Stories from the Age of Distraction
A novella by PM MAHON
BOOK REVIEWS of VOLUME ONE: THE ISLAND
Literary Classics Book Awards & Reviews International Book Awards
A compelling read that’s hard to put down, fantasy and reality merge to create a fascinating tale of adventure, love and hope. As the story develops we are drawn into Morgan and Percy's world and that of their app.
Author Patricia Mahon has crafted a particularly relevant novel with a powerful message which resonates with readers on many levels. Well written and entirely unique, The Island has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.
Anne Perry - New York Times Bestselling Author
A journey of the universal imagination. Interesting, beautiful, different. I know so many people who are looking for this 'Island'. I will be giving it as a gift to lots of friends.
Martha Chaput - Television Executive
Mahon explores a fundamental modern truth in a beautiful combination of everyday realism and unabridged creativity. Her vision will have you entertained, and her sincerity will leave you reflecting on your own story.
Richard Hamilton - BBC Journalist and Author
A compelling and pacy journey through the world of storytelling. Along the way it also raises some important questions about the future of humanity in the increasingly fragmented and confusing digital landscape.
Jack Magnus - Trade Reviewer
Patricia M. Mahon's contemporary literary fiction work, Stories from the Age of Distraction: The Island, Volume One, is the stuff of dreams. Her heroes, Morgan and Percy, set out to reclaim oral traditions by venturing into the digital domain. Their quest is an ambitious one, and the only open door is through a former roommate of her brother. I had a marvelous time following these otherworldly dreamers as they reach out into the ether and find kindred spirits -- hundreds of them. The stories that evolve are marvelous and work perfectly with the continuing saga of Morgan and Percy. This work within a work is beautifully scripted with characters who quickly seem like friends and whose quest becomes a universal one. Stories from the Age of Distraction: The Island, Volume 1 is edgy, original and very compelling. It's most highly recommended.
Gina Yashere - TV Personality and International Comedienne
What a fantastic read! Totally un-putdownable. That's not a real word, but should be. I loved the characters, the concept, and the brilliant story. I want to go to all the places mentioned, meet the characters, and if that app truly exists, I want to download it!
Rabia Tanveer - Trade Reviewer
Patricia M. Mahon has done a brilliant job with a topic that has created constant debate … with the age of “virtual society,” people have been losing connection with their loved ones. Stories from the Age of Distraction: The Island not only raises voice about the topic, but she actually gives us a solution to the distractions of our age. I really enjoyed that, especially the linguistic abilities of the writer. She made me fall in love with words once again. A really good novel.
Ellen G. Goldman, M. Ed - Wellness Coach, Writer and Lecturer
It is apparent from the moment you open this book that Patricia Mahon not only has a love of words and stories, but also has a great command of our language. In a beautifully written story, Mahon highlights the distraction epidemic that we are all victims to, and alerts us to the need to get back to having face-to-face conversations and storytelling. This small novella offers a large message--positive transformation occurs when we lift our heads up from our devices, engage in the world around us, and reignite our imaginations.
Mark Esguerra - The Marke World. Travel Photographer and Blogger.
A wonderful tale that reminds a digital world that outside of the internet and away from modern devices … imagination and adventure still exist. A novel that reminds readers that stories continue to thrive and that imaginations can't be watered down by the advances in modern technology. And that's a good thing!
KC Finn – Trade Reviewer
I found “Stories from the Age of Distraction: The Island” to be a philosophical read, one in which you really have to step back and admire the overall message, rather than simply the plot itself, which paints a very specific picture of our times and makes an interesting commentary on the future of literature. Overall, I’d recommend this book to readers who enjoy thought provoking philosophical ideas and educated, revolutionary characters.