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The Mighty Esox

"A gentle story about family, purpose and humanity that’s well worth the read."

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A broken man faces personal struggles that end up having far reaching consequences in ‘The Mighty Esox’ by G. Edward Martin. James Roslyn starts this book in the raw midst of grief, having just lost his Grandfather and father figure. Feeling guilt about rain checking the trip when alive, James wants to honour him by journeying to the Northwoods to find a secluded town his grandfather had a transformative experience in when he was younger. Searching for his own answers, James discovers Aanakwad which seems almost cut off from the rest of the world, with his time there having a significant impact on his life and the life of the townspeople. Told from James perspective we get a front seat to his experiences, his relationships with his family and his beliefs. While written in the past tense we see how James is shaped by his time in Aanakwad and how the week there shaped his future. I have read another book by G. Edward Martin, and they have a talent for subtly suffusing philosophy, wisdom and emotion into their writing. The Might Esox not only opened my eyes to a range of different fish species but also offered moments to pause for thought, contemplate our opinions on wealth, family and our purpose on earth in a way that is gentle and without preaching. This is a reflective novel that sees things not go the way you might expect but also offers a resolution - like life, it’s not always about the happy ending you want, but the lessons along the way. A gentle story about family, purpose and humanity that’s well worth the read.

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A book about family and the importance of family.

A book about family and the importance of family. A well written book, both from the descriptions of the village to the characters that need to locate it to deal with their many emotions. The characters are believable, from James’ remorse from not taking his grandfather back to the village and dealing with the emotions of his marriage breakdown. A great read.... Read Full Review

Helen Lowry