Tuesday, 7 September 2021

[Review] - Blue Man by John L. Moore

On my 40th birthday, I'm spending the afternoon writing this review for Blue Man (Available on Paperback and Kindle) by John L. Moore, the award-winning author of The Breaking of Ezra Riley. My reading schedule is tight for the next three months, so signing up to be part of a book blog tour wasn't part of my plan. Once I got a glimpse of the cover art, I became intrigued, read the synopsis, and joined the book tour.

About the Author 

John L. Moore is an award-winning novelist and journalist and a third-generation rancher in Montana. He's published seven novels, many nonfiction books, and over 2,000 articles, short stories, poems, columns, and reviews. Over the years, his works have won numerous awards, including a 2015 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western Fiction for his sixth novel - Looking for Lynne. For over 25 years, Moore has been active in spirit-led ministry, deliverance, and home churches. He has appeared in four documentaries because of his vast knowledge of the history of horses on the Northern Great Plains. He is a member of the Montana Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame.

About the Book

Ezra Riley is a hardened Montana cowboy who suddenly leaves his ranch to go on a jet en route to the White House. Why? Riley was blessed (and cursed) with a powerful gift of interpreting dreams. For eight nightmarish nights, the President of the United States has had a reoccurring and disturbing dream, and Ezra is the only man who can interpret it. Sounds simple enough, right?

Ezra quickly learns that things aren't always as they seem. The President's dream isn't just a dream. It's an attack orchestrated by an elderly CIA agent and his human experiment - Blue Man.

My Review

I was expecting Blue Man to be a contemporary western, but instead, I got a supernatural thriller with Christian themes. It's been nearly 24 hours since I read the last page, and I'm still trying to figure out my final thoughts on it.

I'm not 100% positive, but I might've read the first book in the series, The Breaking of Ezra Riley. I saw the original cover art for the 1994 paperback on Amazon, and I got a strong deja vu feeling. Plus, the name Ezra Riley sounds familiar.

In Blue Man, Ezra Riley represents the biblical figure, Daniel, while the President is the king. John L. Moore uses his gift of storytelling to give us an intriguing story full of government conspiracies, supernatural elements, and plenty of faith. The narration style is a mixture of Elmore Leonard and Frank Peretti, and it works wonders. I was glued to the book by the end of the prologue.

Overall, Blue Man is a fast-paced spiritual thriller that needs to be read from beginning to end in one sitting.

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