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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Cast the First Stone" by David James Warren.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Ex-Minneapolis Police Detective Rembrandt Stone has been troubled by the memories of his past cases, even with the beautiful life he has made for himself. When his dead mentor leaves Rembrandt a box full of his cold case files and an old watch, the concept of time takes a huge turn. Will Rembrandt be able to utilize his chance at redemption without losing everything he holds dear?

Cast the First Stone by David James Warren is the first book in a fascinating and exciting time-travel series, The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone. David James Warren is the combined name of the authors, Susan May Warren, James L. Rubart, and David C. Warren. The book started with a haunting narration that immediately grasped my attention. The writers used Rembrandt's and his wife, Eve’s perspectives throughout the book. As I continued through the chapters, the story became very mysterious and intense. This book was able to keep me interested with its vivid portrayal of not only crime investigations but also character emotions.

I liked a lot of things in this book. The writing of Rembrandt’s character, his nightmares, his determination, and his loyalty was brilliant. The incorporation of romance in this mystery novel with Rembrandt and Eve was a great touch. Eve was a fearless CSI officer who loved Rembrandt and his flaws fiercely. Other characters such as Rembrandt’s partner Burke and Eve’s brother Asher played significant roles in this book with their different strengths. I enjoyed reading about the forensic dissections of crime scenes and website hacking for gaining perpetrator information. The authors also nailed in creating anticipation before the climax of the story.

However, the book contained grammatical errors that were very easy to identify and hampered my reading. With the imageries and the show-not-tell method that the writers used in this book, I was a little startled to find those grammar errors. If they can make this book go through another round of proofreading and editing, it will be a perfect read.

Therefore, I would rate Cast the First Stone by David James Warren with 3 out of 4 stars. It saddens me to deduct a star due to the grammar errors because otherwise, this story was marvelously delightful. The book contains violence, mild sexual content, and mention of rape. Therefore, it would not be a suitable read for younger audiences. Apart from that, it was a short and satisfying read. As mentioned earlier, this is the first book of a series, and so it ends on a cliffhanger. The ending really made me want to discover what happens next. I would recommend this book to readers who love reading romantic suspense, time-traveling mysteries, and action stories.

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I love a good time-travel book, so thank very much for your recommendation. I enjoyed very much reading your detailed review!
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A time-travel mystery is tricky to develop properly, and this one seems successful. I hope the author does another round of proofreading. I'll look into this series. Thank you for your great review!
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This sounds right up my alley! Thanks for such an informative review!

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raluca_mihaila wrote: 07 Jan 2021, 09:24 I love a good time-travel book, so thank very much for your recommendation. I enjoyed very much reading your detailed review!
That's lovely to hear!
Thank you for your nice words! :D
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NetMassimo wrote: 07 Jan 2021, 10:46 A time-travel mystery is tricky to develop properly, and this one seems successful. I hope the author does another round of proofreading. I'll look into this series. Thank you for your great review!
I hope you'll enjoy it if you do look into this series!
Greatly appreciate your insights! :D
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Judith Lloy wrote: 07 Jan 2021, 15:19 This sounds right up my alley! Thanks for such an informative review!
You're most welcome! :)
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Romance embedded in a mystery of time travel is a pretty interesting combination. Sounds like my kind of read. Thanks for the awesome review.
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This sounds like the kind of book that I would usually enjoy reading. However, I prefer that my books be standalone and not end with a cliffhanger. Therefore, I will probably pass on this one. Thanks for a great review!
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I like it when an author manages to fuse romance into a crime story. I am sure I would enjoy reading this one. Thanks a lot for the engaging review.
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Tarilan wrote: 08 Jan 2021, 12:33 Romance embedded in a mystery of time travel is a pretty interesting combination. Sounds like my kind of read. Thanks for the awesome review.
That's fantastic to know!
Thank you for your lovely comment! :D
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Prisallen wrote: 09 Jan 2021, 09:18 This sounds like the kind of book that I would usually enjoy reading. However, I prefer that my books be standalone and not end with a cliffhanger. Therefore, I will probably pass on this one. Thanks for a great review!
I can understand why standalone books are more preferable!
Thank you for taking the time to share your thought! :)
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Saint Bruno wrote: 09 Jan 2021, 09:45 I like it when an author manages to fuse romance into a crime story. I am sure I would enjoy reading this one. Thanks a lot for the engaging review.
Indeed I hope you'll enjoy it!
Thanks very much for your wonderful comment! :D
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Oh, just add this book to my shelves already. I've discovered that not all fiction writers can properly show-not-tell their story. BTW your review is so detailed and the analysis is topnotch. Kudos, SamaylaM.
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I just got done reading a great suspenseful, military spy novel. This book seems like it may have the same touch of suspense and detail. I am very interested to see how time travel is incorporated into the storyline. I would really enjoy that. Thanks for a good review.
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