I had the pleasure of meeting blogger and writer Geoff Le Pard in person at the Bloggers Bash in London this spring. Inspired by his infectious personality I downloaded his books and have read quite a few of them already. Today I would like to share my enthusiastic review of “My Father and Other Liars”.
This is a very accomplished if somewhat intense novel that concerns several difficult issues: Family relations – as the title implies – embryonic research and theological deliberations, to name a few.
Le Pard has chosen a selection of great characters to bring his thoughtful and clever novel into full gear. Two people, both with troubled relationships to their fathers, meet and then meet again. Romance is in the offing while there is a fast paced thriller going on as well.
Past present, opinions, ethics, morals and religion – an ambitious project that comes off well thanks to the invested and multi-dimensional characters and the sensitive handling of the issues concerned.
Intellectually stimulating, thought-provoking and ultimately quite enjoybale.
When British freelancer Maurice Oldham saves American scientist Lori-Ann Beaumont from a pack of journalists at a ProLife conference in San Francisco, neither expects to see the other again. But six months on, Lori-Ann is on Maurice’s doorstep, bruised, penniless and desperate to find her boyfriend, Peterson, who has gone missing in England. Maurice soon realises nothing is as it seems with Lori-Ann. Why is she chasing Peterson; why has her father, Pastor of the Church of Science and Development sent people to bring her home; what is behind the Federal Agency who is investigating Lori-Ann’s workplace in connection with its use of human embryos; and what happened in Nicaragua a quarter of a century ago that is echoing down the years? For Maurice and Lori-Ann the answers lie somewhere in their Fathers’ pasts. Finding those answers will take Lori-Ann and Maurice from England via America to Nicaragua; in so doing they will have to confront some uncomfortable truths about their Fathers and learn some surprising things about themselves.
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About Geoff Le Pard
Geoff Le Pard (not Geoffrey, except to his mother) was born in 1956 and is a lawyer who saw the light. He started writing (creatively) in 2006 following a summer school course. Being a course junkie he had spells at Birkbeck College, twice at Arvon and most recently at Sheffield Hallam where he achieved an MA in Creative Writing.
And what did he learn?
That they are great fun, you meet wonderful people but the best lessons come from the unexpected places. He has a line of books waiting to be published but it has taken until now to find the courage to go live.
He blogs at http://geofflepard.com/ on anything and everything. His aim is for each novel to be in a different style and genre. Most people have been nice about his writing (though when his brother’s dog peed on the manuscript he was editing, he did wonder) but he knows the skill is in seeking and accepting criticism. His career in the law has helped prepare him.
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“My Father and Other Liars” is a thoughtful book full of twists and complex characters.
The way author Geoff Le Pard develops characters to be both flawed and evocative is becoming a hallmark of his writing. The suspense in the book rises from a multitude tensions at the heart of which is political intrigue in regards of the use of stem cells in research. One of the thought-provoking aspects of the story is the crossroads between theology and science. It’s handled in such a way as to be believable and not offensive (unless one has a highly sensitive nature in regards to religion used as a medium in fiction).
The author even shares (at the end of the book) how he developed his fictional theology. Another tension arises from the idea of adult orphans and those who have absentee-fathers or poor relationships. It’s a theme that crosses global borders just as the book itself is set in England, America and Nicaragua. The pace is steady and picks up so that it is hard to deny the next chapter.
This is the second published novel by Geoff Le Pard and while it is different from his first,“Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle,” his voice comes through as a writer and someone I will continue to follow as a reader.