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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
The Jerusalem Stone by Dean Klein is an absorbing novel that explores the inscrutable nature of God's grace working in the life of a hardened sinner and atheist to bring about his conversion. Lance Corporal Simon Banner was the most feared Marine Scout sniper during the Iraq War. He returns home and decides to sell his skills to those of the underworld, eventually becoming the most dreaded contract killer of his time with unique and spectacular skills in taking lives. He doesn't believe in God. But all that is about to change when, upon her eleventh birthday, his daughter Elise makes an unusual request: she wishes to visit Jerusalem. It's a journey that is about to change Simon's life and in a way that will take readers by surprise.
Dean Klein plunges readers into the heart of a soulless man, a killer who relishes what he does best. Although he is feared by even the police, gangsters and anyone who has heard of him, Simon suffers a disquiet and restlessness of spirit that is veiled by his killing reputation. But the journey to Jerusalem leads to a series of inexplicable events that beat all his intellectual justifications of his atheism, forcing him to make a choice that no one could have seen coming. The author offers vivid and mind-blowing descriptions of the work of the protagonist, exploring his psyche, and giving readers a real picture of what it's like to be an assassin. The writing is bold and steady. It starts strong, stays strong, and ends strong. Dean Klein showcases a great imagination and creative genius in The Jerusalem Stone, crafting a story with powerful plot points, conflict, and an unmistakable message.