Book & Author Details:
Waking Lazarus by D J Williams
Publication date: June 3rd 2016
Genres: Travel, Crime, Mystery
Jake Harris’ life hasn’t turned out the way he planned. Battling his addictions, and the shattered pieces of his family, he is hired to ghostwrite a memoir. From the 1920’s story of a controversial evangelist, to the present day mystery of a former District Attorney, everything changes when his search for the truth leads to an atrocity hidden from history. With a past he can’t remember, he begins to discover that he is not the person he believed himself to be. Rather, he is a threat to a secret society that has remained in the shadows for nearly a century. Jake is drawn deep inside a world he never knew existed that brings him closer to his own extraordinary destiny.
Let me temper this review by saying that this story is garnering great comments from others and has good review scores. However, it just didn’t capture my attention – at all.
When I look at those other reviews, I genuinely feel like I was reading a different book. I didn’t find the pacing to be fast; instead, I found it a little bogged down with the back story. I didn’t connect at all with Jake, and whilst I will happily admit that the prologue had me intrigued, my interest waned rapidly thereafter.
I have no doubt that the book picks up, having looked at what others have said. And my opinion is by no means representative. But, as I have said before, I think that reading should be a pleasure, not a task. And so, it is with regret that I must report that I didn’t finish this tale.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
With the DNA of a world traveler, D.J. Williams was born and raised in Hong Kong, has ventured into the jungles of the Amazon, the bush of Africa, and the slums of the Far East. His global travels have engrossed him in a myriad of cultures, and provided him with a unique perspective that has fueled his creativity over the course of a twenty year career in both the entertainment industry and nonprofit sector.
In this latest novel, Williams has written an epic global adventure filled with riveting characters and page turning twists and turns. Think Jason Bourne meets Homeland. It is a brilliant follow up to his previous novel, The Disillusioned, that garnered the praise of Hollywood’s elite, including Judith McCreary, Co-EP, Law & Order: SVU, Criminal Minds, and CSI, who said, “The Disillusioned is a fast-paced mystery…you won’t put it down until you’ve unlocked the secrets and lies to find the truth.”
With the release of Waking Lazarus, Williams is once again capturing the attention of industry veterans including Peter Anderson (Oscar Winner, Cinematographer), who has already endorsed this latest adventure, “Waking Lazarus is a captivating visual story with a colorful narrative. Once I started reading, it was hard to put down.”
Currently based out of Los Angeles, Williams continues to add to his producing and directing credits of more than 300 episodes of broadcast TV syndicated worldwide by developing new projects for television, film and print.