Phoenix Reborn
Rafael A. Marti


March 6, 2013

Ariel Correa-Betancourt: Thank you Brother! Thank You for the Book! You made a masterpiece my Wife read the book before me! She likes it too! Many blesses!

NOTE:  The ratings are for my first published work "From The Ashes."  The following reviews are for "Phoenix Reborn."

Average rating: 4.67 · 3 ratings · 0 reviews · 1 distinct work · Similar authors
From the Ashes
4.0 of 5 stars

Anonymous                                           Posted August 17, 2012

 quick, easy thriller

Enjoyed the ease of the book which seemed like 3 separate novellas in one. Good psychological thriller. Looking forward to a sequal

4.0 out of 5 starsNice, easy read, October 21, 2011
This review is from: Phoenix Reborn (Paperback)

I finished the book in one reading. It makes you wonder the whole way through if the main character, Nathan Christopher, is really in danger or if it's just his paranoid-schizophrenia getting the best of him. I find it especially fascinating that the author himself is a paranoid-schizophrenic and I applaud his efforts to try and give us a glimpse of what it can be like trying to balance reality with what-ifs.     December 3, 2010

This book Phoenix Reborn By Rafael A. Marti is a fast moving story about a former operative for the US Army, Nathan Christopher Styles, who's life is turned upside down & then complicated by Paranoid-Schizophrenia, making it difficult for him to determine reality as he embarks on a battle for survival, convinced someone is plotting to kill him. His journey contains suspense, danger & espionage. The book is well written & keeps you reading. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed reading this book.



4.0 out of 5 stars espionage, danger, suspense, September 20, 2010
By  Reader Views "" (Austin, Texas) -
This review is from: Phoenix Reborn (Paperback)
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake for Reader Views (09/10)

The mythical bird, the phoenix, symbolizes rebirth. "Phoenix Reborn" by Rafael A. Marti is a fictional account of Nathan Christopher Styles, his battle for survival, and a new awakening.

Nathan Christopher Styles, a former elite operative with the U.S. Army Special Forces, suddenly finds himself in a new and unexpected survival mode. A failed marriage, a medical discharge from the Army, and the death of his father, all within a two-year period, leave Nathan devastated, alone, unemployed, and homeless.

Plagued with a history of paranoid-schizophrenia, Nathan struggles to put his life back together. Confused and unable to differentiate between reality and paranoia Nathan becomes suspicious of everyone, including his best friend and benefactor. He is edgy with bizarre ideas, altered perceptions and becomes highly dependent on his meds, cigarettes, and alcohol.

Nathan Christopher is convinced there is a plot to have him killed. A series of psychiatric consultations, new prescriptions, and therapy offer little help as he confronts his adversaries, real or imagined.

"Phoenix Reborn" by Rafael A. Marti if a fast-moving story of espionage, suspense, and danger. Marti brilliantly weaves the symptoms of schizophrenia into a fast-moving action plot. Nathan Christopher is often left unable to think clearly, to mange his emotions, to make rational decisions, and relate to others. Assassination attempts on his life and the murder of those around him become a blur during his loss of reality.

The book contains material published earlier as a novelette - "From the Ashes." Marti has expanded the account to give additional background information while adding elements of drama, suspense, romance, and intrigue to a unified plot. Additional editing would augment the flow of Marti's writing style. However, the thrust of his plot is strong.

Rafael Marti has a creative imagination and is a gifted storyteller. Six years service in the U. S. Army and a career in medical and security assistance give Marti important insight into the theme of "Phoenix Reborn." Rafael's personal background as a medicated paranoid-schizophrenic with an anxiety disorder adds an amazing depth of understanding and credibility to his writing.

"Phoenix Reborn" is unforgettable, leaving the reader with a lasting feeling of hope and promise.