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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
After his father's death due to a sudden heart attack, John W. Hardin and his mother lost their sixty-acre property because of their inability to pay the mortgage. William Hayes, however, offers them a less valuable piece of land but enough for them to call it home. Two years later, several businessmen want to buy all the old mines so they can produce gold or silver again; including the mine on the Hardins’ land. Written by Joe Corso, The Revenge of John W is a modern retelling of the famous classic The Count of Monte Cristo with an exciting twist of its own.
The Revenge of John W is written in a very beautiful prose. But because this story is set in modern times, the tone of the dialogue seems a little out of place at times – as if it belongs more to the era of Count Monte Cristo himself. As a fan of the famous classic, this is an insignificant imperfection of the book. It takes a lot of nerve to somewhat restate an established work that belongs to Alexandre Dumas, and I think Joe Corso did amazingly well.
Corso weaves his story through a familiar plot but with an original twist. The pacing is excellent and I actually managed to finish the book in one sitting. I do not think it's hard to convince other readers to read this book if they love Dumas’s Monte Cristo. A great book to relax with and be entertained at the same time.