"A riveting and enjoyable read from first page to last, 'Days Of The Giants' is an expertly crafted mystery with many an unexpected plot twist and surprising turn. Clearly documenting author R. J. Petrella as a master of the mystery/suspense genre, 'Days Of The Giants' is very highly recommended for mystery fans and community library collections. It should be noted that 'Days Of The Giants' is also available in a paperback edition (9780988628038, $19.99) and a Kindle edition ($3.99)."

- Midwest Book Review


"I just finished reading Days of the Giants. I loved it. The author made it seem like a true story and I'm sure things like that has happened in real life. It kept my attention and it was truly interesting. I thought it was great how RJ Petrella wrote the book from the father and sons view. When I was done reading the book I wished it hadn't ended it made you want to follow them a few more months to see what else was happening in the lives of everyone. Very good book."

-Penny Ganley, Clayton, DE


The author used a wonderfully conversational writing style to create distinct voices for both Slater and his father, which made me feel as if I was actually being spoken to by the characters themselves. The characters in the novel are well-developed and believable.

Days of the Giants is an entertaining and thought-provoking book and I rate it 4 out of 4 stars. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy murder mysteries, medical dramas, or perhaps hold a more serious interest in the field of medicine.

--LivreAmour217, OnlineBookClub


Days of the Giants: A Novel by RJ Petrella was rather interesting to say the least. I loved the way it was written as if it were a true story (although we know it wasn’t), and the way the characters told the story. The narration was split between Barnes and his father, rather than Mr. Petrella just writing about the characters. That made for an interesting slant on the story and I must say I found it rather riveting to read. I particularly liked the way the opening sequence was written, seemingly with no real connection to the story and open enough to go in any direction; and it soon became clear how it fitted in with the rest. Top marks, I thoroughly enjoyed it.


--Anne-Marie Reynolds, Readers' Favorite


Great read, 5 stars.

I really liked this book. Very well written. Petrella lets this cast of characters tell the story themselves, in their own words. His insights as to what's going on appear as insightful sidebars, adding to the story without getting in its way. Keeps you wanting to continue to read and not put it down. In short, Petrella has his characters, their mindset, and the tenor of those times down cold. I highly recommend this great read! It gets 5 stars from me!

--A. Miles


Medicine is a difficult business -- more so than you would think, according to Days of the Giants.

The book begins and ends with action sequences. The book starts with a violent encounter that circles back into the main plot. The opening violence includes enough ambiguous details that the reader sees a number of alternative paths for the book as each page turns.

The protagonist develops from a meek, one-dimensional character into a complex anti-hero. He combines devotion to a noble cause with hypocrisy and uncritical analysis that fits his worldview. Consumed by his demons and his cause and flirting with disaster, the increasing depth keeps your interest in the character.

The pace accelerates and the final 80 pages rush at you as a succession of action sequences that connect the plot points.

--Dean L., Connecticut


Days of the Giants is both enjoyable and compelling... intriguing

--Melissa Drinan


As a first-time novelist, R.J. Petrella expertly moves along his narrative in rapid, page-turner fashion as he takes us through all the anxieties and tribulations of first-year doctors. It's well worth a read.

--Steve Conroy


Days of the Giants is a brilliantly written novel. It is thrilling and spiritual. Slater Barnes becomes an instrument of God to take care of his patients. I highly recommend this novel especially to those who provide tireless services in our health care system.

--Sei, Y., Maryland


"Interesting perspective on the medical world from an insider."

--Jennifer L.

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