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The Joshua Effect by P.S. Meronek
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The Joshua Effect

by P.S. Meronek

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I received this book from the Goodreads First Read program in exchange for a review.

This book started off pretty good then went south. I really thought I was going to enjoy it, but it just bored me after a while. It was kind of hard for me to finish. It was too wordy and I did not like the main character. ( )
  Kristinah | May 8, 2018 |
This book won a contest for most clichéd phrases, right? It had to. Every page is full of them, nay, every paragraph. It's the most amazing thing I've ever seen. Unless one thinks and talks this way, it would be hard work to create something like this. I would quote some but I'd have to quote the whole book. If only one character spoke that way, readers could assume it was part of the character, but it wasn't. Most of the people in the book spoke this way, leading a reader to presume the author thinks and speaks this way.

The main character and several others are insufferably arrogant and uneven. And, of course, his lady is the most beautiful and smartest woman ever. What else could she be with his attitude? The whole book brings to mind someone who is terribly insecure and has to prove something to others, despite that he thinks he's one of the richest persons in the world. This character also has no idea what he owns and leaves much of his vast fortune and holdings to others to manage. Really? The few wealthy people I've known know exactly what they have and where it is, and more.

The story is mostly one man's fantasy. The only things I liked about the book were a couple points regarding the US and life today -- not something we don't all know, but things that were stated well. That's it. The book got worse in the later chapters.

People read different things, and I know some folks will enjoy this book and this author's writing. For readers who value good writing, stay away from this book. Two stars is generous. Life is too short to read mediocre books.

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  Rascalstar | Jan 21, 2017 |
Really a good story and plot with lots of action - Politics and religion from around the world are included - fast paced thriller. ( )
  Jjean7 | Mar 10, 2015 |
The story begins with the explosion at the top of a Manhattan building as Jonathan Strickland watches his friends and associates die from his helicopter. He vows to find the terrorists that did this. He gets more than he bargains for.

Jonathan Strickland is a billionaire who thinks he can do anything he wants and has the connections to do so. I found him to be arrogant and not really likeable. But still with the story is fast passed and action filled; making it an exciting read and one of Meronek’s best. ( )
  grumpydan | Dec 14, 2014 |
The Joshua Effect By: P.S. Meronek
Pages. 351
Publisher: Ponytale Press
Reviewed By: tk
Copy Courtesy of Goodreads First Reads

An incredible action adventure marked by dirty politics, murder, and the almighty dollar. When Jonathan Sticklands’ building is destroyed by unknowns, he and his employee/friends become involved in a who-on-it that will determine the fate of the United States. The demands are simple. First, to eliminate the an international debt. Second, to free prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. Then the last request is to execute the President, and a number of higher ups in office. This is only the beginning. Strickland’s building is only an attention getter, more destruction will follow.

Charlene Leigh Bakersfield, Jonathan beautiful girlfriend, and best friend for this past year, has become the love of his life. However, Jonathan is self centered, egotistical jerk. Charlene a.k.a. Charlie, loves Jonathan, but tired of his attitude and selfishness. Did I mention Charlie’s’ dad works for Homeland Security? Will Jonathan be able to save his relationship with Charlie? What does Homeland Security have to do with the destruction of Jonathan building?

The story is alarming. P.S. Meronek makes you think really about the possibly of espionage, and corruption that may be currently happening in the States, and abroad. Watching the news, the internet, the radio, all have signs of a bigger story. Controversial topics as religion, greed, politics, and money. The next huge War could be right around the corner.

Meronek knocks another one out of the park. All of his novels are outstanding reads, but this one has topped the others. The originality of the plot, and believable characters will leave a lasting impression. Clear your agenda, you won’t be able to put it down.
Highly recommended. 5/5 ( )
  doseofbella | Aug 21, 2014 |
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The rooftop reception on the skyscraper in lower Manhattan is an elegant and festive affair right up until the moment the murders occur. With the lives of sixty-three of his friends and business associates snuffed out in one horrifying blink of an eye, the wealthy and enigmatic Jonathan Strickland boards a dangerous roller coaster ride of a lifetime in this clever, nail biting who-done-it. Following the nebulous clues left behind at the scene of the terrible crime, Strickland finds himself kidnapped and taken to a clandestine meeting in the middle of the foreboding Syrian desert beneath the ancient ruins of one of the oldest civilizations known to man. The lines between good and evil blur as the suspect list narrows. Strickland races against time to find the invisible killers who have even more horrific carnage in mind; they call their sinister plan the Joshua Effect. Strickland also struggles with the essence of a life thrown into question by the gnawing epiphany that he is losing the one thing which actually gives his existence meaning. All of his fantastic achievements pale when compared with the desire to possess the love of the one woman who can understand him - but who can never be with the man he is. As the clock ticks relentlessly forward to a catastrophe of truly Biblical proportions, the hunt for those responsible nears its climax. From a brazen gun battle among the rich and famous in the exotic streets of glamorous Miami Beach to the discovery of the secretive Catskills hideaway of a reclusive scientist in upstate New York, the thrilling ride never lets up. All the while the personal war inside Strickland rages on. Who is he? More importantly, who will he end up becoming? For a man who thought he had everything, why does he suddenly find his life so empty? For Jonathan the revelation that a life with nothing in it worth dying for isn't much worth living shakes the very core of his being. Then why does it feel so right?

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:14 -0400)

The rooftop reception on the skyscraper in lower Manhattan is an elegant and festive affair right up until the moment the murders occur. With the lives of sixty-three of his friends and business associates snuffed out in one horrifying blink of an eye, the wealthy and enigmatic Jonathan Strickland boards a dangerous roller coaster ride of a lifetime in this clever, nail biting who-done-it. Following the nebulous clues left behind at the scene of the terrible crime, Strickland finds himself kidnapped and taken to a clandestine meeting in the middle of the foreboding Syrian desert beneath the ancient ruins of one of the oldest civilizations known to man. The lines between good and evil blur as the suspect list narrows. Strickland races against time to find the invisible killers who have even more horrific carnage in mind; they call their sinister plan the Joshua Effect. Strickland also struggles with the essence of a life thrown into question by the gnawing epiphany that he is losing the one thing which actually gives his existence meaning. All of his fantastic achievements pale when compared with the desire to possess the love of the one woman who can understand him - but who can never be with the man he is. As the clock ticks relentlessly forward to a catastrophe of truly Biblical proportions, the hunt for those responsible nears its climax. From a brazen gun battle among the rich and famous in the exotic streets of glamorous Miami Beach to the discovery of the secretive Catskills hideaway of a reclusive scientist in upstate New York, the thrilling ride never lets up. All the while the personal war inside Strickland rages on. Who is he? More importantly, who will he end up becoming? For a man who thought he had everything, why does he suddenly find his life so empty? For Jonathan the revelation that a life with nothing in it worth dying for isn't much worth living shakes the very core of his being. Then why does it feel so right? The Joshua Effect is a taut, suspense filled page turner with a stunner around every corner.… (more)

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