Invitation by Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, & Alton Gansky

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From the book: “Four strangers with gifts they don’t understand. A world falling into darkness. This is Harbingers.

“You’re invited on a journey of suspense and the supernatural as four of your favorite bestselling authors team up for a unique series.

“From the minds of Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky, Invitation compiles the first four episodes of HARBINGERS, each following a different character.

  • Brenda — the street hustling tattoo artist who sees images of the future
  • The Professor — the atheist ex-priest ruled by logic
  • Andi — the professor’s brilliant but geeky assistant who sees inexplicable patterns
  • Tank — the naïve, big-hearted jock with a surprising connection to healing power

“Brought together for the first time in “The Call,” the four soon realize pockets of darkness are emerging throughout the world. Whether it involves a mysterious house, the unexplainable death of animals around the world, or an otherworldly little girl, each puzzle they solve brings them closer to the ultimate explanation of what’s happening. But will they discover the truth in time?”

The idea of this series of collected novellas is wonderful: as they explain in the introduction, this group of author friends wanted to write engaging stories that could be read in one to two sittings. They see it as a kind of game for authors. Each author writes from the perspective of one of the four main characters, and each story builds off of the one before it. The stories are all unique, but work so well together.

They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, but altogether pretty darn cool, and I’d seriously recommend you pick up a copy of Invitation, HARBINGERS Cycle #1, as soon as possible. Happy reading!

Many thanks to Bethany House for the copy of this novel. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂

Conspiracy of Silence by Ronie Kendig

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From the book: “Four years after a tragic mission decimated his team, Cole “Tox” Russell has been disavowed by the United States. And that’s fine — he just wants to be left alone. But when a dormant, centuries-old disease is unleashed, Tox is lured back into action.

“Tox and his former Special Forces team regroup to work with FBI deception expert, Kasey Cortes, and fiery archaeologist, Tzivia Khalon, to search the globe for answers — and a cure. As the mission leads from one continent to another, it becomes clear they’re not just fighting a plague but battling an ancient secret society whose true goals remain hidden.

“With time running out and the threat of a global pandemic rising, Tox and his team realize their sole chance might be to reach back through centuries of silence to find the only answer that can save them all.”

If you like reading Clive Cussler or Don Brown, you’ll certainly enjoy digging into Ronie Kendig’s latest thriller, Conspiracy of Silence, book 1 of “The Tox Files.” Tox and his team are well-crafted, battling against both the forces of evil and their own complicated pasts, presents, and futures. The action is absolutely non-stop, and the biblical history is deftly woven into excitement of the storyline.

I could not put this one down! I thoroughly enjoyed the story and truly appreciated the honor and respect Ms. Kendig showed for the men (and women) of our Special Forces, reminding us of all that they sacrifice for the country they love.

Pick this one up… you’ll find your heart racing right along with Tox and his team, as they dodge flaming arrows and deadly toxins. *Note: there is a free, e-book prequel to this novel, The Warrior’s Seal, available on Amazon. The story does refer back to things that happened in the prequel, so you might consider starting with it!

Many thanks to Bethany House for allowing me to review this novel. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂

Here’s hoping you were blessed with a heart-warming, joy-filled Christmas and praying that your New Year is overflowing with smiles, laughter, good books, and peace in Christ. God bless you all! 🙂

Rebirth by Amy Brock McNew

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From the publisher: “Liz Brantley has a gift she wants to return. Able to see and fight demonic forces, she has spent her life alone, battling the minions of hell bent on her destruction, running from the God who gave her this curse. Drawn to her abilities, the demon Markus unleashes havoc on her hometown and pulls Liz further into the throes of battle. She’s desperate for a normal life. When she meets a mysterious man who seems unaware of the mystical realm that haunts her, the life she’s always wanted moves within reach. But her slice of normal slips from her grasp when an old flame, Ryland Vaughn, reappears with secrets of his own. Secrets that will alter her destiny. Torn between two worlds, Liz is caught in an ancient war between good and evil. And she isn’t sure which side to choose.”

Oooh, this is a good one! Rebirth is a fascinating picture of what spiritual warfare might look like in the physical realm. Liz and Ryland are captivating characters: both are complicated by their pasts, needing to let go of who they were and what they’ve done and let God use them as He will. Sometimes I wanted to smack Liz and ask her why she insisted on being so stubborn, but the more you read, the more you get to know her and understand her motivations – beautiful character building!

My favorite line? “No one else can fulfill your calling.” Kind of sums it up for me – no matter your situation (whether you are fighting off demons with a katana or flipping burgers in a fast-food joint), you have a purpose, and God will use you for His glory, if you let Him.

This book was an excellent read: moments of heart-pounding excitement, blended with flashes of heart-rending realism, mixed with a dash hopeful expectancy, Rebirth is one I’d highly recommend. Even better, the ebook version is currently on sale for only $1.99 through Amazon! Click here to check it out…

 

*Special thanks to the amazing Louise Shiles-Burcham for letting me borrow this book before she even got a chance to read it herself! God is using you for His glory every day!!

The Patmos Deception by Davis Bunn

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Carey Mathers, newly minted forensic archaeologist, lands in Athens to find that her new job isn’t quite what she expected. Nick Hennessy, roving reporter, is looking for his next big story, and the rash of antiquities thefts in Greece might be just what he needs to get his career on track. Dimitri Rubinos, tour boat operator, is struggling to keep his business going and support his ailing father. When all three are thrown together, will they be able to put aside personal distractions and solve the mystery of the thefts or will personalities and circumstances hold them back from discovering the truth behind The Patmos Deception?

How can you beat a Davis Bunn novel? Packed with excitement and suspense, a bit of romance, and characters who grow in grace and knowledge throughout the story, The Patmos Deception, is another fabulous adventure. He does an amazing job of sucking his reader into the world of his story – the setting is so intricately, yet sleekly, described that I feel as if I’ve been to Greece and its Dodecanese Islands (if only)! Bunn never disappoints; his novels are a great distraction from the mundane, a trip to a more fantastic and exciting life than most of us experience! I’d certainly recommend The Patmos Deception. And here’s hoping we see Carey, Nick, and Dimitri again soon…

I received a free copy of this book from the Bethany House Blogger Review program. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own!