Author: Dan Chabot
First Published: 2012
Page Count: 297
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 3/5 Stars
A melancholy tale about love and loss that barely skates by on the entertainment scale.
*Overall story is forgettable
“…Never forget how much I love you, and when my last breath escapes me…it will whisper your name.” Derry and Amedee have a romance that rivals all the greats, from Caesar and Cleopatra to Romeo and Juliet. However, like some great romances, theirs is destined for a tragic end. This will set Derry on a quest that he hopes will heal his pain and help others in return. With only good intentions, he sets off to positively change a very depressing aspect of our society.
This story sails along with a good batch of comical characters and a mildly interesting premise that I cannot reveal without giving too much away. It’s interesting how everything fits together like a puzzle at the end of the book because sprinkled between the chapters about the main story of Derry’s life are mini stories about various funeral ceremonies. The point of these stories comes to light at the end of the book, of course. The author does have talent because the story is clear and has an easy flow about it just like the peaceful lake on the cover of the book.
However, when all is said and done the story is not something I would jump up and down about. There is maybe one tragic part mid-way through the story that really grabs the reader, but beyond that the story is just a notch above being described as dry. While the main character does take up a somewhat interesting quest after this tragic event, the whole story just felt too hum drum. It was as if I had fallen into this “reading coma” where I knew nothing completely exciting or no new incredible revelation would be discovered by the end of the book. I appreciate the author’s story about kindness, moving beyond loss, and helping others, but I look for more excitement in my reading then that. The main character’s act is a bit questionable in terms of how realistic it would be and the possible negative outcome it could have.
Godspeed is a nice story with nice characters and gives you a nice little glow after reading it. That’s all it really measures up too though, being a nice novel. The author has the talent to put together a great story which is evident in the thought and care that was given to this one. As a book it was an ok read but against the books I have read or will read, it probably won’t stand the test of time or my memory.
*I received a free copy of this book for this review from the author.