Jody Rakis Review for Catholic




SONS OF CAIN is a Catholic fiction that completely fills that title.  While I found the book to be a good fiction story throughout, the author has a very unique way of incorporating the Catholic faith through and through to portray a normal every-day activity, from morning prayers, to believing without doubt any relying on the goodness and strength of God.  Val Bianco did something unusual with this story.  As he notes at the beginning of the novel, many of the actions are based on true events within the Church and within religion as a whole.   I think that is what makes this story so believable, even though it goes further in faith than most of us get a chance to witness.  One of the author’s passages refers to a situation when sometimes it is very hard to forgive yourself for you sins.  “When a man is made of clay, God must sometimes break him in order to reshape him into the best version of himself.  When one is made of stone, he must be chopped and slowly sculpted by the Lord.”

Another passage stood out as relevant to today’s world by referring to the chaos in religion today that seems to accept the sins of others as more and more in the mainstream, such as same-sex marriages, abortion and euthanasia.  “History and common sense taught that the attempt to normalize evil was much more destructive than the act of engaging in it.  One could repent and confess sin only if he first recognized it.”

          Evil surfaces and it is the battle between Satan and the goodness of devout worshipers, with the help of their strong belief in St. Michael the Archangel that become the interior of the story.  It is a quick moving storyline, and the author found a way to show the deep faith of true believers and somehow made me feel it, too.  I recommend this book to all.

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3 Responses to Jody Rakis Review for Catholic

  1. Vincent J. Guerrero says:

    Fiction? I think not. Read this book my fellow Catholics because this IS happining right now. We can never be reminded enough. Every time I picture satan’s claws in the Cardinal’s heart and brain, I shiver. Satan whispers in our ears as soon as we let him in and its downhill from there. I could never do the book justice with my words; you have to read it for yourself. Its breathtakingly real, exhilarating and chilling at the same time. Thank you so much Val for writing this book. But most of all, thank you God, for introducing me to Val and his labor of faith!

    • Val says:

      Vincent, thanks so much for your kind comments.
      I’d greatly appreciate it if you could post
      your comments on Amazon at SONS OF CAIN, but
      whether or not you do I really appreciate your
      readin the book and taking the time to contact

  2. Cheri Heath says:

    Hello, Val,

    Many thanks for sending me your book, I was really surprised by it and I am loving it. I’m currently where Robyn, Fr. Picoro and Rieper have just had lunch together. I can’t put this book down!

    Thank you again for sending it, and signing it. As a writer myself I can imagine the pleasure of signing a copy of your own book.

    If it’s alright I’d like to continue to discussing the book after I’ve finished reading, I’m sickened spiritually by all I’ve learned; I grew up in the Bay Area and never knew the Bohemian Grove existed, although it was well known there were satanic cults “in the hills”.

    I’ll post again soon, getting back to reading. Thanks again, and I’ll look for you on Facebook, too.

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