Past Lives Review

Friday, Ray Keating released Past Lives: A Pastor Stephen Grant Short Story, and today I’m reviewing it!

Past Lives Review

Great quick, enjoyable read. I didn’t have a lot of time this weekend, so I especially appreciated the quick notes & fast pace of the journal-entry style storytelling. Best read in a single sitting on a weekend afternoon. 🙂

It starts with a relaxed tone that grows more terse as tensions thicken. I appreciated the occasional reflections. Part of me actually really appreciated just how short each of the entries were! It was satisfying to turn pages so rapidly and there can be a temptation to write for the sake of writing. This story stuck to what was relevant to the characters & plot. Well done.

I wonder if the title is a pun: past lives showing that, in a sense, the past lives on. I don’t know. The ending keeps you thinking. 

Thanks for another fun read!

Series Review

Here are the Pastor Stephen Grant novels & short stories in order with my reviews:

  1. Warrior Monk (2010) (Reviewed here)
  2. Root of All Evil? (2012) (Reviewed here)
  3. An Advent for Religious Liberty (2012) (Reviewed here)
  4. The River (2014) (Reviewed here)
  5. Murderer’s Row (2015) (Reviewed here)
  6. Wine Into Water (2016) (Reviewed here)
  7. Lionhearts (2017) (Reviewed here)
  8. Reagan Country (2018) (I missed reviewing one! I know I read it and enjoyed it. Huh.)
  9. Heroes & Villains (2018) (short story) (Reviewed here
  10. Shifting Sands (2018) (short story) (Reviewed here)
  11. Deep Rough (July 16, 2019) (Reviewed HERE here, above)
  12. The Traitor (December 9, 2019) (novella?) (Reviewed here)
  13. Vatican Shadows (November 30, 2020) (Reviewed here)
  14.  Past Lives: A Pastor Stephen Grant Short Story (February 26, 2021) (Reviewed here)
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