Title: The Fight Within (The Good Fight #2)
Author: Andrew Grey
Narrator: Andrew McFerrin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
eBook Release Date: 03/04/2013
Audiobook Release Date: 12/15/2014
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
A Book in the Good Fight Series
Bryce Morton needs a change of scenery. Since his partner’s death a year ago, he’s become withdrawn and quiet, so his friends, Jerry Lincoln and Akecheta (John) Black Raven, convince him to go camping with them on a Sioux reservation. Though he’s not immediately sure he’s done the right thing, Bryce becomes more interested when he meets Paytah, the man who owns the reservation’s trading post.
Paytah Stillwater’s life is filled with hurt, and sometimes the only thing he has left is pride. After being abused as a child and disbelieved when he spoke up, he has withdrawn into himself—but he can never truly put his past behind him, because the source of his pain still lives on the reservation. Paytah is proud of his heritage and careful with his heart, but when Bryce commits a selfless act of kindness for one of the reservation’s children, the walls around Paytah’s heart begin to melt.
Bryce and Paytah each fight the pain within them. When Paytah’s abuser sets his sights on one of the reservation youngsters, Bryce and Paytah must set their individual fights aside. Finding a way to stop the abuser unites them to fight their way forward—together.
My View – Story:
This was a rather difficult story for me based on the subject matter. No one ever wants to imagine the pain a child has to endure when sexually assaulted by a respected adult. But I think the author handled this topic with great care and built a very meaningful story around this issue. The characters were well written. While the plot was rather predictable, it was enjoyable to see the happiness win over the utter sadness that threatened to take hold.
I enjoyed seeing more of the Native American culture that was represented in this story and really liked that the author did not just lament the plight of the people, but weaved a story of hope and showed that things can get better. We should all be so lucky as to have the love and support shown by these families.
Finally, I love the relationship between these men. Both were broken in their own way, but together, they healed and formed a love that will outlast time. I cried at the end, when the tribe adopted Bryce as an official member. It showed that family can be formed out of the most unlikely circumstances. I loved it.
My View – Narration:
Once again, Andrew McFerrin did a great job on this story, His voices and accents were great. The only thing I had a hard time with were his portrayals of sad emotions. They were too happy for the setting sometimes.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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