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The Dead Saint (Bishop Lynn Peterson) Kindle Edition
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The main characters were interesting. However, the majority of the characters were described in an idealized way or were cliche. Lynn and her husband also seemed too naive and hero-worshiping for their given backgrounds. Lynn also seemed to have a mental illness--something like a split personality--which just struck me as weird. However, she did act intelligently, though realistically, to the unexpectedly dangerous situations she was in.
Though Lynn visited several foreign countries, I didn't get a vivid mental image of the settings or a real feel for the cultures. We got descriptions of a few tourist spots and a generic "war-zone neighborhood." They felt like descriptions you could get off of photographs, though you could tell the author has been through foreign airports.
Lynn was an episcopal bishop whose focus was on social activism for peace and to help the poor. Her theology seemed to consist of frequent centering to find peace, removing "sin" from her vocabulary because it led to feeling guilty, and an occasional prayer to become a better person. She also talked with others about the similarities between religions and how she thinks they're all reaching toward the same God and same goal of self-transformation.
I don't recall any bad language. There was no sex. Overall, the novel wasn't bad, it just wasn't as exciting and engaging as I'd expect of such a plot.
I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.
The worst part, for me, was how preachy and repetitive the book becomes after the first couple of chapters. The protagonist, Lynn, is extremely anti-war. Lynn loves her husband and feels it is the most perfect marriage in the history of mankind. Lynn misses her daughter. Okay, that is fine and dandy, but WE GET IT! There is no need to repeat this ad nauseam throughout nearly every chapter. Sometimes many times per chapter or even on the same page!
I bought this as a Kindle daily deal, so my expectations were already relatively low. Sadly, this novel fell short even of those.