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The Fury | [John Farris]

The Fury

The Fury combines horror and science fiction with the conventions of the suspense-thriller genre.

Gillian Bellaver is from one of the wealthiest and most powerful families in the world. Robin Sandza's father, Peter, is one of the United States government's deadliest assassins. Gillian and Robin are from two different worlds. Outside they have nothing in common. Yet they are spiritual twins, possessors of a horrifying psychic energy that threatens humanity.

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The Fury combines horror and science fiction with the conventions of the suspense-thriller genre.

Gillian Bellaver is from one of the wealthiest and most powerful families in the world. Robin Sandza's father, Peter, is one of the United States government's deadliest assassins.

Gillian and Robin are from two different worlds. Outside they have nothing in common. Yet they are spiritual twins, possessors of a horrifying psychic energy that threatens humanity.

While dangerous and fanatical men vie for the secrets of their awesome power, Peter Sandza, using all the ruthless skills of his trade, makes a final desperate effort to save them.

But Peter himself is possessed - by a fate as implacable and as deadly as the powers of the children he is committed to protect.

The Fury was the basis for the 1978 film directed by Brian DePalma with a screenplay by the author.

©2008 Penny Dreadful, LLC (P)2012 David N. Wilson

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    What did you love best about The Fury?

    It deals with an interesting subject and consequences of it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The idea of reincarnation and being with particular people over and over again in different lives, about traveling in a place where many humans fear to go and about the relationships of those that can exist sometimes with our conscious and/or unconscious minds. It was a very intriguing story of two souls who have been together in various types of relationships but always together in all their past lives and how they decided how to be together in the present one as brother and sister. However, due to a delivery problem, one soul is born and the other soul is displaced and must find another body so they can be born together. The births of both occur during a astronomical and astrological alignment that makes them special. As they grow older, they are connected not as twins as we know it but as spiritual twins. There is a lot of detail in the story but you may not catch all of in one reading. It is one of those stories that when you listen to it again, you learn something new. It also illustrates very well not only the closeness of the two involved, but of more sinister and insidious powers that would use this power for their own gain and rise to power. It is a remarkable story of the journey of thees two young teenagers and the adults around them and the danger that one is in when he no longer acts accordingly.
    Very detailed and well written. It was probably one of the first really good stories regarding psychic ability and what can happen as a result of powers that be infuriate one of them.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Minor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first book I have listened to that he has done, but I really liked his narration. His voice is soft and soothing but he makes clear, as well as the way John Farris wrote the different personalities, to know who was who. I am sure if he were to do it over, he might add some things to it like amplifying the different personalities, but I think he did a great job.


    If you could rename The Fury, what would you call it?

    Because the actual "damage" or harming has to do with the strong emotion of anger in some situations but not all, it would be difficult to find another title. You begin to understand just what the fury is and what can bring it about. I thought maybe something along the lines of "The Twin Souls" or "Spiritual Twins" but it sounds like a metaphysical type book.


    Any additional comments?

    It took a second listen to understand that the two main characters were always connected to each other, then one forgets while the other doesn't until much later. Gillian is from a very wealthy and power family however, they do not make her a snob or have a feeling of entitlement and she is a very compassionate and empathetic girl of privilege, but in no way spoiled or self centered. It shows how uncommonly kind some in her "crowd" are. Robin is not a child of privilege but it happy nonetheless because of his relationship with his father. It was also good that these kids were not just two stupid, naive kids but had an understanding of who and what they are in a way that most of us do not understand. I liked the loyalty the essentially have to each other though one of them becomes so traumatized that it literally drives his insane and in his insanity, he begins to do cruel things to his "twin" and how the other twin desperately tries to find the other in the hopes that they will be revived and become rehabilitated. I also thought the idea of government or private entities using kids like these and discard them after they are finished with them leaving them forever in an unstable state, twisted and burned out.
    The relationship between the kid and their "parents" is not one of non concern or pawning them off on other people except in the situation where one is a single parent and needs someone to care for his son while he is "working." In fact, there is a genuine love and concern by the parents towards their children.
    One theme I thought was very interesting is that a couple of times in the story either states or infers that instead of seeing kids like this as special, there is no way to assimilate into their society as opposed to more primitive cultures are and yet we think our culture is superior. The basic inference is that people will destroy things it can not understand and I think that describes the more "advanced" societies.

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