When I was asked to read and review a Christmas story in April, I thought – Great! What a lovely idea! As it turned out, it snowed today anyway!
The story begins back in 1981, when Tony Brusco and wife Sofia are in bed on Christmas morning in their apartment. Their children – Joey (nearly five) and Mia (three) – wake up and find there are some unexpected presents under the tree…
Then it fast forwards to the present day, where we meet Holly Hillman. Adopted by Marsha and David Gelles as a toddler, Holly has grown up hearing passages of the bible, but being told Santa and the Tooth Fairy didn’t exist.
Now 43 years old and the CEO of Marshall Whiteman Logistics in the United States, she is the sort of woman for whom their career is the only important thing in their life. When Holly’s company merges with a Chinese one, the Chinese side ask that the top twelve executives of the business have DNA tests to check if they have any serious health conditions. Holly’s DNA test reveals something very surprising…
This is a modern fairytale for adults and is magical heart-warming and clever. It has some (very funny) black humour in it too and reminds me of Terry Pratchett at times. I really enjoyed it and challenge you to read it without ending up with a big silly grin on your face.
9 out of 10
- Purchase link: http://mybook.to/Logistics_ChrisCoppel
- Genre: Folktales and Myths; Holiday fiction
- Print length: 198
- Age range: This is an adult novel but suitable for all ages
- Trigger warnings: None
- Amazon Rating: 4.5 stars
About Logistics – A Christmas Story
After being abandoned at the age of two and a half, Holly Hillman was raised without whimsy or fantasy. She was taught that there were no such things as Santa Claus, fairies, elves or any other accepted fantasies that help a child deal with the harder realities of life. Now in her forties, she is the CEO of a Fortune 400 company. She rose to the top through hard work, but also by living without distractions or social attachments. Despite her rigidly ingrained dedication, Holly was content with her life, having never lived by any other tenet. Everything was perfect until she was required to give her DNA as part of a health check leading up her company’s merger with an Asian conglomerate.
The results of her test unlocked the secret of her unique ancestry, leading to her having to confront a fantastical truth that would forever change her views on life and reality itself.
Praise for Logistics – A Christmas Story
“A Christmas Story by Chris Coppel begins by telling the life story of a trying family. Tony Brusco, his wife and their two children found a baby girl while opening the gifts under their Christmas tree… This is now my favorite book that I reviewed so far. “Amazon Review
“Fast paced and well sculpted, this is a sci-fi story that rises to the top of the genre. Chris Coppel is an author with the gift! Recommended.” Amazon Review
“Perfect Tale for Christmas. Logistics is a story of an incredible woman who keeps her life devoid of distractions. She eats the same oatmeal breakfast, wears the same dress to the office, and keeps her office devoid of any personal items to save herself from distractions and keep her mind singularly focused. Despite the healthy bank balance and a very reputable position, she feels her life lacking and incomplete. Then a compulsory DNA test for a business contract unveils secrets about her true identity and makes her believe in magic and true love. The story is nice and beautifully presented. “Amazon Review
About the Author
“I was raised the son of a writer. My father wrote plays, films and novels. He was successful and suffered constant wanderlust. I was born in America when he was there writing Vertigo for Alfred Hitchcock. I give that familial insight so that you can understand that I had the genes, I just needed to find my footing and get up the nerve to put pen to paper (or to be more accurate…open my laptop). Many would say that having a successful parent should make it easier to follow their path under the protective shadow of their parent’s success. Not so!
Writing is difficult. Writing in the hopes that you will be read and your works appreciated is terrifying. In my case, the fear of failure kept my ideas and stories buried in a back closet within my brain. It is only now as I enter the latter part of my existence that I have been able to calm the fear and share my stories with those who may wish to read them.
I would like to think that it was my choice to write about things that go bump in the night, but it wasn’t. I had no idea that I would one day write tales of horror, but that is now what I do. With each new book, I feel drawn further into the dark void that we feel but rarely see.
I hope you will join me.”