Meet Jonah Kirk. At fifty-seven, he is convinced to record the story of what happened during the years of ‘66-‘67. The years of race riots, war protests, and the belief that a core family is still the best way to go.
Oh boy. Mr. Koontz had a lot he could call upon for the antagonists here. Lucas Drackman was particularly wicked.
All of the main characters were strong though. The men Jonah surrounded himself with were some fine examples of extraordinary people. Mr. Yoshioka and Grandpa Teddy went beyond just not doing wrong. They had an image to portray and they lived it. Stella, Mrs. Lorenzo, and Amalia were no slouches themselves. Even with all the tragedy going on, they didn’t lose what faith they held, in family or God.
My favorite part of the book was when Jonah realized that after all of his attempts to cajole Mr. Yoshioka into being a co-conspirator, what he truly succeeded in was making a friend. That and how Mr. Yoshioka handled his “visitors.”
It was an excellent read. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. In my opinion, this is some of Mr. Koontz’s finest work to date.