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Book of Days: A Novel Paperback – January 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 381 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books; Original edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433671514
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433671517
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James L. Rubart is a professional marketer, speaker, and writer. He serves on the board of the Northwest Christian Writers Association and lives with his wife and sons in Seattle, Washington.


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James L. Rubart is the best-selling and Christy award winning author of ROOMS, BOOK OF DAYS, THE CHAIR, SOUL'S GATE, and MEMORY'S DOOR. He's also a professional speaker and owner of Barefoot Marketing which helps businesses and authors make more coin of the realm.

In his free time he dirt bikes, hikes, golfs, takes photos, and occasionally does sleight of hand. No, he doesn't sleep much. He lives with his amazing wife and two sons in the Pacific Northwest and still thinks he's young enough to water ski like a madman. More at http://jameslrubart.com/ and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JamesLRubart

Customer Reviews

A book giving hope in a God that loves us so much.
Wendy L. DeVuyst
This book was so interesting, things just keep happening while he tried to find the book.
Edna Tollison
The descriptions in the book made you feel like you were a part of the book.
Denese

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Cara Putman VINE VOICE on December 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
Book of Days is a page-turner from James Rubart. With some authors it's hard to sustain the success of a first novel. But with this book, the author has exceeded the skill he showed with his debut release.

Cameron Vaux's losing his mind. Each day it feels like his memories are slipping farther and farther away. In a desperate effort to restore them and avoid the end his father faced, he makes a desperate bid to find the Book of Days, a mysterious volume that both his father and his wife made him promise to find before they died. The search takes him to a small town in Oregon that is filled with secrets and hidden agendas. If his plight weren't so desperate, it would be easy to give up but he can't.

He is helped on his search by his reluctant friend Ann Bannister, who has her own reasons for being in town. And her presence adds a touch of romance to the book.

The plot hurtles through twists just like a rock climber who's slipped in their climb. The result is a book that I thoroughly enjoyed and couldn't put down. One aspect that I loved the most is that I did not identify the person behind the suspense thread. In many books lately, I've been able to do that, so it was a welcome relief to have a book that surprised me at the end. This book is perfect for those who like suspense with a twist. This time that twist is what if people thought the book of days really existed...here on earth?
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By K. L. Haschke on December 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
I recently had the opportunity to review Book of Days, James Rubart's upcoming novel. The book draws from Mr. Rubart's personal experience as his father, who passed away during the writing, dealt with Alzheimer's disease.

About the book:

Cameron Vaux's mind is slipping. Memories of his wife, killed two years earlier, are vanishing, just as his dying father said they would. So Cameron goes on a quest to find "the book with all the days in it" that both his father and his wife had mentioned to him. He enlists the help of his late wife Jessie's best friend, Ann, an investigative reporter who believes the book is a farce, but in spite of herself is drawn into the search. It quickly becomes apparent that others with evil motivations are also searching for this mysterious book, and are even willing to kill for it.

My thoughts:

I wanted to like this book. I enjoyed the writing and felt that the characters were well-developed and believable. But the plot? Not so much. It did keep my attention with many twists and turns...I can see that Mr. Rubart doesn't write the type of mystery that you have figured out after reading the first couple of chapters. But the entire premise was just, well, strange. An actual mysterious "book" written by God with all the days of our lives written in it? Maybe so, but not where we can physically locate it. I appreciated the point Mr. Rubart was trying to make...that God does "keep all our days"...but I just didn't enjoy the plotline he used to attempt to communicate that. Still, I felt that the book was well-written and the characters were likable. I wouldn't mind reading more by Mr. Rubart in the future.

Book of Days releases January 1, 2011.

Julie Gwinn at B&H Publishing provided my advance copy, but all opinions are my own.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ane Mulligan on December 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
Wow! Fast paced and well-crafted, I couldn't put this thriller down. I love it when I find an allegorical thread woven beneath the surface of an exciting book. Like Rooms, Book of Days robbed me of a night's sleep. James Rubart is a Master Storyteller. Novel Journey and I highly recommend Book of Days--it's a 5 star read!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nawora on February 6, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I wanted to like this book. I really did. I just couldn't. It was so slow paced, so drug out, so religious. Thirteen chapters in and there was still nothing going on. The main character, Cameron, lost his father, who suffered from alzheimer's (or dementia). One of his father's last wishes is for Cameron to find the "Book of Days" because it will answer "everything". Flash ahead a few years and Cameron's wife has died as well and like his father, he too is losing his memory. In a series of never ending flashbacks we learn that she too knows about the Book. Based of those two people, Cameron goes on a long, winding quest to find this elusive book; which is reported to hold every moment, past and future, of every person in the world.

I'll be honest, I'm not a religious person, so the constant "God loves you so much", and "God believes in you" began turning me off early on. A good story line can usually make up for an overly religious book, but this just didn't have one. Cameron returns to a town he lived in as a child, where he meets a group of cryptic people, all either looking for, or hiding information about this "Book". His ex, who still harbors feelings, joins up with him, and oddly enough, she too has ties to the same town.

The book follows a pretty predictable path. Small town harboring secrets. A religious leader with dark overtones. Intruders throwing up obstacles. More flashbacks about God and His love. A menagerie of characters, all looking for the Book for their own purposes. This book deals a lot with things coming cirlce, forgiveness, everything being God's plan. Unfortunately it all comes off as cliche. The ending, which is supposed to be a revelation, comes off as a long drawn dissapointment.

I love books that grab me right away, that I can't put down until I've finished; this book was one of the few I've had to force myself to the end.
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