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Sean Roberts By: F.L. Ruby
Posted by Leonard Tillerman | Sep 15, 2018 | book reviews
5 out of 5 Lucid stars for this one! *****
Do you love your family? The odds are extremely high that if you are lucky enough to have a family, then they will mean the world to you. Would you ever purposefully hurt a family member? Once again, the answer to that question is quite obvious…of course not! That being the case, how would the world actually be different if all humans were essentially members of the same family? If we were all as one? That is quite the intriguing thought is it not? How could there possibly be continual conflict, hate and war if we are all part of the same familial unit? If you are full of love for others, it is not very likely that you will negatively attack them. If you have a keen interest in such philosophical notions, but enjoy exploring them in the form of an entirely engaging and exciting novel, then Sean Roberts by F.L. Ruby, is an excellent reading selection!
The story revolves around the life of the main character, Sean Roberts. A local college professor, he has undergone a divorce and is experiencing crippling financial pressure. He is clearly the perfect example of a “down on his luck” individual. Be that as it may, he does have one thing going for him-the love of his fiancee, Phoebe Webb. However, when Sean begins to have a series of dreams which are intense and entirely engrossing, things begin to change. These are no mere ordinary dreams mind you. They are lucid and explore the real history of his ancestors from centuries ago. Sean is actually there as part of the dreams and is able to bring back this past information to the present due to his lucid state. The dreams are both horrific and beautiful. They explore the hate and cruelty which human beings can develop, but also focus on the bond of family and eternal love.
Unfortunately, these all consuming dreams not only cause great discomfort for Sean, but they put a serious strain on his relationship with Phoebe as well. With everything seemingly falling apart around him, Sean and his unique dreaming abilities begin to be targeted by other more devious and manipulative minds from beyond. Will Sean be able to bring everything back together and use his unique gift for the benefit of humanity? Or will Phoebe disappear forever from his life as others capitalize upon Sean and use his powers in the name of greed, hate and evil?
There can be little doubt that the driving theme of this novel is that “love conquers all.” Love is frequently juxtaposed with hate and it always manages to come out on top. However, the way in which this motif is presented is entirely captivating. The author blends all the elements of a top-notch thriller with aspects of philosophy and history. There are also facets of science, oneirology and psychology which are thrown in for good measure! In my opinion, It is quite difficult to “label” this novel as any particular genre. Some would call it historical fiction and others would classify it as a philosophic thriller. Personally, I choose to just call it one excellent story! The writing flows neatly and intelligently consistently connecting the main ideas. It captures the reader’s emotions as they travel to rock bottom with Sean and keenly feel the desperation which is cleverly mixed with hope. The reader will hold on and keep reading so they can see what the next twist or turn the plot will reveal. That level of emotional engagement is truly what readers value.
In regards to character development, there are a wide array of characters in the novel. They are all developed in quite sufficient depth to match their corresponding roles in the story. Sean however, clearly is the focus and grows the most by far throughout the novel. We are able to see his various “ups and downs”, temptations and ultimate strength of resolve as the tale progresses. Without a doubt, he is developed in great depth and he himself is a clever match with the overall motif of the story. For instance, he has every possible excuse to be bitter and resentful about his lot in life, but he battles against such inclinations and instead lives and breathes love.
Overall I loved this novel and it is quite difficult to pick something out which I would recommend be improved upon. Perhaps the only thing for me was that it became occasionally difficult to determine if Sean was dreaming or if it was real action happening. Particularly near the end of the story. Nevertheless, I also believe this was more than likely the point. The author purposefully utilized this device so that the reader would actually “become” Sean and gain a feeling for what he was actually experiencing in a lucid dream state.
I would highly recommend this novel to adult fans of great literature and fiction. There is basically something in it for everyone!
Sedona Hutton‘s review
Dec 20, 2018
Sean Roberts by FL Ruby is one of the best written, most intriguing books I’ve ever read. I thoroughly enjoyed the blend of history, fiction, and thoughtful themes.
The story centers around professor, Sean Roberts, who is down on his luck after a divorce that leaves him nearly penniless. The bright light in Sean’s life is his fiancé, Phoebe, and his large family. Sean begins to have lucid dreams that feel so real it’s as if he’s experiencing the events in history right along with his Irish relatives. Ruby masterfully weaves back and forth between the real world and the dream-world until the two ultimately collide.
Sean’s dreams span centuries and are at times horrific, and other times, hopeful. As Sean’s dreams intensify and expand into daylight, they interfere with his life, including his relationship with Phoebe.
The story includes much Irish-English history, delivered through Sean’s dreams. Was this history fact or fiction? It’s likely a blend of both considering that history (as we know it) is scribed by the victors. Ruby paints a vivid picture of prejudice, hatred, and war as well as horrendous acts that are carried out in the name of God. But hope, connection, and love are also woven throughout Sean’s dreams and the broader story.
The story caused me to ponder what’s real and what’s make-believe. Most of us consider the material world, the world that we live in, to be all that’s real. Sean Roberts made me wonder whether our dream state is also real. There are schools of thought that believe the dream state is every bit as real as our waking state, and that it simply takes place in a different level of consciousness. After reading Sean Roberts, I buy into that premise.
Sean Roberts is filled with unexpected twists and turns that engaged me from page one to the very end. Ruby delivers a happy ending—a huge plus from my perspective. Even better, the story left me with positivity through its two key themes—“love conquers all” and “we’re all connected.”
A 5-star, highly recommended read!
Posted by Virginia Bartol
I totally enjoyed Sean Roberts and marveled at the blend of history, science and philosophy. I especially love what I consider the epiphany of the novel-p. 415 -about the true meaning and purpose of life. I have studied Buddhism for many years, and this strikes a tender spot in my heart.
Your point of us all essentially being family members-and “who would ever hurt their own family?” p.415 is very Buddhist. We are taught to look at every individual as though s/he was once our mother. (Of course re-birth belief is also at work here). Anyway, I wanted to mention the “flip side.” I have maintained from the beginning that our present political debacle is a necessary part of a painful process to more enlightened times. New awareness and activism- and this seems to be happening!
I loved the book and the way you wrapped your message within the story with such warmth and wisdom.
Gretchen Germaine‘s review
Dec 20, 2018
It was amazing 5.0 out of 5 stars
One of my favorite books of all time! Entertaining, but also a profound message if you’re ready to listen. Hoping for an update on the adventures of Sean Roberts!
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly amazing
I loved this book because it was very well written. The details of each scene made me actually feel like I was there. I would recommend this book to anyone with a clear imagination and a sense of family bonding.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read well written.
Great read well written. Lots of twists and turns kept me fully engaged to the last page. Would definitely recommend.
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the family story line.
The adventure in the book kept me captivated through to the end. I loved the family story line, always there to support each other. Very well written.
5.0 out of 5 stars With so many twists and turns, I found compelled …
With so many twists and turns, I found compelled to continue reading. I found the premise clever and original. Well done indeed.