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Rage and Mercy: Part 1 by Scott Dresden

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Genre: Drama
Number of Pages: 184
Publication Date:  March 21, 2017

Rating: 1-star-review out of 5
OBC Rating:  1 out of 4 stars
Story Perspective: Alternating Third-Person
Themes: Hate, Revenge

To Learn More About the Book, ClickRage and Mercy: Part One on OBC Bookshelves

*This was part of the Book of the Day Program and is reviewed for the Blogger Review Program*

downloadWhen the murder of sweet Diana takes place, her driver, Sayer, seeks revenge. He goes after the “fiends” that killed her.

Afterwards, he kidnaps Amanda, a white Christian, so his future child can be raised by a white woman.


Two thoughts came into my mind after I finished reading this:

  1. What in the world did I just read?
  2. Did I read the same book as other people?

I’m not going to go on and on about this book and how much I disliked it because the list is pretty long. The characters were underdeveloped and didn’t show any growth. The protagonist, Sayer, does show affection to Diana, the young woman he drives around. However, he grotesquely kills other people and does a really disturbing raping scene at the end because he wants revenge for the murder of Diana and wants a future child to be raised by a white woman? Why is this a story, I have no idea. Due to this being the focus of the plot, the storyline falls short, which makes it drag.

A theme of revenge might be fine, but when it ends with raping a woman that doesn’t have anything with the murder of Diana…doesn’t really make sense to me. How is this revenge?

In addition to lacking in character development, plot structure, and themes, the voice given to Sayer makes him unlikable. For the most part, he has an “I know more than you” attitude, and that is very off-putting for me.

One last thing I will say is in regards to switching character perspectives. I found the transitions choppy and unclear. It was difficult in understanding why the shifting in characters was happening, and it didn’t really add to the story.

Overall, this was just a book that if it wasn’t for this program, I would not have picked up. It’s one that doesn’t really have a point or a clear message.

No, I wouldn’t.

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