Posted: Friday, 29 June, 2012 by deacongray in Book Reviews

Edmund Jorgensen
155 pages

I admit. Typically I am skeptical of first time authors. Or rather, being completely honest, I am skeptical of self-published authors and unknown publishing companies; we’ve all heard of PublishAmerica, right? If not, you must immediately Google them. I still do not know anything about Mr. Jorgensen’s publisher, and I no longer care.

Speculation is a short story, at just 155 pages in PDF format. And it is, quite simply, unnecessary for any further words or pages. As far as this reader is concerned, it was perfection.

Now, I am not the smartest or even the best educated. And yes, I will admit to some trepidation when I realized there was some jargon which might be above my level. All qualms aside, I soldiered on. I had agreed to read this, and read it I would. And let me tell you, I read it in one sitting.

Here is the summary, the back of the electronic dust jacket:

“Andrew Wrangles has a decision to make. His best friend Sothum, a philosophical and financial genius, has just died and left him a choice in his will: ten million dollars or a sealed envelope.

Andrew’s wife Cheryl doesn’t see this as much of a choice. She wants Andrew to take the money, and what little patience she has for his speculating about what could be worth more than ten million dollars is wearing thin very quickly.

But as Andrew digs deeper into the secret life that Sothum lived, he finds more questions than answers. Does the envelope contain the fate of a vanished mutual friend? The answer to a terrible cosmic riddle? The confession to a crime? Is Sothum just playing a final private joke? Or has Andrew become a pawn in a game–a game that Sothum died playing against a bigger opponent than Andrew can imagine?”

Let me tell you, this is an honest summary of the book yet it seems so completely dishonest at its very core, too. Why? Because this story is, in my humble opinion at least, a very complex love story. You’re shocked, you say? Perhaps you should be. Skeptical even, just as I started – it’s OK, I understand. But woven within the mystery of the contents of that envelope you will uncover several deeper stories. The love between husband and wife; the love between friends, and the love/hate relationship one man has with his faith.

Novel Publicity Blog Tour Notes:

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About the author: Edmund Jorgensen was born in Chicago. He studied classical languages and has maintained a love for all things Greek and Roman. He fell in love with his wife in Mexico; they now reside, happily but considerably more chilly, in Watertown, Massachusetts. Edmund is currently hard at work on his second book, a set of interconnected short stories. Connect with Edmund on his website, Facebook, Twitter or GoodReads.


  1. Fantastic review. Saying it took you by surprise and far exceeded your expectations is one of the best compliments you can give a book. I’m so glad you felt that way about Speculation. Thank you for joining our tour, and please take a moment to cross-post to Amazon and GoodReads when you have the time 😀


  2. What a great review…Very intriguing!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  3. tomheon says:

    Thanks very much for taking the time to read my novel and to write up a review–I’m touched that you enjoyed Speculation.

    Oddly enough, I have always had the same trouble with the description of the book as well–do you emphasize the goings-on and the plot, or the relationships that are really at the heart of the story?



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