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The Strange Man (The Coming Evil #1)

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  74 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Dras Weldon lives in a world of horror movies and comic books. Twenty-two and unemployed, he is content to hide in the shadow of adolescence with a faith that he professes but rarely puts into action.

But when a demonic stranger arrives and begins threatening his friends, Dras is drawn into a battle that forces him to choose which side he is on. In a race against the clock,
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Realms
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Edward Erdelac
Apr 15, 2012 Edward Erdelac rated it liked it
I’ve never read Christian horror fiction in my life, outside of a few pages of the Left Behind series, and I don’t even know if that counts.

Reading The Strange Man, don’t expect a squirm-inducing read of gut churning gore. There are monsters sure, and they’re threatening, yeah. But the harrow in The Strange Man exists on a personal, frankly more thought provoking level. It’s composed of the thoughts that keep a man of faith up at night, or really anybody who ponders their own existence more than
Jul 29, 2011 Cindy rated it really liked it
This book was different. Classified as a suspense book, I found it to be more of a thriller. I enjoyed the story and look forward to the next book in the trilogy. This debut novel from Greg Mitchell was very well written, I had to just laugh out loud at his humor. The name of the church really struck me as funny. The Good Church of the Faithful, it might not have been intentional but it struck me as funny. I also enjoyed the humorous people who attended the church, because we have all seen that ...more
Jan 31, 2011 Carly rated it really liked it
When I first heard about this book, I knew it was going to go one of two ways. First, it could have been really cheesy, boring and completely lacking substance. Or, it could have been scary, but with a very strong Christian message. I am not always very enthusiastic about reading Christian “horror” books, but I do like to give them a chance because in my experiences as a reviewer, I have found that these types of books tend to have the most powerful messages. I did find The Strange Man to be one ...more
Peter  Younghusband
May 25, 2013 Peter Younghusband rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I must confess that when I first read the book description, I did think think this was a young adult novel and I nearly did not buy it. How wrong I would have been if I had not bought it. Now I am so very glad I did. This first book sat on the electronic book shelf for a year or so. The reason being that I hate reading a book in a series as they are released as I forget parts of the previous novel by the time the next instalment is released and hate having to reread the previous one again to cat ...more
Apr 25, 2012 Melanie rated it really liked it
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The Strange Man is the first book in The Coming Evil Trilogy and also the first book I've read by Greg Mitchell, but it won't be the last! While it wasn't as scary as I had anticipated (I had heard it referred to as "Christian horror") there were a few suspenseful scenes - and that made me enjoy this book all the more!

I found Dras Weldon to be funny/silly - he was like a grown-up kid in the beginning of The Strange Man. I liked seeing how his character grew and in the end t
Aug 14, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it
I won this signed copy on Goodreads and this book can be best described as a Christian horror novel. The town of Greensboro has held an ancient evil at bay for many years, but the townsfolk's lack of faith has allowed the demonic Strange Man to once again break free of his confines and walk amongst the unknowing humans. Dras Weldon has two preachers in his family: his ill father and his older brother, but this hasn't kept him from going down his own path away from the church while living out his ...more
Apr 11, 2011 Jackie rated it liked it
I received this book as a Goodreads First Reads book.

I have mixed feelings about this.

First, the story was slow to start moving. It was difficult for me to get in to at first. Once it got moving, I enjoyed it. More than I wanted to.

Second, it is definitely a 'christian' novel. I haven't read a ton in this genre, and it is possible that this is common to 'christian' novels, but it came off as kind of preachy. The point was made early on that Dras was a christian who wasn't walking the talk. But b
Feb 21, 2011 Molly rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly by: Strang
Absolutely AWESOME. That's one of MANY ways that I can describe this debut novel. Greg Mitchell penned this novel with the anticipation that his readers would be engrossed completely by the words, the plot, and the characters. His anticipation was well played because this reader not only become engrossed by this debut, but I became a part of the actual story. It came to life for me, almost as if I was watching a movie, or a real life happening.

This start to an incredible trilogy, has a little o
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
About the book: Dras Weldon is the son and brother of pastors. He has grown up believing in God, but at 22 is really not grown up at all. He wastes his rent money on action figures, money he usually has to get from his parents, and spends his nights getting loaded at The Rave Scene. Rosalyn, his best friend since they were kids, usually is the one who cleans up after him and makes sure he gets home okay. They can usually be found together, and if not at The Rave Scene are watching movies togethe ...more
Oct 07, 2012 Jill rated it it was amazing
Dras Weldon, 22 years old and unemployed, might have grown up the son of a preacher, but you would hardly know it from his behavior and the bar he frequents. Jeff Weldon, his brother, followed in his father’s footsteps and became a preacher. He is serving as pastor of the Good Church of the Faithful, the same church his father, Jack Weldon, pastored.

The bogeyman has taken up residence in Greensboro. The town of Greensboro has an evil secret. “The Strange Man” by Greg Mitchell is the first insta
Amber French
Apr 19, 2011 Amber French rated it liked it
Dras Weldon refuses to grow up. Though he’s twenty-two, he still enjoys collecting comic books and action figures. His best friend, Rosalyn, rolls her eyes at his immaturity but loves him anyway. He knows he’s let his family down but can’t bring himself to change. However, he gets a wake up call when a mysterious stranger appears in the small town of Greensboro. This man leaves a trail of death in his wake and is after Rosalyn. Dras is the only one who can save her. But what can he do? Will he b ...more
Mixing religious overtones with the classic fight between good and evil, The Strange Man author Greg Mitchell tells the story of a modern day prodigal son, Dras Weldon and his ignorance of God. Although 22, Dras is a kid at heart, loves action figures and booze. He doesn't have a job, lives off his parents, and shuns Jeff, his brother, and his preaching. He does love one person though, he childhood friend, Roslyn.

That all changes, however, when Dras is visited by the strange man...the bogeyman,
Sep 13, 2014 Makayla rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I have ever read! I love the Christian aspect and love the plot! The end threw me for a loop, but the other books cleared all my worries away! Dras is the most amazing and complex character I have read in a while! I love how Dras comes to his senses and how Jeff is not really wanting to believe him. It is like the boy who cried wolf. Dras changed but after not believing in God for awhile Jeff is not willing to accept that he could change overnight, litterally.
Aug 10, 2014 Philip rated it really liked it
I'm not good at writing a review about a book; if I made it through a book, it keep my interest. But, if I didn't really enjoy a book I will let it be known.

This is Book One in 'The Coming Evil' Trilogy. I enjoyed this book and the storyline was written well. I found this book at a Dollar store and read the back of the book, found it interesting. It was one that I didn't let lay around while reading it, I had my nose stuck in this book until I finished it.

Most of the books that I post here are
Apr 02, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Wonderful! I was so excited to be chosen to First Read" this book and received it for free from Goodreads First Reads. I do a ton of reading and it was refreshing to read a whole book with no curse words. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a great read. It kept me entertained and hanging on from the first chapter. Basically what this book comes down to is right vs. wrong, heaven vs. hell, good vs. evil. When faced with a life or death choice for you and those you love most, which wi ...more
Jessica Thomas
Apr 24, 2012 Jessica Thomas rated it liked it
Can a demon materialize into physical form, walk among us and torment us with his demonic minions? Literally? I’d say, no. However, based on scripture, it’s clear that satan and demons can and do affect human thought and actions.

Though I don’t think any of us are likely to encounter The Strange Man in physical form, his fictional representation does serve as a reminder that we all need to be diligent to put on the armor of God.

I give this one 3 1/2 stars.

See my full review here: http://jessicath
Sep 24, 2014 Noir rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, first-reads
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Honestly, I was wary when I found out this is Christian Horror; there are moments where it came off kind of preachy. It has a slow start but once it got going it was an easy read. For me, the characters were realistic and relatable. I think Mitchell did a good job on showing how there are many sides to a person, the good and bad/evil; and how people were reacting to the events that happened and they didn't even know there was a real-lif
Nov 28, 2011 Mary rated it liked it
I liked the writing style of this book, but had difficulty with some of the basic premises of the book (for example: though I'm Christian, I don't think that reciting verses from the bible is going to stop a demon from attacking me). If you do believe that type of thing then I can see why you'd give this 4 or 5 stars; but that combined with (view spoiler) detracted from Mr. Mitchell's story telling for me.
Chelsea Webber
Mar 28, 2015 Chelsea Webber rated it did not like it
I didn't finish the book
Danielle Hoover
Apr 12, 2011 Danielle Hoover rated it really liked it
I just finished reading this book and I must say it was worth the time. I have never read a Christian paranormal book before and was a little skeptical but the book was very well written and delivered a good message along with the story line, I would keep reading just to see what happened next. I very much got wrapped up in Dras and Roslyn's world and cannot wait to see what happens next.
Sep 25, 2013 Ashley rated it did not like it
Ridiculous. Cliched and written on a fourth grade reading level. I only made it halfway through before skimming the rest. I wanted to like this book. The author is from a town near mine and I related to the main character in some ways. However, it was absolute rubbish.
Kevin Lucia
Apr 03, 2011 Kevin Lucia rated it really liked it
Solid debut, solid story - many CBA (Christian Bookseller Association) novels claim the title of being "Christian Horror" but very few get the "horror" part right. Mitchell's one of them. Reads a lot like those classic 80's horror flicks.
Feb 23, 2012 Candy rated it liked it
The Strange Man is the first of a trilogy about demons being unleashed on a small town. While I enjoyed the book as a whole I found parts of it very cheesy and probably won't finish the series.
Tina on the Hill
Apr 09, 2011 Tina on the Hill rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Disclaimer: This book was received for free through Goodreads First Reads.

This book was well written and interesting. I did find the last chapter a bit forced, but I would recommend this book.
May 10, 2013 Kimmyh rated it it was amazing
It was a bit like a Christian themed mash-up of a Grimm's Fairy Tale/'Something Wicked This Way Comes' and 'Donnie Darko.'
Mar 30, 2011 Sue rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
I won this book through Goodread's giveaway. Wow! I really enjoyed reading this book. Looking forward to The Coming Evil #2.
Feb 22, 2011 shinfu marked it as to-read
This looks like it will be a great book to read.
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Greg Mitchell is a freelance screenwriter and novelist and is the author of "The Coming Evil Trilogy", beginning with his debut novel "The Strange Man". A lifelong fan of monster movies and stories, he writes novels for movie lovers, striving to capture cinematic storytelling in a literary format.
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