GODS AND FATHERS BY JAMES LePORE
Published by The Story Plant
At the request of The Story Plant, an ARC EBook Edition was provided, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.
Synopsis (from publisher): Matt DeMarco is an accomplished Manhattan attorney with more than his share of emotional baggage. His marriage ended disastrously, his ex-wife has pulled their son away from him, and her remarriage to a hugely successful Arab businessman has created complications for Matt on multiple levels. However, his life shifts from troubled to imperiled when two cops – men he’s known for a long time – come into his home and arrest his son as the prime suspect in the murder of the boy’s girlfriend.
Suddenly, the enmity between Matt and his only child is no longer relevant. Matt must do everything he can to clear his son, who he fully believes is innocent. Doing so will require him to quit his job and make enemies of former friends – and it will throw him up against forces he barely knew existed and can only begin to comprehend how to battle.
My Thoughts and Opinion: To be completely honest in reviewing this book, I feel I should start with a caveat. I don’t usually read novels that have espionage, government intelligence and/or spy plots. And from reading the synopsis, I did not think that this book held those elements. However, as I was caught up in the story, and then when international terrorism was introduced into the story line, I didn’t know if this was going to be a good book match for me. Another factor was the many different agencies and the long list of characters. This novel was definitely out of my comfort zone.
But I had already been pulled in right from the start of this book. How could a young man be accused of murder and rape of his girlfriend and facing the death penalty have anything to do with international relationships of terror? And why are those that are investigating or close to this case being killed? How is this all tied together? As I said, the characters are many, but through Mr. LePore’s writing style, he reminds the reader as to who the character is and/or the agency he/she works for. Because the characters are all flawed in some way, it was had to determine who could be trusted. Who were the good guys? Who were the bad guys? How was the plot all tied together? That’s why I had to keep turning the pages!!. With an ending that I never saw coming!!!!
Even though this was a book outside of my comfort zone, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would have missed out on an exceptional read had it not been for a requested review. Mr LePore, with his excellent detailed writing ability, whereas I could create vivid imagery, and his masterful story telling, has transformed my thinking on espionage novels. Well, at least his. Kudos Mr. LePore!!