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Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite
The Pit by Josh Soule connects an intricate web of characters and situations that make this a spellbinding novel. Matthew Longtine poured everything into his judicial campaign when he found he had a crippling disease. Though he won the election, Deborah had to pick up a second job to cover his medical treatments. Seth Erickson has great respect for Matthew and Deborah when he started as a security guard for them. His mission was to capture the vigilante known as the “ Masked Hero”, even though they had saved his life once. His one act of kindness toward the vigilante ensnares him to the growing drug lord he had unknowingly been assisting for years. Jason and Karina have also been cornered into working for the drug lord. These key players are bound by The Pit, willingly or unwillingly.
Josh Soule’s originality in the plot of The Pit will surprise his readers and have them turning the pages nonstop. Criminal acts slowly swallow up the characters until they realize they are no longer true to themselves or their cause. Characters no longer recognize the forces that drove them down the path they ended on. Intriguing twists and turns enmeshed with a solid plot and dramatic events make this novel a first-class thriller. I have read a couple of Josh Soule’s novels and am always surprised at how they end. His ability to manipulate the expectations of his characters is amazing. Expect the unexpected is the rule for reading Soule’s novels, along with an ending that leaves possibilities.