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Born to Norwegian missionaries in Zimbabwe and raised within the culture of the Ndebele tribe, Jedediah Bazo immigrates to the United States where he becomes a USMC officer.

 

After the Marines and years of travel, the core values he discovers leads him to the meanest streets of Seattle. Known as Father Jed, he encounters much of the seedier side of life, including the atrocity of human trafficking. USMC skills and an expertise in the martial arts serve him well when confronted with raw  evil.

 

Edge-of-your-seat action scenes find Bazo repeatedly faced with the question of when violent force can be justified. His faith-based attitudes nudge him in one direction, but life or death decisions arise when others play by different rules.

 

A richly developed cast of characters spanning three continents and five decades make this an exciting literary journey. The reader will come to champion Jedediah Bazo, and to wrestle with the same ethical issues he does.

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REVIEWS

Bazo is amazing. I couldn't put it down. It's full of tension, poetic lines, and a kind of prose that forces a rewarding and deep reflection. I give it my highest recommendation. Make sure you read this book next!
 

IVER ARNEGARD, PhD Associate Professor & Head of Creative Writing, Colorado State University in Pueblo

Author of "Whip & Spur"

I loved this book so much. It's what I would call a 'maximalist' book (as opposed to "minimalism") where the writer cares about everything-- action, destiny, regret, history, contemplation, the soul. It's both thoughtful and a thriller. A great book.

REBECCA LEE, AUTHOR Believer Book Award -Bobcat and Other Stories

Associate Professor of Creative Writing, University of North Carolina

As the storyline and characters of this book developed, I had no idea of where it would lead. Then POW, things started to happen that wouldn't let me put the book down. These characters became intertwined in a fast paced and amazing sequence of events. This book touches on some of the oldest moral issues known to mankind. It is a great read and would make a thought provoking great action movie.

DIXIE ONACRE, Amazon review 

It's a big book! Number of pages, international settings, multi-generational characters, big personalities, big themes. The author is knowledgeable about theology and ethics, military, crime, weaponry, Africa, Viet Nam, America's midwest and northwest. Best of all, he knows how to create memorable characters and weave the strands of their personalities into a compelling story. Plus, he sheds light on the horrific crime of trafficking children for sexual abuse. Not for the squeamish.

PAUL LUNDBORG, Author, Death of a Dream 

MORE REVIEWS

  • This is a good read! Lengthy, but easy to read. Chapters are short, print is well spaced, word size comfortable. The story of Jed takes you on an emotional roller coaster of joy and of strife. Hard to put down and stop reading. The author is very knowledgeable of places, names, human emotions.

  • A captivating story that will eventually suck you in to the point where you can't put it down. The characters are rich and you will find yourself engrossed in their journeys as you build to a spectacular ending. Two thumbs up.

  • Thoroughly enjoyed Randy's book. I was concerned that it might be too long, when I started it, but the pages raced by and I didn't find a single part that slowed it down. Jed's story was fascinating and thought provoking at the same time. I look forward to his next book. Highly recommend Bazo!

 

  • As the storyline and characters of this book developed, I had no idea of where it would lead. Then POW, things started to happen that wouldn't let me put the book down. These characters became intertwined in a fast paced and amazing sequence of events. This book touches on some of the oldest moral issues known to mankind. It is a great read and would make a thought provoking great action movie.

  • I loved this book so much. It's what I would call a 'maximalist' book (as opposed to "minimalism") where the writer cares about everything-- action, destiny, regret, history, contemplation, the soul. It's both thoughtful and a thriller. A great book.

  • Kept me up to see what was going to happen! Greatly enjoyed "Bazo"

  • While the size of the book was daunting at first sight, once I began I just had to keep reading. It moved quickly and the larger font was refreshing. The groundwork laid at the beginning weaves beautifully throughout the story as we observe the character of Jed Bazo develop and interweave with others. Some of the graphic depictions of human trafficking were difficult to read but they reflect honestly on a reality we'd rather ignore. The book highlights the ethical challenges we face in making decisions between good and evil and that gray in between.

 

  • At first I thought the author was spending too much time on the development of the main character Jed, however, further reading you know the character so much better. This was a good read that I would and have recommended to others. The pace was fast and I found I didn't want to put the book down. I am looking forward to more books about the characters or another book written by this author.

 

  • A friend of mine directed me to this book. The book has murder, mystery, reunion, military, what is right and what is wrong aspects. Some of what is in the book may be hard to read and understand that people like this do exist. The characters are very well developed and have a great deal of depth. I am certainly glad I picked the book up and read it. I will be eager to read the next book as well.

 

  • It's a big book! Number of pages, international settings, multi-generational characters, big personalities, big themes. The author is knowledgeable about theology and ethics, military, crime, weaponry, Africa, Viet Nam, America's midwest and northwest. Best of all, he knows how to create memorable characters and weave the strands of their personalities into a compelling story. Plus, he sheds light on the horrific crime of trafficking children for sexual abuse. Not for the squeamish.

  • This more than just a "good read." I found it fascinating, compelling, gripping and entertaining. The many tangents are all pulled together beautifully and contribute to it being a great page turner. All your emotions are brought into play. I heartily recommend!

 
 

BIO

D. Randall Faro's first novel reflects his experience as a preacher, and lifetime worker with words. Experience in the killing fields of Vietnam and apartheid-gripped Namibia, global travels in some two dozen countries, and decades of working for peace with justice in North America provides an experience-rich context for his first novel.

D. Randall Faro was born in Wisconsin in 1945.  He is "Randy" to everyone who knows him. Randy has lived in ten U.S. states and three Canadian provinces. 

 

Randy attended Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) on a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship, followed by three years of active duty as a United States Marine engineer officer. The late 60s found him commanding a heavy equipment platoon in Vietnam. 

 

After working as a glasscutter for a family glass business, a lay youth minister, and helping manage the largest YMCA camp in the country he graduated from Luther Theological Seminary, St. Paul in 1976. 

 

He spent the next thirty-seven years in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and Washington State serving as a pastor to multiple congregations. 

 

Faro has been married to Elizabeth "Betsy" since 1966, and their two children and eight grandchildren keep their lives joyfully jumping. A mountain climbing accident took a daughter in 2006.

 

Randy can often be found engaged in physical fitness routines, hiking, climbing, fishing, motorcycling, and chasing grandchildren. 

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