Jacob’s life changed in a single moment when, as a toddler, he walked through his bedroom door only to find himself in the office of a British officer in Capetown, 1870. This would begin a thirty-year journey which would take him from ancient to future civilizations, and innumerable places and times in between. Through all of his travels, Jacob seeks for the purpose of his predicament, the significance of his life with all of its joys and suffering, loneliness and impermanence.
What Other Readers Have Said:
Non-stop Action – My Problem With Doors is a real page turner with non-stop action. As the main character Jacob is enduring his many difficult situations, you feel empathy for his plot. Overall, an excellent book by a promising new author. – S. Ray @ Amazon.com
A Great Read for Young Adult Males – My Problem with Doors lends itself very well to young male readers—an often under-approached readership. Adolescent and young adult boys will love living vicariously through Jacob as he uses his wit and battle skills to conquer foes, commandeer a pirate ship and even fall in love. Through a yearning for adventure, these readers will also learn a bit of history and be compelled to contemplate the deeper meaning that exists within the story’s action-packed pages. – AnnArbor.com
A Must Read – This is a fantastic book…if you like history, this is a “must read.” Traveling through time to some of the most noted points of world history! I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough…had to find out where and what was going to happen next! Jacob…a true survivor! I do hope there will be a sequel! – Nora Pompa @Amazon.com
Fantastic, excellent, inspiring!!! – One of the best fantasy novels of the past couple years. Southard takes the reader though desperation and despair as well as victory and enlightenment from the point of view of a young man discovering himself and his purpose. Filled with a tremendous amount of symbolism and metaphoric references, you truly experience the pain of traveling through your 20′s and 30′s and the journey of discovering the meaning of ones life before your spit back out into mid-life contentment and understanding. I couldn’t stop turning the pages from beginning to end. Southard is an amazing, talented author! I look forward to much more of his literature in the future! – book guy @Amazon.com
Highly Entertaining – [My Problem With Doors] features rousing action that should appeal to young adult male readers as well as grown-ups…an absorbing, thought-provoking tale – Rob Walsh, Lansing State Journal
Once I got into this title I couldn’t put it down. – I enjoyed Jacob’s voice and found myself thoroughly drawn into his adventures. This is a genre-bending story with time travel, fascinating figures in history, swashbuckling adventure (there’s a stint on a pirate ship) and romance… not to mention moments of philosophical introspection and religious commentary. I was reminded at times of writers such as Steven Gould ( Jumper) or Tim Powers (The Anubis Gates) but Southard has a strong voice of his own. The local buzz on this is well-deserved and I’m glad I got my hands on it. Southard’s an up and coming (and Lansing-based) writer to watch. – Jessica, Capital Area District Library