Reviews

Escape from Enchantment provides a critical voice for families grappling with the catastrophic emotional and financial toll of Alzheimer’s disease. I was taken by the author’s sensitivity and skill in creating a fast-paced, mystery novel from his personal experience with Alzheimer’s. Particularly compelling are the vivid descriptions of the distinct phases of Alzheimer’s, masterfully bringing to light aspects of the disease unknown to people not personally touched by it. It is a pleasure to offer my endorsement of this fascinating story, and doubly so because the author has agreed to donate all proceeds from the sale of this book to organizations involved in finding a cure for Alzheimer’s.”

Stanley B. Prusiner, M.D.

Professor of Neurology Director, Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases University of California, San Francisco The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1997

“Unless a cure is found for Alzheimer’s, 15 to 20 million adult Americans will lose their minds over the next 40 years. The social and economic impact on our society will be catastrophic. In this well-crafted novella, Berry describes how Alzheimer’s affects a single family based in New Mexico and Washington, DC. Most stories about Alzheimer’s ultimately end up at the same place. But Berry has managed to create a narrative that is dramatic and gripping to the very end.”

Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D. CEO Age Wave

Author: Age Wave, Healthy Aging, The Power Years, and A New Purpose: Redefining Money, Family, Work Retirement and Success

“I couldn’t put this book down! And for days after reading it, I kept coming back to scenes, characters and plot developments that were both haunting and poignant. While suspenseful from page one on, this book is far more than a Grisham/Crichton thriller. It gave me an entirely new perspective on Alzheimer’s Disease – one I’ll carry with me for life. This stunning novella will keep you spellbound, while leaving you with a lasting emotional imprint. I’m not sure what the author is planning for an encore, but his gift at immersing readers in the challenges of pernicious diseases is most remarkable.”

Ted Dintersmith, Ph.D., Partner Emeritus with Charles River Ventures

Author: Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Age, which he produced as a documentary titled Most Likely to Succeed

“The deep insight into a family’s struggle with Alzheimer’s disease is incredibly moving. The effects of this horrible affliction on those close are often hidden from everyone else. It is typically only spoken about in whispers and by vague references. This story by Mr. Berry delves into the most intimate details of the everyday lives turned upside down by the devastation caused by this dreaded and insidious disease. The deterioration of the family patriarch becomes an all-consuming nightmare for the entire family…. I strongly recommend this book to everyone. Besides its exciting storyline, it is a must read for all to learn of the ravages caused by Alzheimer’s, where the entire family becomes victim to its consequences. Our society has to put an incredible amount of pressure on our decision makers to find a cure for this disease, once and for all. This book gives us the ammunition to do just that.”

Larry Rosenblum

Author: Sure, Dad, You Know Everything

“Part mystery, part tender portrait of family life amidst the painful and powerful conflict of dealing with a loved one’s descent into illness, Escape from Enchantment is a novella that practically turns the pages for itself. Simply put, you won’t be able to put it down. J. Patrick Berry’s crisp prose clicks along at a measured and eerie speed that only serves to enhance the hypnotizing tone and content of the narrative. A heartbreaking and chilling read from start to finish.”

Rachel Surles

“From the first page of Mr. Berry’s novella, you are pulled into the exciting world of Washington D.C.‘s power players, which is brilliantly and starkly contrasted by the author against the debilitating and heartbreaking effects of Alzheimer’s disease. A wonderful debut which leaves me anxiously awaiting additional works from Mr. Berry.”

Marybeth Long

Escape from Enchantment is a smart, riveting story about acceptance and betrayal—two words that can affect any relationship. Berry creates carefully researched settings of Washington DC and Las Cruces, New Mexico; his details are sharp and nuanced. Though the tight novella centers on Sam Johnson, a prestigious DC lawyer, it is his long-time wife Sarah that piques our interest as she emerges from the background and glides through the shadows of their marriage. This tensely crafted book carries the reader through a labyrinth of emotions, keeping us turning the pages, barreling headlong toward a strange and surprising conclusion.”

W.D. Miller

“Mr. Berry’s first effort is a page-turner of the highest order. He combines an exceptionally original plot with important social issues to produce an unforgettable literary experience. His portraits of Washington, D.C. and the American Southwest are spot on and provocative. I am anxiously awaiting his next work.”

B. Bennett

“For someone who has never had any personal experience with Alzheimer’s disease, I must say this book is incredibly enlightening. The story is an effortless read and a real page turner… the experience of this story will alter your perspective on life and on terminal illnesses. Escape from Enchantment is a riveting story.”

Kevin Alexander