REVENANT by Jeffrey Kosh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This short novel is full of very poetic imagery, very lyrical-I really appreciated the author’s analogies. And the reader’s hook: ahh, scrumptious! How engrossed I was immediately, and by the end of the first section, I was ready to follow along and rock with the action, eager to discover the plight of the protagonist. From reading Mr. Kosh’s earlier novels, specifically “Feeding the Urge,” “Kamp Koko By Night,” and “Spirits and Thought Forms,” I remember that this author has an inimitable touch when describing the swamps of Florida-yet here he has taken on swamps of a rather different sort, those of Southern Louisiana. Once again, our senses are awakened, and we see, hear, smell, taste, and touch all the sensory input of these swamps, even as we are witness to the thoughts of this walking yet demised protagonist.
The story has a lovely escalating tension, first shifting the veils of secrecy, then recloaking, keeping the reader enthralled-rather like watching a silent film of the 1920’s, but without the printed dialogue on screen. The character of the protagonist is deftly revealed through his attitudes and beliefs concerning those who surround him: wife, best friend, personal valet, and the mistreated slaves. Author Kosh brings out the prevailing slaveowning beliefs of this era quite well, as well as succinctly. Character delineations are unpeeled in depth, making the story memorable and a keeper.
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