Dr. Yoav Walberg lives a charmed life. He’s a young, up and coming medical professional, who’s engaged to a beautiful woman and set to inherit millions. Despite all of this, Dr. Walberg remains humble and likable. However, his good fortune brings out the worst in his long-time friend, Jacob, who, together with three mutual friends, formulates a devious plan of deceit and betrayal to steal everything away from Yoav.
The Revenge of Adam Defoe is probably one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Evgeny Levin has cleverly constructed an intricate and sophisticated story of envy, greed and revenge. It’s a tale of jealousy, which has been taken to the extreme and become downright murderous. And the best part is it’s believable.
The author has created a cast of complex, realistic characters and woven detailed backstories so readers can connect with each one of them. That’s not an easy thing to do, but Mr. Levin has down it flawlessly. In particular, I found Yoav to be an incredibly likable character and I was able to sympathize easily with the tragedy he endured. On the other hand, Jacob was utterly despicable and I couldn’t wait for him to be punished for what he’d done.
Without giving away spoilers, I appreciated the way the author handled the ending. He could have taken an easier route, but he didn’t. There are lessons to be learned here. The primary lesson being revenge and whether or not it really is as sweet as we might think it is.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fascinating story of human nature, greed, envy, mystery, suspense and revenge. I can’t believe this is the author’s first novel. I’m definitely putting him on my “authors to watch” list!
5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton