Jigsaw Soul by Scott Middlemist (Book Review)

Jigsaw Soul by Scott Middlemist (Book Review)Jigsaw Soul by Scott Middlemist
Published by: Self-Published
Genres: Military Fiction
Pages: 416
My Rating:
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JIGSAW SOUL follows a soldier's quest to recover the lost pieces of his soul in an epic that echoes both “Apocalypse Now” and "The Odyssey."

In a black ops unit, Arthur Logan calls bullets and bombs from the sky over Iraq. The corpses created by his lethal rain send ghosts after Arthur’s soul, but he avoids their revenge…until returning home.

Civilian life seems perfect, but the echoes of war slowly dissolve his sanity, and Arthur causes a disaster that kills hundreds of people.

While imprisoned for his actions, Arthur discovers his shattered soul is scattered between life and death in a slipstream called The Scale. On a quest for redemption, Arthur hunts for his soul in supernatural versions of San Francisco, New York, Camelot, Valhalla, and even into hell.


I cannot remember the last time a book invaded my psyche like Jigsaw Soul did recently. I was consumed with Arthur’s story and his journey. I was consumed with all of the characters (Katie and Hank, Medusa, Aswas, and Patton were among my other favorites). They were in my head all day and I dreamed about them at night.

I would actually dream about Jigsaw Soul and watch Arthur’s journey unfold. Aswas visited me during my dreams and left a haunting image behind as I began to understand and connect with this war-torn soldier. He is an image I don’t believe I will ever be able to shake. I feel the same way about Medusa and Ajax. Those two characters are the things that nightmares are made of and they are terrifying. Middlemist created incredible characters and brought each one to life in such a unique and personal way, it was truly amazing to read.

This entire book is simply remarkable. It is so tragic and haunting and I can’t even begin to count the tears I shed. There were moments that left me truly heartbroken. The pure brutality of war was clear and it was hard not to become emotional but for all of it’s tragedy it was also inspiring and beautiful.

The psyche of Arthur Logan was destroyed at war but was reassembled during his journey to rediscover his soul and to see his regrets and feel his sorrow was powerful. It has truly captured me in a way that a book hasn’t in a very long time. I can not remember the last time I had such a strong reaction to a book.

The ending of the book was perfect and it brought about a moment of confrontation with people that I had hoped to see ever since the moment when Arthur broke and lost control in that tower in Phoenix.

This book is truly worth every moment spent reading it.

Ashley LaMar
Ashley bounces between Atlanta, GA + Charleston, WV with her husband and two small dogs for life and work. If she’s not writing or blogging, she can usually be found cooking, reading, or watching baseball. Follow her on Twitter @ashleyfromfbl
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