Wednesday 21 April 2021

A Changing of the Guard - Corinna Turner - Last Things Book 2

A Changing of the Guard 
Last Thing Book 2
Corinna Turner
Unseen Books
ISBN 9781910806364
eISBN 9781910806364

Wow! Just wow! I really enjoyed the first book in this series. I did not expect a follow up. And had no idea it would be the beginning of a series. But this second volume is an incredible read. I have greatly enjoyed all the books by Corinna Turner that I have read. The first book in this series was completely unlike anything else I had read by her. That story was a surprise on many levels, and in many ways. Ant this one takes that surprise to a whole new level. I like all the series that Turner has written, but this one has moved me on a very different level.

This story picks up right after the events of Three last things or The hounding of Carl Jarrold, Soulless Assassin. Father Jacob Thompson soon returns to wait with the body of the executed Carl Jarrold. While there he has a medical crisis and the guard who is with him, Tomas Flores. Does what he can to keep the old priest alive. And When the medics arrive, he steps back. But events from the first story are coming back to haunt Tamas. 

A Dying Priest.
A Botched Execution.
A Young Man Dying.
Tamas felt his work at the prison was important. He believed he was serving. But after time on the execution team. He is feeling burned out. And he took the job to help his family out with his father’s illness. Now he is questioning what he should be doing with his life. He is shaken by several events. First the botched execution. Second finding out that Father Jacob was dying, and an intense visit to him in the hospital. And then a funeral that has several surprises. 

This short story is high octane. It is tightly written. A story masterfully told. It is a thriller with a spiritual current woven throughout the story. It reminds me of the writings of J.F. Powers, who was a master of the short fiction form. And as much as I am still awaiting 4 other announced books by Turner. I really hope we will have more stories set in this arc.

An incredible short story. Powerful enough to be read on it’s own but even more moving if you have read the first book. Christian fiction, Catholic literature at its best!  

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2021 Catholic Reading Plan!

Books by Corinna Turner:
I Am Margaret Series:
0.0 The Underappreciated Virtues of Rusty Old Bicycles (A prequel)

0.5 Brothers (Prequel)
1.0 I Am Margaret
1.5 How Snakey Got His Name (Short Story)
2.0 The Three Most Wanted
3.0 Liberation
4.0 Bane's Eyes

5.0 Margo's (Attempted) Diary & Notebook
5.5 An Unexpected Guest
6.0 The Siege of Reginald Hill
6.5 Buttons (Short Story)
7.0 A Saint in the Family
I Am Margaret The Play - Fiorella de Maria

Yesterday and Tomorrow Series:

Tomorrow's Dead

unSPARKed Series:

Mandy Lamb Series:
Mandy Lamb and the Full Moon

Contributed to:
Secrets: Visible & Invisible 7 Amazing Stories - Catholic Teen Books
Gifts Visible & Invisible 8 Christmas Stories for Teens
Treasures: Visible & Invisible 8 Stories for Teens

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