Monday, November 9, 2020

BURDEN OF PROOF by Davis Bunn, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney and Paula Shreckhise

"My friend said the difference between making the right moves now and making more wrong moves like before was that I had to seek the eternal perspective."

What if? What if we had the ability to travel behind ourselves in order to live out second chances? That was the choice that Ethan Barrett faced as he approached eternity for the first time. Taking the word of his estranged sister-in-law, he allows Sonya to terminate his present life so that he can attempt to exonerate himself from past mistakes and attempt to save the life of another. Ethan was going to become an older, wiser version of himself encased within a younger man again. Who would believe him? And could he possibly gather the burden of proof necessary to stop a murderer?

Honestly, this was a very difficult book to rate. Due to the subject matter, it took some time to understand the nuances of futuristic biological possibilities, but once the story took off, it was actually quite hard to put down. Even knowing how the book was sure to end didn't prevent me from wishing things could have been different, so that fact in and of itself cast a shadow of solemnity over the entire plot. The core of the story was definitely impactful; having an eternal perspective is the only way to face the certainty of eternity with confidence, but the author missed a wonderful opportunity to share "the way, the truth, and the life".

It will be interesting to see how other readers gauge this interesting story written by an author who continually embraces the challenge of writing in various genres, and does it well. 
*I received a copy of this book from Baker Publishing through Interviews and Reviews. The opinions stated above are entirely my own. 3.5 stars

“For the first time since he had received the news, his fear of death was balanced with the power of choice.”

Burden Of Proof is a unique story in a unique time frame. From the blurb on the cover, I was not expecting this plot. It is well executed and kept me turning pages but I thought something was missing. I kept waiting for a concrete faith message. I can see several places that this could happen. That said, it was a great story. I kept wondering what the final outcome would be on several levels. The main protagonist did do a turn around and acted selflessly. The message became clear that one should think of others, especially family, before considering certain life choices. The author used surfing as an example of how life works. The description of Ethan paddling out and riding the waves was fascinating.

I have not read a Davis Bunn novel in a few years. I’m glad I chose to read this one.
*A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Revell through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
I give this 4 stars and it is a clean read. 
BackCover Blurb:
 Three weeks after his twenty-third birthday, Ethan missed the chance to save his brother's life when he was murdered on the steps of the courthouse in Jacksonville, Florida. Ever since that fateful day, Ethan has sensed a deep disconnect between the man he should have been and the one he has become. His days play out a beat too slow, his mind replaying the scene of his failure again and again.

But when his brother's widow appears, asking for his help in uncovering what was really behind his brother's death, Ethan is stunned to hear that she and her late husband were involved in a much larger case than he knew--one that threatens the global power structure. As Ethan joins the search for answers, he will enter into his own past--and discover a means of redeeming his future.

Bestselling and award-winning author Davis Bunn invites you into a world of intrigue as a man held captive by his failure learns how to move forward with hope.
Revell Publishing, November 2020
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