Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Book Of Jonas

I just got finished reading The Book Of Jonas by Stephen Dau. Reading this book I would have never guessed this to be his first novel.  This book is so well written, Stephen comes across as a seasoned veteran writer.  The setting of this story starts out in the Middle East where a teenage boy loses everything during a raid on his small village, but quickly turns to the U.S. where the very government and their military that destroyed his life try to help him build a new one in America.  It's a heart wrenching story not only of the boy Jonas, but also the American soldier named Christopher, that saved his life.  Two enemies who escape the horrors of the raid, they hide and heal together in the mountains near the village that was destroyed.  In a blur Jonas finds himself in a new country with a new identity living with a foster family.  Between the bullying he endures at school and the haunting memories of the sights and sounds he witnessed from his homeland, Jonas lands in the care of Paul, a devoted and patient Mental Health specialist .  Resisting Paul's help, Jonas tries to bury the past and heads down a self destructible path that leads him to Christopher's mother Rose and his realization that the truth will set him free. The Book Of Jonas touches your heart as it walks you through some of the horrors of war and the people it leaves in it's wake.  It will leave you with goose bumps more than once!

Disclosure - This is a paid review by BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.


  1. Sounds good but depressing!
    Dachshund Nola

  2. I've heard of this book from a friend lately too. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Always on the look out for a good read. thanks.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  4. My mommy hasn't heard of this book -- thanks for sharing your review. :)

    Woofs & hugs, <3

    ~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

  5. What a coincidence--A patient in our office on Tuesday had this book and was telling me about it. She raved about it, and described it as a tremendously powerful book as well, and how she was so affected by the human cost of war, and the long-lasting effects of decisions that are made in the heat of the moment. I think I'm going to have to read it! THANKS for the recommendation!!

    I hope you, Fred and Gloria are having a good week!

  6. I will have to check this out! Thanks!

  7. Thanks for the great review! Not sure this novel would appeal to me. I always think true stories of these kinds of subjects are more compelling than fictional accounts. But then I was probably the only person who hated the movie Titanic for the same

  8. Thanks for the book review. We will have to read this one.

    Nina, Myshka, Sasha, Betsy, Lucy, Phoebe and Lily


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