FCB: When you reach heaven, other than Jesus, what Biblical character are you most looking forward to meeting and why?
Matthew: I would love to meet Hezekiah, King of Judah. 2 Kings ch. 18 tells that there was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after. It would have been a very tough time to have been King considering Israel was already exiled and Judah was certainly on its way. I have always been very impressed with how strong he was and how devoted he was to trying to save the remnant of the Lord’s chosen under such extreme durress.
FCB: What would be the first question you would like to ask him?
Matthew: I would want to ask questions like "What on earth were you people doing to get yourselves in such a mess?" However after seeing what we are doing in the U.S. to screw up such a great thing I can now understand what happened to them. I think I would like to ask about the pressures of changing the status quo of such a high profile position. I mean he was basically the only King save David himself to truly love the Lord. How hard must that have been considering everyone worshipped other gods? I would also love to know how good he was at playing politics. Many Kings died before their time simply because some underling murdered them. He must have been very good at picking his staff in order to stay alive as long as he did.
FCB: When you were a little boy what did you want to be when you grew up?
Matthew: When I was young I wanted to be a lot of different things. I mostly wanted to be a super hero which I think I still want to be today. Behind that were astronaut, fireman, and detective. As it turned out I became a financial manager and an author. Who knew?
FCB: You’re a new dad, what has been the biggest challenge for you?
Matthew: Aside from being able to sleep, the biggest challenge has been trying to find what activities I can keep doing and what activities I cannot. I love to play basketball and am involved in a church league that plays twice a week. I also take Taekwan-do lessons that are twice a week. We used to have a game night once a week, etc. Mainly I love to find time to write, but these types of things come to a screeching halt with a little one, and it is a grand struggle to figure out those I can continue with and those I cannot. On a side note I feel very blessed to think that this is one of my bigger struggles. My wife has been amazing through the whole thing and Ella, our little girl, is so lovely. What a great blessing!
FCB: We see a lot of advice out there for writers, but what advice would you give someone like me, who enjoys reading and writing reviews on a book? What makes a good review?
Matthew: What makes a good review is when you tell everyone how good a book is and help the author become rich and famous overnight. Just kidding. Truly, and aside from being properly written, honesty is the true mark of a good review. If the book doesn’t stand the test than its the reviewer’s responsibility to let the public know. Its a very changing market out there. Reviews on websites like amazon and B&N have turned the market upside down, but its horribly disappointing to come across some reviewer who says whatever to better their own interests. However, a good reviewer is like having a good doctor. You stick with them on almost any product whether its a book or a review of a restaurant because that honesty carries through.
Thanks so much for sharing a little bit about yourself and I know you are enjoying your little girl. If you want to learn more about Matthew please check out his website: http://matthewrhorn.com/
Review Summary: I found the storyline very interesting and unique. The premise is a dark hero that fights crime on the streets of Chicago. One night the dark hero saves a young boy who several years later will enter his life again to save his life. I felt the main characters were good. Jeff a young boy abandoned by all of his family and left in an orphanage. When he was rescued by the dark hero for the first time in his life he felt he was worth something. From that day forward he set out to make something of his life. When he encounters the dark hero outside his apartment many years later he feels compelled to rescue him. The friendship that develops from this encounter is what propels our story forward.
Jeff attends a small church near his apartment, but he stays to himself and seems to think little about God for most of the story. This book is not overtly Christian in its message. And would probably not “turn off” someone who is not a Christian.
Digging a little Deeper: This story was enjoyable to read because it was so different than anything I’ve read before. The idea of a hero who is dealing with the criminals that the police can’t seem to deal with and putting them out of commission. I’m sure there are many who wish we had more of these heroes in our world.
I really enjoyed Jeff. As a mom I felt bad for him being abandoned by the people should have loved him. I enjoyed watching him work through his feelings regarding what he was learning about Jim and himself. At times I found the character, Brooke a tad annoying, but I think that’s because girls like her are just annoying to me. However, It took a Brooke personality to draw Jeff out of his shell. She was truly a good fit for him. Jim probably bothered me the most, in that he used deception and manipulation to get what he wanted.
This story reminded me that we all can start out with pure motives, but if we don’t guard ourselves those motives can become twisted and self-serving. It also hit me hard the importance of reminding people that they have value. Jeff was thrown away as a child and had no self-worth. I felt the greatest part of this story is how the author ended it and I love the fact that this is the first in a series of stories about the Good Fight. I look forward to see what happens with Jeff.
Who would like this book? If you enjoy an adventure that is a little on the dark side. The author does describe several fights that are a little bloody but not to the point of being offensive.
The Give Away: Matthew has been gracious enough to offer a copy of this book. Please leave a comment, with your name, the state you are from and your favorite super hero. I’ll choose a winner on March 12 at 9:00 PM. Mine, of course, is Wonder Woman!
Disclaimer: I did receive this copy from the author but was under no obligation other than to give my opinion.