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The Mansion

The Mansion by Ezekiel Boone, New York, NY : Simon & Schuster Audio, [2018]

Billy Stafford was a computer programmer unlike any other.  He and Shawn Eagle shut themselves away on the abandoned grounds of Eagle Mansion to develop a cutting-edge, next-generation computer they named Nellie.  Two years later, Nellie is a failure but a revolutionary computer name Eagle Logic is born.  Escalating tensions surrounding a third partner that no one’s seen in a while and the love triangle involving Emily, leads to Billy walking away with a $100,000 payout, high hopes for the future and Emily as his wife.

Shawn spends the next ten years making Eagle Logic into the next multi-billion-dollar company that outshines Apple, Google and Microsoft combined.  Billy, on the other hand, turns his payout into an addiction to drugs and alcohol and stews in bitterness and resentment over Shawn’s success.  When Shawn approaches Billy with a the prospect of getting Nellie to work and the financial package to back it up, he whisks Emily back to the place that broke a friendship the first time around. 

The abandoned mansion is now the newly renovated, future corporate retreat location of Eagle Logic, complete with malfunctioning Nellie to control every anticipated need.  But not only is Nellie not functioning properly, sometimes it seems like there’s another entity present as well.  Are the secrets from those years living on this property coming back to bite them?  Or is it more than that?

What secrets are hidden away in the bowels of the Eagle estate and why are they making themselves known now?  Can Emily, Billy and Shawn survive the coming confrontation?  All of these questions and more can be found within the pages of this great novel from author Ezekiel Boone.  A newer author, Mr. Boone has previously written a post-apocalyptic trilogy in which a dormant specific type of flesh-eating spiders cause a world-ending catastrophe. 

“The Mansion” is a contemporary, science fiction in which technology is slightly more advanced than reality but everything else is as expected.  Readers follow along through both Billy and Emily’s perspectives with the occasional Shawn Eagle thrown in.  All around an excellent read from a newer author!

Susana Goldman is the Library Director of the Alamance County Public Library.  She can be reached at (336) 513-4753 or sgoldman@alamancelibraries.org.