4 out of 5 stars
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Michael David Szillat wrote the novel They Labor in Vain. Greg was a guy who had unexpectedly reached rock bottom in his life. This story follows Greg as he picks up the pieces of his life while still attempting to make sense of why God allowed this to happen, from heartbreak to financial losses and much more heartbreak.
Throughout the novel, I felt a wide range of emotions. The author was able to make the novel relatable by referencing real-life examples while still keeping the fiction entertaining. Despite the fact that Greg led a really dull life, I loved reading about it. I was always curious about his next move because he made some awful mistakes on occasion, which is usual even among people in the real world.
Greg is an interesting character. When he discovered that he was being falsely accused of embezzlement at his workplace, he decided to conduct his own investigations. He kept his cool during this time, and I admire him for it. Greg was portrayed as a smart guy, and the author maintained that trait throughout the story. There were no discrepancies in the account regarding that well-organized quality, and I liked that. The narrative became even more intriguing as Greg tried to figure out how far this conspiracy extended. Unraveling the mystery was what kept me reading the novel. I made some educated guesses and was thrilled whenever the tale played out the way I predicted. That was a lot of fun.
There were some aspects of this novel that I did not enjoy. To begin, this was a Christian work, thus there were some Christian themes. This wasn't the issue; it was how it was done. Everyone around Greg seemed to be pushing Christianity down his neck. I believe the characters may have had a greater impact if they had been more subtle in their approach. Another issue I had was with the book's editing. I discovered a few literary problems, notably a lack of proper spacing whenever there was a transition in scenery. This influenced my reading since, in the absence of the correct spacing, I assumed it was the same scene and attempted to blend the subjects of discussion, ultimately resulting in annoying confusion. In addition, the paragraphs were indented inconsistently throughout the novel. That appeared to be the consequence of careless editing.
In conclusion, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It excelled as a mystery novel but struggled in the religious aspect, which the author clearly sought to achieve as well. I give it four out of five stars. Because of the flaws I mentioned above, I deducted one point from its perfect rating. This book would appeal to anyone who appreciates mystery stories and is also Christian.
They Labor in Vain
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