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‘Million Eyes III, Ouroboros’ By C.R. Berry

Review: Absolutely brilliant!


These days few covers actually reflect the content and yet, in this rare case, a sand timer encircled by a snake eating its own tail does so perfectly. A nod to Elsewhen’s Alison Buck for a job well done.

Million Eyes III is the last book in the series, which is a splendid romp through time explaining a lot of mysterious historic events; such as the disappearance of two royal princes from the Tower - leading to the crowning of Richard III - and many years later the discovery of a dinosaur skeleton with the bones of two young children within it. Then, of course, there’s the pregnant Cara Montgomery, whose life is listless until she sees a video detailing the horrific demise of someone’s husband. An ending that brings back awful memories and echoes of her own loss. And when I say horrific, I mean it.

The characterisation and description really stood out for me, it was so clear I found myself totally embedded into the plot. In particular there’s where a character stares constantly at the disability of another, making the reader truly wince with disapproval. Conversely, I enjoyed ‘She stood frozen, her stupefied gaze clinging to the slender man ,in a grey suit strolling

down the pavement towards her…’ , the more tongue in cheek ‘Jack the Ripper’s just gone into Starbucks’, and the barber on Bakers street, who aptly named his shop ‘Jack the Clipper’.

There’s a mixture of Time travel, alien invasion, bad guys (or are they good?), along with the answer to countless historical mysteries - all wrapped up into one totally spell binding tale. To put it mildly, this book has more layers than a billionaire’s wedding cake. That, along with the understated and sublime humour, make this one of the most memorable books I’ve read for a very long time.

For those who like their fiction thoughtful, humorous, well written, and with a well-woven and original plot, this is the book for you. I’ve a feeling C.R. Berry is only just getting into his stride and he is definitely a writer worth watching out for.


Blurb:

On a cold morning in 2219, Cara Montgomery and her husband, Jackson, have a frightening encounter on the beach. An encounter that leads to a war with a depraved and relentless alien trance, the Shapeless, changing their lives forever.

Three hundred years earlier, Harriet Turner travels to the future to learn the shocking secret behind Victorian London’s most notorious serial killer, Jack the Ripper. A mysterious barber, Fred, goes with her, but Fred has a shocking secret of his own.

Hunted by the mysterious Miss Morgan and plagued by visions of a snake eating its own tail, Harriet discovers that the all-powerful Million Eyes isn’t the only one with an agenda. Time itself has one too.


Links

Elsewhen Author’s page: C.R. Berry – Elsewhen Press

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