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4.0 out of 5 starssuspensful and thought-provoking
Reviewed in the United States on October 2, 2011
What's in a name? What is redemption? Judas leads us down a winding road to ask these questions... but you may have to come up with your own answers. This is a very thought-provoking novel, suspenseful, with deep themes but easy to read. The author dealt with some potentially graphic material very appropriately, allowing the reader to understand the brutality of some offenses (specifically, rape), without brutalizing the reader himself (or herself). This is a relatively quick read, but the issues it raises linger on. It would be an especially interesting novel for a book club that appreciates religious themes.
5.0 out of 5 starsIt's totally awesome. It's well written and the story is so ...
Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2015
I don't give many books five stars. I'm really surprised that there are not more reviews for this book. It's totally awesome. It's well written and the story is so interesting you don't want to put it down.
This book was written wonderfully. It was a very emotional read-- I acutally found myself sobbing out loud on several occasions, most often due to sadness- but often in joy as well. I highly recommend this quick read. Enjoy!
Judas, the Son is a wild ride. MacEnulty shines a thematic light on one of the most controversial characters from the Bible in a modern context. Hard to put down, this novel forces the reader to question the relevance of a name and the potential damage of a stigma. Will the boy Judas Thomas, conceived by the rape of a nun, be damned to repeat the life of his namesake, or will he shake the curse? You'll have to read this stunning novel to find out...
Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2019
I absolutely loved it. This book was really emotional for me. The narration was superb and gave the story that extra flair! The author did an excellent job with the character builds and plot. This was my first book by this author but definitely not my last. I look forward to reading more books by this author. I was given a free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
I'm a huge enthusiast of the Inklings, the elite group of English writers who met many years ago at the Eagle and Child pub across from Oxford University. You may recognize the names of some in the group: C.S. Lewis, his brother Warnie, Charles Williams, JRR Tolkien, and Owen Barfield among others. The point is, these guys redefined the written page for their time. Therefore it's a really big deal for me to favorably compare the work of a contemporary author with those of the Inklings. Yet that's what I'm about to do: E.W. MacEnulty's "Judas, the Son" reminds me of some of the best work done by Charles Williams, the popular mystery novelist of the Inklings. Indeed, "Judas, the Son" has the same flavor of almost-Gothic, spiritually-dimensioned work that made Williams' novels classics during his lifetime.
MacEnulty's skill in developing characters is never intrusive, just well-executed. Judas, the story's main character, has to decide throughout the tale whether to try to redefine the negative connotations of his name, run away from them, or simply collapse under them (as most expect him to). MacEnulty reminds one of Dean Koontz or Stephen King when he takes apart the decision-making processes of his main character. You're drawn into his thoughts before you have a chance to resist, it seems. In fact, I found myself drawn into the book some 50 pages before I realized how much I'd read--and then I didn't want to put it down. MacEnulty offers a surprising tale of nuanced inner conflict and final redemption that fares incredibly well in comparison to many contemporary psychological thrillers. If you enjoy Charles Williams' "Descent into Hell" or "War in Heaven," you'll thoroughly enjoy "Judas, the Son." If you have no idea who Charles Williams is, but are ready for something that is a clear cut above a run-of-the-mill pulp suspense novel, read this book. You won't regret it.