I would like to thank Dale Travous in Illinois for taking the time to read and review the book. It wasn't my intention to portray Chicago in such a negative way to make it seem like a place to avoid, but I'm glad the danger of the territory is prominent. There are no plans at this time to turn it into a movie, but it's neat that the story is being read that way.
Dale Travous' review:
Made to be Broken, novel, by Hugh Fritz, is a 3-D IMAX™ action blockbuster in print. A plausible reality is revealed to us, one that is covertly co-habitated by a race of humans with seemingly supernatural powers; the Jinn. We are briefed into the mechanics of the 'magical' powers displayed by the Jinn; their ability to transform matter, as in the Bedouin folk stories where a sack of dates become a sack bursting with gold coins, their habit of popping-in and then vanishing, conjuring up terrific storms from clear skies, and flying around taking you along for the ride. Mr. Fritz sprinkles the story with bits and pieces of 'how-its-done', allowing me the reader to have fun linking together and assembling these bits into a hyper-realistic physical construction. The Supernatural gives way as it's made clear that the laws of Nature have remained unviolated.
There's a dramatic juxtaposition of the ancient Middle Eastern mythology with present day Chicago, the part of Chicago that one benefits from absolute avoidance, where you are in some serious danger just being there. But things get dangerouser as we're dropped into the fortress of an armed and semi wasted criminal gang syndicate led by a sociopathic dictator. Dangerouser still is the very well armed secret police death squad commanded over by an even eviler villain.
The pace of events picks up speed from the start as one action sequence segues into the next. I am astonished by Mr. Fritz's literary description of scenes of all out mayhem, ultra detailed imagery to a molecular scale, choreographed movements flowing through variable time, a big heavy club in slow motion.
It's difficult for me to not recollect this as a big budget special effects action spectacular. Or not to for-see the universe built on this framework.