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Reader’s Favorite Reviews
A SAMPLING OF AMAZON REVIEWS FROM READERS OF Eli Pope/E.M. Pope BOOKS
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dysfunction Jumps Off the Page!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 3, 2020
This first book in a new series details the story of the very dysfunctional Cader family and the surprise at the end only sets up more dysfunction.
But what really makes this book worth reading is the quality of the writing.
The storyline takes you on a wild ride that misdirects assumptions of where the story is going while introducing new characters with unexpected consequences.
Author Eli Pope writes prose where you can feel the heat, smell the sweat, see the trash, convulse at the inhumanity and tense up with the characters as they face danger or avoid it. He also effectively shifts to love, beauty and genuine trust between certain characters and scenes of normalcy.
If you want a book that will jar your senses, then this book and future Mason Jar stories will keep you awake for many nights.
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling page turner!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 12, 2020
This book is a thriller with some twists that truly surprised me. The author has really struck a nice balance of a compelling plot with fully developed and well fleshed out characters, who are definitely not all likable, but they are all relatable, and they are staying with me. I can't wait for the next book, so I can see where the story takes them. There is enough back story to really understand what compels them to make the choices they make, but it doesn't get bogged down in it.
The author writes about the characters' struggles with faith, but he does so in a way that doesn't feel "preachy". The folks in the book don't have simple lives, and some have some very real, very ugly problems, which can be very disturbing, but they are issues that so many people face, and they are dealt with in an honest way that is sometimes heartbreaking, and sometimes beautiful.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hang on tight - this is a page turning emotional roller coaster - MUST READ
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 14, 2021
Love this book and high recommend. The plot and characters come alive and the story is so scary but credible - you can easily imagine this happening. So hang on tight as one minute you see a character in the depths of depression and the next at the top of the ride through life but you know the top is not the end of the ride and you woosh back down again. MUST READ
5.0 out of 5 stars Characters you just can't look away from!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on December 26, 2020
The characters in this story quickly grab your attention. They are so dysfunctional that you just can't look away. The story is well written and keeps your attention until the end. Although key details of this story are wrapped up at the end of book 1 the author leaves plenty of unanswered question to make the reader curious about book 2.
Gregory J Stout
5.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Psychological Thriller
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 18, 2022
The Judgement Game, by Eli Pope, is a book that is hard to categorize. On the one hand, it is definitely a psychological thriller about a highly dysfunctional family, one with which most people would not be likely to be comfortable around. And the protagonist, if that isn't too strong a word, is not by any stretch, a good man. On the other hand, this is a faith-based novel, so it is reasonable to expect some element of redemption at the conclusion. The journey from beginning to end, however, is a wild and unsettling ride, one that will stay with the reader long after the last page has been turned.
Gregory Stout, author of Gideon's Ghost, Connor's War, Lost Little Girl and The Gone Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Delving into the Darkness of Psyche
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 28, 2021
The Judgment Game is a twisted, disturbing tale that delves into the very nature and origin of evil. Billy Jay Cader, a victim of his father's abuse, becomes an abuser. And, like any abusive being, he selects his victims, preying upon their weaknesses, and seeks justification for the torture he inflicts.
Evil in the name of righteousness.
The story forces one to realize that the nucleus of evil is not external, but internal. It can be hereditary. Within one's very DNA. And to resist its pull requires strength of will. A strength Billy Jay Cader does not have. He seeks salvation and redemption, yet questions the sincerity of his commitment to it. Questions its existence, and his motivation to profess it.
This first volume in The Mason Jar Series is highly recommended for fans of dark, disturbing fiction.
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping read, The Judgment Game leaves you wanting more!
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 3, 2020
The story line is intriguing and nicely paced, with well-developed characters whose storylines interweave in a clever and interesting way. As the story unfolds the reader sees the rollercoaster of emotions through the eyes of each character. Just when it seems the characters have revolved their issues and life is moving promisingly forward, the story line twists to keep you guessing as to what will happen next in the sequel.
Overall, this is a truly gripping and shrewdly crafted psychological thriller sure to hold your attention with an ending that leaves you wanting more. Excited for the sequel "The Spark of Wrath".