Nobody's Mulligan

Fiction - Religious Theme
340 Pages
Reviewed on 05/31/2020
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Nobody’s Mulligan is a work of fiction penned by author Brian Holt, which focuses on the theme of Christian faith and of the apocalyptic potential consequences of not adhering to it. Margaret Sullivan is our protagonist, a woman whose power lies not in taking up arms, but in her strength of character and position of faith. So when she finds herself in a town which has lost its way, and one which becomes the epicenter of a quite literal Hell on Earth situation, the price to be paid for the transgressors around her is heavy indeed. What results is an interesting exploration of Christian doctrines and a message of adherence to one’s faith from the author.

The devout are sure to really enjoy this topical and thought-provoking read, but there’s also plenty of meat on the bones of the story for fans of thriller fiction, small-town drama and family saga readers. The interpersonal development between the town’s cast of characters is very well achieved, making it feel as though we know and recognize these types of people in our own lives all the time. Author Brian Holt also delivers some really stellar dialogue that serves to deepen characterization and move the plot forward well, blending with an easy to read narrative style. Despite the apocalyptic themes, the read is clean and free of explicit content and is therefore accessible to readers of all sensitivities. Overall, Nobody’s Mulligan is a well-presented and well-plotted vision of the future from a strong standpoint of faith.

Vincent Dublado

Brian Holt takes the virtues of faith to a whole new level in his novel, Nobody’s Mulligan. In a dog eat dog world where life is driven by materialism and spiritual values have taken a back seat, the novel presents a sordid story on the ramifications of turning away from the tenets of Christianity. Margaret Sullivan is the main protagonist, a modern-day Joan of Arc who does not carry a broadsword to cut down heretics, but rather wields an indomitable character that complements her resilient faith. Put her in the town of Mayberry that aptly defines “Hell on Earth” in all its contextual notion, and you will see a profound illustration of how undermined faith can collect its dues to bring back those who have strayed and take its toll against the defiant.

Nobody’s Mulligan by Brian Holt has a strong leaning towards extolling Christian values in a time where science and technology are becoming increasingly dogmatic. In a story that may well become timeless in the area of Christian literature, the author presents the story as a “call to self-inventory” as the narrative behooves us to weigh our priorities and take stock of what would matter in eternity. When “turning the other cheek” has become construed as a sign of weakness rather than a profound act of kindness, this feel-good story re-evaluates our position and ponders on the role of faith in our lives. With its proclamation of faith as a driving force in pressing discussions that cannot be ignored, this story, in all probability, will never grow old.

Rabia Tanveer

Nobody's Mulligan by Brian Holt is a Christian coming-of-age story of a young woman as she comes to realize that the parish she lives in is not as perfect as its people like to think. Grace's parish is a beautiful little place where people enjoy simple yet very hypocritical lives. While some people think they are above the rest just because of their social status, others feel superior for their faith. Margaret Sullivan is a faithful Christian, she carries her faith like a talisman inside her heart and tries to keep her faith intact. However, the parish is quickly becoming home to sin, bad people and simply bad luck. While the whole community is losing their faith to their desires and their greed, Margaret seems to be the only one with a link to her devout self. But how long can she protect her faith when she is surrounded by evil? Is there any way the faith of the people of Grace’s parish can be restored?

Nobody's Mulligan by Brian Holt is a very enlightening, profound story. It is the perfect example of what we have become as a society and how we feel proud of things that we should feel ashamed of. We think we are superior to others who are supposedly beneath us, just like Paul Kessler, but there are also people like Brian Thomas who put their heads down and go about their day and not pay attention to it all. There are many characters in this story, some you will find yourself in and some you will notice that you face every day. The narrative is powerful enough to give you something to think about and make sure you are forced to look at your life as it really is. I wish there were more people like Margaret who are a little headstrong but they have the determination to remain good and caring.