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Reviewer June Maffin:Living on an island in British Columbia, Canada, Dr. Maffin is a neophyte organic gardener, eclectic reader, ordained minister (Anglican/Episcopal priest) and creative spirituality writer/photographer with a deep zest for life. Previously, she has been grief counselor, broadcaster, teacher, journalist, television host, chaplain and spiritual director with an earned doctorate in Pastoral Care (medical ethics i.e. euthanasia focus). Presently an educator, freelance editor, blogger, and published author of three books, her most recent (Soulistry-Artistry of the Soul: Creative Ways to Nurture your Spirituality) has been published in e-book as well as paperback format and a preview can be viewed on YouTube videos. Founder of Soulistry™ she continues to lead a variety of workshops and retreats connecting spirituality with creativity and delights in a spirituality of play. You can find out more about June by clicking on her Web Site.






 
By June Maffin
Published on March 14, 2011
 


Author: Joseph Hayes

Publisher: Synergy Books

ISBN: 978-0-9843879-4-6



Author: Joseph Hayes

Publisher: Synergy Books

ISBN: 978-0-9843879-4-6

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Ever made a decision based on the thought that “no one was watching”? Blair Van Howe did, and it affected his best friend, Danny and countless others.

Danny is an alcoholic. Like many who are cursed with this illness, he is unaware that his heavy drinking is really an addiction until … until Blair makes a decision.

Both successful lawyers, Blair Van Howe and Danny Moran are in a Chicago hotel celebrating a legal victory they’ve just made. Danny has had too much to drink, so Blair offers to drive him home. But Blair’s reckless driving results in a terrible car accident leaving the driver of the other car dead; Danny seriously injured; a mentally-challenged child confused and frightened; a rough-and-tumble detective named Victor Slezak seeking the truth at his own peril Blair facing a decision that will forever change all their lives and come to haunt him; and with a unique twist, ultimately the American political scene.

The night is the eve of Blair announcing his candidacy for the U.S. Congress. Realizing the implications and possible political consequences of being the driver of the car that caused the accident, Blair moves Danny from the passenger seat to the driver’s set, anonymously calls 911 and then leaves the scene.

No one is watching,” he thinks.

As years pass, Blair successfully secures political office, Danny’s life is in turmoil (physically, emotionally and legally) a child’s life is threatened, and the detective finds his life obsessed with revealing the truth about the accident.

And here is where the plot gets even more intriguing. Even though Blair and others have gone to great financial expense and political intrigue to keep the truth of the accident secret, some evidence still exists and the potential for exposure is high. As Blair’s political aspirations climb higher and higher – the U.S. Presidency – the “secret” becomes a political nightmare for Blair.

And what of Danny? An honourable man, he tries to “right” the wrong of causing the accident that killed a young father; but in the meantime, Danny’s personal life is in turmoil, his alcoholic addiction soars (though through the graces of AA and his own hard work, he achieves sobriety), and he is diagnosed with terminal cancer. For decades, he never hears from his “best friend” – Presidential candidate, Blair Van Howe. And then, unexpectedly, he does.

What happens next? Ahhhh, the plot thickens in this strong book where morality and ethics are intertwined in a contemporary political setting.

The set of discussion questions at the end of the book are an unexpected gift to readers wanting to take the underlying themes to a deeper level of discussion and self-reflection about a variety of issues including times of decision-making around events/situations “when no one is watching.” Well-written with riveting characters interspersed with themes of personal morality, societal values, friendship, betrayal, addiction, Alcoholics Anonymous, political ambition and the lust for power, this book is both entertaining and an opportunity for serious discussion about what drives people to make the decisions we make. It’s a great read and I look forward to the author’s next book.

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