Eddings is well known for his fantasy so I read this expecting at any moment there's going to be some element of fantasy. There isn't. Instead Eddings provides an up-close look at the dark side of our welfare system. He points out, quite accurately, that it's not in the social workers' best interest to get the clients off the system because, without the client, the social worker is superfluous. Having worked in the system, I recognize the accuracy of this. I've seen enough therapists who are no healthier than their clients so that I find this story absolutely credible.
This is not Eddings usual genre but it is a very interesting indictment of the welfare system of Spokane and how a man helped himself and other avoid its clutches.
Interesting look at human nature.
The back cover reads like the book is about the fight between good and evil. Its not. Yet, it caught my attention from the first page. More a thesis on the "evils" of social work and the welfare class, nevertheless, Mr. Eddings writes an entertaining story. I nearly stayed up all night reading it.
"Raphael Taylor was a golden boy--blond, handsome, charming, a gifted athlete and a serious student, an angel in every way. Damon Flood was a scoundrel--a smooth, smiling, cynical devil, as devious and corrupt as Raphael was open and innocent. The day Raphael met Damon was the day he began his mysterious fall from grace. And the golden boy fell very fast and very far.
So begins the mesmerizing tale of THE LOSERS, a tense elemental drama of the struggle between good and evil by David Eddings, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, THE SEERESS OF KELL."
read it twice got more out of it e second time. not the usual writings from Eddings but still a great read