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But that didn't stop someone from killing him.
Posted May 20, 2009
IMPACT is the story of a family facing the violent death of their oldest son. Told from the point of view of younger son Jordan, the story reveals his guilt about the death of his older brother and the impact the event has on the young man's parents.
Basically, the guilty parties have been apprehended and arrested, and now it's time for the trial. Reliving the beating death of their son and brother is a horrific challenge. They want justice but they never imagined how slowly and painfully the wheels of justice would turn. Despite the identification of suspects, the gathering of evidence, the interviewing of witnesses, and preparing for trial, this family attempts to return to a normal life.
Readers will sense the frustration of the characters as they listen to testimonies and hear the attorneys twist and turn statements to suit their individual clients. All the while they will observe as Jordan and his parents remember the events leading up to the tragic night Mark was clubbed, beaten, and kicked to death.
James C. Dekker tells this moving account of a family's suffering that is all too frequently reported on evening news broadcasts. Using a simple, straightforward style and words spoken from the heart of the family members, Dekker paints a picture that will move even the most jaded reader.
In our violent world, this story is painfully familiar and one we wouldn't wish on our worst enemy.
Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"