The Choices He Made

Fiction - Suspense
264 Pages
Reviewed on 12/31/2019
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite

Perhaps a bit more true for any book categorized as a mystery/suspense/thriller, the overused reviewer’s phrase, “It’s a page-turner!” ought to be more than just a minimum expectation. Jeff Turner’s novel The Choices He Made is accurately tagged as a mystery/suspense/thriller, and it is foremost a genuine page-turner. Due to some skilled and artful plotting, the reader finds himself easily engaged by several sympathetic characters (including a central figure flawed to the point of questionable morality), who become involved in a series of dramatic, exciting, often violent confrontations. This novel is, at heart, a tale of extended vigilante justice done by the proverbial “knight-on-a-white-horse.” More accurately, this is a tale of Robin Hood and Maid Marian told for the twenty-first century.

Beau Clayton is Jeff Turner’s stand-in for old forest thief in this fast-moving, highly entertaining thriller: The Choices He Made. But don’t let the comparison mislead you. This white knight has a morality all his own, one easy to rationalize and even to appreciate, but nonetheless born of the darker grayness between white and black. When Beau enters the scene just in time to witness his brother’s death while coming to the aid of a compassionate woman guarding a fleeing child, all the elements for a vengeful mission including maiden-saving and child-protecting are quickly yet skillfully put into place. After that, the reader can simply sit back and enjoy the somewhat guilty but deeply felt pleasure of watching everyone get exactly what they deserve, making this a mystery/suspense/thriller well worth its due.