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The Legend of the Firefish (Trophy Chase #1)

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  272 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
The Legend of the Firefish is a timeless tale of the pursuit of faith and honor. Packer Throme longs to bring prosperity back to his decaying fishing village by discovering the trade secrets of a
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Harvest House Publishers
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George Bryan
Jun 24, 2007 George Bryan rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: anyone
This book has lots of swords and monsters, a love story, and people struggling against the odds. It has a siginificant spiritual bent, traditional (like 17th century) Christian. I really like it, but then, I'm a bit biased.
Nov 15, 2008 Ron rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Christians
Recommended to Ron by: Jon Moss
Some books by Christian authors will be enjoyed by all readers. Lord of the Rings comes to mind. Others, while equally enjoyable for Christian readers, will probably fail to connect with non-Christian readers. The Legend of the Firefish fits that latter category.

The premise is promising: a seventeenth century sea-faring tale in which certain mythological elements (sea monsters) are true. The storytelling is competent.

Writing any novel with a Christian worldview adds a dimension which some reader
Oct 25, 2007 Stacia rated it liked it
I was unaware when I picked this book up that it was Christian fiction (I generally avoid the genre as I find it overall poorly written, preachy in tone, and pretty much romantic fiction which I also do not read). Given my bias against the genre, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I found the balance between story and message appropriate. The emphasis on message did not detract from plot or characterization overmuch, and I was able to read the book without being too annoyed.
Sue Bohannon
Sep 02, 2008 Sue Bohannon rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teens/Adults
Recommended to Sue by: I just took a chance and bought it.
I have a grandson that loves fiction/fantasy books. I was a little concerned until I found/read your book,"The Legend Of The FireFish". I have ordered him the trilogy set. I loved reading "'FireFish" and may be hooked on fantasy and dragons myself. He is coming by today on his way back to college and pick up another trilogy by another Christian author, L. A. Kelly. I have bought him other sets at the Family Christian Store but when I checked Saturday, they were not carrying any dragon/fantasy ty ...more
Sep 19, 2008 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: adults, young adults, Christians (not kids; there are violent moments)
I stumbled across this book at my local library, when I was searching for a not-super-serious/dramatic/heavy book to read last weekend. I was searching Christian fiction in the library this synopsis...and was just floored by the idea of a Christian book with pirates in it. So I just had to pick it up.

I loved this book. My expectation going in was that it might be kind of airy, more entertainment than good theology...but this book was something altogether unexpected and amazing. As
Jun 20, 2008 Jaclynn rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2008
Get ready for an adventure on the sea! Packer Throme begins his quest to hunt the Firefish (with secrets given to him by his father) by stowing away on Scat Wilkin’s (a notorious pirate) ship- The Trophy Chase. But will he die at the hand of Talon, a woman who has turned her back on God, before he ever gets the chance to share his knowledge and desire? And what will happen to Panna, the girl he loves? I really liked this book although it did take quite a bit of concentration to get through. One ...more
Sep 18, 2008 Iris rated it liked it
I didn't realize this was a Christian book when I picked it up at the library. I was a little worried that the story wouldn't be very good/complex. It turned out OK. While it had a slow start, the characters were likeable (for the most part) and the story was fun and even exciting at times. I'm not sure I'll finish out the trilogy as the writing and themes were a bit too simple for my taste.
Les Andrews
May 10, 2016 Les Andrews rated it liked it
Interesting book. I really liked the storyline and the characters! I do have one gripe about it. The author created this beautiful story in a different world during a different time...yet didn't want to create a Jesus in that world that reflected that. When it came to that his creativity was dry. How does an author just transplant the exact story of Jesus, in our timeline, into a created fictional world? The author also needs to create a Jesus that fits into that world like C.S. Lewis and Tolkie ...more
May 29, 2016 Erin rated it liked it
I picked this book up a clearance sale with no expectations. The cover and title were intriguing. Usually, that turns out fairly well as I have no glowing reviews to taint how I process the story. This one only turned out sort of on par with that trend. The world and mythology is top notch. However, there is too many monologues for my taste. Monologues that only end with "God will decide." I'm okay that the characters end up this way; it is just frustrating that we spend so much time with them a ...more
Feb 06, 2009 Ruth rated it really liked it
Packer Throme, a failed seminary student, turns to the sword as the means of proving his worth and hatches a daring plan to save his fishing village from poverty. He concocts a plot to stow away aboard the pirate ship Trophy Chase, whose captain, the notorious Scat Wilkins, hunts a treasure far more valuable than silver or gold. Wilkins hunts the Firefish, legendary sea creatures whose meat is a highly prized and valuable commodity. Packer has little idea of the life-threatening dangers facing h ...more
Sep 04, 2007 Deb added it
in a history that is similar to our own, but different in that the giant sea monsters drawn on maps are actually real, a young man is strangely obsessed with the "legend" of the firefish. he believes he can help find the elusive beasts--but the only problem is that the only people interested in hunting the firefish are pirates. stowing away on a pirate ship is almost a certain death sentence, but that is just what packer (our hero) does. this leads to the first of several times he is nearly kill ...more
Dec 21, 2008 Samantha rated it really liked it
A heroic struggle of faith- a compelling story of adventure, mythology, honor & sacrifice.Packer Throme begins his quest to hunt the Firefish (with secrets given to him by his father) by stowing away on Scat Wilkin's (a notorious pirate) ship- The Trophy Chase. But will he die at the hand of Talon a woman who has turned her back on God
before he ever gets the chance to share his knowledge and desire? And what will happen to Panna, his beloved? This book was a little "wierd" but it had a very
Sep 29, 2014 Abigail rated it it was ok
Clichè, predictable, boring and over the top Christian themes.
J-rod Drudge
It was very adventurs and with a lot of caracters that have purposes that make sense in th story. My favorate caracter is Packer Throme, and Scat Wilkins. They both play an important role in the story. If Scat Wilkins wasn't in the story, then Packer wouldn't of been in the story and it probaly would not have been very intresting. I really liked it, and I bet the second book will be even better.
Jan 22, 2012 Jami rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic story!! There aren't any slow boring parts and more than enough edge of your seat adventures. I've never read a book that had so many climaxes in the plot. I also Love that Packers faith is part of the main focus and that Panna is a strong woman of faith and also just a strong woman. An extremely well told tale!!! I recommend it!!
Jennifer Nelson
Feb 29, 2012 Jennifer Nelson rated it really liked it
Wow! What a rip-roaring tale this was! This book is action packed and a real page-turner. I enjoyed the rollicking ride and was also pleasantly surprised by the depth of the plot and the soul/spiritual issues that were fleshed out as the characters responded to difficult situations. This is Christian fiction a step above the average.
Apr 25, 2016 Je74393 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It was thought-provoking, exciting, and (for me) often unpredictable. It was pretty violent sometimes, but had very little sexuality. I appreciated the closer look into characters' minds and hearts. The story had a whole lot happening all at once and yet was very well held together.
Sep 05, 2012 Marie rated it really liked it
It's a shame that this series remains unnoticed! I read them several years ago, and I loved them. Definitely a good and very exciting read. It is packed with action, adventure, and a powerful message blended throughout. I wish more Christian fiction could have this mix of fantasy and adventure! :)
Jun 13, 2013 Catrina rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. I found that I didn't have much emotional connection with the characters. I didn't really care what happened to them. Some of the 'non-fighting' annoyed me. Though I did like how easy it was to read. Over all, an okay book. I will probably read the second one, since I have it.
Mar 23, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
I loved this book! I liked the Christian aspect of it and the real struggles between right and wrong. And not to mention PIRATES lol!! I started the sequel but I couldn't get into it. Firefish ends nicely, the sequels weren't exactly necessary. Recommended!!
Mar 08, 2013 Mary rated it liked it
Two and a half stars.
There's too much explaining of people's thoughts, intentions, and what their faith is. All this internal dialogue slows the story down too much. I just kept thinking, get on with the story.
Aug 16, 2008 Melissa rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Though I liked his descriptive, but to the point style, I thought that Polivka's book never really got anywhere.
I’d say it’s a neat fantasy book, but I had a hard time getting through it.
Jul 31, 2013 Raechel rated it it was amazing
This was so super good. I was really impressed. There were so many Biblical truths weaved into the story, and I learned a lot from it. I would highly recommend it to anyone!
Jan 04, 2010 Makenzie rated it really liked it
ok this book was a really good read... there was a lot of violence, and some tough situations, but over that it was excellent! it really gets you hooked!
Nov 09, 2009 Amanda rated it liked it
I found this book interesting. I like the way the story ties together. I need to read the other two before I come up with an opinion though.
Marion Hill
Jun 22, 2012 Marion Hill rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
The first novel in the excellent Trophy Chase Trilogy. A cross between Treasure Island and Pilgrim's Progress. A good read!
Bill Tillman
It simply does not make a believable tale to me to plop Israel, Rome, Egypt into a fantasy world. Oil & water.
Elizabeth Goddard
Mar 15, 2008 Elizabeth Goddard rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Elizabeth by: CSFF Blog Tour
This is one of my favorites! I love the writing, the story, and the deep message. Gotta have that message.
WONDERFUL treat of writing that pulls you into intrigue and near - medieval legend/ slight fantasy element
Jun 02, 2012 Lainey rated it really liked it
This book was full of intense action and a story line that was beyond attention grabbing.
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George Bryan Polivka was raised in the Chicago area, attended Bible college in Alabama, and ventured on to Europe where he studied under Francis Schaeffer at L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland. He then returned to Alabama where he enrolled at Birmingham-Southern College as an English major.

In 1986, Bryan won an Emmy for writing his documentary, “A Hard Road to Glory,” which detailed the difficult p
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