04 April 2018

A Fresh Look at a Classic | The Man He Never Was by James L. Rubart


What If You Woke up One Morning and the Darkest Parts of Yourself Were Gone?

Toren Daniels vanished eight months back, and his wife and kids have moved on—with more than a little relief. Toren was a good man but carried a raging temper that often exploded without warning. So when he shows up on their doorstep out of the blue, they’re shocked to see him alive. But more shocked to see he’s changed. Radically.

His anger is gone. He’s oddly patient. Kind. Fun. The man he always wanted to be. Toren has no clue where he’s been but knows he’s been utterly transformed. He focuses on three things: Finding out where he’s been. Finding out how it happened. And winning back his family.

But then shards of his old self start to rise from deep inside—like the man kicked out of the NFL for his fury—and Toren must face the supreme battle of his life.

In this fresh take on the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, James L. Rubart explores the war between the good and evil within each of us—and one man’s only chance to overcome the greatest divide of the soul.


James L. Rubart’s The Man He Never Was takes the good-versus-evil struggle of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and transports it to the modern day. Toren Daniels lost his career and his family because of his anger issues, but when he wakes up without eight months of memories, he discovers his anger issues gone. As Toren tries to learn what happened to him, earn his family’s trust, and maintain his anger-free state, Rubart’s story prove gripping, page-turning, and insightful. I was intrigued from the start and had to keep reading to discover how Toren’s situation would turn out. I enjoyed it all. I think The Man He Never Was is a good choice for readers of contemporary fiction looking for something thought-provoking—I recommend it.


Thanks to BookLook Bloggers, I received a complimentary copy of The Man He Never Was and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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