by C.B. Murphy
OVERVIEW: (from Amazon)
C. B. Murphy’s End of Men is a satiric tour de force about the ambiguity of identity where art intersects relationship. Inspired by The Magus, the book takes a successful Chicago couple through life-altering experiences ending on an Italian island run by a Warholian student of Aleister Crowley and his Iranian-feminist femme fatale. Adrift in midlife angst, ﬁnancier Ben withholds the secrets of his wild past from his younger wife Kay. In horror at becoming a suburban “Beige,” Kay longs for her own walk on the wild side. As assistant curator of a feminist-themed outsider art exhibit, the End of Men, Kay contacts Ben’s estranged friends, the narcissistic Gordon and the exotic Shiraz, who run a ﬁlm school on a Mediterranean island. Their secret is that it is a struggling place where underpaid Eurotrash produce factory art while working as grips and extras on Shiraz’s underfunded masterpieces of neo-feminist surrealism. When the self-styled enfants terribles premier their ﬁlm at Kay’s museum, Ben’s past crashes through its barriers. Caught in the nether zone of grief and confusion, he accepts an invitation to “vacation” at the island described as an artists’ paradise. In Magus territory now, Ben and Kay become pawns in bizarre psychological games of erotic adventure with the promise of a renewed marriage through the reawakening of Ben’s wild heart. In this swirling circus of eccentricity, Ben’s ability to distinguish what is real quickly erodes as he and Kay become performers in Gordon and Shiraz’s ﬁnal ﬁlm, a reenactment of the immolation of Jacques de Molay, the last Knights Templar. As simmering violence threatens to become more than cinematic metaphor, Ben and Kay realize the manipulations have become dangerous.
END OF MEN has a storyline filled with webs that are skillfully woven by the author, C.B. Murphy. The book evolves around a successful Chicago couple as they go through life changing adventures. He keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what will be next. As a little twist he adds a little humor. You will get the ride of your life while you are Reading an interesting story filled with characters that you actually want to get to know. The author throws in some history along the way. This is an adventure you won't want to miss. Mr. Murphy writes a believable story
The main characters, Ben and Kay are dealing with problems in their marriage after Ben's father's death. Kay contacts Ben's old college friends. From there it has an interesting mixture of art, sexuality and much more. The author also adds the element of danger to the mix. What more could a reader want?? Just one thing, it will make you stop and think about your values and your life. I would recommend this book to everyone.
I would give this book, 4.5 STARS
I received a complimentary copy of END OF MEN from the author, C.B. Murphy for my unbiased review.
The cover image was by the author also.
Biography (from Amazon)