3 out of 4 stars
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Newtown, New Jersey is going through a trying time marked by disruption and mayhem. There's a rot in the town's government, and very few people are willing to do anything about it. The city is divided — those citizens seeking a remedy to the situation who are opposed by those who cannot acknowledge that there's a problem. What happens when those entrusted with the responsibility to maintain law and order use their power in their own interest? How will we find true justice?
In Sydney L. Jackson's book, Man's Law and Divine Justice, readers are thrown directly in the middle of a cop chase during which two police officers shoot an unarmed teenager, Raheem Davis, in cold blood. This hideous crime ignites social unrest and protests against racial injustice in Newton. But this is only the beginning of the unraveling of a tangled conspiracy involving politicians, police, judges, banks, and large corporations. While Mayor Arnold Ford plans on saving his city from self-destruction by exposing the culprits, Reverend Dumas is trying his best to preach the Biblical meaning of true justice through the word of God.
It's been a while since I read a book so captivating and complete in its exploration of societal themes. Topics such as corruption, injustice, cover-ups, human rights, and religion are laced together in this plot-twisting mystery novel. The author patiently took his time to build all the characters' personalities in the story. Dee Dee, Raheem's mother, is revealed as one of the victims who has been severely affected by the selfish acts of those in power. I've never participated in a riot, but the thorough description of the protest sent a chill down my spine. I was terrified by how human beings can act like wild animals and create endless waves of chaos and destruction. Sydney L. Jackson described all the book's scenes with surgical precision, creating a vivid and powerful commentary on society. What I liked most was how each character was able to define truth in a way that served his or her own interest.
The author's ability to weave together the laws of man with the Christian belief in divine justice was another great surprise. Reverend Dumas' interpretation of the true justice that will come to fruition on Judgment Day was illuminating. Each chapter ends in suspense, making the book an engaging page-turner. It made me wonder why this book is not included in the mystery genre, which I believe would be more suitable. I would highly recommend this excellent work to those interested in the abovementioned themes. If Biblical verses cause any discomfort for you, then you may not enjoy this work.
Disappointedly, I needed to rate this book with 3 out of 4 stars because of the grammar errors. As for sexual content, there is only one scene where the author describes a kiss in one of the most sensual ways I've read, leaving the details to the reader's imagination. There is no use of obscene or offensive language. I hope the author's previous novels, The Big Lie and Darkness Is Not Eternal, are as fascinating as this one.
Man's Law and Divine Justice
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