“POETIC JUSTICE,” BY RAY FLOYD
PUBLICATION: PARTRIDGEAFRICA; REPRINT EDITION; DECEMBER 30, 2015
Synopsis: Brad Peterson is a highly trained Special Forces operative. With less than a month of military service left, he is looking forward to a bright future in the civilian sector. His last mission in Afghanistan goes horribly wrong, leaving him injured and his best friend dead. Back in the United States and recuperating from his injuries, he receives the astonishing news that he has inherited a multibillion-dollar fortune from a long-lost family member. Free at last from the army, he heads to Las Vegas with unlimited funds at his disposal. He immerses himself in gambling, alcohol, and women in an effort to erase the guilt he feels over his best friend’s death. Only after he finds himself in jail following a bar fight does he see the light. Using his newfound wealth, he creates the Peterson Foundation. Aided by an ex-Special Forces team, the foundation takes on an evil warlord in Africa as well as Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. With his life hanging in the balance, Brad seeks redemption in the war-torn Dark Continent.
“Poetic Justice” was an interesting read from the perspective of Army Ranger Brad Peterson. After losing his best friend at the end of their tour, Brad discovers that an uncle he did not know about has passed away and left him $16 billion from his oil fortune. After investing and sharing with friends and family, Brad takes off to live the good life in Vegas. After drinking, gambling, and being scammed by money-hungry women, Brad finally ends up in jail. Fortunately, he begins to see how he is wasting his life and newfound wealth, leading him to create and staff the Peterson Foundation to battle crime and war in Africa. Working with his family to help those in this terrible situation, he begins to understand the good that can be done with his money, and meets a woman that he can trust.
I enjoyed and appreciated the fact that this novel touched on several different themes such as war, guilt over someone’s death, trusting people, and using our blessings for good. A letter from Brad’s uncle asked him to live life to the fullest, which Brad originally translated as a green light to blow money, party hard and be frivolous. He did do several generous things with his money, but quickly learned how easy it was to be taken advantage of. Once he and his family established the foundation and begin working together for the greater good, Brad was able to understand living life to it’s fullest and know how it felt to selflessly help others.
This novel moved at a good pace and held my interest for the most part, although I must admit once they were in Africa, I was getting lost and bored with some of the military and weapons talk. That’s not meant to be negative, but I thought to myself a few times, “this is such a man’s book, lol.” There were also times where I felt the book was almost too easy and simple to read, with very simple sentences and very simple dialogue. It was still very interesting and the author did a wonderful job depicting the development and growth of Brad from sad, bitter and guilty to someone with selfless goals and the desire to help others. This is definitely a novel that could be developed into an ongoing series following the Peterson Foundation and how they are helping others.
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*Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.