Beyond Redemption

Fiction - Suspense
412 Pages
Reviewed on 04/11/2015
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Author Biography

Richard I Levine is a native New Yorker who grew up in the shadows of Yankee Stadium. "I fondly remember the days of sneaking into the Ballpark through the bleacher seat entrance to watch Maris and Mantle play, sipping egg cream sodas at the corner candy store and playing (surviving) Bronx style sidewalk games until mom called out from our fourth floor apartment window that dinner was getting cold."
After working in the auto parts business for several years and a one year wanderlust trip that took him coast to coast and back again, this one time volunteer firemen, auxiliary police officer and bartender eventually returned to school to become a chiropractor. He lives in the Pacific Northwest where he continues to write--confessing to a strong desire to dig his toes into the warm white sands of Lanikai while sipping on an ice-cold Pipeline Porter and munching on fresh Mahi Mahi Poke.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

Having read the first book, Eye Of The Redeemer, I was eager to read more about Raymond Silver, the ‘average Joe’ turned national hero. Ray was in the middle of a midlife crisis and a personal quest to substantiate his life when he found himself as an accidental key player in a covert CIA operation. Now, in Beyond Redemption, Ray continues to find out what really happened to his long-lost brother, Frank, who was allegedly killed during a Navy SEAL mission. It is not an easy quest, as his new wife persuades him to focus on their simple Hawaiian family life.

Beyond Redemption by Richard I. Levine brings more unexpected and dangerous twists to protagonist Ray Silver’s life. With the help of a young investigative reporter, Jenna Grant, Ray learns that his personal quest is not that personal at all. Francine Manetti, a powerful San Francisco Congresswoman, is also searching for Frank Silver, who supposedly has secret documents that could prevent her from becoming the most powerful woman in America. Levine’s prose is solid as ever, and his narrative substantially developed from his first book. The continuation of the plot is flawless and maintains the superb multi layered aspect of the first one.

All in all, Beyond Redemption is a commendable sequel from Levine. This is an intelligent, challenging, sophisticated drama thriller backed by realistic political games being played in our time today. I thoroughly enjoyed it and my respect for Levine’s writing definitely has gone up a notch. A rewarding read indeed.