Lost in Pages

I enjoy reading and sharing my review of the various material I read. There is also the fun of communicating with authors and publishers

The Kremlin Conspiracy

Title:  The Kremlin Conspiracy

Author:  Joel Rosenberg

Pages:  470

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Marcus Ryker is a Secret Service Agent, serving his country in this way after leaving the military a decorated hero.  He loves his job and travels all over the globe, but it takes him away from his wife and young son all too often.  Tragedy strikes Marcus, causing him to resign his position.  He now works odd jobs at his church and meets with the pastor weekly.  He is repairing the roof when he is summoned to the pastor’s office.  He meets someone from his past who is in the political arena and wants Marcus to go with him on a trip to the Baltics.  Marcus has vast experience in security for VIPs, but he has no interest in going on the trip.  He is soon convinced by a friend and former soldier who served with Marcus to go on the trip.  Once he arrives, his training takes over as an imminent threat to the United States and her people is uncovered.  Marcus steps up to serve his country again.

Oleg Kraskin who lives in Russia.  He is a lawyer who has married the daughter of the Russian president.  He is given a job as part of the president’s staff taking notes and transcribing them.  He does a good job and works his way up the ladder to become a trusted advisor/counselor to the president himself.  He, like Marcus, spends a lot of time away from his family in service to his country.  Oleg spends some years obeying the president, who is also his father-in-law.  Oleg learns all is not as it appears to be behind the scenes.  What is told to the public and what the reality is are two different things.

Wow!  This was one terrific story!  It took a little bit of time for me to get involved in the story as they author spent time telling the history of the two main characters, but I kept reading as I knew my efforts would be rewarded.  I stayed up late into the night to finish it.  I thought the characters very believable and realistic.  The writing was excellent.  The tension wound up to a high level and kept me there, even at the end.  The two main characters each have difficult choices to make and must wrestle with what they feel is the right thing to do.  This one is going on the “keeper shelf” for sure!  I can’t wait for this author’s next book due out this month!

 

Of Fire & Lions

 

Title:  Of Fire & Lions

Author:  Mesu Andrews

Pages:  400

Year:  2019

Publisher:  WaterBrook

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars.

This novel includes characters who really lived, and readers can read the true events in the Bible.  The author does an amazing job of utilizing her research in this fictional tale.  At the end of the book, the author shares what she learned and her thoughts about the story.  Daniel was a Jewish man who was royalty and was taken to Babylon under King Nebuchadnezzar, along with three of his friends.

The author uses flashbacks to fill in the memories of the life Daniel’s fictional wife lived and her many interesting and hard experiences.  To me, she puts life into Daniel throughout the novel.  She doesn’t paint Daniel or his friends as super spiritual but men who had to face difficulties in slavery where their life was precarious every day.  The work of fiction is meant to stir the imagination and help us go back in time to see the nuances of the Babylonian kingdom, Medes, Persians and G-d who was showing Himself to pagan kings.

The book of Daniel tells us many things, but the author in this novel doesn’t try to include his visions of prophecies as she leaves that part to scholars.  However, she tells us about the large image of King Nebuchadnezzar made all in gold and the requirement of all to bow down to it when music played.  Mesu also tells of the three men who were bound and thrown into the furnace and the wonderful inexplainable thing G-d does for them.  The story tells of the time Daniel is thrown into a den of lions and why this was done.  Both events were real experiences of Daniel and his friends, as well as G-d revealing His judgment about one of the Babylonian kings by writing on a wall!  There are fictional family members and relationships that bring to readers minds what that time might have been like for the Jewish men in captivity.  How does one stay faithful to Yewah with a pagan king and polytheistic practices surrounding them?

Here is a novel that takes readers back to a time long ago, to be engaged in the story with heart and soul.  Enjoy the tale and read the nonfictional story in the book of Daniel in the Bible.  You will be glad you did!

Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. 

 

Mind Games (Kaely Quinn Profiler #1)

 

Title:  Mind Games (Kaely Quinn Profiler #1)

Author:  Nancy Mehl

Pages:  336

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Bethany House

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Kaely Quinn makes people uncomfortable, and she knows it.  Her unconventional method used to profile killers makes people think she weird to say the least.  Then, when they discover she is the daughter of a serial killer, they freak out and want nothing to do with her.  Her co-workers and supervisor at Quantico succeed in getting her transferred to St. Louis.  Her work as an FBI profiler is what she lives for to the exclusion of all else.  Nothing, except God, is more important to her.  Her former partner was paired with her for a year but fell in love with her.  Kaely didn’t feel the same, so he transferred to another field office.  Kaely has a new partner she must learn to trust, a difficult task for her.  Now, a killer is challenging her skills as he is contacting her directly about his agenda.

Noah Hunter is partnered with Kaely at the request of his boss.  He thinks her methods are unorthodox and he is not really sure how it works, but she is successful and rarely makes mistakes, so he will protect her as his boss has asked.  He is closed off emotionally after the death of his wife.  He views this partnership as babysitting duty.  But he sees Kaely at work and begins to like being around her.  She is intense, impulsive, determined and driven.  Noah has put God at a distance, but Kaely credits her talent to God.  But is Kaely’s mind allowing her to profile killers exclusively or is there something else going on in her head?

I thought this story was terrific!  The unique method Kaely uses to create a profile for a killer and identify him was brilliant.  I have read a lot of mystery/suspense novels and this was the first time I have encountered this idea for investigating a serial killer.  This book stayed in front of my face from start to finish in one day; I couldn’t put it down!  I loved watching Kaely’s mind work!  The next book in the series is set to be released in August of this year, and I will definitely be getting it.  This is one novel to put on the “keeper” shelf for sure.

The Alamo Bride (Daughters of Mayflower #7)

 

Title:  The Alamo Bride (Daughters of Mayflower #7)

Author:  Kathleen Y’Barbo

Pages:  256         

Year:  2019

Publisher:  Barbour Books

My rating:  4 out of 5 stars

The series, for those who don’t know, is written by various authors, starting with Kimberley Woodlouse’s novel titled The Mayflower Bide.  Following that there are the five novels: The Pirate Bride, The Captured Bride, The Patriot Bride, The Cumberland Bride, The Liberty Bride, and coming in April 2019 is The Golden Bride.  Each novel is unique and filled with adventure, mystery, and romance along with faith of the characters.             

Every one of the previously listed stories I have read and enjoyed for different reasons.  The Alamo Bride took me a few chapters to become engaged but was still worth reading.  Here, the lead female character is known mainly by her shortened named Ellis.  Her personality is one of stubbornness, strength, knowledge of herbs and healing along with courage.

The story is not set when the battle of the Alamo is taking place.  Readers will be lured into the story by a man from New Orleans who is on a presidential mission.  However, harm comes to him and not only is his life in danger but so is concluding the mission.  Ellis and her family don’t know if they can trust this man, as he is having memory issues and they aren’t sure which side he stands with, Santa Anna or those loyal to Texas.

The book was for hard to get into but once I did, it was good.  I thought the story would take place at the Alamo and during the fighting.  There are individual skirmishes, but the tale focuses on Ellis and the man who has a mission.  It is worth reading and enjoying, and I look forward to the last book in the series to see how this is all going to conclude!

Code of Valor (Blue Justice #3)

Title:  Code of Valor (Blue Justice #3)

Author:  Lynette Eason

Pages:  336

Year:  2019

Publisher:  Revell

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Detective Brady St. John has decided to spend his vacation in a cabin on a lake.  He needs the time to recharge and read his Bible.  On his second day, however, his plans are drastically altered.  He hears a woman scream, runs to the lake and sees her struggling with an armed man in a boat.  She manages to topple into the water but can’t swim as her hands are bound.  Brady jumps in to rescue her while the armed man escapes.  He soon finds out that the man was trying to kill Emily Chastain, a financial crimes investigator.  Later that night, the killer returns to finish the job.  Brady helps Emily escape once more, but he fears things are only going to get worse.  Emily has no idea why someone would want to kill her.

Emily’s best friend Is an investigative reporter who has disappeared.  Emily and her friend are as close as sisters, and Emily is desperate to find her friend.  Is one of her stories the reason for her disappearance?  Emily is worried about her friend and now she is on the run with Brady trying to avoid the killer’s next attempt.  Brady’s brothers help him protect Emily.  They are also in law enforcement.  Then, something happens that causes Emily to surrender to the killer while trying to hold on long enough for Brady to rescue her again, but she doesn’t expect what occurs next.

Sound interesting and exciting?  Well, it is!  This is one of those books I read in one sitting.  I was turning the pages as fast as I could to see what was around the next corner.  There was plenty of action to keep me stuck to my chair.  I like the way the author works in faith in the lives of her characters so that it is an integral part of who they are, but it is not over the top.  The suspense and tension were riveting!  I can’t wait for the fourth and final book in the series that is to be released in August 2019.

 

The Curse of Misty Wayfair

 

Title:  The Curse of Misty Wayfair

Author:  Jaime Jo Wright

Pages:  e-book

Year:  2019

Publisher:  Bethany House Publishers

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

This novel uses flashbacks between the early 1900s and present day to tell its story.  The year is 1908.  Thea Reed is a young woman who was left at an orphanage at a young age.  She was adopted by a married couple who traveled the Midwest as photographers.  They were not ideal parents by any stretch of the imagination.  They have died and now Thea has taken up their occupation.  She arrives in the small town of Pleasant Valley as she is trying to find her birth mother.  She meets Simeon Coyle, learns his troubled history and is unexpectedly drawn to him.  His sister Rose also becomes a friend.  Simeon helps Thea in her efforts to try to find her birth mother, who she knows is from this general area.  What she discovers will stun her.

In the present day, Heidi Lane has received a letter from her mother who is in a nursing home, suffering from dementia.  The letter begs Heidi to come home and hints at secrets that have been buried a long time.  Heidi has stayed away from her family for years.  They just don’t understand her impulsive, free spirit and are too straight-laced.  Her father died a few years ago and she didn’t attend his funeral, so now her only relative is a sister who is quite a bit older than Heidi.  Her sister lives in Pleasant Valley and runs a B&B.  She expects Heidi to move back home, help her take care of their mother and help at the B&B.  Heidi has no plans on staying for long but makes a unique discovery in an antique store.  She gets a few vague clues to the past from her mother when she is clear minded on rare occasions.  Rhett Crawford and his sister worm their way into Heidi’s heart, but she is used to running away when she has a conflict or problem.  When she is presented with a challenge that will change her life, will she run again or stick around?

I thought this book was great!  The gothic spookiness was spot-on, and the mysteries in the past and present were intriguing.  I was involved from the story from beginning to end.  There was suspense, romance and characters searching for faith all woven together seamlessly for a tightly knit story.  The mental health issues added a unique and interesting dimension that I very much appreciated.  Great job Jaime!!  I’m already on the look-out for the next story from this talented author!

 

Justice Delivered (A Memphis Cold Case #4)

 

Title:  Justice Delivered (A Memphis Cold Case #4)

Author:  Patricia Bradley

Pages:  368

Year:  2019

Publisher:  Revell

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars.

What an exciting novel in the series!  The other novels in the series include:  Justice Delayed, Justice Betrayed, and Justice Betrayed.  Each novel may be a stand alone but reading them all makes this perhaps last installment richer for readers.  In Justice Delivered, my heart pounded as I read about women being caught and trafficked, along with a character dealing with fears after being freed.  The female character was named Jaz by her captor.  Some women would go out to the streets, offering others a way out.

Jaz not only had fears to overcome but wondered if she would ever be free of watching her back.  What Jaz faces, with the help of others, and her determination to see that no one else suffers as she did brings such a heart-gripping story.  Plus, readers will empathize with the character as she learns to forgive those who did wrong and heals from multiple attempts on her life.

Patricia Bradley offers her audiences a very suspense-filled tale that will take readers on an exciting ride!  The heart of the novel includes threads of defeating fear and wrestling through living a life of forgiveness even when it is so very difficult.  I loved how Jaz becomes a conqueror no matter how many times she is hurt or knocked down.  Plus, I love how Patricia Bradley takes readers through dark times to ones of hope and a future filled with promises!

Read all the novels of the series as they are exciting, faith-filled and suspense to the max!

Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. 

Secrets at Cedar Cabin (A Lavender Tides Novel #3)

 

Title:  Secrets at Cedar Cabin (A Lavender Tides Novel #3)

Author:  Colleen Coble

Pages:  352

Year:  2019

Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars.

The Lavender Tides series has very engaging and entertaining stories that include the first two books titled, The View of Rainshadow Bay and The House at Saltwater Point.  I think to appreciate the genius of the story is to start with the first book and read all three.  The Secrets at Cedar Cabin really brings an exciting conclusion to the mystery introduced in The View of Rainshadow Bay along with such a variety of characters. 

In this third installment, readers will enjoy Bailey Fleming’s character.  It was very intriguing how Bailey lives her life knowing one mother and moving all the time through her character’s experiences.  Some facets of the many threads regarding Bailey, Grayson and Shauna revealed in the first two books yet in the end of this third book more are revealed that tie up the mystery.

Bailey’s life is radically changed with the information about who she really is and what happened decades ago.  Bailey believes no one knows where she came from and can hide at a cabin reinventing herself.  The truth unravels when FBI agent Lance Phoenix starts poking in her life.  There are thrills as well as danger that is faced by many characters that seem to hint to who is the main culprit to what happened to Bailey, the mother she thought she knew and the man to whom she was once married.

The novel is riveting and climactic and will entertain readers for hours.  Collen Coble knows how to grab a reader and pull them into her books and keep them there till the very end!  I have read a lot of her books and recommend those looking for a solid story, believable characters, faith, romance, suspense and so much more to look Collen’s way!  You won’t be disappointed and I dare say you’ll want to read more coming from her pen in the near future!                 

Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. 

A Bound Heart

 

Title:  A Bound Heart

Author:  Laura Frantz

Pages:  407 (ARC)

Year:  2019

Publisher:  Revell

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

Lark MacDougall is descended from Scottish aristocracy, but over time her clan has been assimilated or killed so there are few left.  She serves as the apothecary for clan MacLeish, whose laird she grew up with.  Magnus MacLeish is a lawyer as well as head of his clan of over 300 people.  They depend on him to settle disputes and provide leadership.  He is aware of the smuggling that is going on but does nothing about it as he knows his clan needs the supplies.  These goods are needed for them to survive as they supplement what can’t be produced themselves.  Most of the islanders are involved in unloading the smuggled goods and must always be on the watch of the authorities.  Rory MacPherson is the captain of the smuggling ship and thinks he and Lark should marry, then head to America.

Due to dire circumstances Lark, Rory and Magnus are arrested and sent to Virginia as indentured servants, with Magnus making a further journey to Jamaica.  Lark boards the ship and within days becomes mother to an infant when his caretaker dies.  Now, Lark is headed for a new country, in a new job, indentured for two years with an infant.  Lark adjusts well to plantation life.  She remains in the role of apothecary and tends to her herbs and plants and bees.  She gives what help she can to the slaves, which sets her against the factor.  Magnus does well in his job as manager of a sugar, tobacco and cocoa plantation in Jamaica.  What purpose does God have in separating them from their homeland and each other?  Will they ever see each other again?

When I want to read historical fiction, Laura Frantz is one of my go-to authors.  Her characters are written with depth and are ones I can identify with.  The scenes of Scotland were so vivid I could smell the heather and peat fire.  Lark and Magnus had such reliance on the Lord in every day of their lives and were able to surrender to His will in the face of terrible circumstances.  I can’t wait to see where and when her next novel will take place!

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Dangerous Sanctuary (Love Inspired Suspense)

Title:  Dangerous Sanctuary (Love Inspired Suspense)

Author:  Shirlee McCoy

Pages:  224

Year:  March 2019

Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars.

Have you ever looked at a stack of books, shelves of books or even a list of books you want to read when all of a sudden it is like the book reaches out and grabs your attention?  Well, it happens to me all the time and here is one of those times!  The moment I opened the cover I was immediately drawn into the action taking place in the pages.

Two FBI members, Radley Tumberg and Honor Remington, are enmeshed finding out what is happening at a place deep in the mountains of Vermont.  Honor is the lead female character who, when located by Radley, has memory issues and severe burns to both her hands.  Even trying to leave the compound proves dangerous and even deadly!

Throughout the book just when Honor thinks the threats to her life are over, it turns out not to be true.  I enjoyed the animal in the story too and his personality because he is a pot-bellied pig.  There are family issues and obstacles that may keep Honor from living her dream of marriage and more.  This is a very good novel that won’t take much time to read and enjoy before picking up another book!  Readers beware this tale will keep you glued while turning pages quickly to discover what occurs!

 

Beauty in Flight (Beauty in Flight #1)

 

Title:  Beauty in Flight (Beauty in Flight #1)

Author:  Robin Patchen

Pages: 162

Year:  2019

Publisher:  JDO

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars

The second and third books in the series are due out in March and April this year, and I cannot wait to see where the suspense takes me!  The author has a gift of weaving a thriller as if the reader is right there viewing the scenes in person.  There are excitement and adventure with every page!  In the story, a young woman who had been a former prison inmate is now working at a nursing home as she loves to care for the elderly.

Harper Cloud longs to be loved for who she is and though her dream of becoming an R. N. is no longer viable, she is grateful to work caring for the elderly while also taking classes at a college.  But no matter where Harper goes, there is a nagging feeling that she is being watched.  Is she being stalked?  When she takes a job and moves across country, Harper feels safe and with a new lease on life.  But is that real or an optical allusion?  Is her new life and promising future now being threatened?  Stay tuned!

Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. 

The Reluctant Warrior (High Sierra Sweethearts #2)

Title:  The Reluctant Warrior (High Sierra Sweethearts #2)

Author:  Mary Connealy

Pages:  e-book

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Bethany

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Cameron Scott has spent most of his life in the military.  Now, that he is a civilian he has a difficult time not ordering people around and expecting their immediate obedience, including his toddler daughter.  He hasn’t seen her since her birth as he was serving in the cavalry.  His wife died, leaving their daughter with relatives.  He has returned to collect his daughter and settle on a ranch.  However, he is trapped in the mountains near Lake Tahoe due to a blizzard and must remain there all winter.  His daughter is afraid of his gruff manner and cries when he comes near.  She has developed a love, however, for Gwen Harkness and views her as her mother.

Gwen loves Maddie Sue and her little cousin Ronnie, whose parents were murdered while traveling west.  She has been raising them for several months, waiting on Cameron to arrive.  During that time, she has become more and more protective of them and really doesn’t want Cameron to take them away.  She and Cameron are at loggerheads just about every moment and can agree to disagree about everything.  Gwen finally realizes that she can’t keep children who aren’t hers no matter how much she loves them.  She sees the hurt in Cameron’s eyes when the children cry as he nears.  Gwen decides she will help Cameron win over the children.  She gives him advice that he actually listens to and begins to slowly find common ground with the children.  Before too much time has passed, there is an incident that almost costs them their lives.  The discover someone is out to kill Gwen’s sister Deb and her husband.  Gwen lives with them.  Cameron and the other men set out to track the killer more than once, but he keeps getting away.  What will happen for Cameron and Gwen when the snow thaws?  Will they ever catch the killer?

I absolutely enjoyed this story from beginning to end!  The sassy Gwen isn’t afraid to tell grouchy Cameron what his problems are and how to fix them.  Cameron while gruff is a fine protector and does indeed love his daughter and nephew and wants them to love him in return.  Gwen realizes she has not been acting Christlike toward Cameron at a nudge from the Holy Spirit and softens her approach toward him.  I look forward to the third book coming out soon.  This is a great historical western!

 

Wolfsbane (Discarded Heroes #3)

Title:  Wolfsbane (Discarded Heroes #3)

Author:  Ronie Kendig

Pages:  440

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Task Force Press

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars

This third novel in the series focuses not only on the black ops team but on one of the members known as Canyon.  Canyon’s life has been anything but gold even though his teammates called him Midas.   Canyon becomes entangled with an Army Demolitions expert named Danielle Roark.  Not only is there a rivalry between Canyon and his brother for Roark’s attention, now Canyon must take Roark back to where she escaped from to prove her evidence is in fact a reality.

Now, back in the jungle, with enemies all around, separated from other help and in pain what are Canyon and Danielle to do?  What Danielle learns through her return to her prior place of captivity from certain revelations will most definitely grab readers attention and emotions!

Ronie shows how human a believer is when one of the characters fails to run from temptation and how the ripples from that moment spread, causing division in many relationships.  The suspense in the story is high octane.  Trust me, it was hard to take a break and go to sleep at night!  The one strong theme throughout the story is God’s forgiveness and the restoration God can bring into a life when one repents, and yields control of one’s life into God’s hands.

I am now reading Firethorn, which is the fourth book in the series and it is just as riveting as the other books have been.  So, if you need stories that are outstanding, here is a series you won’t regret reading or forget anytime soon!

 

Digitalis (Discarded Heroes #2)

 

Title:  Digitalis (Discarded Heroes #2)

Author:  Ronnie Kendig

Pages:

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Publisher:  Task Force Press

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars                          

We meet the main characters in the first book, Nightshade, which also gives the background as to why this team exists.  The first book was absolutely enjoyable and had high tension with lots of adventure.  For example, one of the men on the team is separated form his wife, and he thinks she is home safe in America only to learn just how close to the danger she in fact is and why.  Along with threads of men who risk their lives for others, there are romance, secrets, faith and a whole lot more!

Now in book two, while there are the similar elements as book one, the characters change little and the op they become embroiled in is unbelievably engaging!  The thought that kept going through my head as I read was how potent the story is, and the adventure is ramped up!  Some of the story happens in Israel and then at one of the men’s home, which I found captivating.  One of the reasons was due to Digitalis’ love interest being a woman of Jewish descent.

There are threads in the story that were surprising and took my breath away!  I don’t want to spoil it for anyone by revealing the specifics, but you don’t want to miss the way the author brings about a heart touching scene in Israel.  The wrestling of Digitalis’ faith was very palpable throughout the book.  I loved the father in their father and son relationship.

Piper is a lead female character who wasn’t in the first book.  Now she is of interest to Cowboy and their interactions are precious and funny.  I love how the missions the team goes on don’t always work out perfectly or that someone doesn’t get hurt; the fact that they do adds realism to what occurs I imagine to those who serve and their families.

So, if you like military suspense and thrills, here is a great series to read!  I guarantee you won’t be able to put the book down but will be drawn in and not let go until the end!  I am to the third installment titled, Wolfsbane, and I will share that story with you soon!  Till then enjoy Nightshade, the first book in the series and then Digitalis!

Nightshade (Discarded Heroes #1)

 

Title:  Nightshade (Discarded Heroes #1)

Author:  Ronnie Kendig

Pages:  338

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Task Force Press

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars

There are many wonderful stories written by this author just waiting to be opened and enjoyed.  Here is the first in a series about those who served in the military and came back to the U.S., though not home.  In using the genre of fiction, readers will be grabbed by the tension, suspension and never-ending action of heroes who go where they are sent.  These soldiers have been hand-picked, and their identity is supposed to be known by a few though as readers will see that might not be the case after all.

It’s a well-crafted tale of being chosen to serve the country again though if caught they will be disavowed by the country they serve.  I read the book in short order because it was so engaging and suspense filled!  Plus, I love those who serve in the military as well as the family they leave to do so.  While it is true that not all have happy ever after endings, readers can begin to understand why as the characters use their skills in a setting far removed from everyday life here.  They also come home at times unable to reintegrate into society or their marriages.

Ronnie Kendig’s characters are heroes who fight to live and fight to help others live.  Sometimes the costs are seen on the outside though they are very real as one character named Sydney learned both at home and while traveling abroad.  There is hope infused in the story many times and there is mention of a ministry to help soldiers, through a passing character.

The novel caused my heart to race and I couldn’t put the book down!  I stayed up late one night to finish the book because I was so involved in the story, and I wanted to see how it was going to end.  If you’re looking for a book that really grabs you the moment you open the cover, look no further.  There are three other novels in the series that I hope to read and share with you very soon.  Until then, read on!

American Omens

 

Title:  American Omens

Author:  Travis Thrasher

Pages:  352

Year:  2019

Publisher:  Multnomah

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars.

The past weekend I spent time enjoying the story of American Omens.  The subtitle is “The Coming Fight for Faith,” which seems to already be a part of American society today.  As I progressed through the tale, I became enamored with Cheyenne’s character.  In the futuristic setting, we see “Chey” (Cheyenne) working for a company that has developed highly technical software.  She is one smart cookie!  However, Chey enters her workplace one day and she is handed a note.  She reads it later for fear someone else might see it.

The book was hard to put down because the plot thickens, the danger heightens, and it wasn’t hard to imagine fiction being reality.  I was turning pages for hours until my eyes got tired, but I wanted to read on.  Why are churches closed?  Why are people seeming to disappear without any concern from others? Is the man who is revealing God’s plan to a select few at first a plausible character?  I will answer only the one question about the prophet as that character is very mysterious and intriguing to say the least.

Christians in the novel are forced to live life off the grid but challenged to share their beliefs with others, knowing that comes with a cost.  There were twists and turns in the plot that kept me engrossed and thinking, plus there are Scripture references and a quote from Oswald Chambers that I really was impacted by.  On page 161, it reads as follows: “Seeing is never believing we interpret what we see in the light of what we believe.  Faith is confidence in God before you see God emerging; therefore, the nature of faith is that it must be tried.”

So, when you read the novel, don’t be surprised if something stands out to you that stirs your mind, heart and soul.  The timing of the release of the novel is providential in that it seems like a wake-up call to pay attention, decide for or against being a disciple of Christ, and living that faith out before the world.  Here is a great story to read and share with others, perhaps even discuss it with someone!

Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.