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Kirkus Says

“In his debut novel, McPherson combines psychological mystery with romance.”

“In this thriller, a military contractor’s suicide note sparks an amateur investigation into a conspiracy.”

“business rivals and a corrupt senator stand out as suspects in a tangled scheme”

Arden’s Bookclub Review

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If you’ve been following along with me for a while, you know my typical reads involve love / romance / Hallmark Happy Endings. I mean, the princess should always get the happy, handsome prince. Or, maybe the princess should get the new vacation house in Hawaii. She isn’t sure yet.

I digress.

So, when Gary McPherson’s book was presented to me, I entered my reading it with a bit of trepidation. I wanted to do a review of it justice.

Y’all, I had a ball reading this book. Joshua got a little deeper into his thoughts at times than I preferred, but, to be fair, his world was rocked majorly by the actions of other characters in the book. I really enjoyed Harold and his development process throughout the journey of this book.

CrystalJ 4 stars Amazon Review

What I liked about his book:
The story was very promising, it was a good idea and unique. The characters were well written and interesting. You want to develop a bond with Harold and Joshua. The book did keep my attention to keep turning pages, I wanted to see what was going to happen next in the story.

Review by Jack Magnus

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Jack Magnus

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Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

Joshua and the Shadow of Death: The Berserker Series, Book 1 is a psychological thriller novel written by Gary McPherson. Dr. Joshua Zeev had given up his professional practice, friends and family in North Carolina to accompany Barbara and Richard Brown, a wealthy Malibu couple who had committed themselves to making a home for Harold, a young boy who seemed more demonic than any patient Joshua had ever encountered. Harold and his half-brother had been surrendered by their mother who had traumatic issues of her own to deal with. Both children had exhibited aspects of Berserker Syndrome, Harry especially so. While the couple had been able to adopt Harold, April had insisted on retaining custody of her other son, Bill. Harold was large for his age, but his ferocity and anger made him seem more of an adult than a child when he was aroused. Joshua alone knew how to help the troubled boy, how to take him to their special place where the boy was able to work through his issues and regain control. 

Gary McPherson’s conspiracy thriller novel, Joshua and the Shadow of Death: The Berserker Series, Book 1, was of particular interest to me for its focus on Berserker Syndrome and the efforts jointly made by Harold and his psychiatrist to help him learn to keep it under control. McPherson’s plot is ingenious, and his depiction of the relationship between Harold and Joshua is masterful. I especially enjoyed seeing how Joshua also comes of age, as it were, throughout the book and begins to develop a social persona that is separate from his lifelong commitment to his work. Both he and Harold are marvelous characters, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of them in the next book in the series. Joshua and the Shadow of Death: The Berserker Series, Book 1 is most highly recommended.

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