I feel bad rating this 1 star, I usually save that for books I truly hate, but this book was not good enough for a 2 star. I read it because Michael Connelly, whose books I love, gave kudos to this book. Mid way through I found myself going "what? Characters seemed to be thrown into the story haphazardly.
Jacob is a minister, which is a fun twist to crime solver, but a couple times the book did get a little preachy, though I didn't find religion to be too much in the book. I found it odd that the love of Jacob's life is forbidden because she is married, but her husband never made an appearance in the book- including when she was in the hospital. People seemed to be normal one second and suddenly over the top insane the next. I had downloaded several of these books on Kindle, and unfortunately, this will be the last one I read.
Oh, and for those who can't stand poor editing, this is not the book for you. By the time I was tired of the story, there began to be typos and missing words- just another reason I can't give it 2 stars. May 05, L. Magne rated it did not like it. Writer needs an editor Every woman in this book is beautiful or more beautiful. In a one-horse town, and in a penitentiary. Horny chaplain, super horny writer. Who badly needs an editor to cut down on the lengthy inappropriate metaphors.
And extensive descriptions of alcoholism and how it destroys lives. The chaplain is in recovery, the ex-father in law is still in it, etc. Makes for much cumbersome reading. Show, don't tell. A lot of telling, not so much showing. Well, I got this book for free, a Writer needs an editor Every woman in this book is beautiful or more beautiful. Well, I got this book for free, and I got what I paid for. Jun 20, Lyle Nicholson rated it liked it.
This book started off well, then all of sudden I was going "what happened to the plot? There's an ex-brother-in-law, that he has tension with, then somehow, they're getting along. There's a woman he's infatuated with that disappears and then the main antagonist is hardly developed. I see that Lister has more books, and this was a revision. I'm wondering if he shouldn't have rewritten this book completely? His writing is good, his descript This book started off well, then all of sudden I was going "what happened to the plot?
His writing is good, his descriptions and scenes are excellent, however, the character details Michael Lister is a chaplain with the Florida Dept. He spins a didquieting story about corruption, sexual activity, drug dealing and violence inside a Florida prison. John Jordan was a former cop who had a calling to the ministry.
He's assigned as chaplain at Porter Correctional facility. In the opening scene, Jordan witnesses a prisoner being killed. It appears that the prisoner was hiding in a garbage bag, attempting to escape. Superintendent Edward Stone considers Jordan's law background and good relationship with the prinsoners and orders him to help in the investigation along with Tom Daniels, the IG. Daniels is an arrogant and condescending official who desplays dislike for Jordan and his meddling.
Chaplain Jordan treats the prisoners farely and is able to get information about one prison official who works on the late shift. This man sees the prison as his own domain and treats prisoners and their wives with contempt. While the investigation is under way, we learn of the personal side of the minister as he discusses his alcoholic past and his failed marriage.
He seems to have put this behind him as he begins dating a young woman from town. When complications arise and Jordan is falsely accused of certain crimes, the story becomes a testament to his faith. As in the Biblical story of Job, the pain and suffering that this good man endures, almost makes him despair, but his inner strength and faith, saves him. This is a story of a man overcoming his past and attempting to improve the life of others It deserves a wide audience. The author does a good job of using his background in corrections to create a realistic and enjoyable story.
Jun 17, David Huelsmann rated it liked it. There was good character development but some poor editing. John the prison Chaplin was asked to investigate a murder that occurred in the prison. This is an unlikely scenario at best. There were a lot of twists and turns and John didn't share his findings with the superintendent nor with the chief investigator for the prison system - John's former father-in-law. Several instances of relatives to various players popping unexpectedly during John's investigat I have mixed feelings about this book.
Several instances of relatives to various players popping unexpectedly during John's investigation. Sep 21, Gregg Show rated it did not like it. Bizarre and pretty bigoted. First, from the get go, everyone is described by their color except for the white people. I find that strange. I am a white person. Second, all those black people are illiterate. I just don't think I want to read a pastor-related book like this one again. Sep 06, Zane rated it it was amazing. Aug 28, Norma rated it really liked it Shelves: thriller , audio , , reviewed.
Format : audiobook "You come to cast me out, holy man? The plot becomes convoluted, veering away into crazy chaos in an attempt to prevent the reader solving the who-dun-it puzzle before the big reveal. However, the characterisation of the main protagonist, prison chaplain John Jordan, was excellent. The narration of this book was excellent. Jason Betz reads in a slightly downbeat fashio Format : audiobook "You come to cast me out, holy man? Jason Betz reads in a slightly downbeat fashion which suits the character of Jordan who has to deal with his own inner turmoils. There is little differentiation in the voicings of the various protagonists - this is far more an intelligent reading than a performance - but this doesn't matter as each personality is still distinctive.
A good series start with a powerful central character with a somewhat different perspective to most investigative stories. Definite flaws here, but I personally enjoyed the book and look forward to the next. Jul 03, April Weeks rated it it was amazing. John Jordan is a prison preacher with a ruff past of alcohaulism and a failed marrige.
He is starting his first day as preacher for Potter correctional institution. As he is waiting to be cleard by the gate and enter the prison he watches as a prison guard checks the trash by thrashing it with a metal pole. I enjoyed this book alot, it is the f John Jordan is a prison preacher with a ruff past of alcohaulism and a failed marrige.
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I enjoyed this book alot, it is the first book he ever wrote and i highly reccoemnd it to anyone looking for a great investigative book. It keeps you on the edge of your toes thruout. The writting style is very good, awesome detail that allows you to picture everything in your head.
Sep 23, Linda Ellis rated it liked it. Written in the first person. John Jordan - ex-cop, ex-husband, ex-drunk, and now a prison chaplain. I was surprised to find Jordan is only 27, which seems a little young for the background he is given. The writing is graphic, portraying very clearly the grim realities of the prison population, and the equally grim life of Jordan.
This was one of the problems for me. It is all too grim. There are no individuals that I felt drawn to, or even care greatly about. The other problem was the plethora o Written in the first person. The other problem was the plethora of characters - I just could not keep track of them. Even right at the end of the book, one name is mentioned and I thought "who the blazes is that?
Mar 26, Patricia rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery-american. John Jordan is the chaplain at a correction facility but he is drawn into an investigation after an inmate is found murdered. The investigation is headed by his ex father-in-law and there is no love lost between them. Drugs, sex, money, brutality -- it's all there. John is a recovering alcoholic who struggles daily with his sobriety and other personal issues: divorced, alienated from his mother, a strained relationship with his brother.
In his role as chaplain he effectively incorpo John Jordan is the chaplain at a correction facility but he is drawn into an investigation after an inmate is found murdered. In his role as chaplain he effectively incorporates the words from hymns, the Bible and personal insights in his sermons. No sex Lots of non graphic violence I recently downloaded the 20th Anniversary publication and wow, I loved it.
The action starts on page one and it gripped me right through to the end. A mix of characters, both good and bad. A few murders and some great twists kept me turning the pages. Well done Michael Lister! Apr 04, Don Gorman rated it really liked it. A good taut story, a great protagonist and almost non stop action. We really just focus on John Johnson, as Lister pulls this off with a very minimal supporting cast. Yes, we have a bad guy, many victims along the way, a dysfunctional family situation and a moderate love interest, but they are barely scenery here as Johnson and the story drive the train.
I will be interested to read another one or two of this series. Good stuff, pretty hard to put down. Mar 02, Cheryl rated it it was amazing.
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Well this was a VERY different sort of murder mystery novel with a refreshing change from standard fare Set in Prison with the protagonist being a former cop turned chaplain, the story held me from the first page to the last, being my quickest read of the year so far. I think one of the greatest positives from the novel, apart from complex characters with an interesting plot, is that it wasn't all that "preachy" considering it's main character had a religious backg Well this was a VERY different sort of murder mystery novel with a refreshing change from standard fare I think one of the greatest positives from the novel, apart from complex characters with an interesting plot, is that it wasn't all that "preachy" considering it's main character had a religious background.
I love books that are extremely well written with a smooth pace. I enjoyed this book so much I have now downloaded the next 2 books in the series. Dec 18, Susan rated it liked it. John Jordan is the prison chaplain at Potter Correctional Institution where one day he witnesses the death of an inmate, Ike Johnson. Because of his previous experience as a police officer he is instructed to investiagte in an unofficial capacity. But this is not the last death. And what is reeally happening withing the prison. A enjoyable and decent start to the series, probably more of a 3.
Hopefully the religious content will just be a background aspect of the stories. Dec 05, Jerry Walch rated it really liked it. Michael Lister has written a good story with Power in the Blood. The plotting is tight with excellent description and believable dialogue. I enjoy it but it's not a book I will ever read again.
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Perhaps if I had known that it was similar to the Father Brown mysteries I would never had started reading it in the first place. I'm really into the fast paced, page turning blood and guts filled mysteries. Still, it's a good read. It looks to be the beginning of an enjoyable mystery series that I look forward to reading. Nov 24, Cindy Young-Johnson rated it it was amazing. Interesting and Different This is a quick read.
Having the action in a small, northern Florida prison gives the narrative an interesting angle.
Making the narrator the prison chaplain is even more unique. There are words in here polite people may not use, but they add to the atmosphere and authenticity of the book. If you are a fan of mysteries and thrillers, as I am, I think you will find something interesting in Power in the Blood. Feb 13, Barbara rated it it was amazing Shelves: finished-reading. I found the main character to be fascinating. This was the first book in the John Jordan Mysteries; and the first book by Michael Lister It was slightly edited and rewritten for its twentieth anniversary of publishing.
Book has a forward by Michael Connelly, and other notes about the author and the editing. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About Michael Lister.
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Michael Lister. New York Times bestselling and award-winning novelist Michael Lister is a native Floridian best known for his literary suspense thrillers as well as his two ongoing mystery series, the prison chaplain John Jordan "Blood" series and the hard-boiled, s noir Jimmy "Soldier" Riley Series, and the post-apocalypic suspense thriller Cataclysmos. Visit www. Truly a regional writer, North Florida is his beat. PA 2 episodes, Ben Dilloway James Benson 2 episodes, Jordan Long Jerry Clarke 2 episodes, Stephen Lord Raymond Keane 2 episodes, Jim English William Gardner 2 episodes, Ray Fearon David Kumalah 2 episodes, Gary Oliver John Gulliver 2 episodes, Mark Frost Samuel Armstrong 2 episodes, Alistair Petrie Charles Matherson 2 episodes, Steve Nicolson Eva 2 episodes, Bart Suavek Adam Jannsen 2 episodes, Luke Mullins Alex Graham 2 episodes, Alec Utgoff Roman 2 episodes, Ace Ruele Armah 2 episodes, Michael Wildman Lisa Douglas 2 episodes, Yumiko Hanasaka Susan Shimizu 2 episodes, Glenn Webster Edit Storyline Six years after a sinister drugs trial in India goes horribly wrong, a young teacher is found dead.
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