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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Mechanism of Chance is a work of fiction in the slice of life, interpersonal drama, and psychological sub-genres, and was penned by author Robert Lovinger. Written for adult reading audiences, the work does contain a few instances of explicit language and some non-graphical sexual references. Our protagonist is Desi, a broken man with a penchant for gambling, who we see living a very lonely existence in his retirement. A series of chance encounters lead this apathetic man in a new direction, and a visit to a far-flung island may just be the thing he needs to change the course of the rest of his life for good.
Author Robert Lovinger has crafted a deeply involved personal drama and a fantastic character study in this short but highly effective novel. I felt like Desi was a real person right from the off, not just for his flawed personality, but from the realism in his motivations and reactions to the plot around him. The dialogue was accomplished and added to this effect, so much so that you feel you can hear his words in your mind as you read. The plot structure presents episodic moments that build to a bigger climax, which works really well for the psychological aspect of the storytelling, and it also keeps us as readers very interested in what will happen next. Overall, I would certainly recommend The Mechanism of Chance for readers seeking realistic characters thrust into improbable situations to great emotive and psychological effect.