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Reviewed by Michelle Mollohan for Readers' Favorite
The Shepherd's Burden by Ryan Young tells the tale of Daniel Jeffries, a Staff Sergeant who survived an IED explosion in Iraq. Daniel returns home to New York, where he is struggling to come to terms with life outside of the military, while plagued with the memories of those that he lost. He is seeing a therapist and taking medication to cope with PTSD related to his time spent in Iraq. Daniel is working in a comic book store and living in a cheap apartment, with no real opportunity to improve his life. Running into Sonya, the love that he let go when he went overseas and finding that she still loves him, gives him hope that his nightmares will finally end. Just when his life starts to make sense and he feels he can let the past go, it comes back to haunt him and he learns that his life will never be the same.
Ryan Young's The Shepherd's Burden is a riveting tale that takes you on a journey from the deserts of Iraq to the suburbs of New York. It is full of mystery, intrigue, and murder with a supernatural element. I found myself empathizing with Daniel and his plight as he learned his true calling, and feeling his pain as the unforeseen consequences of his choices unveiled themselves. Ryan Young crafted a tale of suspense in The Shepherd's Burden that left me longing for more. I can't wait to read what is ahead for Daniel in The Shepherd's Duty!