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Reviewed by Valerie Rouse for Readers' Favorite
Rogue Warden by Jonah Young is a short novel based on the life of a crooked prison warden by the name of John David. The story begins with John waiting impatiently for Franklin Coleman. John is looking forward to his payment from Coleman who pays him for illegally disposing of chemical waste. He was finally able to get his bounty of $20,000 when Franklin showed up. John worked at the Oxbow Penitentiary. One day, he was called to inspect a cell in the prison. He found that a prisoner’s body was rapidly disintegrating with a strange black fluid oozing from him. John quickly realized that the prisoner no longer had a human form but had evolved into a mutant. John had to run for his life from a host of mutants who were former inmates.
Rogue Warden is a story with interesting twists. The language used is colloquial and easy to understand. It is quite ironic that the main character was unaware of his business partner’s demonic intentions. I love the fact that the author showcased the scenario where the player was eventually played. This turn of events in the plot was an actual surprise to me as the reader. This makes the story more gripping and eggs you on to get to the last chapter. The inclusion of the graphic details of the habits and appearance of the mutants reminds me of the current Walking Dead series. The author did an excellent job in delaying this drastic change of the plot. The revelation of the main character’s family history was also a good move by author Jonah Young. This creates a deep impression on the reader. He or she can really identify and sympathize with the main character and understand his overall behavior. Rogue Warden began at a slow pace but in contrast it is a fast read. I recommend it to all lovers of suspense novels.