Review: The Man He Never Was: A Modern Reimagining of Jekyll and Hyde by James L. Rubart

About this Book

What if You Woke up One Morning and the Darkest Parts of Yourself Were Gone?

Toren Daniels vanished eight months back, and his wife and kids have moved on—with more than a little relief. Toren was a good man but carried a raging temper that often exploded without warning. So when he shows up on their doorstep out of the blue, they’re shocked to see him alive. But more shocked to see he’s changed. Radically.

His anger is gone. He’s oddly patient. Kind. Fun. The man he always wanted to be. Toren has no clue where he’s been but knows he’s been utterly transformed. He focuses on three things: Finding out where he’s been. Finding out how it happened. And winning back his family.

But then shards of his old self start to rise from deep inside—like the man kicked out of the NFL for his fury—and Toren must face the supreme battle of his life.

In this fresh take on the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, James L. Rubart explores the war between the good and evil within each of us—and one man’s only chance to overcome the greatest divide of the soul.

About the Author

James L. Rubart is a 28 year old trapped in an older man’s body, who loves to water ski and dirt bike with his two grown sons. He’s the bestselling, Christy Books of the Year, Carol, INSPY, and RT Book Reviews award winning author of nine novels, including his latest, The Man He Never Was. He lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington. (Source: Goodreads Author Page)

 

My Review

This was the first “WOW ME!” book of 2018. Toren’s story can be a lot of our stories. Whether or Mr. Hyde is anger, depression, “insert your biggest struggle here.” Too often our tendency is to try and conquer our problem ourselves.

I don’t want to say a lot more, because I don’t want to give away too much. But I will say I really liked the characters. Each one of them brought so much to the story.

I will admit it took me longer to read this story than I normally take. I think because as I read Toren’s story I kept thinking about my own struggles. And although anger isn’t really my greatest issue, I have similar struggles and could relate to Toren.

As a normal Rubart story it’s a little “out there” but very enjoyable read. If you enjoy this author, you’ll enjoy this story as well. If you are new to Rubart this will give you a great taste of his writing style and his storytelling abilities. Excellent read!

Disclaimer:  I did receive a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley.com, I was not required to give a review and the opinions here are my own.

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New Book Watch: The Man He Never Was: A Modern Reimagining of Jekyll and Hyde by James Rubart

What if You Woke up One Morning and the Darkest Parts of Yourself Were Gone?

Toren Daniels vanished eight months back, and his wife and kids have moved on—with more than a little relief. Toren was a good man but carried a raging temper that often exploded without warning. So when he shows up on their doorstep out of the blue, they’re shocked to see him alive. But more shocked to see he’s changed. Radically.

His anger is gone. He’s oddly patient. Kind. Fun. The man he always wanted to be. Toren has no clue where he’s been but knows he’s been utterly transformed. He focuses on three things: Finding out where he’s been. Finding out how it happened. And winning back his family.

But then shards of his old self start to rise from deep inside—like the man kicked out of the NFL for his fury—and Toren must face the supreme battle of his life.

In this fresh take on the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, James L. Rubart explores the war between the good and evil within each of us—and one man’s only chance to overcome the greatest divide of the soul.

Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 20, 2018)

James Rubart Interview

Meet Jim Rubart

Learn about his family, his inspiration, his newest book, The Long Journey to Jake Palmer, and what’s coming next.

 

Thanks Jim for taking time out of your busy schedule to do this interview. It was a blast!!

If you missed my review of The Long Journey to Jake Palmer here it is:

I love how James Rubart stretches the imagination and takes his readers to the edge. This story does that in a masterful way.

Jake Palmer is a motivational speaker and recently divorced.  I quickly felt for Jake and his plight. As the story developed and the author reveals more about Jake and his past my compassion and ability to relate to him grew.

The story is very good.  Rubart takes us into the unseen realm and teaches the reader some important Biblical truths.

Rubart enjoys giving readers stories that are, for a lack of a better word “supernatural.” But his stories always have a deep spiritual meaning. It took me awhile to truly understand what the message of this story is. When it hit me it was a “wow” moment. As I understood the message of this story I saw how it applied to me.

I also enjoy who the author pulls tidbits from his other books into his current story.

Rubart fans will not be disappointed with this book. If you have never read James Rubart this is a great one to start with.

Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.