|Harvey Greenberg Review
"Holden Caulfield is alive and well. In his debut novel, Train of Consequences, Tom Jarvis offers up a beautifully rendered story of two boys; Shelton Cole and Richie Kemp. Movingly evocative of JD Salinger, that other New Hampshire storyteller, his refreshing character, Shelton Cole, captivates the reader in a voice which seems to echo that of Salinger's Holden Caulfield.
In its authentic portrayal of adolescent angst, Shelton Cole's first person narrative draws the reader in from the opening paragraph; 'Waking from another one of those horrible dreams, I looked around the dark and unfamiliar room.' Thus the reader is served up a portrait of life in small town Overture,New Hampshire as he is drawn into the lives of these two young friends growing up in the 1990's.
It is the tale of a unique friendship forged in small town NH. Events however quickly overtake them and like Jack and Neal in Kerouac's classic On the Road, they "catch out" on an American odyssey of their own.
In cadences worthy of Stephen King, Jarvis in this fine first work presents a fresh style all his own. This is a remarkable novel....Go buy it."
- Harvey J. Greenberg, CLU, ChFC