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The Brandywine Prophet (Blank Canvas Series)

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Librarian's Note: Alternate-cover edition for ISBN10: 1105999114 / ISBN13: 9781105999116

Suburban life has turned William Carmel from a drug-fueled creative prodigy to a gentle husband and father. When the voice of God commands him to construct a million-dollar amphitheater on the hill behind his home, the budding prophet obeys and unleashes his dormant madness and savage n
Paperback, First Edition, 363 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by (first published August 21st 2012)
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Feb 04, 2016 Ken rated it it was amazing
I stumbled upon Mr. Vander Ark in the deep bowels of Reddit, in a request to help as an advanced reader for a yet unreleased novel of his. Suffice it to say, after reading this early copy, I needed more. I Googled the man's name, found his Goodreads profile, and snatched up whatever novels of his that were available for Kindle.

The Brandywine Prophet was the first recommended to me, by both the author himself and the overwhelming positive response it has received from its readerbase. I was warne
Nov 25, 2012 Courtney rated it really liked it
I received this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

(5, 6, 7, 8) Disintegrating lies, disintegrating lives. Madness simmers beneath the manicured lawns of white picket Brandywine. William Carmel, a middle-aged father and husband whose creativity was fueled and later subdued by a drug-filled youth, hears the voice of God and is divinely inspired to build an amphitheater in suburban Michigan. Is he truly hearing the voice of God, has his ambitious madness overtaken him, or is his audito
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Jake Vander Ark's latest novel in his Blank Canvas Series, The Brandywine Prophet, is the first adult novel I've read by him. Eye-opening, occasionally unnerving, and with a disturbingly intriguing protagonist, Vander Ark's latest is an exploration of the dangers of creativity and the human existence. Written in a near-omniscient style, yet maintaining William, the protagonist, as the main focus of the novel, The Brand
Jul 28, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing
This book took me on the most twisted and insane journey I've ever been on while reading a book...and I loved every second of it! This story was constantly making me question things not only in the book, but in my own world as well. When I finished this book, I was literally speechless--something that doesn't happen to me often. My brain was still struggling to comprehend what had happened. Vander Ark never fails to have an unexpected (but perfectly executed) ending, and that is one of the thing ...more
Mar 30, 2016 Abbey rated it really liked it
Incredibly well written book that seems to be, at its core, about people trying to get what they believe they deserve and being careless about the feelings of those around them in their attempts to get it. The highlight of this book is the relationships between characters because they're complex and gritty.
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Mar 15, 2014 Lisa Kostiuk rated it really liked it
This book was harder for me to get into. Once I did I had a hard time putting it down. The characters were all dark to me except Chase. It made the story sad and almost like the characters were helpless. Great book though! Now I need to read a lighter story! Lol
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{Feb 7, 2014} UPDATE

GAAAAAH. I still want to read this one. I really miss reading Jake Vander Ark books. Like seriously now... ;=;

FYI: Will probably end up rereading the other two again at this rate. GAAAAAAAAHASDFGHJKL.
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Jul 29, 2012 Evie B rated it it was amazing
This novel is truly amazing! It has a well thought out storyline that has left me wanting to read even more! Definitely something that I would read again and again.
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Jul 29, 2012 Julianna H rated it it was amazing
Amazing. "The Brandywine Prophet" is breath-takingly beautiful. This novel has definitely kept me up into the darkest hours of the night. Simply and utterly amazing!
Sep 25, 2013 Leah rated it really liked it
Woah. I'm still trying to comprehend what I just read! That was insane and awesome :)
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"I want to offend my readers. I want them to fall in love, to lose their minds, to think and feel and dream. If they're not shellshocked and hungry by the final page, I haven't done my job."

Whether it's a modern-day fairytale or hardcore science fiction, Jake Vander Ark attacks every story with brutal realism and down-to-earth characters. No subject is taboo. Truth is paramount.

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“William looked up... through his tears... past the catwalk and lights... past the sky... through the dark and clouds and stars and into the void where he once knew God existed, then turned himself outside-in, alone, and asked, 'Why?” 5 likes
“Any earthly production would have been cancelled at the slightest suggestion of rain, but this was William’s Stage—it was William’s call—and if the children danced and the congregation remained transfixed, the show would go on.” 4 likes
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