What makes a man risk his life, over and over again, for a few moments of pleasure?
Young Marc lives in an emotionally charged and volatile home environment that sets him on a path to psychological chaos and drug addiction. As a balm for his low self-esteem he develops a need for danger and puts himself in dangerous, sometimes deadly situations. He is just seventeen when he steals his first aircraft. A year later he joins the Air Force where he takes a helicopter for a joyride. He is caught and given a second chance in a fighter training squadron. One Sunday afternoon he decides to take a fighter jet for a joyride.
Marc deserts the Air Force but is caught trying to leave the country. He learns that he will be charged for treason and executed so he makes a daring escape. He is caught and put in a secure facility where he makes another audacious escape. He is caught and thrown into solitary confinement for three years. To pass the time in his cell, he flies imaginary planes. On the verge of insanity, Marc makes one last flight where he discovers the reason for his turbulent life.
On the way to his court martial he escapes and vows to start a new life.
A Serpents Conscience is the authors first biography. I say first as with how it ends and having seen mention that there is to be another, which will carry on where I assume this one has finished.
From the description, it does give out warnings of the authors childhood being a volatile one, leading him to drug addiction. Whilst I did roughly guess at what was to come, it still makes for a harrowing read as the story deals with different forms of abuse, rape, self harm to name just a few difficult subjects. Like I said, some parts are slightly harrowing but it needs to be included as for one, it’s the authors biography but it also helps us understand the journey of self destruction that he sets himself on.
Around half of the book focuses on the author as a young child, leading up to his adolescence years. You can’t help but feel empathy as his parents turbulent marriage is the start of the emotional and mental damage that the author and his younger brother endures. From then on, it was heart breaking seeing him trying to fit in as he grows up and becomes a “problem” child, seemingly never out of trouble with people in authority.
At times I got frustrated at the choices he makes, but then none of us are perfect and who knows what we would do in the same position.
A Serpent’s Conscience is a sad reminder that life can be cruel. That from a young age, the acts of adults and others can shape a person and can do inconceivable damage. It does make for an interesting read though and am sure it will appeal to readers who like non fiction, biographies of which is on the darker side with some unexpected adventures along the way.
My thanks to the author for a readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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