Set in 1889 Victorian London, Jack the Ripper has left the city in a state of uneasiness. The famed Scotland Yard was not able to catch this mad man and for all anyone knows, the ripper could be waiting to strike again. There is a lot of mistrust in The Yard, and the once invincible Scotland Yard is seeming vulnerable. Especially those assigned to the Murder Squad. These Inspectors are supposed to be the cream-of-the-crop and are assigned to the ever growing number of murders in London. At this very vulnerable moment in Scotland Yards history, in steps a new serial killer. This new killer is very particular in his choice of victims. The murders don't seem to be random, and even seems as if they is sending a message. A trunk is found at a train station and inside is body of an Inspector from the Murder Squad. This time the targeted victims are the men of The Yard themselves.
The Murder Squad has recently lost its most notable Inspector to retirement, and is now loosing more men in this already understaffed and overworked department. Enter newly promoted Inspector Walter Day. Formerly unknown Inspector Day was hand picked by legendary Inspector March to replace him. To the dismay of the rest of the more seasoned Murder Squad members, Inspector Day has been assigned to this new case. His assignment? To find and catch the person who is killing their own. With the help of veteran Inspector Blacker, the tenacious Constable Hammersmith, and the eccentric local Dr. Kingsley the men begin there quest. If they fail they not only will continue to loose the trust of the London citizens, but may also loose their own lives.
The Yard as several flaws. There are period piece mistakes, parts of a story line that could have been fleshed out better, other side stories that did not seem to flow well with the main story. If you are the type that gets flustered by these things, this won't be the book for you. However, if you know what you are getting into, I think this can be a very entertaining read. If you are in it for the pure entertainment and distraction, this could be a nice read. I also think this could be a nice read for someone who is just getting into reading. Not overly complicated, but entertaining, and easy to come back to if you set it down for awhile. I do think this sets up nicely for a series that has the potential to get better with each book. Read this in the right circumstance with the right frame of mind and you will be happy. I enjoyed the book for what it was.
It doesn't feel completely proper to critique or write a review of a book when it is someone's personal life story. In those instances I think it's more fitting to glean something from each story. Some we glean more and some we glean less, but in the instance of Ben Palpants book A Small Cup of Light we can feast on all that we have gathered.
The main course is the reconciliation between suffering and goodness. How can joy and light be found in despair and darkness? Is there any benefit from being lead into the wilderness? Can strength be found in weakness? Most of us try to escape our suffering as quickly as possible, but does our vision not blur as we run? A Small Cup Of Light takes us through one man's journey with suffering, pain, and sadness.
Ben is a normal guy living out a normal life in the Pacific Northwest until his head catches fire. Well not literally, but upon waking up from an afternoon nap, his head internally felt on fire. He instantly knew something was wrong. Then slowly, like the spring melting of the winter snow, his physical and mental abilities began to drip away. Worst of all the medical community could not figure out what was wrong. All the while he continued to lose everything that had come to define him. A Small Cup Of Light leads us on a vividly guided tour into darkness and brokenness. Ben honestly exposes himself as he is searching for answers and struggling with being a broken man in more ways than one. As the complexity of Ben's multifaceted situation grows, his vision of his situation becomes more simple. He is able to boil it all down to one thing. What is this suffering here to tell me? Ben puts its more elegantly than I. "The next time I find myself in the wilderness… I will ask God to say to me what he has brought me in the desert to say".
This is a questions we all struggle with. What could possibly be good about this horrible situation? Why me? Why now? Have I not lead a good life? Why?!?! This book does not seek to give you all the answers, but is an egg shaped gift that is ready to hatch hope into the hopeless. Wonderfully written, elegant typeset, and beautifully complied, do yourself a tremendous favor; pick this book up and take a drink of this small cup of light.
I love everything about books. The feel of the page between your fingers, the sound of a book spine cracking, even the smell of an old dust jacket. Looking to share that passion with others.