Monday, September 5, 2011

Review: The Illusion of Certainty by Greg Messel

The Illusion of Certainty
By Greg Messel

About The Book:
 “The Illusion of Certainty” follows two parallel storylines.  Marc is a successful businessman who seems to have everything—a great job, a beautiful wife, a house in an upscale neighborhood of Portland, Oregon and two great kids who are preparing for college. But something is not right. Marc is unsettled by the sudden change in his wife, Aimee, who seems distant and unhappy. What is going on with her?

            The second storyline involves a successful young attorney Alexandra Mattson. Alex, as she is called by her friends, meets a handsome young cop, Sean, during an unexpected crisis in her neighborhood. Sean and Alex seem made for each other and begin to merge their futures in a world of uncertainty.

            The only certainty in life is that we will face uncertainty. Despite all of the technology and controls available in the modern world, sometimes the only comfort comes from the human touch.

About the Author:
Greg Messel has spent much of his life in the Pacific Northwest living in Portland, Oregon and in the Seattle area since 2008.  He has been married to his wife, Carol, for over 40 years.  Greg and Carol were high school sweethearts just like the couple in “Expiation.”  He has lived in Washington, Oregon, California, Utah and Wyoming.  Greg grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and attending Mt. Diablo High School and Diablo Valley Junior College. Greg went to Brigham Young University with Carol and then began a newspaper career in rough and tumble Wyoming town of Rock Springs.  Greg and Carol have three married children and nine grandchildren.
Greg has always loved writing.   He worked as the news editor and sports editor of the Daily Rocket-Miner newspaper.  He won a Wyoming Press Association award for his column.  He also submitted and had published articles in various sports magazines.  He left the newspaper business in 1981 and began a 27 year career with Pacificorp.  Greg retired in 2008 and moved to Seattle.

In Seattle, he returned to his first love of writing.  He has written three unpublished memoirs and published his first novel with Trafford in September 2009.   His first novel was called “Sunbreaks.”   The second novel “Expiation” was published in the spring of 2010 with Trafford.  A third novel, “The Illusion of Certainty” was published in the summer of 2011.

Currently, Greg and Carol live on the Puget Sound in Edmonds, Washington, just north of downtown Seattle. They have three adult children who are all married and have nine grandchildren.  He also enjoys running, he has been in several races and half marathons.

Review by Lynda:
The uncertainty of certainty...We've all rubbed shoulders with it, danced with it, and perhaps, nearly fell victim to it's treacherous tentacles. For sure, Marc and Alex meet this unwelcome usurper in Greg Messel's book, The Illusion of Certainty. In both cases, Mr. Messel weaves the insidious thread so perfectly that it appears without my suspecting it's presence. As a consequence, I felt the scourging blow as strongly as the characters themselves.

This is a wonderfully written and intuitively imagined story.  I enjoyed it from the first page to the last, and have no reservations in making it a recommended read.