The Joshua Effect by P.S. Meronek

My review and Rebuttal

After reading blurbs on different book sites, this one sounded like a cross between a amateur detective mystery, and a cozy mystery. But this is not even close to what we got.

The whole idea is that of a billionaire finding out what happened to his friends and tower. Simple, huh? It should’ve been a fun read where the bad guys got what was coming to them.

My first problem came with Charlie, one of the main characters. She thought she was Little Miss Perfect, or something. Everyone had to change around her. Living for her was having something worth, literally dying for. I have something worth dying for, my family for instance; it doesn’t mean that I want to get shot at to prove it. Plus, the little idiot was a woman who thought she would go wherever her boyfriend went, without considering that she endangered more lives at that time. He had bodyguards and she asked them to pull double duty in order to soothe her ego. Anyone who will use leaving as leverage to get what they want has some real problems in life. She was the one that needed to change her ways rather than worrying about his.

Jonathan Strickland was another problem. It was as if Mr Meronek didn’t know how he wanted to portray the man. One moment we were celebrating the fact he was rich, the next moment, he’s being portrayed as selfish and greedy, unable to understand that people were important as well.

The things that bothered me the most were the facts he saw himself more as a world citizen, and held no real patriotism, the fact that he apologized for America (I wish they would quit apologizing for me) as well as the fact he felt he could play the part of a CEO of America.

Americans don’t really like the fact that the President can just appoint people to certain positions, how much less are they going to trust an appointee made by a business man?

America was just trashed in this novel. Our people were condemned for our tastes in entertainment, for starters. It was the #1 reason the main extremist gave, of our movies are fairly violent. However, if you notice most of that violence is the hero trying to stop the villains. Americans have always been more action oriented, and action films and novels are known for their fast pace, explosions, and mostly for their strict delineations of good and evil.

The other place America got hit at was her people. The American people were split between the them (government) and us (the laymen). The government was seen as conniving people who were willing to terrorize not only the third world countries, but their own citizens in order to make a buck.

The citizens were willing to murder their leaders in fear of the next strike. Now let’s be honest, with the exception of the looter-personalities, I don’t see America just shattering during times of extreme stress or crisis. We didn’t fold on 9/11 nor Katrina etc.. Be it natural disasters, man-made disasters, or even terrorist plots, we’ve made a habit of coming together when things get rough.

We also tend to turn to God more often than to money!

Most of these problems were caused by a liberal viewpoint. Don’t take this to mean that I am totally against liberalism. Liberalism and conservatism are just two sides of the same coin. The heart and the mind respectively, if you will. There is a middle road and this novel fell off the bridge to the left.

Mr. Meronek is a good storyteller. Maybe he can bring the next novel more into the lines of fiction, and not ideology.
Good luck on the next novel, and try to find that middle road. Good try, I’ll be awaiting the next effort.


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