Head Trip: One Case of Super Twins
Eloquence Press (2011)
Reviewed by Jennifer Hass for Reader Views (8/14)
Article first published as Book Review: ‘Head Trip’ by Jack Eadon on Blogcritics.
Jack Eadon’s American Drama Series takes a look at the seven deadly sins and follows the life of Marcus Ramsay from conception through death. “Head Trip” is the prequel to the series introducing the sin of envy.
In the “Note to Reader” section, Eadon has the definition of Superfetation as the following: “Superfetation (N) – (Soop-ir-fet-ay-shun): A second embryo becomes implanted in the uterus after one has already been implanted. Though common in animals, this is rare in human beings, occurring about once in 40,000,000 births. These “twins” are called Super Twins.”
Marcus and Roger Ramsay are the super twins. Roger is conceived first and has to himself the entire womb. Then the intruder, Marcus, is suddenly taking up Roger’s space and growing with him in the womb. Deep in the womb Roger is already resenting this intruder and the behavior follows after the birth of the super twins. Roger being the full term baby and Marcus being born first, even though he is premature, has always bothered Roger. Marcus gets special attention and excels in his life while Roger is the more or less “evil” twin. Roger is always damning Marcus for the things that he accomplishes and for his positive outlook on life. Marcus is constantly seeking love and affection from his twin but never really understands why he is always rejected.
The drama heats up between the twins right from the beginning. Loretta Ramsay’s doctor tells her shortly after birth, “Let’s hope their first eight or nine months in the uterus went smoothly, because that’ll set the tone of their relationship….Based on all the studies, I bet they learned a lot about one another in that close proximity. For the last eight months, the other twin was all each other knew of this world. I bet they already have distinct feelings for each other; we’ll just have to see how those play out.” After this conversation with the doctor, Loretta and her husband continue watching for signs of behavioral differences. It didn’t take long for things to start looking strange.
Jack Eadon is an excellent writer. I have always been interested in twins and this story of super twins really changes the perspective for me. Most people are aware that twins have a special bond. The bond between the Ramsay boys is certainly special alright! Where one twin is loving, the other is jealous. The concept for the story is unique. Not only did I love “Head Trip” by Jack Eadon, I am overly excited to read the rest of the American Drama Series. I would highly recommend “Head Trip” to anyone who is intrigued by radical fiction about twins…super twins!
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake for Reader Views (1/11)
Jack Eadon has created a terrifying look into the potential impact of Superfetation (the 1 in 40,000,000 chance of twins being conceived at different times but born together). Roger, a full term baby, and Marcus conceived one month later, born prematurely struggle, in an ongoing completion, one to succeed, the other to keep up.
In a masterful introduction, Eadon describes the growth pattern and the imaginary thoughts of the two developing embryos within the womb. At birth the boys are labeled “super twins” after the medical term “Superfetation.”
Eadon goes into great detail describing the personality development of the twins as they compete at home, at church, with girls, in Eagle scouts, sports, and music. Marcus, although premature was born first. Later it was determined that he may have been pushed out of the womb – as the intruder. As an interesting aside Eadon introduces “birth order” implications of this phenomenal possibility.
Careful thought has gone into the development and introduction of each character. Each has their flaws as well as a certain element that leads to possible empathy from the reader.
I found the parallel of the Biblical twins, Jacob and Esau, of great interest. Similarities are woven into the story of Roger and Marcus that are drawn from the Biblical account. Even as Esau threatened to kill Jacob after he was robbed of his birthright and Isaac’s blessing by Jacob. Roger in his obsession with envy, rage, and rationalization makes plans to have Marcus killed.
The sexual content relative to personality development and the rites of coming of age are often graphic. The dark evil side that results from compulsive envy gives the reader a glimpse into the seamier side of life. I sometimes felt the reader was provided a little “too much detailed information.”
This is the first in “The American Drama Series” which promises to bring to life the seven deadly sins. Jack Eadon combines an active imagination with careful research in this fast-moving, dramatic story as he unravels the deadly results of being obsessed with envy.
The hardback edition, which I read, has an attractive durable binding. I hope to add the entire set to my library and am looking forward to book two in the series, “A Consequence of Greed,” which will also feature Marcus Ramsey. “Head Trip” is a fast-moving “page turner.”