Book Review & Giveaway: Head Trip: One Case of Super Twins by Jack Eadon
Head Trip: One Case of Super Twins
By: Jack Eadon
When two brothers are conceived a month apart–called superfetation–then are born eight months later, one of them is a full-term baby and one of them is a preemie. That anomalie affected their whole lives as one twin struggled to succeed and the other struggled to keep up. For various reasons they were envious of each other, and their journey became a real head trip, both literally and figuratively. It continually challenged them to understand their twin and the dynamic that shaped their lives.
Yes, I must start this review with the fact that this is my kind of book – Head Trip it is and I loved it!
Head Trip is the first book of a seven part series where author Jack Eadon bases each book on one of the seven deadly sins (anyone remember the movie SE7EN?) – yep, its like that! In this first installment we are introduced to super twins Marcus and Roger, who are the epitome of the first deadly sin of ENVY.
The super twins were conceived by something called “superfetation”. Superfetation occurs when children are conceived a month apart – yet born at the same time. This causes one of the children to be full term and one of them a preemie. Marcus, being the preemie, is called an “intruder” because he was the second embryo – and Roger feels that he intruded in his space and should not even have been born. Roger hates Marcus so much in fact, that he sets out to make his life miserable.
These twins are polar opposites of each other with Roger fueled with hate for Marcus, and Marcus just trying to keep up in this world and love his brother. As the book spans about 20 years, you follow these two very developed characters as they try to come to terms with who they are, how to understand the other, and how seeds planted in an embryo can determine the development of their personalities for a lifetime.
Being a mother of twins, starting to read this book both intrigued me and scared me a bit – but I ended up loving it! I can’t wait to read more from Jack Eadon! Next sin up, GREED.
**For those that don’t care for bad language or quite graphic descriptions, this may not be the book for you.
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About the Author:
Author Jack Eadon’s rich and diverse life has inspired his American Drama Series: his sixties memoir focusing on his rock band in Chicago; a novel of mystical revenge set in a corporation in Texas; the story of getting over loss in his life at a new advertising photography studio in southern California; studying his wife deal with a male-dominated corporation, also in California; a novel about how karma affects a young couple, set in Wisconsin; a novel about a copywriter’s email relationship with an abused Asian woman, and a neighborhood mystery surrounding a mysterious hit-and-run death in a burgeoning community in Kansas.
Jack Eadon began by writing a book in grade school, then a short story. In high school he began a decade in rock music with the band Khazad Doom, writing many of the songs with a moralistic drama theme, something he continues to put into his writing today.
He entered the corporate world with his MBA in 1974, which took him to 1983, when he opened a business in southern California. Now, after having lived in Illinois, Texas, California, Kansas, and Illinois, Jack resides back in southern California with his executive wife and Caspurr the Cat and Pookie the dog, and writes full time. He relies on a few close friends and a network of e-mail buddies to provide him a support system. He travels occasionally, doing book talks in the many places he’s lived. You can find out more about Jack at his website.
The book and the sin . . .
“Super Twins” are a perfect way to study envy, for they come from the same womb at the same time, but started differently. The drama of envy starts in the womb when embryos battle for their position, then are born and live together, always trying to outdo the other, one more guilty of envy than the other. HEAD TRIP is a dramatic study of envy that, because of the details, fuels many surprise directions. The plot itself is loaded with many strongly metaphorical scenes that completely define character in a robust way.