3 out of 4 stars
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Home Street by David Grant is a modern day Christmas story centered around the main character, Paul. Paul is on a path of destruction that leads him to a near-death experience. During this experience, Paul is immersed in his past. He relives the events that shaped his life and molded him into the man he is today. From childhood to adulthood, he has the opportunity to reevaluate life choices, remember old hopes and dreams and reassess future plans. He faces the dangers of “what ifs” and has to be very careful not to interrupt life-changing events. Paul must learn what really matters in life and how to be accountable for his own actions. What he decides could be the difference between life and death.
Home Street is an action-packed novel that keeps you on the edge of your seat. This quick-read is fast-paced and dynamic. The author uses incredible imagery to accentuate an amazing storyline. As Paul relives his past, he is racing against the clock to figure out the significance of each memory. If he is unable to achieve this, he will be trapped reliving this memory forever. Some memories, such as reminiscing about his first love, wouldn’t be so bad to be trapped in. Others, on the other hand, such as reliving his tour in Iraq, would be a nightmare.
I rated the book 3 out of 4 stars. As earlier stated, the author used such descriptive imagery, that you felt Paul’s pain, fear, happiness etc. Though Paul would constantly sabotage his happiness, you found yourself rooting for him to succeed and not give up. The other characters were also well-developed and believable. I found this book to be witty, humorous, exciting and enthralling. I would definitely rate this book as one of the best I’ve ever read. The ending also wrapped everything up with a nice bow, leaving no questions unanswered.
The one and only thing that kept me from giving this book a perfect 4 stars was the number of typos. In no way did it take away from the story for me, but there were over 10 typos. Mostly, the author just skipped a word here and there such as stating, “I was child,” instead of “I was a child” (page 11).
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Though there were many typos, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good action/ adventure. There is a large amount of profanity used in this book, so anyone sensitive to such language, may not be able to get past it.
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