January 17, 2015
Valiant The Dead, by J. W. Goble
Valiant’s selfish life culminates in death outside a nightclub. What he first thought was catastrophe, ends up being a second chance at life and valor. Reinvigorated by the shining Prince of a foreign land, he suffers through unknown terrors and fantastic encounters to complete his quest and force a showdown with the Lord of Lies.
This allegory is a fascinating read. Although the author recommends it for ages 14 – 18, those older will find in it nuances that speak to their faith. I did find the character names a little difficult to follow, but that is to be expected in a story such as this. As a story of wasted life and redemption, this is a great read, but adding the subtle flavors of faith, this is a powerful read. I look forward to future works by Mr. Goble, and recommend this story to all readers, Christian and otherwise.
J.W. Goble was born in Germany and moved to New Mexico at age 14. He moved to Colorado for two years and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after graduating from Golden High School. After completing his four year tour of duty, he spent over a decade as a law enforcement officer in southern California where he also graduated from the Master’s College. He now lives in Arizona and enjoys writing fantasy stories and articles about music, marketing, and law enforcement.