Review: Burner by M.C. Mars

Today I am presenting Burner by M.C. Mars

Title:  Burner
Author: M.C. Mars
Format:  Paperback and eBook
Publisher: Fiction Studio Books
Pages:  384
ISBN:   978-1936558407
Genre:  Fantasy, Sci Fi, Lit Fic
Stars:  4
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About the Book:   How far are you willing to go, and how much are you willing to sacrifice in order to realize your dream?
Jason Teal, is a hip-hop deejay and producer who dropped out in his last semester as a college astrophysics major and moved to san Francisco with his rapper friends to pursue a career in music. Three years later, the hip-hop group he co-founded has signed a major label deal – without him. Meanwhile, Jason has lost sight of his dream. He’s working a job he hates and his relationship with his stripper-girlfriend has hit rock bottom. And now, with greater frequency, he’s having hallucinations. He hallucinates walls and trains covered with graffiti pieces (burners). The burners are the work of his dead brother, PSYCHOPOMP, a great graffiti writer whose death, more than twenty years ago, has given rise to strange rumors. Some say he was murdered by the Illuminati, others believe he was in the Illuminati.

Into the chaos of Jason’s downward spiral steps a man named Cyril Magbion, a mysterious figure with ties to a secret society. Cyril has the power to transform Jason’s life overnight. He has money. He has answers. He seems to know everything. But first Jason must prove himself worthy of such a mentor and undergo “The TEST.”

The TEST will take Jason Teal down the rabbit-hole into the new paradigm of wave/particle duality where quantum physics meets mysticism at the level of the unseen. In the rabbit hole, he’ll encounter a dominatrix with a chip on her shoulder, a gangster who blew off his leg making a bomb, a man in a wheelchair dressed as a pharaoh beckoning him with ESP, a ginseng store owner who looks like Peter Lorre on speed, CIA MK ULTRA experiments, and many more weird and terrifying things that will lead to a head-on collision with himself, and the Big Bang of consciousness.

Can you handle a mind-altering adjustment to the mass hallucination we call reality? If the answer is yes, then read this book.

**The book has a strong sexual component. Jason’s girlfriend, Alicia, has become an exotic dancer to support her three-year old daughter, and to put herself through school to earn a degree in psychology. But as she exploits her sexual power in the club, she also becomes its victim.** 

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Review:   This book is so multi-layered with psychedelic delusions, insertions of physics, paranoia and the very real and gritty distortions provided by fame and violence inherent in the inner city that adding a tinge of conspiracy theory is almost one element too many. Almost.  While the story is admittedly full of complexity, the flow fits a personality that is in crisis, searching and seeking in a non-linear manner.  From a near monastic adherence to the ‘next thing’ we are then dragged into the tumultuous relationship between Jason and his girlfriend, then thrust to his obsessive infatuation with hip-hop and rap, and the fame that surrounds a lucky few.  I’m still wondering if Jason is a mad genius, or genius driven mad by his never-ending thoughts and ideas.

Every positive has a negative; the artistic purity of well-crafted rap is always balanced with the dirt and despair of the inner city.  Graffiti artists are utilizing symbols from physics and the Illuminati to better define themselves and their work, painting on buildings.  For nearly every action, there is some opposite reaction: the only question is whether the reaction is immediate or revealed in later chapters.

It’s not an easy book to read, and I will admit to going back and rereading some sections and chapters twice to understand and better follow the story, but every page read twice was more than worth it.  The book reads more like a free-flow of consciousness, with bits of university lecture and side notes of rap.  While that should be a cacophony, it makes an interesting composition that demands notice and attention.

** I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility. 

About the Author:  M.C. Mars is the author of Don’t Take Me the Long Way, his memoir of driving a cab at night in San Francisco for twenty- four years. He’s also a rapper with three albums to his credit, and hip-hop roots that go all the way back to the late 70’s. He lives in San Francisco, where he continues to perfect his free- style, and his spaghetti sauce.