverse the ravages of age and become young once again. Out of the blue, without even praying, Marvin gets some amazing Heavenly help. In an instant, an angel, named Anselm, turns Marvin into a superhuman genius. With more brainpower than Einstein, Marvin embarks on a crash course to solve the DNA riddle of aging.

Now, there is much more complexity to this amazing novel and I don't want to give away anything more than what I have already. Marvin does find Amy and (naturally) she is already involved with a heap of existing relationship problems of her own. And (of course), along the way to discovering the secrets of aging, Marvin befriends another young woman who believes in him and learns to care for him deeply despite his age.

Sounds interesting, doesn't it? Well, I hope I've teased you enough in this brief review so you'll want buy the book and read the whole story for yourself.

The author is far better than the $2.99 price tag. Indeed, this is the type of book that fully deserves the term "enchanting." It invites you to fall into the tale and get lost in the telling. It takes a mighty good storyteller to do that...and a powerfully good writer as well. Patrick Sean Lee shows he is up to the task.

Oh, and about that weird title? It comes from Marvin's dream. The dancing spiral virgins are DNA strands twirling around in Marvin's brain as he tries to figure out the enigma of aging.

"Dance of the Spiral Virgins" is a gentle gem--a captivating, redemptive, and uplifting tale--a story that will make you feel good about life and loving. The author is a wise soul who demonstrates how unexpected, wonderful, and crazy real life can get as we all stumble along gaining our true footing on the path God has designed for us to follow.

Author's note: And Marvin finally did:)
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