The Good Fight–Matthew R. Horn Interview and Give Away

The Interview:

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.

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12 Responses to The Good Fight–Matthew R. Horn Interview and Give Away

  1. Linda says:

    We’ve had a group of young men called ___________ Angels that used to work the streets of Mpls, helping to stop crime. (can’t remember their first title). So I can see this dark hero in The Good Fight.

    I’m from MN. I don’t watch or read much on super heroes, so I’ll pull Superman out of my hat. I did watch it when younger.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  2. misskallie2000 says:

    When I was younger Superman and Wonder Woman were my favorite but now I think Batman has top billing. I enjoy reading stories where the good guys are fighting the bad guys and winning. Great interview.
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

  3. Lori says:

    I am from Iowa. I recall watching both Batman and Superman – I don’t really believe I ever had a favorite – just as long as good prevailed over the bad! I love any book or movie where the good guys prevail over evil and win. Thanks for the good interview and an opportunity to enter your giveaway.

    God’s Blessings,
    Lori

    triplel(at)evertek(dot)net

  4. Penny Zeller says:

    Great interview, Matthew! I would love to win this book for my dad, who lives in Kentucky.
    Blessings,
    Penny Zeller

  5. It’s cool that Matthew thought about being an astronaut at one time. Since I was 6 I either wanted to be an astronaut or a writer.
    And of all things I became a volunteer EMR/Firefighter with a local Mississippi department and became an author.
    If I had to chose a super hero, I would chose Superman or Batman. Hard choice between the two. 🙂

  6. Wesley says:

    I’m in! Picking a superhero? That’s such a broad question! From classic heroes, I’d probably have to go with Terry McGuinnes as Batman Beyond. He’s like batman, but less bulky and broody!

  7. Staphon says:

    Staphon from CA, my favorite is Superman, I know, more like “super cliche” but I am more interested in everything he stands for and his amazing moral compass just as much as the amazing powers he has.

  8. Zach says:

    My name is Kal-El and I’m from Krypton (well, actually Rialto). My favorite superhero would have to be the infamous Zachary Heath because though from the view of an outsider he is but a mild mannered man, his life is anything but mild. His wife very well may be the most beautiful woman on earth and his day-to-day exploits involve making the world a better place.

  9. Sharon Moore says:

    Sharon from MN here. Guess my favorite super hero was Superman – used to read all the comic books. Would love to win a copy of the book for our church library.

  10. Sheley says:

    Sheley from CA, my favorite Superhero is Spiderman. He’s a nerdy science guy and easily the best from the marvel universe in my opinion. I love all of his powers and the fact that he created his web himself! He also has some of the coolest villains ever.

  11. Barrett says:

    Barrett from CO, My favorite superhero would have to be the Green Lantern, well… Kyle Rayner as the Green Lantern that is. Since he is an artist, his will weapons that come out of his ring are always so cartoony and creative! I love that about him, since I am an artist myself.

  12. Crosby says:

    Hi, I’m Crosby from OR, and my favorite super hero is Spiderman. Since I used to do Gymnastics, I always thought it would be cool to have spider powers to enhance by acrobatics. As a kid, I used to flip around like I was Spiderman all the time, and my friends would actually call me Spiderman in High School. With great power comes great responsibility.

Welcome! I appreciate your thoughts!