A Story of Scorpions
Reverend Alson Pierce's life is destroyed by the brutal murders of his wife and son. Everything he's loved most dearly is taken from him, and he is left alone with nothing but his damaged faith in God. Upholding the Gospel's commandment to "love your enemies, " Reverend Pierce requests entry into a maximum security prison to serve his nemesis, Alex Leonard, in a true Christian sense. When the prison authorities question his intentions and deny him access, the media gets involved and the minister's wish is granted: He and the murderer are brought together within the prison walls. A documentary filmmaker is granted permission to record this miracle of forgiveness. Reverend Pierce is lauded as a saint. What the public doesn't know is Pierce's intention to shoot the murderer dead. What the reader doesn't know is whether Pierce will fulfill his desire or not.
In convicted murderer Alex Leonard, Gabriel Everett has created one of the most menacing and enigmatic villains in recent memory. He is violent, racist, remorseless. The bondage and psychological abuse Pierce and his family suffered in their home continues in the prison, even though Leonard's hands and feet are bound in his jail cell. Meanwhile, Pierce battles his own demons and questions the righteousness of God. A Story of Scorpions addresses issues of vengeance and forgiveness, redemption and damnation. It is a profoundly affecting story which touches those fears most thrillers leave untouched.
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A story of scorpions: a novelUser Review - Book Verdict
This debut novel has an irresistible premise: Reverend Pierce, a young minister whose wife and son were savagely murdered, asks that prison authorities allow him to meet with the incarcerated killer, Alex Leonard, so that he may fulfill the Christian edict to love his enemy. At first, the reverend's request is turned down, but when the media get wind of his plight, public outcry persuades prison authorities to relent. What no one knows is that the Communion box Pierce subsequently carries with him on each prison visit contains a false panel, behind which he plans to secrete a handgun. Although Pierce is a fascinating character study and readers will be compelled to stick with his story until the bitter end, the novel has its share of problems. First and foremost, it remains a classic vigilante revenge novel (read: schlock) despite author Everett's fine writing and careful plotting. Next, Leonard is so repulsive and arrogant that readers will have no choice but to salivate for his death, which renders the reverend's moralistic hand-wringing useless. Despite its flaws, however, this is an intriguing and very different novel that should do well in popular collections.--Mark Annichiarico, "Library Journal"
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I got this book free at a thrift store and to be honest I wouldnt have picked it up if it wasnt for the title. Im happy I did, though. I thought it was easy to ready and had a lot of twists. I just ... Read full review