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Review of Pilate's Faith

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[Following is an official review of "Pilate's Faith" by J. Alexander Greenwood.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Pilate’s Faith is a mystery novel written by J. Alexander Greenwood; it is the eighth book of the John Pilate Mysteries. In this thriller, John Pilate travels to Cross, Nebraska, to be with his wife Kate (and kids) and try and mend his broken marriage. Once there, he learns that crimes are happening again in the city. The sheriff, Jeremy Ryder, asks Pilate to help him get to the bottom of things, and a well-woven mystery unfolds.

I found several positive aspects to this entertaining read. Above all, it was a gripping and fun story that kept me hooked. Greenwood’s writing style is dynamic, and the book reads like a movie script. As the story begins, for instance, readers encounter the protagonist being held prisoner in a steel shipping container at a self-storage place in Key West. He had been drugged and kidnapped by a mysterious man nicknamed Mister Nice-Nice. But I cannot give away spoilers here!

The book’s strongest suit was Pilate’s lawed personality; I felt it was a focal point around which the plot unfolded. This aspect was what I liked the most. Pilate is a markedly neurotic character, albeit a likable one. He has anxiety attacks and hears an imaginary voice called Simon. His therapist, Sandberg, helps him cope.

Additionally, I was glad to see that one can enjoy the book without any knowledge of the previous installments of the series. I appreciated how the author used interludes and flashbacks to give readers a glimpse into Pilate’s troublesome past. It made me curious about the other books, although this one stands well on its own.

I also thought that Pilate and Kate’s issues were an interesting side plot. Readers learn that her first husband, the father of Pilate’s stepdaughter Kara, is dead. Also, Kate would very much enjoy raising her kids in her beloved Cross, but Pilate disagrees. On the other hand, Grant is a local professor on track to be dean, and his stability attracts Kate. I appreciated this backstory and its development.

In closing, I’m glad to give this enjoyable book the highest rating; I rate it 4 out of 4 stars. I found no negative aspect worth mentioning. Also, it seemed professionally edited, for I found no errors in it. I recommend it to those who enjoy mysteries and charismatic protagonists. Prospective readers should know that there’s a fair share of violence and strong language throughout the book. Therefore, I don’t believe it would be appropriate for a younger audience.

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Post by Venus2304 »

I feel like John Pilate wouldn't have had as much trouble as he's had in the book if he could just look away a bit but I guess that's what personal responsibleness takes away from you.
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Lovers of crime and mystery would enjoy this. Thank you for the review.
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Do not enjoy mysteries but great review nonetheless
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Post by Fareed Regal »

I like this genre and the book seems to have two distinct plots that both need to unravel. That is enough to attract most mystery lovers. Thanks for a great review!
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Post by Nwadinso Okoro »

This book delves into the life of a man who is trying to get back to his family. John Pilate is an intriguing character and I love the way the author explores him. The author's writing style is quite dynamic, and I would love to read the book. Thanks for your review.
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Post by Esther Schneider »

I do love mysteries and this book seems to be one that I would enjoy reading. It reminds me of the TV show Monk, Which I enjoy watching.
It was a very good review.
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