Purpose by Andrew Q Gordon ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

PurposeCover400x600Title: Purpose

Author: Andrew Q Gordon

Publisher: DSP Publications

Cover Artist: AngstyG

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 10/06/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Action/Adventure, Gay Fiction, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy


2nd Edition

Forty years ago the Spirit of Vengeance—a Purpose—took William Morgan as its host, demanding he avenge the innocent by killing the guilty. Since then Will has retreated behind Gar, a façade he uses to avoid dealing with what he’s become. Cold, impassive, and devoid of emotion, Gar goes about his life alone—until his tidy, orderly world is upended when he meets Ryan, a broken young man cast out by his family. Spurred to action for reasons he can’t understand, Gar saves Ryan from death and finds himself confronted by his humanity.

Spending time with Ryan helps Will claw out from under Gar’s shadow. He recognizes Ryan is the key to his reclaiming his humanity and facing his past. As Will struggles to control the Purpose, Ryan challenges him to rethink everything he knew about himself and the spirit that possesses him. In the process, he pushes Will to do something he hasn’t done in decades: care.

1st Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, June 2013.

My View:

I needed to let this book set on my mind overnight before I wrote the review. First, I want to say that I know there will be people that will be unhappy with this book — especially the ending. However, I also want to plea with you to give it a chance. Andrew Q Gordon has a wonderful mind for the fantastic. He can build worlds that suck you in a keep you turning pages. Purpose is no exception.

This is a second edition. I have not read the first edition. I know there were aspects of it that the author was unhappy with, so he fixed them in this version. Purpose is not a romance. There are romantic themes involved, but please don’t mistake that for a “romance”.

Gar has been in charge of William for decades. He is uncaring and unfeeling as it is the only way he can do what needs to be done. However, with the help of a throwaway young man, Ryan, he discovers that vengeance comes in more than one form. Together they find William’s soul and alternative ways to live. Together, they find ways to communicate on a level most people could never dream of.

Purpose is a story of discovery, love, and vengeance. It has its dark moments and its heartwarming moments. It has it moments that brought tears to my eyes. It has moments that made me uncomfortable. All signs of a great story.

I need a sequel.


Purpose on Goodreads
DSP Publications
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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3 thoughts on “Purpose by Andrew Q Gordon ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

  1. I’m looking forward to reading this! As a comics geek, I’m familiar with The Spectre, who is also a Spirit (or Angel) of Vengeance, and inhabits a mortal body at times. Gordon’s story sounds like it goes down the rabbit holes I want to go down with these story elements, and as much as I love romance, I’m looking forward to something with romantic elements but not necessarily romance, and an ending that isn’t predictable.

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