Review: Beyond Justice – Joshua Graham

 

Paperback: 440 pages
Publisher: Dawn Treader Press (April 27, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0984452605
ISBN-13: 978-0984452606
Order book here:
Order E-book here:
 

Characters:

Sam Hudson – Man facing the death of his family, faith, and redemption.
Rachel Chen – Sam’s Lawyer
Pastor Dave – Next door neighor and wife’s minister.

Synopsis:

Sam Hudson comes home one night. He find his wife stabbed and bleeding to death. He finds his daughter’s been stabbed as well, and that his son has been beaten nearly to death. The next 4 years of Sam’s life are going to be both a curse and blessing.

Review:

Sam Hudson is a modern day Job. He’s had his wife and daughter murdered. His son is near death. He loses everything, but on the way finds something far greater than himself.

This book at 400+ pages is not a light read. However, I found myself glued to the story. I started it on a Friday, and finished it the next night. The characters were honest and believable. The characters were memorable.  I loved the characters of Priest and Possum, and felt sad when some characters died.  The situations were feasible. I could see these situations happening to someone.

You get to see a man go from being athiest, to having a strong faith in God. While this is labeled as a Christian Thriller, it’s not as over the top as Tim LaHaye or a Kirk Cameron vehicle. While there are some areas, once Sam finds his faith, that lean towards sweetly sentiments, it also presents both sides fairly. If there is one slight drawback, It seems that Sam might have gone too fast from being a non-believer to having this extremely strong faith in God. Granted, for the purposes of the storyline, you don’t see the whole transformation, but just seemed like a big jump. However, for those in it, who are non-believers, there is never a character that criticizes them, or tells them they are wrong to doubt. I think that’s a good message.

However, if you are intersted in Christian Fiction, and in Thrillers then I think you’d really enjoy this. While not overbearing like Tim LaHaye, it presents a beautiful message about faith and redemption. While there are some strong words here and there throughout the book, if I were to rate it, I’d give it a PG-13. I’d definitely recommend it though if you are looking for a thriller without all the sex and violence.

Author Bio:

Under a different pen name, Joshua has been published in three Simon & Schuster anthologies. He’s a graduate of the Oregon Professional Writers Masterclass run by Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

Joshua Graham grew up in Brooklyn, NY where he lived for the better part of 30 years. He holds a Bachelor and Master’s Degree and went on to earn his doctorate from Johns Hopkins University. During his time in Maryland, he taught as a professor at Shepherd College (WV), Western Maryland College, and Columbia Union College (MD).

Today he lives with his beautiful wife and children in San Diego. Several of Graham’s short fiction works have been published by Pocket Books and Dawn Treader Press.

A member of the Oregon Writers Network, Graham is a graduate of the Master Classes and professional writing workshops held by Dean W. Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Dean and Kris and the entire OWN, have been a major influence in his career.

Be sure and see our interview with Joshua here.

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Joshua who provided a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review.

You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.

2 Responses to “Review: Beyond Justice – Joshua Graham”

  1. Rhodes Review - Review Section Says:

    […] Mr. Graham’s alter ego sometime in the near future. In the meantime, check out Beyond Justice here and an interview with Mr. Graham here. While you’re at it, why not stop over at his website […]

  2. Rhodes Review - Review Section Says:

    […] of this novel for you available when it’s time. In the meantime, check out Beyond Justice here and an interview with Mr. Graham here. While you’re at it, why not stop over at his website […]

Reply