Review: Brother, Frankenstein by Michael Bunker
Michael Bunker wrote an innovate novel last year called Pennsylvania. It was a fun story about a young Amish man living in the future, traveling to a distant planet in order to obtain his own farmland. He’s then caught up in a worldwide rebellion. The book inspired me to chase down the dream of authorship – a dream which I am, providentially, running down. Just like old Tom Petty sang about.
Bunker’s next book, Brother, Frankenstein is set to release on April 29th. He was kind enough to provide me with an advanced copy to review – IT IS AMAZING!
This might sound a bit pretentious, but Bunker’s story of a mad scientist who transplants the heart and mind of an eleven-year old autistic Amish farm boy into the body of a sophisticated Military Killing Machine known as a HADROID is transcendent. By that I mean, Bunker has one-upped himself. He hit the foul shot and made the four-point play. This book turns it up to eleven.
Though being released as an Indie, this is airport bookstore, legacy publishing material. This has movie written all over it (with Hugo Weaving playing the book’s uber-punchable villain).
The action is well paced, Frank is instantly lovable and the the rest of the cast is well fleshed out with clear, engaging motives. Themes of what constitutes life, the limits of man’s dominion, the use of technology, and peace against warmongering are all presented brilliantly.