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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Silent Retribution Man by J. Sato is an interesting, somewhat disturbing thriller that follows Lionel Seaver, who, after having had his share of bad guys and tired of seeing greedy people get away with acts of injustice, decides to be society's whip. The protagonist is someone who has experienced losses: family, job, reputation. And all because of the jerks who do bad stuff to people and get away with it. Now, he recreates himself and finds a purpose to guide his life. He makes them pay for their acts of inhumanity against others. He stalks and beats them up. And this is something he does until he begins to wonder if his humanity is still there. Can a man who is quickly losing his conscience become the conscience of society?
The writing is awesome and it reflects the consciousness of the major character. Curiously, I found myself liking the protagonist, imagining the moments I have wanted to take the law into my hands and beat the hell out of some idiot. Most people will identify with Seaver as they remember that one person who taunted them with being mean just because no one could do anything about it. As the narrative opens, Seaver corners a jerk and gives him a good beating and I loved him being mean. This novel brilliantly examines factors that drive characters to insanity. In a subtle way, the author shows readers how serial killers and psychopaths are created. Silent Retribution Man put me on the edge of my seat and kept me turning the pages. It is awesome how a fantasy quickly becomes an addiction and turns an individual into a character that hardly knows where to draw the line. Tantalizing reading, indeed!