4 out of 5 stars
BURDEN OF PROOF - another unique story from Davis Bunn.
Ethan’s days are numbered, and as he reflects on his fifty-five years, he feels the heaviness of remorse. However, when his sister-in-law and niece show up offering him a chance to right his most regretted wrong, he jumps at the chance.
So begins a Sci-Fi story of time travel and reflection.
Ethan travels back to the past, eighteen days prior to his brother’s murder, giving himself enough time to put in place the tools he needs to save his brother’s life. Leaving the future with one crucial purpose, he lands in the past realizing he wants to change so much more. Knowing what he does at the end of his life, Ethan sets out to right the wrongs of his selfish youth and the damage he created in the lives of the people he touched. However, as Ethan gathers information to change that fateful day, he begins to realize the event that took his brother’s life is not what it seems. There is more behind his death than a random gunman. Unfortunately, Ethan only has a few days to figure it out, or the past just might repeat itself.
There is so much more to say about this intriguing novel, but I don’t want to spoil those discoveries for others. Even so, here are a few quick observations. #1-Even though I’m not a fan of Sci-Fi or time travel, Davis Bunn has a unique way of drawing in the reader. His writing is intelligent. And to be honest, I don’t know if I would have read this book if it were not for the fact that he was the author. I have read his other books and appreciate his thought-provoking style. #2-The story has a slow build. You have to stick with it through the scientific jargon and some of the unhurried reflective scenes. Since I know his previous books had satisfying endings, that knowledge helped me press on through some of the slower sections. #3-Not all enjoyable books have the happily-ever-after ending that some readers prefer. Even so, a satisfying story can outweigh a cookie-cutter ending. #4-Even though this book was published by a Christian publishing house, I wouldn’t consider it a Christian novel that draws attention to Jesus Christ. It is a clean read that allows a person with conservative values to read a good book without the worry of foul language or gratuitous sexual content.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing for review purposes. However, I was not required to post a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.