Book Review: The Fixer

FixerFixer by Gene Doucette

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Corrigan Bain is going insane.

The refrain is oft-repeated in the course of this novel, and at one point I almost believed it to be true. In fact, I do think Bain lost his grip on rationality at some point, but that’s probably because I’m temporally-challenged.

I am not, in fact, a superhero.

He is.

Corrigan can see the future within a certain construct. He has chosen to use this power for good, as it were, and help people – rescuing them, fixing situations in advance of their being broken, really. His life is exhausting, but generally fulfilling in many ways. He has a system. And he has a beautiful woman who believes him, who stands by him at need, and who, by the way, can effectively chase a bad guy in three-inch heels. He has had a mentor or two, of sorts, and a lifetime of experiences.

The very smart (bring your whole brain with you), very witty(you’ll want to highlight stuff just like I did) story that Gene Doucette has written is told in a fitting-but-frenzied manner. We are in the present – we are tossed back to a past – we are in the present again. All with time-indicators (“Now” or “Thirty years ago” or however long the time break is). And while that might get a bit distracting, it is also perfect for the story, because of the nature of the plot itself. My favorite “past” is when Corrigan Bain was young Corry Bain and when he learned he could really be a superhero. The thoughts of the young man are charming and some of my favorite lines in the whole book are lodged in that headspace. The past is absolutely essential in how it affects the main Fix This! conflict of the story.

Because aren’t we all made up of past experiences?

Corrigan’s past experiences have shaped his present and his future. And when his present is affected by what is probably the only thing that can derail his grasp on reality, it is the influences from his past combined with the sexy FBI agent of his present that help him survive to the future.

Corrigan Bain is going insane. And I give him – and this book – a 4.75 rating. Because that derailing influence? That kind of jumped the shark for me. It might be just perfect for everyone else. 🙂 As the summary says: Because there’s something in the future that doesn’t want to be seen. It isn’t human. It’s got a taste for mayhem. And it is very, very angry. This is true, but it jarred me out of my sheer enjoyment as the book sped to the big confrontation necessary for all superhero stories.

I received this ARC from the publisher, The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House, in exchange for an honest review.

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