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Davis BunnRevell / 2020 / ePubOur Price$8.534 out of 5 stars for Burden of Proof - eBook. View reviews of this product. 27 Reviews
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LindseyGAge: 35-44Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Fantastic Book!!September 22, 2021LindseyGAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 54.5 stars. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Like so many others, I missed the part about time travel/sci fi. I most likely would have passed on this book had I realized that and it would have been my loss. This is an amazingly well written story. The time travel is not what you think, or at least not what I typically think. The depth of this story is mind blowing.
What if you were able to go back and correct the worst mistake of your life? That's exactly what Ethan has the opportunity to do. He gets the chance to go back and possibly save his brother. The way he handles this journey, the growth he has, his character and complexity are wise beyond his years.
This story is emotional, it's moving, it's thought provoking. This is a unique story that is very different from anything I've read lately. It was a breathe of fresh air.
You may not think this book is up your alley, please give it a try. I was sucked in, fell in love with the plotline and characters and just couldn't put it down. You won't be disappointed!
My thanks to Davis Bunn, the publisher and netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
arkmom4 Stars Out Of 5Time travel and changing the pastFebruary 17, 2021arkmomQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 1Ethan has spent his life living selfishly and doing what he wanted, even at the expense of his marriage which only lasted seven years. He was a surfer traveling the globe surfing the big waves. He is now 55 years old and dying of cancer. Soon.
His parents have passed away. His only sibling has also passed away, and he and his sister-in-law loathe one another and haven't been in contact since his brother's death. So, imagine his surprise when she (Sonya) suddenly shows up, AND with her daughter that Ethan never knew existed. She discovered she was pregnant two weeks following the death of her husband, Ethan's brother.
What the two women want from Ethan is wild, crazy and unfathomable. Yet, Ethan is convinced. Can they really send him back in time to prevent his brother's murder? He feels he has absolutely nothing to lose, and possibly everything to gain.
Sonya's company is being bought out and Ethan discovers it has everything to do with his brother's murder. If he can prevent the murder, and discover what is going on, it will change everything for his family.
Sonya is one of those characters that you, at first, dislike. Intensely. But, as the story goes on, your opinion of her changes and you will even sympathize with her. The complexity of her work was astounding.
It was surprising how '35 years back in time' that Ethan's brother, sister-in-law, and a couple others so easily believed his time travel story.
My big disappointment in this story was that there was no mention of Christ at all. Ethan is soon to be facing eternity and judgement, and a huge opportunity for the gospel was neglected. This is the reason for my 4 star rating. I would have easily given it 5 stars, if this were truly a Christian fiction book.
I was given an advanced copy of this by the publisher, Revell and Netgalley. I was under no obligation to leave a positive review.
Mrs ARS5 Stars Out Of 5A Unique Second ChanceJanuary 18, 2021Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5How many times have any of us just wanted to go back in time and have a do over? To do something we should have done, or not do something we should not have done? To have regrets is part of human life and this story gives one man a chance to go back and fix his. Ethan is dying of cancer and he is alone. He looks back on his life and sees that for the most part it is an empty shell of what it could have been. If he would only have chosen differently.
Add a little bit of science fiction and Ethan has just that chance. Of course with a certainty of his death, he chooses to do just that. He is gifted with going back in time to undo and change certain outcomes that not only tore his life apart but that of his sister-in-law and others as well. Ethan gets a do over with a bonus. He gets to bring with him the wisdom he has gained as he lived his life. What a precious gift.
Not only was this a thought provoking novel, but it also has a mystery tied up into it as well. Especially as he seeks to find out who killed his brother and why his brother was murdered in the first place.
With hints of A Christmas Carol and the Prodigal Son, I enjoyed this out of the box novel. There were some really good nuggets of wisdom sprinkled throughout and I really took them to heart. So for me, I hope that I choose not to make the regrets, and to think more before I speak and act. This one was bittersweet.
I was provided a copy by Revell Publishing through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Second Time AroundDecember 9, 2020GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5How many times have you heard someone say: "If I could go back and relive my life, I would do things a lot different?" Some people have made such a horrible mess of their lives that they would like a complete do-over. Ethan was facing death in just a few short months. Although he was not all that satisfied with the life he had lived, he did not seem to be looking for a do-over. He was just taking a day at a time, coping with the pain and other issues caused by the cancer. His primary goal seemed to be to experience certain things, such as an early morning kayak trip across the inland waterway into the dawn, just one more time before checking out. In effect, he had a plan for his remaining time and was simply doing the next thing as he felt like it, until his sister-in-law and his niece suddenly appeared on the dock. From that moment on, you need to hang on to your hat because the ride gets wild. Davis Bunn undoubtedly has an exceptionally vivid imagination to be able to come up with stories like this one. I love the fact that he can take the reader on an amazing journey with no vulgarity and not even a suggestive comment. In my book, an author who can do that has a true mastery of language and a moral compass to guide him. Davis Bunn has proven over and over again that it is possible to tell a great story without slithering into the gutter. Although there is no overt Christian message, the story maintains strong moral values.
Fitzysmom5 Stars Out Of 5Review from Rambles of a SAHMDecember 7, 2020FitzysmomQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I usually don't enjoy books that have an element of science fiction in them. I find that I spend my time being skeptical and not able to just lose myself in the story. Burden of Proof isn't overly science fictiony but it does have an element of time travel in it. Once again Davis Bunn has made me rethink my snubbing of this genre.
We all have regrets in life that given the chance we would change. In Burden of Proof Ethan Barrett is living with overwhelming regrets. But out of the blue he is given the chance for a do-over. He's transported back to a time just before his biggest regret. The story of how he changes things is heartbreaking and beautiful.
I enjoyed this story so much that I really didn't even think about it being a time travel story. It was clever at times, incredibly sad at times, and joyous throughout. Without giving anything away let me tell you a secret I learned just in case I ever time travel . . .buy stock in Apple and Nintendo! (That's the clever part.)
Davis Bunn is a talented author and I've enjoyed every book of his that I've read. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that this is now my favorite. Not everyone has the opportunity for a do over with some of their deepest regrets but we can probably all relate to the family dynamics that this story explores. If you enjoy a story that will tug at your heartstrings, pick this one up!
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.