Pampered, spoiled, self-centered, Greg Marlowe swaggered out of the Pleasure Dome one evening in late September only to find himself suddenly propelled into what he took to be an alternate reality. With his self-confidence beginning to dwindle, he became repeatedly visited by robotic-like beings who seemed determined to subject him to pain – both physical and emotional. Pampered, spoiled, self-centered, Greg Marlowe swaggered out of the Pleasure Dome one evening in late September only to find himself suddenly propelled into what he took to be an alternate reality. With his self-confidence beginning to dwindle, he became repeatedly visited by robotic-like beings who seemed determined to subject him to pain – both physical and emotional. Could he ever find his way back to the world he had always known, or was he destined to remain locked in a literal battle of minds against a force that no human being had ever encountered before?...
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Phase 4 Reviews
"Phase 4" by David Dennis is an inspired science fiction story with a clever premise.On one level the story reads like a kafka-esque reality-crisis of the main character trying to figure out what has happened to him. On another level the book is written in a somewhat confusing narrative between the four phases of the title. It is skilfully written, cleverly constructed and has an excellent denouement. The main character is not very likeable at first but somehow you begin to warm to him as his overly confident ego begins to break down a little. The writing style is inspired but may divide audiences.This is certainly like few other books I have read, highly original and fresh.
So Different and So Good!'Phase 4' is the story of Greg Marlowe. Greg is a relatively, but self-centered man who finds himself in an unconventional situation. Something simply is not right about the world around him, and despite the fact that he has everything he could want at his disposal, his life has become a cold and desolate place.I love Greg Marlowe! He is so unlikeable that he is lovable. The best part about Greg is that he is who he is and he doesn't really care what anyone thinks about him. Greg lives to please himself, but there comes a time when every person has to take a good look at who they really are. That time has come for Greg. This is the kind of book I love to read. It has moments of humor, clarity, and at times is so simple that its complex beyond reason. This is a fairly quick read, but its interesting and will make you take a look who you are and how you would handle yourself if you were in Greg Marlowe's shoes.*this review originally appeared at www.dowiesplace.com
Fun And Original! This exceptionally well written science fiction story will suck you in and keep you guessing. The author does a masterful job creating a main character that is both despicable and likable. You feel that he is getting what’s coming to him at the same time as routing for him to overcome his situation. I can’t say more about the situation without spoiling the tale. The writing style is wry and humorous. It is written in first person narration that works perfectly for the story and allows for just the right amount of introspection. The narrator teases and intrigues the reader in such a manner that it is darn near impossible to put the book down. I loved this story and intend to read everything this author writes!
Phase 4 by David Dennis is a fascinating read and in a great way!While I was reading this novel, I kept being reminded of classic TV shows like "Twilight Zone" and "Outer Limits." If those shows were on today, "Phase 4" would make a super episode. Combining creepiness with a suspenseful plot, the novel takes you on a surrealistic type of journey that repels at the same time that it fascinates. For example, I never realized that a landscape of trees and grassy slopes could come across as so very sinister. Strangely atmospheric and unsettling, "Phase 4" is highly recommended for readers who prefer their reading material to be uniquely off the beaten track.
Fun Fun - Mind gamesThis is a really entertaining novel that keeps you wondering what in the world is going on up until the end. Has Greg Marlowe been pulled into a parallel universe? Could he have somehow been transported to an alien planet? Or is he in a coma after being involved in a serious car accident? The reader soon realizes that mind games are at work, especially when mysterious beings begin to echo the exact same words he is thinking. This is a truly thought-provoking story where the suspense builds little by little, to the point where Greg's sanity seems to be at stake.
I was severely disappointed by this book. This book has high ratings and people are saying that it's "refreshing" and "well-written." The writing wasn't awful, but it wasn't anything special. The plot didn't interest me. It was a little ridiculous. I'm usually very easy to please when I read. I can suspend my disbelief for just about anything. I could not do it for this book. I generally read weird books/horror and the like; so I thought that it would be right up my alley. It wasn't. Overall, I wanted to like this, but I just couldn't.
"Phase 4" is unique. The first-person narrative gives us a glimpse into the psychology of the main character Greg Marlowe. Marlowe is one arrogant, anxiety ridden character! His ride into a sort of alternate universe takes on complexities due to his altered mindset. Suspense, horror, and a bit of humor carry the reader to a very satisfying conclusion.
not the best writing, but interesting nonetheless--especially towards the end, with ruminations on the need for freedom and self-determination (or the perception of it, at least!) to allow for the full range of human emotion and "humanity" in general.