The Transition of Johnny Swift
by Kerry J Donovan
I’ve been reading The Transition of Johnny Swift since day one, and each time I read it, I find some new clue or piece of information I didn’t find before. Kerry J Donovan cleverly takes the reader from a championship-winning, romance-kindling high, to the spectacularly sensory and visceral realism of a horrifying train crash. But that, as they say, is just the beginning. We run a gauntlet of doctors, neurosurgeons, and psychiatrists, all while being courted by the mysterious Shadow-man. Who is he, what does he want, and is he even real?
To tell you that would be more than a spoiler, however I can say that the characters are well-rounded and easy to identify with and the plot orchestrates a masterful struggle between reality and fantasy; life and death. But the attention to detail is something I really love about Kerry’s work. Kerry is meticulous with his research and draws on his Doctorial and scientific background to add depth and realism to his writing that is lacking in a lot of books in his genres.
The Transition of Johnny Swift also has a lovely romantic thread woven through and it too has its share of struggles.
This book really has something for everyone, and is an intelligent and compelling read. It’s a fascinating trip into the blurry line between science-based fiction, psychological thriller, and the paranormal. And I can’t wait to do it again when it’s published.