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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
The Bishop of 12th Avenue is a post-apocalyptic novel for young adults by Ray Lucit. Eighteen-year-old Jacob “Jake” Walker is accustomed to hiding and fighting for survival in the city controlled by corrupt leaders. He rescues a man tortured by federal agents, and the dying man mumbles a chant before placing a ring on Jacob’s finger. He meets beautiful Becky, a churcher who convinces him to return to her hometown because the victim made Jake a bishop. Churchers believe God has a plan for him, but he doesn’t know anything about religion. The teen can’t understand why beautiful Becky and the townsfolk call him Bishop Jacob or constantly pray. The feds come to the town with demands, harming anyone who ignores their orders. Jake decides to take on the law, feeling responsible for “a flock” he inherited. This street-smart bishop prefers carrying knives, not a Bible for a weapon.
“Prayer changes everything” is what the churchers believe in The Bishop of 12th Avenue. It’s a thought-provoking, action-filled religious theme in a post-apocalyptic setting. Jake is a teen who only knew the city he grew up in, so being in a God-fearing, loving community is a big adjustment for him. He struggles with his thoughts about God, romance, and the role he finds himself in. How can a person pray for peace when one can fight for it? The story is meaningful, original, amusing in sections, and is a wonderful read for young adults. Ray Lucit’s writing is strong, convincing and absorbing. The conclusion was unexpected but not disappointing. I would like to see a sequel to this novel.