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Book Review: Gods and Fathers by James LePore


Matt DeMarco's relationship with his son, Michael, has been strained since his divorce from Michael's mother many years before. But when Michael is accused of murdering his girlfriend, Matt comes to his defense. He is fairly certain his son is not a murderer, but the attorney assigned to the case doesn't seem to be digging deep enough. So Matt takes it upon himself to uncover the truth.

In Gods and Fathers by James LePore, we see a father who is willing to do just about anything to save his son. There's plenty of action and suspense throughout the story, from beginning to end. The mystery around what really happened to Micheal's girlfriend, and what role Michael, his friends, his step father and even Matt himself played, keeps the pages turning. There's a whole international espionage aspect of the story, with characters who have ties to Syria, the CIA and other governments, as well as the NYPD. I have to admit some of this was a bit too complex for me to completely follow. But it certainly feels timely as I've seen Syria in the news quite a bit lately.

I also enjoyed how LePore delved into several of Matt's relationships. First there's the relationship between Matt and Michael, which is very strained at the beginning. Then there's his evolving relationship with another lawyer, Jade. And he also explores Matt's changing relationships with his friends on the police force and the DA, with whom he works.

The only issue I had with the book is the overt references to everyone's ethnicity. Each character is explicitly described as the Syrian, the Native American, the Dutchman, the Cantonese-American, etc. I understand wanting to describe characters so the reader can picture them, but I felt like this was a little jarring to me since the references were made so many times.

Overall, I did enjoy the book. It's a compelling thriller that had just enough twists and turns to keep me guessing through to the end.

My Rating: 3.5/5

Read my review of Blood of My Brother by James LePore

This review was written based on a copy of Gods and Fathers that I received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Comments

  1. I'm glad I am not the only one who got a bit "lost" in the details. I didn't notice the racial references so much and overall, found it to be a compelling read. Good review Julie! Mine will be posted on the 26th. Hope you will stop by. :)

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