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The Brandywine Prophet (Blank Canvas Series #3)

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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 narcissism on his family and town.

From the tragic prologue to the breathtaking climax, th
Paperback, First Edition, 363 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by (first published August 21st 2012)
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this was one of those hypothetical scenarios he had dreamed up as a kid. what if you knew your mother was going to die; how would you convince your father you weren't crazy? or, what if you went back in time and found your younger self; how would you convince him who you are? or, what if the voice of an angel told you to build an amphitheater; how would you explain it to your wife?

dnf @ i don't know what percent and i'm not gonna put it here because i might come back to this book someday.

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(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
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.
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
Lisa Kostiuk
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.
Evie B
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.
Julianna H
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!
Woah. I'm still trying to comprehend what I just read! That was insane and awesome :)
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“What I really want to do is direct.”

Yeah, I was that kid.

I spent my high-school career as the ghost of the art room, passionately constructing a portfolio that would provide the first step toward a creative occupation. Luckily, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago didn’t consider GPA when selecting applicants, so I was immediately accepted into one of the most prestigious art programs in th
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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?” 4 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.” 2 likes
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