Author: Christopher Reardon


Book Blurb:

A child will die. You’re afraid to live. Would you go to all lengths to save him? Darkness knows no bounds, as Alcott, an African American doctor sees all too well. The man is petrified by death. His fragile existence rests at the mercy of the universe. This fact is far too much for him to handle. From unyielding nightmares to elevator terrors, he’s lost in paranoia.

Assigned to look after an ill child, Alcott’s horrors only heighten. Gari is a nine-year-old boy with a fatal disease. He will surely pass on within the year. Alcott bonds with him more and more each day. Part of him knows this grim fate just isn’t right.

Alcott befriends a hospital patient. This lunatic forces him to lug home an ancient text on bringing back the dead. Despite the man’s obvious dementia, Alcott attempts the scheme. Charging up a cliff, he recites the chant over ocean gusts.

A god woman glides in from the horizon. She instructs Alcott on the trials to save Gari’s life. These fearsome Obstacles require true strength. From battling sharks to wielding a flail, he must prove fortitude against genuine danger. Alcott decides his fate at this moment.

Death’s claws shall not grasp Gari’s soul


How far can you go to ensure that the one you love survives? Would you give up your life in exchange for theirs?

Obstacles by Christopher Reardon, is a fantasy book, with a refreshing and engaging plot.

Alcott, an African American Doctor, who is afraid of death, is asked to care for a dying boy, Gari. Alcott is so impressed by Gari that he feels it is unfair that such a lively child should have to face death so early.

So, when he chances upon a book that gives him a chance to fight for Gari’s life, he takes it. This leads him to a game “Obstacles”, which if he wins, would save Gari’s life (while taking his), but if he looses, he would forget about everything and Gari would die as per his fate.

The obstacles that he had to face were very entertaining to read, but most of all the ending was quite a roller coaster ride and totally unexpected.

A well written and a well executed book.


(I thank the author, Christopher Reardon for sending me a copy for this book!)