The Orientation of Dylan Woodger: A Central New York Crime Story

Category: Fiction - Crime

Author: Chiuba Obele


  • Publisher: Fischer House Publications
  • Publication Date: April 5, 2022
  • Page Count: 377
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  • ISBN-13: 979-8-9851464-0-0
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Every human has the capability to cause evil, but what if your acute amnesia prevents you from knowing exactly why you are being tortured at the hands of a merciless mob boss? The Orientation of Dylan Woodger: A Central New York Crime Story by Chiuba Obele is a thriller that explores the human psyche and the dark side of compelling characters with ingenuity.

Even after being captured and brutally tortured by the mafia, college student Dylan Woodger remembers nothing from the past three years due to his acute amnesia. The ruthless mafia boss tormenting him tells him how he stole three million dollars from him, but Dylan doesn’t remember the how, when, why behind his actions. Nevertheless, the fact that someone betrayed him and erased his memory with a drug becomes clearer as events progress. As Dylan struggles to piece together his fragmented memory, he finds himself wrapped up in a fatal mess of gangsters, police, and murderers. He begins to realize that nothing is as it seems. Dylan finds he has connections to racists, white supremacists, and murderers. The worst part of it is that he doesn’t know the people closest to him are hiding dark secrets.

The Orientation of Dylan Woodger: A Central New York Crime Story is fast-paced story with robust characters and readers will enjoy Obele’s remarkable storytelling skills as the author writes about a young man having to deal with the repercussions of the choices he didn’t make. As Dylan struggles to discern between the lies and the truth, he finds himself in an inexplicable conundrum about who he really is: a good guy or a villain that everyone believes him to be. Obele explores serious and controversial topics such as misogyny, sexual abuse, hate crimes, and other strong themes in this well-crafted work that hooks readers from the very first page. The tension builds up steadily into an explosive climax. In turns disturbing and utterly suspenseful, this thriller with nuanced characters and excellent prose is intelligently and masterfully executed. 

Reviewed by Cristina Prescott Review Date: May 12, 2022

Category: Fiction - Crime


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