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Reviewed by Steven Robson for Readers' Favorite
Ezekiel: Madman, Mastermind or Messiah by Bob Goodwin, as the name suggests, is a compelling vision into the life of Ezekiel Jeremiah Kaufman, an extraordinary individual destined to touch the lives of those he encounters in profound and mysterious ways. We pick up this gripping tale in 1998, with seven-year-old Ezekiel and his father Joshua in consultation with a psychiatrist, and follow his story through to 2017. In this time, Ezekiel will meet a wide range of individuals from all sectors of society, and become entangled in some of the seedier aspects of the real world; chance encounters that at first appear totally unrelated, but ultimately become braided into a whole, leading to quite a few penny drop moments. The lessons to be learned from Ezekiel’s life of wonder are manifold, but perhaps the most prevalent is that many people feel threatened by differences in others they either don’t understand or refuse to acknowledge; we should all be much more tolerant of these differences, which make us truly unique.
Bob Goodwin’s Ezekiel: Madman, Mastermind or Messiah is cleverly constructed, effortlessly blending the lives of many villains and heroes with little confusion or lack of clarity; a task I believe is easier said than done. All of the characters are wonderful and very specific to their station in life: Emily is the atypical young sister; Quentin reeks of his black interior; Joshua evolves with his understanding of his son; and Ezekiel is just the star, in spite of his eating habits. These are only a few of the many shining lights. The combination of a great plot and fascinating characters, combined with dangers, intrigues, the sense of the unknown, humor, and heartbreaking moments – Ezekiel’s bedside visit to his father in particular – come together to make this a highly recommended book for the mature reader.