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The Good Fight by Matthew Horn
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May 31, 2012

really liked it

“There are always different ways of arriving at the same places in life. He saved your life when you were young, and it changed who you were for the better. But, what if he was there trying to save a young boy simply because he hoped the boy would grow up to idolize him?” (Brooke, p. 146)

Jeffry Scott represents the underdogs of the world. He has risen from the depths of depravity into a life of hard work and education – pulling himself up by his bootstraps, as it were – and then a dark hero from his past explodes into his present and he must choose between his chosen path and one of uncertain adventure. His journey of discovery reads much like a comic book hero’s tale, and he is given the chance to stand up for people caught in the grips of unfair and sometimes violent circumstances.

Jeff is drawn beneath the wings of his long-ago hero, and offered a chance to train to take his place as a disguised hero for the oppressed. Through an orchestrated series of tests and sometimes through genuinely dangerous happenstance, Jeff realizes that standing up for others does not always require a hero to bring about justice. Sometimes it just requires the courage to stand up and report crime and allow the justice system to run its course. Jeff learns that the important decisions in life are not always cut and dry, and sometimes one choice prevents another opportunity from coming to fruition. He must discern his own motives for justice and decide what role he will play in bringing justice to others struggling to rise above the unpleasant circumstances of life.

Matthew Horn has written a classic hero’s tale. I've never read anything quite like this before. The spiritual truths are very light and almost an afterthought. The emphasis seems to be on the main character's ability to struggle through some very confusing relationships and discover what he is, and is not responsible for in his life. Jeff also struggles with interacting with the world around him as he attempts to overcome the neglect of his past. Horn’s writing is very different from other authors I’ve read, and it is obvious he wants to encourage others thorough his stories and help them to find a better way. His story contains mild profanity and some violence – none of which is excessive in nature. With continued growth and honing his writing skills, he could be an author to watch.

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