Book Review, futuristic, Mystery/Suspense

Book Review – Cast the First Stone

Cast the First Stone by David James Warren

“Cast the First Stone is a mind-bender of the first order. Fast paced, strong characters, great twists and Rembrandt Stone is a hero I predict will be grabbing readers around the throat for a long time. This is one to pick up because you won’t want to put it down.”Ted Dekker – New York Times bestselling author

One case haunts him. One chance to fix the past. One mistake could cost him everything.

Ex-Minneapolis Police Detective Rembrandt Stone walked away from a career he loved—just the price of being sure he can come home to the wife and daughter he cherishes. But he can’t shake the deep regret over a case left behind.

When his mentor, the former Chief of Homicide dies and leaves Rembrandt with a box of cold cases and a mysterious watch, he finds himself thrust into a world he recognizes—a world from twenty years ago—the same world he’s woken from in a cold sweat a hundred times. But is it a dream, or some kind of twisted reality?

If he solves the case that plagues him, and justice is finally served, will it destroy the life he loves?

Strap in for a mind-bending, time travel thrill ride in Book One of this riveting new series, The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone.

From the creative pens of USA Today bestselling author Susan May Warren*, award-winning author James L. Rubart**, and new voice, David Curtis Warren, writing collectively as David James Warren.

My Review

What an amazing start to a fun new series! I have a love hate relationship with time travel stories…and this one was no exception. Obviously, they aren’t realistic…and time travel feels risky to me. You go back to the past and some tiny change has a huge effect on the present you go back to…But, in this book….well…it’s what has to happen. Rem Stone inadvertently finds himself the victim of time travel and is desperate to solve an old cold case of his from the 90s.

I found this story to be just a bit slow at the beginning…but to be fair, there had to be a certain amount of background given, just to get a feel of who Rembrandt Stone is, and what he is about.

And then, there’s the time travel. He finds himself going back in time to visit the coffee shop bombings. He wants to solve those instead of letting the killer get away. I liked how the time travel was portrayed in this book, but it did have me just a tiny bit worried…and I suspect that was part of the authors’ plan all along.

And…just WHAT do I even say after an ending like that!!
What??!! (Yeah, I’m going to be quiet about the ending now, because I really don’t want to give any spoilers, but…!!!)

If the rest of the story was slow, and maybe a bit draggy and uneventful, the ending was anything but. This story ends on a major cliff hanger (yeah, I guess that does seem a bit like a Susan May Warren tradition…keeps you wanting to read MORE!! 🙂 ) and leaves you with way more questions than answers.

Now, I am desperate to read the second book, and you can be sure I will as soon as I get my hands on a copy!

If you enjoy mysteries and suspense, and don’t mind some risky business that includes time travel, I highly recommend this book!

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255


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