Recruits by Thomas Locke

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From the Book: “It’s a world they’ve only seen in their dreams–until now.

“Twins Sean and Dillon Kirrel have dreamed about a world beyond their own since they were children, but it has always been a fantasy. Not long before their eighteenth birthday, however, the arrival of a mysterious new neighbor and the revelations he shares bring that far-off world within reach.

“When Sean and Dillon learn they share a unique gift–the ability to transfer instantly between worlds–they are offered an opportunity to prove themselves as recruits to the planetary Assembly. But unlocking their abilities awakens an enemy beyond anything they ever imagined, thrusting them into an interplanetary conflict that could consume the entire human race.”

I love to read Thomas Locke books. His “Legends of the Realm” series is one of my favorites. It’s cool to see an author like Thomas Locke not pigeonhole himself into one specific genre, and Recruits is definitely different from the “Legends of the Realm.” I’d say it’s more similar to his “Fault Lines” series, but for young adults, and with aliens.

But I have to be honest, I wasn’t able to get as into this book as I wanted to. I am more than certain, however, that it was not the writing or character development or anything Thomas Locke did that caused me to be a bit apathetic–I’ve just been too distracted lately. The book was well-written, fast-paced, and kept me wanting to know how it would all turn out. And Locke posited some really interesting ideas about space travel and other planetary populations, that made me go hmmm.

If you like your sci-fi, check this book out. I’d definitely recommend it 🙂

I won this book from Revell in a Goodreads giveaway! So, if you’re on Goodreads, make sure you enter any contest that you actually want to win–they really do work! 🙂

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The Paranormal Conspiracy by Timothy Dailey, Ph.D.

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Did you ever have one of those weird or creepy experiences you couldn’t quite understand? Thought you saw a ghost in your kitchen or saw something in the sky that couldn’t possibly have been a plane or bird? Were you certain that it happened, but at the same time couldn’t really believe it to be true? I know I have, quite a few times at that. I grew up near Sedona, Arizona – practically the world capital of the weird – an environment that encouraged belief in the paranormal. And it was there, in the small Arizona town where I was born and raised, that I had my most creepy experiences.

Some people would probably say that because my childhood home was right near an old U.S. Cavalry fort the souls of the cavalrymen who died were trying to contact their descendants or something similar. And when I was younger, I would’ve totally believed that. Why not? It kind makes sense, right? I witnessed strange things, they unnerved me – I wanted to know what it was.

My sister was just here visiting for the weekend, and she told me that my nephew has recently had a few creepy occurences – seeing her standing in his doorway, when she’s actually down the hall in her room or having things move without an apparent reason. My nephew is a smart, Christian young man, not your typical teenager experimenting in all things taboo. But he’s concerned about these things and wants to know what is going on. So why do strange things happen to seemingly normal, intelligent people?

Timothy Dailey’s book, The Paranormal Conspiracy, sheds the light on what is really happening when the unexplainable occurs. Dailey explores the paranormal – from Bigfoot to UFOs to “spirit guides” – and demonstrates the hallmark of all things paranormal: they engender fear, are full of misinformation, and are beyond rationality. Why is that? According to Dailey, all those baffling occurrences have their root in the same place – darkness. As Jesus said, “ Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed” (John 3:20). Satan’s goal is to keep people from the LORD. What better way to do that than to make weird things happen, make people doubt that reality is real, force people to strive to discover the “truth” (or as the serpent in the Garden said, “to be like God.”)?

Dailey presents a fascinating correlation between the ghostly and the anti-Godly, demonstrating how deftly Satan has wormed his way into the very foundations of modern society, cloaked in darkness and deceiving the masses. I’d certainly recommend everyone read this book and begin to bring the Light back to the forefront of everything from the media to our very own minds.

Many thanks to Chosen Books and NetGalley for the free copy of The Paranormal Conspiracy for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own!