Review – Purpose by Andrew Q Gordon

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Title:Purpose

Author:Andrew Q Gordon

Genre:Gay Romance, Paranormal

Length:Novel

Publisher:Dreamspinner Press

Synopsis

Forty years ago the Spirit of Vengeance—a Purpose—took William Morgan as its host, demanding he avenge the innocent by killing the guilty. Since then, Will has retreated behind Gar, a façade he uses to avoid dealing with what he’s become. Cold, impassive, and devoid of emotion, Gar goes about his life alone—until his tidy, orderly world is upended when he meets Ryan, a broken young man cast out by his family. Spurred to action for reasons he can’t understand, Gar saves Ryan from death and finds himself confronted by his humanity.

Spending time with Ryan helps Will claw out from under Gar’s shadow. He recognizes Ryan is the key to his reclaiming his humanity and facing his past. As Will struggles to control the Purpose, Ryan challenges him to rethink everything he knew about himself and the spirit that possesses him. In the process, he pushes Will to do something he hasn’t done in decades: care.

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Review

At first I wasn’t sure about this book. The opening seemed a little farfetched for me, but I decided I would stick with it. Boy, am I glad I did. Gar is the ultimate badass supernatural force of vengeance. He’s the kind of man you never want to be on the bad side of because you will instantly know you’re going to have your butt handed to you. Gar is cold, calculating and miserable in his life. He is a slave to a power greater than he is, but because it’s seeking revenge for the innocent souls that are murdered he doesn’t fight it. But even the toughest nut has a soft center, and for Gar that soft core is Ryan.

Ryan is every young street kid you can find most anywhere in the world; thrown away and un-loved. Just when he is about to give up, a chance meeting on a subway changes his life in ways he could never have understood without the stranger looking at him from across the train. What is it about this man that calls to him? Why is he saving his life when he doesn’t have to? Why is he so attracted to this guy? Questions like these plague Ryan until he discovers that buried deep within Gar there is William Morgan, and that’s a whole new world to discover.

Andrew Gordon wrote characters that are all very well sculpted, with deep insight and just enough hints to keep the reader riveted and hanging on by their nails. The way the story is told you find stories inside of the main plot that only work to enrich and further develop a great book so that we feel invested in the characters and the life they are fighting for. I am so very happy I hung on to this book; as a matter of fact I had to go back and re-read some pages just because they are written that well.

About the author

Andrew Q. Gordon wrote his first story back when yellow legal pads and ball point pens were common and a Smith Corona correctable typewriter was considered high tech. Adapting with technology, he now takes his MacBook somewhere quiet when he wants to write.

Long a fan of super heroes, wizards and sports, Andrew’s works include high fantasy, paranormal spirits, magic as well as contemporary fiction. He is still trying to find the perfect story that will include all his favorites under one cover.

He currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his partner of eighteen years, their young daughter and dog. In addition to dodging some very self-important D.C. ‘insiders’, Andrew uses his commute to catch up on his reading. When not working or writing, he enjoys soccer, high fantasy, baseball and seeing how much coffee he can drink in a day and not get the shakes.

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