Review for Benjamin Sobieck's 'Cleansing Eden'


Benjamin Sobieck’s

Cleansing Eden

Benjamin Sobieck has a novel entitled Cleansing Eden coming out soon from a new publishing firm called Shadow Line Press. And if you like to read something that has the feel of the back streets and dark alleys of the drug world, then you’ve found a little jewel with this one.

I’ll not reveal much about the plot, other than to mention designer drugs, a kind of twisted vigilante fanaticism, and the cutthroat politics of TV news shows which aim their cameras into the inner workings of the celebrity business. But what I will talk about is the author’s ability to write a well plotted, grimly real-life world of the damned and discarded.

In Sobieck’s book you get the real feel of what it’s like to be a drug addict. An addict living, literately, hour by hour and waiting for the next hit. What you get is the sense of justice—of ethics—of morality burnt out of one’s soul as the drugs take over. And when this drugged induced reality sets in the simple act of murder becomes, quite honestly, a simple act of cold blooded, senseless murder.

But mix fanaticism with drugs—the fanatic being the one dispensing the drugs to fulfill his warped sense of social justice—and you have a kind of reality that feels all too real. The possibilities that it could actually be this way definitely can make a reader shiver in despair for a moment or two.

The book is well written. It moves rapidly from page to page and the passages of description concise, yet vivid. I’ll be honest. Normally this kind of reading is not my cup of instant tea. I’m more in the ‘whodunit’ category. But this one can grab you. It’s like a bad habit—once you start you can’t stop until it’s done. I’ll give it 5 out of 5 for a grade. And I’m pretty sure you will too.

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Comment by Jack Getze on September 23, 2010 at 8:58am
Looks like an interesting new indie publisher. Ben's book is due next June, the site says. Good luck Ben!
Comment by Benjamin Sobieck on September 23, 2010 at 8:57am
Whoo hoo!

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