Cameron Vaux is desperate. Though only 33 years old, he's starting to lose his memories. Memories of all-too-few years with his wife, Jessie. Memories of his dad, who had Alzheimers and died too young. And memories of things he'd done last week. Or even yesterday.
Both his dad and Jessie had spoken of something they'd seen in the Oregon mountains, a book that showed the future and the past. A book, his dad said, that contained all one's days. Before he died, he told Cameron it would cure him of his memory loss, if only he could find it.
Eight years later, Cameron is desperate enough to go on a wild goose chase to Three Peaks, Oregon. He invites Jessie's best friend, Ann, to come along. Together they search the town and the area for information about the Book of Days. A cult has sprung up here worshiping the mythical book-or is it real? One man, Taylor Stone, seems to hold the key. But he's not talking.
I couldn't figure out why Cameron asked Ann on this journey, or why she came, since the two had never gotten along in the past. Still, she has her uses as a climbing companion, lock picker, and romantic interest. Even with that question in mind, I enjoyed following Cameron and Ann's adventures as they tracked the rumors about the book and deliberated whether it was all a New Age hoax or a carefully guarded secret of truth. As with his previous book, Rooms, Rubart rides the line between a contemporary novel and speculative.
The concept for Book of Days comes from Psalm 139:16-"Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be." The author shares what a comfort this verse was to him when Alzheimers claimed his own dad. His dad's memories weren't gone completely-God still knew where they were and had recorded them in his book.
Imagine whole chunks of your memory disappearing. Imagine your dad died with the same symptoms. Scary, huh? Now imagine your dad died 8 years ago at age 49. Imagine yourself spiraling into this abyss when you're only 25. Cameron Vaux doesn't need to imagine it--he's living it.
When Cameron's dad died 8 years ago he warned him that this day would come. He also told him about a book of days where God records every moment of every persons life. He told Cameron that if he can find this book it may cure him. Six years later, on her deathbed after a tragic accident, his wife Jesse tells him the same thing.
Although quite agnostic, Cameron is determined to try anything that may spare him. Jesse's foster-sister Ann, and Cameron have a cold distant relationship, but she is an investigative reporter so he contacts her for help. She reluctantly agrees, and the story takes off.
This book was hard to put down. It's the kind of book that can make you stay up until 3AM without noticing. The characters have great depth and the settings are at times beyond description.
James Rubart is one of the best new authors to come onto the fiction scene in quite a while. His meaningful, gripping tales are the product of superb storytelling. His exciting tales contain that extra twist that makes the difference between a good book and a great book.
Cameron Vaux was twenty five when his father died, his dad was only forty-nine. The last conversation Cameron had with his dad was on a day when his dad was pretty lucid, you see Cameron's dad suffered from memory loss, dementia. When he warns Cameron that he too will lose his mind, and when he starts losing his memory that he must find the book of all days Cameron just brushes it off. Fast forward eight years and Cameron's memory is starting to fail. It has been going on for over a year and its getting progressively worse. Could it be possible that his father's prediction is coming true?
This book was quite interesting, the characters were solid and very well fleshed out. As we get the back story of Cameron it is easy to understand why he would fear losing his memory. Ann has her own reasons for looking for The Book Of Days, and we also see her trying to deal with her long held feelings for Cameron.The author provides several secondary characters that round out the story quite well.
While this book started out a bit slow for me, once it got going it was filled with enough mystery and suspense and plenty of plot twists that kept me reading to try and figure out what was going to happen. The ending was a twist that I didn't expect.
This book would easily appeal to anyone who likes a good suspense/mystery with spiritual undertones woven into the story. I am so glad that I kept reading because I enjoyed it and will look for more from this author.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
When I started this book, I thought I am not going to like it! But as I read on a few pages it really got my interest. It started out with Cameron Vaux in his father's room at an assisted living complex. His dad was only in his fifties so it was hard to believe that his dad's mind was gone. His Dad had been asking for someone and the hospital assumed it was Cameron as he was the only close relative. When Cameron got there his dad knew him and started to tell him about a book that would tell him his future, his past and when he was going to die, and Cameron's dad told him that unless he found the book, his mind would be gone also.
Cameron took some time off from his work and went to the small Oregon town where his father had lived when he was a little boy to try and find the book of days his father was talking about. By this time his dad had passed away and Cameron's own mind had started slipping. He keep forgetting a lot about this wife's death and where he put things, why had he written down a number and so on. He had to find that book before he became as his dad was.
This book was so interesting, things just keep happening while he tried to find the book. What were the people hiding and how could he find this book. He got his late wife's sister to come and help him. They just keep running into obstacles. You really need to buy this book when it comes out in Jan. 2011.
The copy of this book was sent to me free by JSKCommunications for my honest review.
Book of Days by James L. Rubart is a fascinating look at memory, forgiveness, and God. Cameron Vaux watched his father die eight years ago, but even more terrible than his death was watching him lose his memories to a devastating illness. Now, two years after the death of his beloved wife Jessie, Cameron is starting to worry that he may suffer from that same illness. He's forgetting conversations moments after they happen, missing appointments, and reading notes in his own handwriting as if for the first time, but even worse than that, he's losing his memories of Jessie. Just before his father and Jessie died, each told Cameron of a book of days that he must seek out, but he's ignored their instructions until now, as he begins losing himself, he feels that the book just may hold the answer he needs. He heads to Three Peaks, Oregon in his search and asks Jessie's best friend Ann Bannister to help him in his quest. Ann has her own reasons for going to Three Peaks, more than just her long hidden feelings for Cam. She wants to find out more about her mother who died of a heroin overdose when Ann was just eleven. Cameron and Ann meet Taylor Stone, who seems to have all the answers they need; Jason Judah, whose malicious manipulations and desire to own the book turn them off, and others in the small town, all of whom are enigmatic at best and threatening at worst. Their investigation tells them that the Book of Days was written by God with everyone's memories, the past, and the future all written out for anyone to read, and each person has their own reasons for wanting, or not wanting, to find it. Rubart's writing is compelling and fascinating, as he pulls readers in farther and farther with each turn of the page. My one quibble is that in his attempt to throw readers off in the identity of the bad guy, he leaves them confused as to just why the antagonist was willing to go so far; it's motivations are a mystery. Still, the story is thoroughly entertaining, and the revelation about the Book both satisfying and poignant. Rubart is an exciting new Christian fiction who will be changing the face of the genre with each book he writes.