Revenge Fires Back Book Review

I enjoy Christian fiction--and the latest book from JR Thompson caught my interest.  I was excited to have the opportunity to read and review Revenge Fires Back.  What did I think of Revenge Fires Back?

I received a complimentary ebook copy of this book for use in my review.   All opinions are my own.

About the Book

He tries to control his anger,but it gets the best of him. He makes poor decisions,and quickly discovers Revenge Fires Back Brady Clark's family chooses horrible timing for their first camping trip - a night when a fierce storm leaves them stranded in the woods. Circumstances that leave him running around in the forest wearing, well, let's just say less than appropriate attire cause him to unleash his anger by physically assaulting his father. Not yet ready to face the discipline he has coming, Brady makes false allegations against both of his parents. That one foolish move throws the Clarks into a world they know very little about. A world that could possibly prevent them from ever dwelling together again as a family unit. Can God use these trials to wake this family up to His purpose?

My Review

Revenge Fires Back may strike a sadly realistic chord with many readers.  I think this book could have been set within so many of our homes and lives.   Too many parents have "been there."   We have been on a fun-filled, family outing plagued with mishaps where things just went from bad to worse.   We have been involved in family arguments and disagreements that brought out less-than-Christian behavior (and even some words that could not be unspoken.)  As I read this book, there was a gnawing realization that some of the actions, feelings, and frustrations presented in this story were all too real--and both enlightening and troubling.

Readers will find characters with a lot of growth potential.  As I read the early parts of the book, I found myself bothered by the immaturity of the Clark family and, later, by the poor character of many of the other adults encountered.   While I didn't particularly like the Clark parents--there was (again) that realization that parents are not perfect.  Christian parents are not always as Faith-focused as they would like.  Children make mistakes. Thompson creates a cast of characters with some flaws.  He creates a cast of characters filled with a lot of potential for growth--both personally and in Faith.

Revenge Fires Back was Hard to Put Down.   The author did a nice job of pulling me into the lives of Clarks.  I wanted to see the troubled family grow, change--and find a happy ending.  The book's storyline moved at a steady pace and kept me engaged in the characters' outcomes through to the end. 

Would I Recommend Revenge Fires Back? There are some lessons to be learned and some opportunities for some personal reflection throughout this book--especially for Christian readers.  I would recommend this book to fans of Christian fiction and family dramas.  While much of the storyline could happen in so many of today's families with just a twist or two in a day's events--there are some times when the immaturity of the adults and poor behavior seems a bit overdone.   However; having said that,  those flaws create a lot of opportunities for Faith to pull the family back together.  All in all, it was a well-done, family drama that I would recommend to Christian fiction fans.

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Meet the Author

Christian novelist JR Thompson, and his wife Hannah, are residents of Montana. He writes fiction and maintains a blog on his website. None of thompson's writings contain any foul language.

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