SINNERMAN by Jonathan M. Cook

SINNERMAN by Jonathan M. Cook

February 14, 2013
Amazon Digital Services
Kindle format, 186 pages

From the Amazon editorial review:

“Love makes sinners of us all.”

In the sleepy Midwestern town of Vespers…

In the sweltering summer heat…

Julian Sane, high school teacher and cad’s cad, is a man at war with himself. But a chance encounter with a former student will push him across professional boundaries and force him to confront his personal demons.

From the author of YOUTH AND OTHER FICTIONS comes a love story for those who live in the real world, where love does not conquer all and actions do have consequences.
 

SINNERMAN is a book I chose via Premier Virtual Author Book Tours, a book blog tour venue for authors to get their work exposed. In exchange for a free book, a blogger agrees to review the book of choice. I usually enjoy historical fiction or literary fiction or even non-fiction that appeals to me after being sent some choices and short descriptions. I noticed that this book was by a young man and was about a high school teacher. I figured I needed to step outside of my usual boundaries and choose something atypical. 

I have to say I had a rough time with this book, especially the beginning chapters. Mr. Cook’s book follows teacher Julian Sane as he completes another year of teaching high school English and thinks he has a good shot for tenure at the school. We get to know Julian as the school year comes to a close and another graduation is endured. I guess I did not particularly like the Julian character, as Mr. Cook intended. But I could never connect or feel for the character very much and after a while I didn’t care anymore. 

This is Mr. Cook’s second Kindle book published. He has flashes of some very good writing, but I got tired of reading about the uninteresting details of a male high school teacher’s lusting and hangovers and really got tired of Julian’s sarcasm and pointless griping and belittling. Julian changes as the book continues, which gives the book some redemption. Anyhow, I applaud Mr. Cook for actually writing and formulating a story and getting it published, but I personally struggled through. I think he has great potential for future books.
–author Jonathan M. Cook
 
Jonathan M. Cook’s Website:  http://www.jonathanmcook.net
Jonathan M. Cook Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonathanmcook
 
Tour stops for SINNERMAN:
 
So Many Precious Books Oct 15 Review & Giveaway
Rainy Days & Mondays 
Oct 16 Review
Rainy Days & Mondays Oct 17 Guest Post
From Isi
 Oct 18 Review
I Know That Book Oct 22 Interview
Sweeps for Bloggers Oct 25 Review & Giveaway
Giveaways & Glitter Oct
28 Review
Rose & Beps Blog Oct 29 Excerpt & Spotlight
M. Denise C. Oct30 Review
Deal Sharing Aunt Oct 31 Review
Romance & Inspiration Nov 1 Review
Rainy Days & Pajamas Nov 4 Review
Joie 
Networking Witches Nov 5 Review & Giveaway
Harlie’s Book Blog Nov 6 Review
Harlie’s Book Blog Nov 7 Guest Post
Joystory Nov 7 Review
GrownUp Fangirl  Nov 11 Review
GrownUp Fangirl  Nov 12 Interview & Giveaway
Princess & the Gummy Bear Nov 13 Video ReviewPaperback Writer Nov 14 Mini Interview
 
I encourage you to read the reviews and interviews as SINNERMAN has some really good ones.