I purchased an eBook copy of this Novel from the Canadian Amazon site as a read and review request for an online book club. The Adventures of John Paul Chavalier is a work of fiction.
The focus of the book is an evil coin. The author rests everything important on the coin itself and the struggle it creates. Even the cover art is a depiction of the coin. The idea itself is quite brilliant.
The plot is a creative look at the struggle between good and evil that manifests within each of us. The coin is the object that brings that manifestation to light. I found myself asking moral questions of my inner self. – If I could wish for anything and have it granted what would it be? – Is it evil to wish for something that makes the world ultimately better? – Is it wrong to sacrifice the few for the sake of the many? Lee’s writing questions the lines that are drawn and in some cases redefines those boundaries that have been set by society as the norm. These parts of the novel are worth a 5 star rating. I give a round of applause to Lee for his ability with words to bring out these deep thoughts for his audience to ponder.
The strict focus on the coin leaves little to the other details in the book. While I understand the importance of the attention being centered on the golden piece, I would have liked to have seen a bit more detail put into the surroundings and character appearance. I found it hard to visualize the scenes in my mind.
The ending opens up the possibility for a sequel. As a reader I was left to speculate that there are perhaps more coins other than the one in this Novel. This is however, at best just a guess. I would have preferred to have seen a better explanation for the events leading up to the ending.
The dialogue I would suggest tightening up a little bit. There is a bit of repetitiveness which could have been eliminated. There are also a few areas that are a bit dry reminding me of the ending of ‘The Waltons’ television show.
From a realistic point of view, this is a believable story. I do think it could happen. Assuming the belief in the supernatural, the only thing I found a bit far fetch was the ease with which characters fall in and out and in love again.
Overall this is an enjoyable read for the open-minded. I look forward to reading the sequel.
Rating 3.5/5 Rounds up to 4 for star purposes.