Book Review: The Consecration of Jacob Jordaens by: Michael Brown

Publisher: MJ Brown Books

Publication Date: April 2014

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis: The Consecration of Jacob Jordaens explores the dark world of an underground sex trafficking ring with paranormal connections.

In the spring of 2001, Jake Jordaens moves with his mother, Lexis, from New Orleans to Providence, R.I. Nearby lives Lexis’ estranged husband, Nick Vaughn, member of a wealthy family, behind whose wealth lays the dark and disturbing crime of child pornography.

Jake’s sanity depends on ending the Vaughn’s nefarious empire, but the Vaughns will do anything to prevent Jake from unraveling their web of lies.

In this paranormal thriller, good and evil choose their favorites. Nineteen year-old Jake is slowly led to the truth by his mentor Moira Connery, a docent at the New Orleans Museum of Voodoo. Meanwhile, although Andrew, patriarch of the Vaughn clan, may be dead, his sordid twisted impulses still motivate family greed and debauchery from the afterlife.

Can Jake stop them? Will he fall victim? Will good or evil prevail? The dead? Or the living?

Review: THE CONSECRATION OF JACOB JORDAENS is a story which pushes the envelope. It contains references to and scenes of child pornography, pedophilia, incest, and rape. Jacob Jordaens has moved to Providence, Rhode Island with his adoptive mother from New Orleans. Jacob has always been sensitive to otherworldly phenomena, but things have been getting progressively worse since moving to the East Coast near his stepfather’s family. The Vaughns are immensely powerful and the family empire was built on a foundation lies, deceit, and debauchery. Andrew, the patriarch of the Vaughn clan, is dead; yet he continues to exert influence over his family from the other side. Is it Jacob’s destiny to topple this evil empire and where does he fit in the tangled skein of this dynasty? THE CONSECRATION OF JACOB JORDAENS is a dark tale of betrayal, lies, and the mystical. The writing is solid, the characters well-developed, and you are taken on a dark, twisted road when reading this book. I personally didn’t care for the subject matter and at times it was hard to determine what was real and what was fantasy, but the book was well written. THE CONSECRATION OF JACOB JORDAENS is billed as a paranormal thriller; however, I think this is a simplistic view considering the depths of emotion the author brings out in the characters and the reader. THE CONSECRATION OF JACOB JORDAENS is a book which readers will not easily put out of their minds.

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