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The Reckoning by Jeff Long
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Apr 22, 2008

really liked it

** spoiler alert ** My 2nd Jeff Long novel. I enjoyed "The Wall," so rapidly put this one on my reading list, and enjoyed it even more. This time I found the ending satisfying, if a bit abrupt. Again a variation on the ghost story. Again with an interesting setting and strong sense of place. This time in Cambodia, with echoes of the Viet Nam war. As the story progresses, the protagonist leaves her own world further and further behind, going deeper and deeper into the jungle, and as this happens, you become less and less sure what is reality and what she is imagining. It becomes quite dream-like and somewhat disorienting. It is impossible not to be reminded of "Heart of Darkness" and "Apocalypse Now." Finally at the end the reality of the situation becomes clear very quickly. I will look for more Jeff Long.
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