- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 20, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0718099397
- ISBN-13: 978-0718099398
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 102 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Man He Never Was is exactly like that. You have the main character Toren Daniels who mysteriously wakes up in a hotel room with no recollection of why he is there. He believed he went bed beside his wife in his own home, but that is not what has happened, nor will he like what he is about to discover. Eight months of his life have completely vanished without a trace. He has no memory other than the rage he used to have to contend with is no longer present in his life, leaving his with a calming peace in places where only there used to be burning rage and anger. His only clue is a mysterious package that arrives, telling him that the anger that has robbed him not only of his chance with the NFL but also with his family.
He vaguely remembers that anger as it seems that he is looking outside of the former person he was and all he knows from those he talks with is he apparently wrote a suicide note, and vanished into thin air, leaving people to believe he followed through on his threat. Even his wife and children have moved on and his wife is now in love with someone else. Through vague recollections and pieces of what might have occurred he struggles to get back what he has lost, without losing himself to the former man he was. Using the examples of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, along with the Hulk, Toren believes he may have been experimented on, giving some kind of mind altering drink but as he feels that peace and contentment slipping away, he knows he is running out of time and the dark beast within is threatening to become unleashed again.
I received The Man He Never Was by James L. Rubart compliments of TLC Book Tours and Thomas Nelson Publishers. There are so many spins in this novel that unless you are familiar with James' work you might just get lost before you settle in and wait for the outcome. Most often than we'd like to admit, there is a bit of darkness in all of us. Some can make peace with it while keeping it under control and there are others that allow it to dominate the person they become and in the process are lost like children who can't find their way home. "Henry Jekyll says that he and every other man and woman is not truly one, but truly two, and he sees the human soul as the ultimate battleground of our lives - one part of us an angel and the other a demon, both struggling for mastery and destruction of the other." You'll have to see what you get from this when you finish, but for me, another well done masterpiece. There is even a reader's discussion guide included which would make this a great novel for book clubs. For me, another well deserved 5 out of 5 stars.
Inspired by the classic tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, "The Man He Never Was" is a truly fascinating read unlike anything I've read before. Rubart has crafted together a remarkable character in Toren, one who you will find yourself relating to as he struggles with the darkest corners of his soul. You certainly won't like all parts of him as you get to know who he has been and the things he has done. But Rubart does a marvelous job at using the medium of fiction to showcase the struggle Paul talks about in Romans 7, where he talks about the battle within each of us, where we do the things we don't want to do, that "although I want to do good, evil is right there with me". We can all struggle to understand how we've been made into a new creature in Christ, and the spiritual battle raging around us, and Rubart has penned a story that will bring the truths of scripture to light in a manner that will stay with you for some time. He has woven in twists and turns throughout that will keep you glued to this clever plot until you arrive at the final conclusion, likely deep in thought as I was!
James L. Rubart has once again written a novel that will inspire his readers to search the depths of their own soul and contemplate their journey with God. I strongly recommend this intriguing novel and award it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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