Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Justice Game

Another Kindle book down and already another one started.  This book was longer then the rest and started out strong leaving me with many thoughts to share and ponder.

For starters once I finally finished this book I felt as if there was no justice for the way it ended or for how much time it took me to read.  It started off pretty good and lead to me telling Ryan about it always bringing up different points to get his thoughts or to argue some of the arguments in the book (even though we both agree on the topics).  I even recommend it to my dad, and even though I feel it was a good book I think I am going to have to withdraw that recommendation due to how book seems to go on and on forever and then just end in a way I found to be both good and bad.  Good because I agreed with the verdict of the court and bad because I didn't agree with how the author seemed to just wrap it up in a very odd way and added in aspects to the book that I found just odd.

 Unlike with past books where I was reading to find out what was going to happen next I more or less found myself just ready for the book to end so I could start another just as much as I wanted to find out how it ended.  It kind of reached a point where I was sick of reading and was ready to be done.  I felt like this book was dragged out in some places, however I felt like I was getting the chance to know all the characters.  Yet I was annoyed at the fact that some points were so repetitive that I wanted to yell at the book to just get to the point and tell me what it wanted to instead of just touching on the same points again and again. 

I won't lie when I say I had no clue how the book was going to turn and I rather liked that aspect because some books lead you to the answer before you are even half way though it and others lead you to think it is the wrong person so much to the point that the end doesn't even make sense. I feel the ending was wrapped up a little too well; I felt the ending was rushed and it just all seemed off.  The author tells you at the beginning of the book that he did an interactive video and asked readers to cast their vote on the verdict of the trial presented in the book and he used the votes to write the end of the book; something that I find to be very creative.  I agree with the choice the readers made and I like how the author never leads you to feel one way or anther in the book but does a good job of showing both sides of the case and leaves you asking yourself questions about how you feel about the topic.  And once again I just want to complain about the end and how I guess felt like it was not the ending he would of picked and so he did his best to wrap it all up nice and neat, but it was a little to neat and a little to rushed for me. 

Sadly when it comes to this book I do and don't recommend it at the same time.  If you are looking for an interesting read on gun control to kill sometime go for it.   Or if you are looking for something provoke thoughts and start conversations yet again it is a great book.  On the other hand if you are looking for a quick read or hate books that drag on and on I would pass on this one. 


Product DetailsEditorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Christy Award–winning novelist and lawyer Singer (Directed Verdict) lets the action sprint out of the gate with a murder in the first few pages. With murderer and victim dead, the moral issue of gun control takes center stage in the book, with a number of side dilemmas. The opposing counsels in the gun control case are young, ambitious lawyers, and both have hidden sins that could sink their careers. A law firm that both worked for further complicates the action. Singer piles the moral and plot complexities a bit too high; the backstories of main characters Jason Noble and Kelly Starling are relevant, but the tangled relationship between Jason and his cop father bogs down the action. The legal-thriller genre lends itself to the pattern of conversion that evangelical Christian novels require, and Singer offers logical character developments that aren't heavy-handed. The only stock feature in this well-plotted novel is the generic, fakey-sounding names (Brad Carson, Kelly Starling). But that's a quibble about a book that will entertain readers and make them think—what more can one ask? (July)

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At the center of the heart-pounding action are the moral dilemmas that have become Singer s stock-in-trade. . . . An exciting thriller.
--Booklist on By Reason of Insanity

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