I promised myself that Maxwell’s Silver Quill would serve as a repository of useful information for aspiring authors and avid readers. In keeping that promise, I am including posts of personal experience, interviews with creative professionals, and book reviews. Today, I am reviewing The Correction by John Hazen.
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Effortlessly jumping back and forth in time through centuries, John Hazen sculpts a story with religious overtones that would make Dan Brown envious! I will do my best not to give away any spoilers in this review as it will play out much better if you experience the journey yourself. That said, let’s get to it!
The Correction is an amazing story of a family “gift” that has been passed down from generation to generation for almost 800 years.
On the surface, the inherited gift seems to be like the hand of God correcting mistakes and righting wrongs with the touch of a finger. We all wish we could have “do-overs” in life, but we rarely consider the ramifications of doing things differently.
In The Correction, John skillfully addresses the fact that one choice, one decision, one action can lead to a completely different outcome, good or bad. Rather than giving away the fascinating underlying story, I will give you a thought to ponder: Imagine a moment in your life that you would like to change. Now, think about the ripple effect of doing it differently the second time around. Would you still have your children? Would you have the same career? Would your life actually be better if you had chosen an alternative path?
To look at it from a different perspective, what would you do if you had the power to give someone a “do-over” knowing that it could either improve or destroy a life? The concept is certainly intriguing and John Hazen does an incredible job of navigating the endless possibilities as well as addressing the burdensome responsibility.
Adding to the mix, Hazen covers the concept of “self-correction” which takes the story to a whole new level. Who wouldn’t want to have the power to right their own wrongs and correct their own mistakes?
The story itself is riveting, but Hazen’s masterful skill with description is no less impressive. From 13th century England to 19th century Manhattan, he draws us into the times and settings as if we were there. His vivid settings and relatable characters breathe life into an already intriguing story.
Are you worthy of “correction?” If you are, would you even want it knowing that it might change everything?
Without reservation, I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed this read and would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys thought-provoking novels narrated in a way that takes you on a historical journey and leaves you eager for more. Once I started reading The Correction by John Hazen, I could not put it down. I read it from cover to cover in one sitting.
I don’t often give out 5-star ratings, but The Correction warrants no less.
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