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Blog Tour: Betrayed by Joseph Lewis

Updated: Mar 6

Integrity is protecting someone who betrayed you. Courage is keeping a promise even though it might mean death.

A late-night phone call turns what was to be a fun hunting trip into a deadly showdown. Fifteen-year-old brothers George Tokay, Brian Evans and Brett McGovern face death on top of a mesa on the Navajo Nation Reservation in Arizona. They have no idea why men are intent on killing them.

Betrayed is a contemporary psychological thriller and an exploration of the heart and of a blended family of adopted kids, their relationships to each other and their parents woven into a tight mystery-thriller.


I read and reviewed this book as part of the #damppebblesblogtours all of the views expressed below are my own.

Betrayed by Joseph Lewis is an extremely intricate and interesting story. Based on the blurb, it seems as though it’ll be jam-packed with action and adventure. And while it certainly has plenty of action and intrigue, one of the focal points of the story is the relationship between a family of adopted brothers.

We see and experience how these teenage boys relate to and connect with one another. They’ve all survived some extremely difficult situations, and all carry their own burdens. Yet, this doesn’t diminish their ability to love and care for one another.

I particularly liked how well Lewis dealt with the relationship between three of the brothers: Brian, Brett, and Bobby. There’s a tricky love triangle here that could easily have ruined their relationship. A surprise revelation from Brett during a hunting trip/rescue mission tests his and Brian’s brotherly relationship. Thankfully, the two boys are mature enough not to let Brett’s revelation of feelings for Brian ruin their brotherly bond. They’re are able to sort out their differences and focus on the task at hand – helping their brother George find his friend.

Betrayed tells the story of brothers who were brought together by unfortunate circumstances but have been able to overcome their own personal demons. The bond between these boys is something special and shows how deep familial bonds can run, even if you’re not related by blood. Joseph Lewis has tactfully dealt with some difficult themes, and still managed to squeeze a nice amount of action and mystery into this novel.


About Joseph Lewis:

After having been in education for forty-four years as a teacher, coach, counselor and administrator, Joseph Lewis has retired. He uses his psychology and counseling background in crafting psychological thriller/mysteries. He has taken creative writing and screen writing courses at UCLA and USC.

Lewis has published six books, all available on Amazon and each to excellent reviews: Taking Lives (August 2014) the prequel to the Lives Trilogy; Stolen Lives (November 2014) Book One of the Lives Trilogy; Shattered Lives (March 2015) Book Two of the Trilogy; and Splintered Lives (November 2015) Book Three of the Trilogy each from True Visions Publications; Caught in a Web (April 2018) from Black Rose Writing, which was a PenCraft Literary Award Winner for Crime Fiction and named “One of the Best Crime Fiction Thrillers of 2018!” by Best Thrillers; Spiral Into Darkness (January 2019) from Black Rose Writing, which was named a Recommended Read by Author’s Favorites. His newest, Betrayed will debut November 2020, also from Black Rose Writing.

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Lewis has been happily married to his wife, Kim. Together they have three wonderful children: Wil (deceased July 2014), Hannah, and Emily. He and his wife now reside in Virginia.

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JRLewisAuthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Joseph.Lewis.Author

Blog: https://www.simplethoughtsfromacomplicatedmindsortof.com/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Joseph-Lewis/e/B01FWB9AOI%20/

Purchase Links:

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3m5dFEk

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3m2bRMq

Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2HhstAX

Black Rose Writing: https://bit.ly/3lXRIXM

Publishing Information:

Published in paperback and digital formats by Black Rose Writing on 12th November 2020

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