Frederick is a demon living life to the fullest...except, it's other people's lives.
Hailed as "...the next Michael Crichton," no one was expecting Bestselling new author Michael Siemsen (The Dig 2011, The Opal 2012) to swing a left turn like Frederick. With little-to-no fanfare or announcements, Siemsen quietly released A Warm Place to Call Home (a demon's story) in 2013, surprising fans and drawing in a horde of new readers. Overwhelmingly, his best received and best reviewed tale yet, Frederick has readers "...actually cheering on a f***ing demon."
Frederick is a demon. Born in Maryland in the early 1980's, he hasn't a clue where he came from or why, but feels an irresistible desire to occupy a human body. Once inside, he finds the previous occupants' consciousness and memories forever erased, an inevitable side effect that gives Frederick pause when switching bodies, but not so much as to truly halt his ongoing enjoyment of human lives. In various bodies, he travels the world for decades—aimless--sampling cultures and experiencing life from the points of view of males, females, young, old, rich, poor. Now, Frederick has an urge to return to his roots in America, explore the mystery of his origin, find someone to love, and settle down for a while. In his hometown, his mission bears fruit much faster than he expected, as person after person presents themselves, and following his impulses, he is led directly to love, tragedy, answers, and the humanity he never knew he wanted.
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I did not get on with this story at all. For most of the book that Frederick is a demon seems completely irrelevant to events. He could easily have been replaced with a regular human con artist/identity thief. But maybe that’s the point and we should be looking askance at any of us acting out or doing things out of character.
There is so much boasting and showing off about his prowess that I did not find it to be a story about finding love either. It's remarkable the only knowledge or skill this ancient entity seems to have is acquired is sexual, as he seems totally useless at everything else.
The last few chapters took an interesting turn with Joseph’s brother’s revelation. However soon we were back into the long drawn out lovers’ confessional followed by inevitable make up session. This all might have been fine had I given a hooting toot about any of the characters. At this point with an hour of listening time to go, I gave up and marked the book as finished.