Take Back Home by Jon R. (Book Review)

by dbthehype

giphyLast year, I had the pleasure and privilege of serving as a beta reader to not just any author but a friend working on his debut novel. On February 28th of this year he bravely hit publish on Amazon and became my first real author friend. Even though it’s a not a romance novel, Take Back Home is a well written and incredibly thought-provoking drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I urge you to check out this quick read (137 pages) currently on sale for only 99 pennies! Better yet, you can read it for FREE if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited. Go forth and 1-click like yesterday…here! Check out the blurb and my review which also happens to be the foreword.

newcoverBLURB: The first book from a new author comes a non-traditionally written, thought provoking story set upon the backdrop of true events, that offers and explores an idea to a major, modern day problem.

A man faces conviction of a crime in one of the most publicly covered and well known trials in years. He fights for the safety of the people yet is accused of making it worse. There is a waging war on gun violence and how to handle it. He proposes a way although while his goals are righteous, his means are described as controversial.

All across America, mass shootings and massacres constantly inundate the news faster than you can finish mourning the last one. Innocent people are dying by ruthless, absent minded domestic terrorists. People are increasingly pushing for stricter gun regulations and laws and ultimately better overall safety. Debates about gun control are heated and are one of the most controversial topics in years. One side imposes the 2nd amendment with the right to bear arms and the other side proposes stricter laws and banishment of guns.

This ordinary man full of unordinary ideas succeeded in finding a middle ground by starting a new organization. It’s much like a neighborhood watch, but where its reach extends far beyond just your own community. Through it he found a way to help give civilians and innocents back the peace of mind that is currently held by fear of simply allowing themselves or their children to leave the house. Citizens deserve the right to be able to protect themselves, their friends and family and their way of life. Police can’t be everywhere but citizens are. Members act as extra eyes and ears to police yet are prepared for the deadliest of situations. Armed with pistols loaded with the safer, less than lethal ammunition, they increase the chances of someone being in the right place at the right time to help defend against another unpredictable attack. This organization has come to be known as the Civilian Protection Association of America, or more commonly referred to as the CPAA.

Just a bit over a year after its initial start, disaster strikes this once optimistic plan. Can the man that started it all, who now stands on trial facing the end of the CPAA prove his innocence or has his judgment been clouded and blinded him to the truth?



*** I had the privilege of beta-reading this book ***

Take Back Home is a thought-provoking novelization of a highly controversial issue. The topic of gun control is one that has been brought to the forefront over the last decade due to an increasing occurrence of tragic events. Various settings have witnessed attacks by unstable individuals. Institutions of higher learning, a movie theater and even an elementary school have all been targets of such individuals, which leads us to think that we are not safe anywhere.

However worrisome, some believe that the answer to violent outbreaks would be to further restrict gun control laws, while others feel that in doing so would result in violation of their constitutional rights. The latter is the view taken by the protagonist who faces some pretty serious accusations and possible charges as a result of an initiative he created in order to not only protect himself but his own community. The Civilian Protection Association was founded by a man with a goal to do his part in diffusing a foreseeable threat in the hopes of preventing another tragedy. Those who shared his vision were welcome to join his organization while abiding by a set of guidelines and undergoing security measures. On paper and in theory the neighborhood watch like group sounded like an initiative in the right direction, until it all went wrong.

Author Jon R. strips the reader of literary distractions often used to connect to characters, such as names and descriptions, and by doing so conveyed more directly the book’s message. Left with the meat and bones of the story, the reader is able to become fully immersed in the protagonist’s saga. Supported by true events, the story takes on a type of pseudo non-fiction feel that makes you reflect and question your stand on gun control laws. The issue is neither a black nor white one, but rather shades of gray. This book perfectly portrays what happens when even the strictest precautions and guidelines can’t protect us from unknown variables that further complicate our chaotic world.

A refreshingly eye-opening reading experience, Take Back Home, will keep you on the edge of your seat in the best possible way and leave you wanting more. If you’re a fan of Law & Order style crime dramas, then this uniquely written book is for you.


Take Back Home is the author’s first book with hopefully more to come. He grew up and lived in the hustle and bustle of Long Island, New York for the first 25 years of his life until 2010 when he married and moved to the much more relaxing state of North Carolina. Writing was always a large part of him, even if he didn’t realize it until relatively recently, whether it’s on various online forums, excelling at school writing assignments or creating stories for his animated work in college. His creativity stems from a life with an artistic background. Much like anyone else, he wishes for the world to be more civilized and enjoyable for all. He is full of ideas and loves to improve things, and (un)fortunately the world has plenty wrong to offer. Besides having a talent for viewing things with an independent perspective, he demonstrates a strong objective outlook on life. With this he aspires to be able to contribute some good to the world in order to help make it a better place. If there is one thing he hopes for people to take away from his work is to learn to keep an open mind.

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