When I received a review copy of The Liberation of Henry Belmont by Steve Godofsky I got my box of tissues ready before I opened the book. I was expecting to read a tearjerker. Instead, I was quickly engrossed in a fast-paced adventure that hooked me on page one.
Henry Belmont, a successful CEO of a growing corporation, is married and the father of two teenagers. He's told he has ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease, and his life expectancy is only three years. Henry does everything he can to avoid dwelling on the progressive suffering he'll endure before the actual end comes. But sometimes circumstances conspire to bring him down and it all seems too much. His daughter is out of control, his son gets in a car accident and his wife treats him like dirt. Henry vows to focus on his strength of will. He does not tell his family or friends about his disease because he doesn't want to be pitied. Instead, he makes plans to hand the business over to a colleague so he can do all the things he's dreamed about.
Derek Rogers is a con man and a bank robber who plans to steal a ten million dollar painting and then sell counterfeits. Panama Ed, a widower and successful business man, buys a condo in a Floridian paradise called Moonlight Beach and spends most of his time at Milo's Bar. The lives of these three men come together in an ending I didn't see coming.
The best-written characters have flaws and imperfections that make them real. The good character development in this book makes it easy for readers to identify with them. The well-crafted plot takes unpredictable turns and combined with the drama and adventure, it's a satisfying read. I highly recommend it.
Publisher: Eloquent Books (November 1, 2009)
Hardcover: 172 Pages
Gail Pruszkowski reviews for "Romantic Times BOOKreviews" magazine and her work has been published in the "Cup of Comfort" Anthologies. Her first paranormal romance will be released in June 2010.