The Man He Never Was

The Man He Never Was

James L. Rubart

reviewed by bookwolf1

What if You Woke up One Morning and the Darkest Parts of Yourself Were Gone?

Toren Daniels vanished eight months back, and his wife and kids have moved on–with more than a little relief. Toren was a good man but carried a raging temper that often exploded without warning. So when he shows up on their doorstep out of the blue, they’re shocked to see him alive. But more shocked to see he’s changed. Radically.

His anger is gone. He’s oddly patient. Kind. Fun. The man he always wanted to be. Toren has no clue where he’s been but knows he’s been utterly transformed. He focuses on three things: Finding out where he’s been. Finding out how it happened. And winning back his family.

But then shards of his old self start to rise from deep inside–like the man kicked out of the NFL for his fury–and Toren must face the supreme battle of his life.

In this fresh take on the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, James L. Rubart explores the war between the good and evil within each of us–and one man’s only chance to overcome the greatest divide of the soul.


So loved this story! Right from the start I was hooked by the writing. It was engaging, the story held my interest and I wanted to keep reading to see what would happen next. I found myself wanting the main character to succeed, and I liked the aspect of the interplay with Hyde. This is a story of humanity and our struggle with self. Our attempts to fix ourselves often fail, and we need something outside of ourselves to overcome, a spirituality that can only be God. Toren’s temper repeatedly gets the best of him and it ruins his relationships and career. The twists and turns in the story provide for good reading and truths to be found.

If you have read other Rubart books, you will probably enjoy this one; If you haven’t and read this, you will likely find his other books equally engaging.


Content Rating

12+ Academically Challenging Read

Sex & Nudity


Violence & Gore

Some fighting, anger events.



Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking


Frightening & Intense Scenes

Some, with the arguments and fights.

Faith Content

Good. Reminder of our need for God to help us overcome.



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