The Day After Tomorrow by Allan Folsom

day-after.jpgWith its no-nonsense cover, I immediately thought this was the novel adaptation of the movie of the same title. Although the content is entirely different, both have the common denominator of having a plot beyond one’s imagination.
Paul Osborn was 8 years old when his father was killed by an unknown man on the streets of Boston. Almost 30 years later, now a successful Los Angeles surgeon, Osborn sees his father’s killer at a cafe in Paris.
The days to follow after that encounter change Osborn’s life drastically. He learns that his father has been a victim of an international conspiracy that involves a grotesque experiment of transplanting human heads to bodies. But it isn’t just as simple as Mission: Frankenstein.
The huge organization behind this bases its philosophy to that of Adolf Hitler’s Weltanschauung view of life (only the strongest survive and rule).
With close to 700 pages, this book is definitely a long but easy read. The concept is highly original and intriguing but the pacing can be quite dragging. Though it had the formatting of short chapters, the “action scenes” lack action and vivid description. The first few chapters will keep you up on your toes but hits a semi-slump towards the end.
10 for the highly original and imaginative concept and 6 for storytelling that takes way longer than the day after tomorrow.


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