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Adverse Possession by Jess Hanna@PeterWilliam117

 

Description:

The Forresters have found their dream home… So has something else.
After years of moving from place to place, Andy and Tess are ready to settle down. But from the day they moved into the sprawling Victorian house, something just wasn’t right.
The power cuts out twice a day on a fixed schedule. Windows unlock and open on their own. Strange scratching sounds come from behind the walls. As the bizarre occurrences continue to increase in frequency and strength, the true source of the extraordinary activity is revealed.
What started as an enchanting curiosity has become a danger to them all, and the Forresters are in a race against time to save their family from an enemy unlike anything they have ever known.

Review: 

I first read this before it was published as an advanced readers copy from Jess. I had not written a review after reading it, just emailed the author my thoughts and impressions. It was only after starting this blog and checking my reviews on Amazon, that I realised I had not honoured Jess with an official review. To do so would mean reading this again. This was also another excuse to revisit this novel.

I was taken in then and am just as taken in now. This is even better the second time round!

This novel was the second horror story I had ever read and was read soon after the first which was Something Stirs by Thomas Smith. Both books are written by Christian authors and both deal with haunted houses by demons and deal with demon possession. Both also deal with these topics using spiritual warfare as outlined in the bible. But enough of the comparison between these two books, however, I must say they compliment each other very well, and both are a credit to each author. It was both these two authors and their horror stories that have convinced me that Christian authors have just as much or even more ability to write convincing horror especially when it is based on the source of horror as documented in the Bible, through the fall of satan and the other angels and their transformation into evil entities and their maleficent, deceptive and manipulative intentions in our lives.

Hanna has set a nice, even pace in the first half of this novel, introducing the characters, establishing the family dynamics, moving into and settling into the house, while interspersing certain incidents that, while not at first deemed to be demonic activity or out of the ordinary, but soon increase in frequency and become more bizarre, leading to Andy and Tess believing that something supernatural is occurring and is definitely of a malevolent nature as evidenced by the disruption to their lives and the effects its oppression on their personalities and relationships.

The second half of the novel definitely has a faster pace with the activity of the supernatural increasing, now being identified as a demon spirit that has its sights set on Alexis to possess and control. Hanna definitely adds more clues and explanation to what this demon is, why it is here, what its motivation is and as it possesses Alexis more and more, its power and activity is more extensive and destructive to Alexis, Tess, Andy and Jonathan. The parents try everything they know or think of to rid themselves and their house of this demon, including a paranormal investigator and his family. All this does is make things worse, ridding the house of the demon but then inviting more of them to inhabit the house and possess Alexis even more. This is very biblical as the bible states that if a demon is exorcised and the person not then inhabited by God’s presence/Spirit, more demons come and inhabit the person.

The attempts by the local Catholic priest to rid these demons does nothing except to cause his death, increase the demons power and the despair of Andy and Tess. However, through this priest, Hanna introduces the origin of these demons, and it seems to be linked to Tess’s past, namely that of the sins of her alcoholic father being passed onto through subsequent generations. Again, this is biblical as the bible states that the sins of the fathers are passed on through the 3rd and fourth generations.

One could wonder what could happen next to rid the house of these demons. Here Hanna introduces the biblical principle of spiritual warfare in the form of Tess’ mother, Claire, who is a Christian and after being told what has been happening, realises that the only way to end this is through prayer and using the authority of Jesus as outlined in the Bible. Her first attempts have limited success, not due to this bible truth being ineffective, but due to her emotions blocking her faith, but her attempt does evoke a defensive, defiant and aggressive response from the demons. It is obvious from this reaction that the demons are threatened by the mention of God and Jesus. It is here that she realises she has no choice but to involve the services of her Pastor.

Hanna progresses the spiritual warfare principles here by preparing the Pastor with prayer, submission to God, and obedience to His will. On my first reading of this novel, I did not realise this Pastor was the same as that of Hanna’s first novel, The Road To Hell!! This is a welcome connection to this previous novel and adds strength to the plot and characterisation.

From this point on, Hanna really shines with the spiritual warfare aspects. The way Pastor Tom prepares Andy to be the one to break the demonic power over Alexis and his family is very well done and give honour and credence to the Bible and God’s power and sovereignty. Again, he has followed biblical principles where the power and authority over demons can only be given to someone who has accepted Jesus as Saviour and repented of their sin and been forgiven and born again spiritually. The scene in the novel where Pastor Tom encourage Andy to accept Jesus as Saviour in order to defeat the demons is a real cliff hanger as Hanna portrays Andy’s confusion, despair and frustration very well. I started to cheer Andy on with this, knowing the truth of the bible in this matter!!

Hanna has created the ending of this novel to be fast paced on its own, the final confrontation between the power and authority of God against this demon. It is totally absorbing and very descriptive. It reads like a movie scene as it is played out in the reader’s mind. This is the most horrifying part of the novel and the most dramatic. 

If someone was to ask what Christian horror is like, this novel could be presented to answer that question. 

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Dragon Slayer: Beginnings (The Dragon Slayer Chronicles Book 1) by Carey Green@PeterWilliam117

Dragonslayer
Dragon Slayer: Beginnings: Book One of the Dragon Slayer Chronicles (Volume 1)

Dragons have been forgotten, relegated to the realm of legend and myth. But tales of horror circulate among the common people. Rumors of their attacks float on the night wind. They are a fearsome presence that haunts the memories of the old and the nightmares of the young.
They are forgotten, but they are not gone.The dragon masters wait, a dark force lurking in the shadows of every land. They will have their opportunity. They will rise.

A young boy is stripped violently from his family and thrust into the conflict between dragon masters and feudal lords. Through tragedy and loss Hon is swept into the conflict while battling the fear and pain that grips his own soul.

Dragon Slayer: Beginnings is a story of life and the growth of faith in the midst of loss. It’s about the battle every person goes through to become more than their past has destined them to be.

He is the first. He will be the best. He is the Dragon Slayer.

 

Review:

I received this book from the author who found my blog from a Google search. I liked what I saw from the description he provided and from the author’s background. Going to Dragon Slayer book website Dragonslayer and on the Author page, I read what Green considers what makes his writing unique:

  1. “My biblical counseling experience enables me to pull real-life personal struggles into the lives of my characters.
  2. My biblical teaching experience enables me to weave the truth of scripture into those struggles.
  3. The wide range of authors I’ve read has helped me learn different ways of creating memorable characters.
  4. Christian fiction isn’t just a way to make a living to me, it’s a tool to push people to think about deep, personal issues and apply God’s truth to their lives.
  5. I’m committed to being a down-to-earth author. I want to hear from my readers and help them along in their journey of faith” 
I decided I had better get reading and see for myself!

 

Plus this is his debut novel, and I like to review debut novels to give the new author some promotion and encouragement.

 

The other reason I decided on this book was that from reading other fantasy novels from Christian authors, I have found that Christian/biblical themes set in a fantasy world seem to make a successful marriage. I feel they lend to each other really well.

 

Such is the case here with Dragonslayer: Beginnings. Green has developed those characters concerned with the main character, Hon, with faith in the Creator being evidenced in their lives, they are not just hearers of the Word but doers of the Word as the Bible encourages and this is evidenced by the way these characters seek to find Hon after he is kidnapped by the Dragon. There is one poignant scene where Hon’s father, Stewart, shows his faith in action while searching for his son:

“My, my, my,” the old man muttered, “a terrible thing. At such times one wonders what the Almighty is thinking, to permit such things to be done to innocents like your boy.”

At that, Stewart raised his head for the first time. Looking Silas in the eye, he spoke strongly with great assurance. “Though the Lord has allowed this painful thing, and I am greatly tempted to fault Him, I will not. As you said yourself, His ways are a mystery. For us to question Him is like the ants who scurry at our feet to wonder at our actions. They do not and cannot understand. Neither can we.”

 
The old man looked at him, clearly surprised by his answer. “That is quite an attitude,” he spoke. Ï’m pretty certain it would not be the mine, were I in your boots.”
 
From this example, I can see that Green has employed his experience from his “..biblical counselling experience to pull real-life personal struggles into the lives of (his)characters” and his “..biblical teaching experience to weave the truth of scripture into those struggles”. 
Another example is when Hon expresses some pent up anger as to why God allowed his parents to die by the dragon:
“God is God, right? He’s all powerful, right? He could have stopped that beast with a word, but He didn’t!”My mother and father are dead because He did nothing”.
Green answers that age old question that if God is God and all powerful, then why did He not stop bad things from happening and where is He in suffering? Other authors can fall into the trap of this explanation being a preachy dialogue from a character who has not experienced this suffering but Green delivers this explanation from a character, Abigail, who has experienced first hand what Hon has so she is qualified to let him know what it is like and what she learnt about God. She speaks from her heart and the reader can relate to this because this testimony is from Abigail’s personal experience:
“God is not to blame….God is God. His ways are beyond our puny understanding. I have leaned that He will not make himself subject to our scrutiny or examination…… one day I will know the reason and on that day….I will say the He has done what is right, in every case. Even mine…..We know what it’s like to hurt, and to cry, and to be angry… we know what’s it’s like to bear the weight of such powerful emotions. But Hon, we also know the peace that comes from knowing that the same God who could have stopped the tragedy, is powerful enough to heal our broken hearts, and that He longs to do it.”  

These two examples also show Green’s attitude that Christian Fiction is  “…a tool to push people to think about deep, personal issues and apply God’s truth to their lives.”

From this point on I knew I was on a winner! When an author uses real life experience depicted in a plot event to connect with a reader in this way, the reader is connected not just to the story but also to the author. In the examples above, Stewart’s faith in action and Abigail’s experience in loss and her reaction to it from a faith point of view, I could relate to 100% as I had the same faith response to a major personal event over 2 decades ago. I never questioned why God would allow that, but just accepted that this was His way and His will for us and I had to accept this knowing He is in control and I was not abandoned in that event or that He does not care about me in that event.

Green has created a land that is set in a medieval type era and culture. He describes it well and you are instantly transported there. I could easily picture this land as he describes it. It is one of those reading experiences where you have to take minutes to re-acclimatise yourself to reality every time you stop
reading!
I loved the mystery and suspense elements in this novel. Who is Silas really, what are his motives, how can he be so sinister, ruthless, deceitful, cunning and despicable? It does not take the reader long to dislike or even get anxious when he makes another entrance into the plot of this novel! Is there a demonic influence or possession controlling and empowering him? Who are the dragon masters? What is the secret sect that they belong to and what is their agenda? You can see how the remaining books in this series will answer these questions and generate many more.
Green depicts Hon as the poor little orphan boy very well to such a degree that your sympathies are with him from the moment he discovers his house on fire in the opening pages of Chapter one. I must confess, while Hon was under the care of Lord Thurmond, I was getting very anxious as I continued reading expecting Silas to extend his evil intentions on Hon just as he did with Lords Thurmond, Kendrick and the others in Stewart’s search party. I was very relieved when this did not happen!
As Silas weaves his treachery and evil across the lands and puts more of his agenda into play, Hon grows up to be the definition of his name: Honour. God has His hand on him and uses Rowan, Abigail, Victoria, Hampton, Lord Kendrick and Gerrard to mould him into this strong, God-fearing and yes, honourable young warrior. Towards the end of the novel, we see Hon coming more into his own and accepting the destiny that God has placed on him: destroy the dragons and rid the land of this secret sect that is gaining power and dominion over the lands.
Green has a natural ability with the English language. His writing flows well and to read this is to be like a boat on a gentle current, enabling you to take in all that is around you at a satisfying pace. His characters are not two dimensional; there is depth to them and they are very relational. You find yourself liking them and getting fond of them. Abigail for her motherly care towards Hon and being a spiritual mother to him, Rowan for the father/mentor/warrior figure and example of manliness and masculinity for Hon to follow, Gerrard for the older, wiser, almost grandfather type figure that positively impacts on Hon. Even Lord Kendrick takes on a humble and royal role as a kind, fair benefactor of his realm and that of the inhabitants of Newton and a great ally for Hon, Rowan, Gerrard  in the quest to rid their lands of this dragon curse. On the other side of the coin you find yourself despising characters such as Silas for the traits mentioned previously. Even Lord Thurmond, at first you dislike him for his greed, selfishness, manipulation and how his unresolved grief over the loss of his wife and child to the dragon distort his thinking and behaviour but towards the end of his role in this novel, you find yourself understanding where all this is coming from and see him as a broken and hurt individual and have become more sympathetic towards without excusing or condoning his destructive behaviour.
Green ties up loose ends very nicely. There is one event towards the end that I am glad has a positive outcome and was not to be carried over into the next book. This gives the ending of this novel and well rounded feel. Having Kendrick, Rowan, Hon and the other two of this troop finally discover the extent of the dragon threat and the sect behind them prepares the way for the next instalment and adds to the heightened anticipation for Book 2, Dragon Slayer: Rising.
This is one well written, thought out, engaging and enthralling tale from a writer taking the plunge into Christian fiction and he has dived in very proficiently. I can look back at this novel and say to myself (and to this author) that he has successfully set out to achieve all those five points mentioned above that make his writing unique.

Highly Recommended.

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The Levine Affair: Angel’s Flight by Lela Gilbert @PeterWilliam117

The Levine Affair: Angel’s Flight

Haram’s slaughter of Christian villagers have stunned the world. A barbaric gang of thugs has kidnapped of hundreds of schoolgirls. They have slaughtered young boys and men and have burned countless worshippers alive in their churches. They’ve raped and forcibly married Christian women to Muslim men.
And now….
An American missionary has been kidnapped in by Boko Haram.
A young Nigerian mother is sentenced to death by stoning.
A Texas oilman has disappeared in Nigeria’s oil-rich delta.
No government in the world will touch these politically charged cases.
Acquisitions editor Karen Burke works for the small, L.A. based “faith and inspiration” imprint of a venerable New York publishing company. She arrives at work one Monday morning to find a book proposal on her desk. “See if this story has legs,” her boss writes. “If you have to do a site visit, do it. This could be huge!”
The book proposal was written by an American, Nate Gregory, recounting his shocking recollections of being held hostage by Muslim radicals in Nigeria. His story is gripping, and although Nate was simply doing construction work on a short-term missionary assignment, he turns out to be a surprisingly talented writer.
Karen is troubled, however, with his description of his Muslim captors, his seemingly “colonial” view of the Christian community in Africa, and his eloquent but relentless deprecation of “Sharia law,” the Islamic religious system under which he was held captive. He also makes incredible claims about brutal amputations as sentencing for crimes, crude violations of women’s rights, and the burning alive of Christians in their churches.
Talented or not, is Nate Gregory just another Islamophobic religious fanatic who hates Muslims?
Meanwhile, David Levine, an Israeli philanthropist based in London, has put an elite paramilitary team together. Levine is deeply concerned about the global threat of Islamic jihadists like Boko Haram, and their ferocious tactics in trying to impose Shari’a law around the world.
Since neither the US, NATO nor any other government wants to get involved in politically incorrect religious politics, Levine has formed an elite team of former Special Forces commandoes. He sees it as his own little army – fighting jihadis, one deadly attack at a time.
Unbeknownst to Nate Gregory – who’s been led astray by a Southern California preacher who claims to have miraculously saved him from his captors – Levine’s team, commanded by Joe Brac a retired Green Beret, was actually responsible for his release from captivity.
Now Levine has tasked Brac with another rescue – this time to liberate Jumoke Akabakar, the 18-year-old Nigerian girl who has been sentenced to death by stoning for adultery.
The story unfolds as Karen Burke, in order to confirm the facts in Nate’s book proposal, travels to Nigeria to meet up with him. The two of them get along better than they might have imagined. But what seems to be a simple fact-finding mission soon gets increasingly ugly.
While Karen and Nate are in Nigeria, they learn that an American oilman has been kidnapped and beheaded in the Niger River delta. At about the same time, the corrupt governor of the local Nigerian state is assassinated. Worst of all, an urgent warning reaches them that a mob of jihadis has targeted the church compound where they are staying. The Boko Haram terrorists are heavily armed and raging with hatred.
All at once Karen and Nate find themselves in the crosshairs of bloodthirsty radicals. They have unexpectedly been left on their own and aren’t at all sure that help is one the way. They have no choice but to run for their lives.
Joe Brac’s small team of Special Operators rescue has been working night and day to develop of plan to liberate Jumoke. That was their key mission, well conceived and meticulously planned.
But now, unexpectedly, they have two more victims in grave danger.

Will they find a way to rescue Nate and Karen?

The Guru’s Review:

I discovered Angel’s Flight through a blog post promoting this novel from author, Martin Roth, who writes in the same genre, the persecuted church. His novels also involve a special ops team that support the persecuted Christian church with military force. I loved Martin’s books, and I just love this one.  I am very encouraged to see that there are authors such as Roth and Gilbert who are writing novels to alert Christian readers of the plight of Christians and their persecution for their faith in God in countries where their religious/political regime is extremely hostile to the Bible, God and Christianity. Another author, whom I have all his books but have not read them yet, is D. I Telbat. His books look very exciting yet with the same serious message about the persecuted church.

The first thing that hit me reading Gilbert’s novel is the detail she has included in the descriptions of all things military. This has been achieved by using the knowledge and experience of W. Jack Bruckner (LTC, Retired, Special Forces) to her fullest advantage here. His input is invaluable and definitely adds credibility and authenticity to the plot lines, and enriches the action scenes. It also adds credibility and development to the ops team characters and other military personnel. I loved the description of the management and planning system of Levine’s special forces; this felt as if you were part of this special ops team. I would love to see this team continue in further books as Gilbert has created a team that becomes endeared to the reader, especially their leader, Joe Brac.

Gilbert successfully recreates the Nigerian culture and political landscape and you really feel that you are transported there. The same  can be said for the Muslim agenda of domination and suppression/eradication of Christianity through violence and force. The Muslim extremists threat feels real, you can feels their hatred of Christianity and any who don’t agree or follow the Muslim faith. Conversely, the fear, and desperation to escape this threat experienced by Karen, Nate and their cohorts is also real and is transferred to the reader. I was there with them dodging bullets, feeling that I would not escape unharmed or at all.

Gilbert shows that she has researched and understands the mindset of the Muslim doctrine in relation to their terrorist activities/jihad, as explained by Levine, an Israeli philanthropist,

In their minds they are all part of one pan-Islamist nation that has no borders. And they’ve declared war on the rest of the world, especially on Jews and Christians. Have you heard some of the sermons in their mosques? Unbelievable hatred! And in some areas they’re killing the so-called infidels by the thousands. As I’m surew you know, a lot of the violence goes unreported, and even if it is, no one lifts a finger to help. I think the time has come for private individuals to get involved. We have to fight for the sake of the oppressed…… because no one else will fight for them.”

and further where he explains to Karen,

Karen……you must understand…..this so-called “war on terror’……in the minds of our enemies, is a war against the infidel-you and me-for the sake of establishing a pan-Islamic state. This isn’t just about Nigeria. It is a global threat. In the minds of the jihadists, there is no difference between Christians and Jews and, really, all non-Muslim Americans….there are reports of books in mosques throughout America, calling for the death of Christians and Jews……their publications….in their view, we are mortal enemies because America supports the existence of Israel, and America does embrace radical Islam’s geo-political ambitions.

It is both these accounts that show the main theme and background of this novel , the persecution of Christians and Jews and that the world does not seem to be doing too much to rescue these persecuted groups, hence Levine’s formation of his special ops group as he explains,

I intend to put together a small paramilitary unit that can perform surgical military strikes, rescue hostages, and deal with tyrants…. I have been very fortunate in my business and am privileged to do what I can to protect and assist innocent people in difficult circumstances. On several occasions it has been necessary for me to provide rescue and relief for certain individuals when they have run out of options.

When you read books like Gilbert’s, Roth and I presume Telbat (having, as I mentioned previously, not read his yet), you cannot help but know that what is described in these books should also exist in reality. Would it not be heart-warming, inspiring and a great witness of who God is and what God can do if what is described in these novels was not just a fictitious account?

Martin Roth, in a recent blog post about this book, has the following to say about this book,

The words “ripped from the headlines” have become a cliché, but they describe abundantly this excellent book. It is well researched, well written and features all the drama a reader would want from an international thriller, including, it must be noted, violence and a modicum of (somewhat opaque) sex.

The persecution of Christians around the globe, and particularly in the Muslim world, is an escalating terror. Yet too many Western Christians seem uninformed or, at best, aware but unwilling to do much.

We need more educational resources, in all forms of media, that vividly portray the new reality. That is why novels like “The Levine Affair: Angel’s Flight” serve such an important role. This is a novel that the church needs to read.

I could not have described this any better myself. After reading Roth’s novels and now this one, I agree that the church needs to read novels such as these and of Telbat’s to get the message about the persecuted Church and get real about this neglected area of Christianity, that Western Christianity is isolated from, and which it should not be.

I wondered why Gilbert chose Nigeria as the setting for this novel, and the following from Roth’s post gives a clear reason why she did so,

A harrowing report in the Baptist Press last year noted that Nigeria was, at that time, by far the most lethal country for Christians.

According to the article:

The publicly reported Christian casualties in Nigeria last year [2012] were greater than the Christian casualties of Pakistan, Syria, Kenya and Egypt combined. In fact, Nigeria alone accounted for almost 70 per cent of Christians killed globally. This makes Nigeria the most lethal country for Christians by a huge margin.

Statistics like this should be sobering for the Christian Church, especially for Western Christianity and act as a wake up call. I applaud these three authors for writing novels to reflect this reality and pray that God use their novels to wake up any reader to this reality.

I am very appreciative of these three authors and it has woken me up to the reality of the persecuted Christian Church. I believe that God can and does use fiction to educate, entertain, and change a Christian’s heart, and attract a non-believer to consider Him to be real. Gilbert, Roth and Telbat are strategically placed by God to be used in this media to, as Roth so aptly put it,

We need more educational resources, in all forms of media, that vividly portray the new reality.

Christian fiction, through these authors, portrays this  very vividly.

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The Angelic Gene by Steve Goodwin @PeterWilliam117

An orphan girl unsure of who she is or why a man wants her dead, carries a secret. She will experience humanity.
Are you ready?
Join Sophia in a heart thumping adventure across England exploring faith, doubt, love and fear set in the 1870’s. A story you’ll continue to contemplate long after the journey unfolds.The Angelic Gene is really something special.

Review:

This is the long anticipated third book in the Elijah Hael series, however it can read as standalone without having read the previous two books. Having said that, this is a great introduction to this series, and I would encourage any reader new to the Elijah Hael series to start with this one. It definitely gives the background to Sophia, and you will understand her better in the Elijah Hael books from reading this one.  The other advantage is that the reader should pick up some connections from this book to the previous two, so Goodwin states and is quite proud of this fact. He throws it out there to see who picks up these connections. I must confess, I am still working on this as it is within 4 months since reading the previous two. I have mentioned this to the author, and he has allowed me to mention that “The crucifix Anne gives to Michael is the same one that Seth uses in The Genetic Code”.

Goodwin has stated that The Angelic Gene is different from Elijah Hael books and after reading this, I would agree. Set in a much earlier time than the previous two, Sophia is much younger, her age spans from birth to age 16 years in this novel compared to a much older and mature age in the other two books. In this novel she is human and in the other two in another form. You will have to read these novels to know what I mean by that statement. No spoilers!

I really loved this novel! One of my favourites! It really is a beautiful story. There is a gentleness in Goodwin’s writing but a firmness or solidness in its delivery. It flows well, and Goodwin has, without too much detail, transported the reader into the 1870s.

Some of these are done well by adding historical events such as who the character of Jack really is other than Memphis’ pawn and what he is known for in history is connected to Memphis’ plans.

I have a soft spot for Jack. Despite his infamy in recorded history, the background Goodwin provides for this character encouraged me to see him as a lost soul caught in desperation of his condition and a slave of his fear of dying and of the afterlife. This develops in him a hatred of God and of Christians, but it is this that actually enables him to consider over the course of this book, that these Christians have the peace and freedom that he so desperately desires and that God might just be who He says He is. Memphis, who hates God with his entire being, actually unknowingly and unwittingly gives Jack a clue to this revelation. And it is this that gives him the motivation to make divisive action against his master. I did admire him for this but was heart broken that despite this, his outcome and end was the same as if he had not done this action. I consider Jack one of Goodwin best developed characters.

Another event recorded in history is that of Kate Kibble, one of 37 women, banned from Birmingham pubs for being habitually drunk and yes she did have one eye! I thought the inclusion here of Kate’s demise while Jack was contemplating his situation in the pub and to have to attend to Kate was well done and strengthened my affection for him! Yet another, was the reference to William Booth, who we know as the founder of The Salvation Army. All these events have added credibility to the era that Goodwin has successfully transported the reader to.Goodwin has depicted Anne and Sophia as very realistic children of their age groups throughout the novel. Developing their characters right from the beginning, their innocence, vulnerability and frailty due to be orphaned is well done and endears you to these two. You cannot do anything else except feel for them, support them and want to protect them and Goodwin’s development of Michael as guide, protector and mentor helps the reader here in developing the reader’s rapport with these two orphans. Goodwin has also depicted the closeness of Anne and Sophia very well as inseparable friends (and something deeper, but you will have to read the novel to find out in what way this is!!) and this adds a great depth to the plot and their important role in the fight against Memphis and fulfilling the prophecy.

I must make mention here of the dog, Dash. This adds another “character” to become endeared to and I discover from the author that Dash is based on his own dog of the same breed and name as his own. I can see how Goodwin has portrayed Dash here as pretty much the same as he experienced Dash in his life and the depiction of the relationship between Dash and the two girls. Very nicely done.

Memphis has been developed successfully as the demon bent on destroying Sophia and all connected to her in achieving his dominance of the world and Goodwin provides him with a great degree of evilness that does make you feel creepy, especially in his mastery of the demonic practices of sorcery and necromancy.

I love the way Goodwin has introduced the angelic involvement. With one angelic character, there is a twist that I did not see coming, but once you do, it makes sense and I chuckled at the cleverness of Goodwin to include and add another layer to the plot and relationship between the characters.

I loved the ending, the final confrontation between Sophia and her band of warriors against Memphis and his demonic army and the aftermath. I did cry at the demise of one loved character and the happiness of another and how this could flow into a sequel.

All in all, the loose ends are tied up, but I can see that it is possible for a fourth book in this series, especially one to follow on from this one but also to fit in with the previous two.

Goodwin has stated that The Angelic Gene has a special place in his heart and I can understand why, I can say the same for me as well. Won’t forget this one in a hurry. I would love to see this made into a movie!! It would be a ripper!

The author gifted this novel to me as a Kindle edition and this has not influenced my review. I have made it known to him that this review is based entirely on my opinion and how I interpreted his novel.

 

 

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Elijah and the Last Judgement By Steve Goodwin @PeterWilliam117

I read this on September 15th, 2013


http://www.stevegoodwin.org/
 

Description: 

A thought provoking Christian story of love, life and death, the afterlife, and spiritual warfare.

I am dead. This is my funeral.

Elijah turned to look at Castiel who looked back at him and nodded gently.

And in that instant everything changed, in ways that Elijah Hael and those who read his story could never anticipate or imagine.

Enter a world of intrigue, suspense, wonder and living energy where our souls are battled over, unseen by many but experienced by all.

Don’t miss the opportunity to join Elijah Hael on his spellbinding, dazzling and unforgettable journey through his life to his destiny. An adventure, infused with Christian values, you’ll never forget. Those who enjoy an uplifting, challenging, touching story will adore this novel.

See more at ElijahHael.com


Review:

I discovered Steve Goodwin’s books advertised on Facebook. I was immediately drawn to them after reading the plot and also because he is an Australian Christian author. In my Christian fiction library, I do not have many Australian Christian authors, so to find another who writes in the genre I follow is worthy of my support.

Elijah Hael and the Last Judgement is the first in a series of novels. This one concerns the death of Elijah from a bicycle accident. He finds himself in a strange place being interrogated over incidents in his past. Confused, he does not understand why this is happening. Another man, Castiel, interrupts this interrogation and takes him away where he is shown significant aspects of his life where Castiel and Elijah comment on these events. We see how these events, both good and bad, have impacted Elijah and made him the man he is. All these events range from childhood through to his death.

Elijah begins to understand that he is in the afterlife and Castiel is an angel. Through these observances of Elijah’s life, clues are laid as to why this is happening leading to a decision Elijah has to make.

This comprises the first half of the novel. It is very absorbing. I could not put this half down. Goodwin seamlessly blends in various topics of dysfunctional family life, sexual promiscuity, (nothing graphic or descriptive), abortion, physical abuse, divorce, drug and alcohol abuse, prostitution, that Elijah was an observer to with his family. Goodwin writes this without it being a hard read and successfully portrays Elijah’s feelings and how he coped. Throughout this half, he also blends in the spiritual aspects of sin, the interaction of demon spirits in these sinful acts and the effects it has on the characters in the spiritual plane and how this is manifested in a physical sense, causing ill health, and how sin enslaves them to this lifestyle.

In this spiritual side of Elijah’s life events, and those of his family, we are introduced to Sophia, his guardian angel and how through his prayer to God, she protects him from the clutches of the demons, (called Shadows). We are introduced to the boundaries that these angels operate under; not to cause physical or mental harm to their charge and not to interfere with their free will. They can influence their thought process or manipulate their environment for their good in protecting them but that is all. They also can only act with permission from their Higher Authority. To go outside these boundaries is to suffer a penalty.

This is one very engaging half of the book. It really does draw you in. You feel as if you are there with Elijah and Castiel as they observe and comment on the events in Elijah’s life, you also sympathise with him during the negative elements and react against the injustice he suffered. You rejoice with him when he accomplished something good and when his life started to improve.

Reading the author Bio on Amazon and the author’s blog/web page, you can see that this half of the book must be based on his own life, for he describes his childhood as difficult and upon talking to the author via Facebook chat, he states that, “I write based on my ideas and experiences”. He does this extremely well. He also states that his past experiences “….developed a fascination with the nature of the supernatural, spiritual and physical words and how they affect the lives around us”. This does add a lot of credibility to the plot and structure of this novel. That is a great strength and an asset and he draws on this very well.

Once Castiel is finished with showing Elijah his significant life events, he rewards Elijah with the answer to his question that Castiel has alluded to, that Elijah has to make a decision regarding his future. This is pivotal for the remainder of the plot. A huge twist occurs and one that is not expected or predicted by the reader.

The author states that this second half is, “….more artistic license, or the way I’ve come to know things.” I will not try to spoil it by expounding on what the author means here by way of the plot, but it did cause me to question the author about this. I wanted to see what led him to take such artistic licence in this second half. I wanted to see what his sense of theology was and whether it was not based on the bible or some other New Age or non biblical source and to see if it aligned with what I had read of this author. I was pleased with his response. I have quoted some of his reply without adding spoilers.

One specific question I had concerning something I had not considered or entertained that Goodwin structured in this second half. My first thought was that this was a real stretch of theology and I was concerned that it would not honour God and the Bible but was reassured when he wrote,

“Hi Peter, there are fictional elements to my story. There is no way to know for sure the answers to your questions…..I come back to the statement in the bible, “Nothing is impossible for God.”

I agree with this and I guess it comes down to the age old dilemma that there are things that we don’t know about God and life and which the Bible does not cover or instruct on. I am reminded of the verse that says, “My ways are not your ways, My thoughts are not your thoughts,..” (Isaiah 55: 8).

He continued by saying further in his response to my Facebook chat:

“I don’t write anything I don’t believe is possible though. So to me, everything I wrote, is possible. Is it that way? My guess is things are a lot more grand in “God’s World” than we can possibly imagine. Hope this makes sense.”

I was reassured by all this. I can see that Goodwin is a man of character and integrity and has a heart that does not want to dishonour God in his writing. The account of the conversion of Elijah to Christ was very touching and meaningful and again, I believe it is based on the author’s conversion experience. More credibility to this author here. Also, this is backed up by reading of the author’s baptism account in his blog. That is a great witness.

The second half of the novel is one of action and adventure. More spiritual warfare and supernatural events. This almost reads like a computer game, and this is interesting as the author mentioned that he would like to create Elijah in a computer game, seeing the author is a software developer and has created an Elijah and the Last Judgement app for the Windows mobile phone. (Hey, Steve, what about us iPhone and Android diehards? LOL). This is a faster pace than the first half but no less of the “I cannot put this down” characteristic, which seems to be trademark of his writing. Don’t change that ever, Steve!! This action and adventure half also has another subplot running through it where loose ends are tied up and tied up very nicely, leading to a sweet and solid ending that leaves you with the thought, “Wow, that was a great read and a great story!” I must confess, I had a book hangover after finishing this, I was still in the world of Elijah and found it hard to get back into holiday mode where I am at the moment!!

I can see the degree and positive effects of the influences of Tolkien and Lewis that have developed Goodwin’s writing , creativity and imagination. It is very encouraging. I applaud this author for remaining respectful to the Bible and including biblical values in his novels.

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The Vengeance Squad Goes To England by Sidney W. Frost @PeterWilliam117

The Vengeance Squad helps one of its own when the bookmobile fund is stolen. Two years after the death of his fiancée, Chris McCowan begins to feel normal again. As normal as the situation allows. Sarah had told him to find a new love and be happy, but he never dreamed he would. That was before he fell in love with Angela. Did she feel the same about him? Perhaps he would soon find out. She had invited him to visit her at her home in Bath, England during his time off between semesters. He had his plane ticket before his fall teaching obligations were finished. Tex Thompson had worked part time at the library while attending college full time ever since he’d married Jane. Adding the Vengeance Squad’s criminal investigative work on top of that left little time for her or the children. This time, Tex’s wife had put her foot down. No more Vengeance Squad activities until he’d stayed home long enough for his children to get to know him again. And, she added, she expected some quality husband and wife time as well. This semester break would be different, Jane said, and Tex was looking forward to it. Chris and Tex were ready to spend more time with the ones they loved. But that was before they learned Liz Siedo, the third member of the group was the victim of a crime that could break her heart. Will Liz, the hugger, the cheerleader, the one who was always optimistic and always supportive, need their help? Will Chris and Tex abandon their plans to assist her? Will Liz allow the guys to break the law to rectify her mistakes?

The Guru’s Review:

Something wrong with Liz? How can that be? Those who have followed Frost’s novels that contain this loveable character will be shocked in the change in personality in Liz that the opening of this novel portrays. Frost has positioned this part of the plot at the beginning to draw the reader in to read more. Once this happens, your interest is piqued and like Chris and Tex, you want to know what is wrong with Liz! Great way to start a novel. Grabbed my attention immediately as I wanted to know what had happened to one of my newly formed friends from the previous novel, The Vengeance Squad.From here on in, once it is revealed what Liz has gotten herself into, this novel takes off with The Vengeance Squad engaged to investigate and thwart the perpetrator’s crime of fraud against Liz. The main part of this plot takes them to England in their search for Virgil Golden who has fleeced Liz’s bank account of donor money she is saving for a new Book mobile.

I was pleasantly surprised how well I felt I was in England as the plot progressed. Frost has done his research both from being there and from other research in the locations he has included. In an interview with C. Wayne Dawson, he states,

The Vengeance Squad Goes to England includes many places in the UK where I have been……. although I write about places I’ve visited in person, I use Google to view the area I’m writing about to remind me what it looks like.

While working on The Vengeance Squad Goes to England, I was using Google to follow along a route in London when I saw red double-decker buses everywhere. That’s when I got the idea to make one into a bookmobile and put a photo on the book cover.

In the same book, I had the squad involved in a golf cart chase at the famous St. Andrews course. When she read a draft, my wife, a golfer, said they don’t use golf carts at that course. That led to more research and many changes, but I still got my chase in.

I have seen in photos, watched English TV and listened to my wife and her mother (who are from England) even though I have not been to England myself. This was one factor that kept me coming back for more. I also loved the banter between Angela and Chris over the English and American terms, that made me chuckle as I have had similar banter between my American friends with their terminology and our Australian terms as well. I have also had the same with my mother in law and wife with our terminology and theirs.Frost uses this second novel to further develop the romance between Angela and Chris. I have not read much in the romance genre either Christian based or not, but I do like it when it is written by male authors. The only other male authors to include romance in their novels that I have read, are Ralph Smith in the Seal of the King and Joel C Rosenberg in his David Shirazitrilogy. They both do this very well and I feel Frost does it well too, especially highlighting the difficult emotions that Chris had to deal with in allowing himself to fall in love again in the two years since his fiance, Sarah, was murdered in the first novel. He also showed Angela having sensitivity in what this means for her as well. This issue was well balanced and made their romance all the more realistic and credible to this sub plot that started towards the end of The Vengeance Squad. In the same aforementioned interview, Frost states,

More importantly, it is about falling in love and remarrying after your wife dies. Or, fiancé, in the book.

Frost is using his personal experience here and, as I mentioned in my review of the first book, this adds credibility to this subplot and in this novel, it strengthens the plot structure tremendously. I loved the way it was not until the very end that you realised that despite the obstacles they both had to address, that there was going to be a “happy ending” and one that you want to happen as you see Chris working through his emotions of guilt, and learning to love again. Great way to end this novel! I would also like to see a third book in this series as I feel a lot of readers would want to see their marriage and another case thrown in for good measure. Maybe then Frost could consider completing this series! But would his readers allow this? Hmm, I think not!!

It was well planned for Frost to use this novel to introduce more of Tex’s life in the form of his wife and to a lesser degree, his children, compared to Tex as a sole character in The Vengeance Squad. This makes Tex a more three dimensional character and Jane makes a very productive asset to the Squad. Having the plot more centered on Liz also adds depth to her character and makes her more three dimensional as well. Definitely allows the reader to be more endeared towards her. She is one very memorable character!

I felt that in this novel, it was a faster pace and the plot and its events kept me more engaged than the previous one. Frost’s writing style and plot structure are smoother and concise. I loved the way the Squad did not find the search for Golden easy and had obstacles to overcome and sometimes not a very well thought out plan that discouraged them, but they did not give in. Added a deeper level of intrigue to the plot and made the character of Golden all that more elusive and crafty.

I chuckled at Frost’s introduction of the drone, being Chris’ idea. I thought that was a clever innovation and suited the nerdy image of Chris very well. Turns out that this drone was the star player at the end of the novel. Interesting that as I write this review, Frost submits a blog post called Drones Are In! about drones being used in fiction and non fiction more now and for fun and commercial uses. Very interesting blogpost. Interesting how Amazon is also developing this technology to deliver orders to their customers!

All in all, this is, like its predecessor, one fun and entertaining read, but also one that has a serious message about grieving and learning to love again God’s way. I love Christian novels where the author sets out to entertain, but also educate. This in my opinion is a hallmark of what makes a satisfying Christian novel. Thanks Sidney Frost!

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The Vengeance Squad by Sidney W. Frost@PeterWilliam117



The Vengeance Squad by Sidney W. Frost

When Chris McCowan’s fiancée, 24-year-old Sarah Eason, is killed during a bizarre robbery near Austin, Texas, an unlikely trio teams up to find those responsible for her death. The trio, Chris, a 31-year-old computer science professor, Percy “Tex” Thompson, a 40-year-old wheelchair bound ex-con student of Chris’, and 65-year-old head librarian Liz Siedo, pool their talents to find the criminals after local law enforcement agencies have given up.
Chris wants an eye for an eye even if it means giving up God and the church where he and Sarah were to be married. He sets out to learn the tricks of the trade from his ex-con student, all while continuing to teach and coming to terms with his grief. Angela, who claims to be an FBI agent, joins the Vengeance Squad to help the three find the killers.

The Guru’s Review:

I had this book on my To Be Read shelf since April 2012. It was only earlier this year when the sequel, The Vengeance Squad Goes To England, became free on Amazon, that I felt it was about time I read this first one. Then, a few months later, the author discovered my blog and contacted me requesting me to review these two books.
It was the cover that drew me to investigate what this book was about. The man in the wheelchair. I had not read a book with a character in a wheelchair and with my wife suddenly in a wheelchair herself due to a chronic disease, my interest was doubly piqued. I was intrigued how someone with a disability was going to be able to avoid the danger of finding these killers. At the end of the novel Frost more than satisfied my curiosity in this area. I am not a great fan of murder mysteries, but this plot was different to others whose blurbs I had read and I have been very pleasantly surprised.
This is one very easy read and very entertaining. Frost says this about his novels,

I would hope that readers would walk away with a feeling of joy in having read my books. After all, the main goal is entertainment. If some other meaning comes through, it is often unintended.

Having said that, there is also a message of dealing with grief and learning to trust God in such circumstances. From an interview involving this author, I discovered that Frost had experienced the loss of his wife to cancer. Frost says of this,

My second novel, The Vengeance Squad, is about grieving. It was written after my wife died from pancreatic cancer. I experienced the same feelings the fictional character did when his fiancé was murdered during a robbery. Or, should I say he experienced my feelings.

I admire Frost for this, as it really does add credibility to this part of the plot. This would be the take home message in this novel and I pray that any reader who has had or having trouble dealing with grief will find comfort and hope that God is still with them and is there to comfort and restore them and be a stronger, wiser and better person for allowing them to come to terms and be healed from the tragedy of losing a loved one and become more like Him in the process. I must confess, I can identify with Chris’ reactions having lost a loved one many years ago and I can say from this that Frost has dealt with this topic very well in this novel.
From reading about Frost from another interview, I found it interesting Frosts’ journey becoming an author resulting in his first book, Where Love Once Lived. I have not read this one yet, but reading The Vengeance Squad, I can see that the end result of his journey is one well written and constructed novel and he showcases his talent and creativity well as a new author. Just goes to show that it is never too late to follow one’s dreams once God gets hold of it and it is left in His control. I encourage any reader to read this interview; it gives a good insight into this author and knowing some of any author’s background enhances the reader’s experience and appreciation of their novels.

Frost has created some very relational characters, from the lovable, grandmother type in Liz Siedo, head librarian, from the street smart ex-con, Percy “Tex” Thompson, to the tough and mysterious Angela, who claims to be an  FBI agent. Rather an eclectic group, but who work well together in searching for Sarah’s killers. Each has different and diverse talents or occupational expertise that when combined, are very successful in not only finding the killers, but thwarting their end game to kill the POTUS. While their methods are not depicted as action packed or fast paced with unseen twists and turns that you expect from more involved and complex plot structure, the methods used by The Vengeance Squad reflect their individual expertise and fits in very well with the general pace and flavour of this novel with its sub-plots of Chris’ grief and Tex’s continued quest to better himself from his past and his estrangement from his parents.

I became very fond of all of these characters. Liz makes me laugh the way she wants to hug everyone whether they want it, need it or expect it. Tex is very enthusiastic about using his talents and darker side of his life experience on the streets as an ex-con to educate Chris and prepare him to avenge the death of Sarah. Angela adds an element of mystery while offering the Squad her expertise, but not confirming which side she is on or whether she is an FBI agent, but proves to be one very tough and reliable Squad member and invaluable to them at the end. And speaking of the end, there is evidence of an attraction between Chris and Angela and I rejoiced here as this showed that Chris was coming to terms with his grief and learning to live again.

I also loved the element of the supernatural with the visit of an angel in the guise of a prison chaplain that provided Chris with just what he needed to be reconciled to God and to get his grief in the correct perspective, so he could “let go and let God” to quote familiar Christian jargon. Although a very short account in this novel, it was very effective in adding a touch of tenderness to Chris realising his need for God and that he had been wrong in blaming God for Sarah’s demise and abandoning his faith. From this point on, the novel is strengthened with Chris’ newly restored relationship and forms a pivotal point in the action and pace of the novel increasing until the very satisfying end where all the loose ends are wrapped up, but with an obvious tie in to the sequel.
I am glad I discovered this novel and author Sidney W. Frost. I am looking forward to reading the sequel, The Vengeance Squad Goes To England. I have decided also to read his other two novels, and I very rarely read in the romance genre, Christian based or otherwise, but if I let the influence of the reviews from these two novels have their affect, I am in for a treat!

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The Rise of Yorgensen (Silent Screamers, Book 3) by Dante Fortson @PeterWilliam117

The Rise of Yorgensen (Silent Screamers Book 3)

Now that the alien invaders have disclosed their existence to the entire world on national TV, Yorgensen, a spiritual guru to the stars is attempting to put a positive spin on their arrival. As the world becomes infatuated with the fact that “we are not alone” in the universe, they began to hand over control of the entire planet to the Galactic Federation of Light. Millions of Fae wait for orders to march through the streets and enforce Yorgensen’s new Peace Plan.

Unfortunately for the invaders, David and his crew aren’t ready to give up their guns or the fight just yet. As the invaders push forward with their plan to disarm the planet, David must decide if he’s going to sit back and watch it happen, or if he’s going to make a decision that could have global consequences. No matter how it turns out, things will never be the same again.

The Guru”s Review: 

Dante Fortson again succeeds in developing this series, with the same “cannot put down” pace and suspense that is found in the previous 2 books. Despite the short length of these episodes, Fortson successfully drops you in the plot and you hit the road running. Despite the dire circumstances that exist in the post-invasion environment, I find that I am enjoying being there as the characters are very relational, the aliens even have a personality and there is the strength of the human spirit very much alive in the main characters as they struggle against all odds with their new found faith in some cases.
The story line progresses and the influence and power of the Aliens over the affairs of man become more entrenched and this is aided by the emergence and influence of William Yorgensen, a New Age guru and spiritual advisor to many of the world’s leaders. He achieves world peace but David and his company do not trust this man and even consider that he may be a hybrid. They formulate their most daring plan yet, to assassinate him. Ziek even believes that he is the Anti-Christ and therefore must be done away with! This part of the plot leaves the reader hanging on the end of their seat and leaves us waiting very impatiently for Book 4, which starts the next phase of this series: Saga II: Helel, and it will provide a deeper look into the origin of the invasion that took place during the David Saga (Books 1-3).
If there is one thing that I love about this series is how effectively Fortson includes his research into the plot. There is not whole chunks of it as it is written, say, from his non-fiction books on the subject (As The Days of Noah Were: The Sons of God and The Coming Apocalypse and Beyond Flesh and Blood: The Ultimate Guide To Angels and Demons) but it is integrated as part of the plot and this is a very effective way of educating the reader and getting this author’s point across. As Christians, we are instructed to wield the Word of God correctly and responsibility and Fortson does this well in this series and it would not just entertain a non-Christian but also, I believe get them thinking about these themes, especially if this person was to then investigate the aforementioned non-fiction books.
I would highly recommend the aforementioned books, especially if you wanted to read more into the background of this series and see where this author is coming from and to also see why he has written this series. On the website for this Silent Screamers series, Fortson has included many background snippets to the characters and plot, one such is David’s Journal, and I would highly recommend that every reader investigate and read all these extra resources on the site. It is very effective in adding more depth to the characters, their background, and how this strengthens the plot and the overall effect on this series. David’s Journal also helps you relate to David better and gets you on his side and that of his family and supporting characters.
Fortson strongly encourages every reader to submit a review on Amazon. I also reinforce this. Doesn’t have to be long, just a paragraph or two if you are not good at review writing. This helps him get this series more widely known and also it means that if he gets 10 reviews then he is willing to publish more of the novellas for free. And doesn’t everyone love a free novel when we are enjoying the author’s work immensely?
Don’t pass up on this series, even if you don’t believe in the research by Fortson and the Biblical/Christian elements herein, it is a great escapist story and will keep you wanting to see what happens next. On a basic level, that is all the author wants to do, entertain and take the reader to a place we they allow the author to take them. This series does that and more!

 

The Rise of David (Silent Screamers, Book 2) by Dante Fortson @PeterWilliam117

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The Rise of David (Silent Screamers)
David, now eighteen has proven himself to be a fearless leader in the face of danger. For that last two years, he and Ziek have been waging a personal campaign of revenge on the satyrs for the death David’s biological mother, and it’s starting to get under Azazel’s skin. Unfortunately for David, Satyrs, linocerous, and hybrid giants were just the beginning of his problems. After Azazel gives Bacchus the order to have David ripped limb from limb, things take an unfortunate turn for our hero. Separated from his family and friends, he must fight his way back to the safety of the underground city, while making new allies and enemies in the process.
Review: 
Dante has done it again! Another instalment where you cannot put this down and the action never ceases. In this book, the plot thickens, the pace never lets up, the characters and their relationships with each other are developed further. We learn more of the agenda of the Aliens and more evidence that they are not as they seem.
With this book, this series is taken to the next level. It prepares the stage for Book 3 very well.
David comes into his own as an older teen and becomes a much respected Leader of the underground community. He puts into play strategic measures to increase security, first aid, combat training and strengthen his inner circle.
I would suggest that before anyone reads this instalment that they re-read Book 1 and then go to the Silent Screamers website and read David’s Journal where there are 5 entries only a few paragraphs long or half a page in length. These provide background information to certain characters and events that will help the reader understand this second book. This is recommended by Dante himself.

As he stated to me himself,

…..Wasn’t sure how many people were actually reading them. Glad you’re enjoying it. Olivia’s Transgression (Entry 003) is a set up for something big, so make sure you read that one again.

Entry 005, Finish What We Started has the most impact on this instalment. The same is for Book 3. There will be Short Stories (entries) in David’s Journal that will provide background info that follows on from this instalment that will impact on Book 3.
Dante writes very well and the plot flow is excellent. All I see in my head as I am reading is this rolling out as a movie. It would be quite spectacular. Dante himself has said that he has the entire series flowing in his head and if this is the case then he has very successfully translated that to the written word.

I have one question that remains unanswered from Book 1 and now Book 2. The Sarah that was rescued by David at the end of Book 1 has not been developed in Book 2, but there is a Sarah in  the prologue of Book 2 that has one very sinister involvement with Bacchus. Is this the same Sarah?  Will this be revealed in Book 3?

Dante has mentioned on Facebook that the later books in this series will be bigger and better and these first few books are just a taste or entre to the bigger story, or words to that effect. If this is so, then this series will become even more epic and blockbuster. All I can say is, “Bring it on! Don’t delay!”
This is one very exciting and action packed series. It is very encouraging seeing how Dante has married together relevant aspects from the Bible, extra-biblical texts and other sources to give the reader a version of how this may play out in the future. Poetic licence reigns supreme here.

Book 3 is due out in June and Book 4 later this year. If I remember rightly, he has 8 books (novellas all) planned.

Dante strongly encourages every reader to submit a review on Amazon. I also reinforce this. Doesn’t have to be long just a paragraph or two if you are not good at review writing.

I have thoroughly enjoyed this instalment in an action packed, captivating and enthralling series.