Book Reviews

Review: FAB by Marc Gillespie

Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you could change something that happened in history? Have you ever read a book and wondered what would happen if you saved a character from an untimely death? That’s exactly what Mark Gillespie’s novel, FAB is about. In an alternate timeline, John Lennon’s life is saved. The world becomes a distinctly different place because of it.

You don’t need to be a Beatles fan to appreciate this novel by Mark Gillespie. Even the main character is more of a ‘Stones’ guy. You do, however, need a very big imagination. The ‘what ifs’ this book explores as reality are indescribable.

The author doesn’t present the book as a story, but rather as an FBI interrogation written in a transcript format, with chapters alternating between the investigation and the main character’s flashbacks of the events. This makes for a different reading experience that not everyone may appreciate. I personally found the author’s expression and technique to be a refreshing change of pace.

Because of the way FAB dives straight into the interrogation, some readers may have a problem getting into the story. The first page isn’t gripping. Once you read a few chapters, it becomes a different story. Plot twists or easter eggs keep the pages turning and the mind whirling. Keep reading to the very end. I think you will be surprised with how this story plays out.

I would classify FAB as an alternative history fantasy. Readers should be aware there is significant content about the use/misuse of alcohol, drugs and tobacco. Gillespie lists his work in the satire genre of general fiction. I have to admit there were a few good chuckles.

Recommended read for anyone looking for something a little different.

Rating: 4.5 stars