I received a copy of this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway.
I really enjoyed this book. The book started out a little slow for me, since it took so...moreI received a copy of this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway.
I really enjoyed this book. The book started out a little slow for me, since it took some time to establish all characters, before the story really picks up. At first, I thought that this would be story based off the book of Revelations but it really had its own little twists and turns that really added to the story.
The book starts out with Aaron Davis becoming this young tent revival preacher that miraculously heals people. His popularity explodes and he rises to power and begins preaching a new way of living. The Brotherhood of Man is established as a supposed peace keeping force but foreshadows the rise of Antichrist and his army. Lawrence made Aaron a very interesting character. I was expecting Aaron to follow the cookie cutter characterization that I’ve read in other books but he took in an entirely different direction. At first, I didn’t like that we only got a public view of Aaron but it really added to the mystery of him. I knew it wasn’t going to follow the standard storyline of the Antichrist.
I also loved that the author added the ultra-secret Masonic society into the mix that also had their own agenda. Add to that, a rebellious American President that doesn’t bow down to Aaron Davis’s Brotherhood of man’s plans. There were times that something big happens and wasn’t sure who was pulling the strings behind the scenes. The book did not end the way I had anticipated it would.
It gives me pause to think that we are a society of mostly followers and often following blindly. This could very well be a plausible scenario that we would only realize what is happening before it is too late. (less)
This book was really good. The book starts out with the 2008 elections with John McCain winning the election instead of Barak Obama. A tragedy strikes...moreThis book was really good. The book starts out with the 2008 elections with John McCain winning the election instead of Barak Obama. A tragedy strikes McCain and Sarah Palin becomes president. The economy tanks and we experience another national tragedy like 9/11. That allows martial law to be declared and certain civil rights are suspended. The gateway is open for yet another president that begins to implement more laws and overturn laws that turn the U. S. into a Christian dictatorship.
The book has edginess to it since it takes place from 2008 to 2029. The book has familiar names that you will recognize as Christian conservatives. The book is a reflective memoir, written by a lawyer. The legal jargon weighs the plot down at times but it also makes it more realistic, since it deals with current trends in our laws. The citizens are complacent and seem to think that this Christian dictatorship can’t happen here. There are some rebels but they are defeated in the end. The Bill of Rights is overturned for a new set of rights called The Blessing, to rid of us of sin and evil, rather than to protect. The Purity Web is established and puts a new spin on Big Brother.
I was a little disappointed in the end since it kind of leaves you hanging. I suppose it has more for a reflective quality and cautionary tale that when we become complacent that the unimaginable becomes imaginable. A very good book and the author, being a lawyer, really knew his stuff when writing this book. I would definitely recommend. (less)
This is the final installment in the Eyes Wide Open Series. This one was a big let down from the other three books. First, the plot slows down conside...moreThis is the final installment in the Eyes Wide Open Series. This one was a big let down from the other three books. First, the plot slows down considerably from the other three books. There is another character that's introduced in the book and I thought it was awkward the way he was brought in. It really upset the balance of the plot up to this point. I thought twice about finishing it but I couldn’t read the first three books and not finish the fourth. The ending was a little weak and was I definitely hoping for more. This book leaves it open for additional series. Even though I was less then thrilled with this last book I will be more then likely check out other books by the author. (less)
This is the third installment of the Eyes Wide Open Series. The story continues to follow Christy and Austin as they try escape their hell of St Mathe...moreThis is the third installment of the Eyes Wide Open Series. The story continues to follow Christy and Austin as they try escape their hell of St Mathews Hospital. Their biggest question is to determine what is their reality really is. Dekker does a great job of keeping the suspense going to the end of the book. Will follow through on the 4th and final book in the series.(less)
This is a continuation of Identity (Eyes Wide Open) series. I loved this book as much as the first one. It picks up right where Identity left off with...moreThis is a continuation of Identity (Eyes Wide Open) series. I loved this book as much as the first one. It picks up right where Identity left off with Christy and Austin trying to make it through their predicament. The characters have an air of confusion with the unbelievable situations that they are in and it only adds to the suspense of the novel. If you liked the first book you are likely back with the second in the series like I am. Onto the next one….(less)
I thought I’d try this book out from Ted Dekker since it was a free short story. I, of course, loved it and got suckered into buying the rest at $2.99...moreI thought I’d try this book out from Ted Dekker since it was a free short story. I, of course, loved it and got suckered into buying the rest at $2.99 a pop.
The story starts out fast and sucks you in immediately. I loved the 2 main characters, Christy and Austin they are young and both have their share of issues. They wander into a hospital and trouble ensues. It’s quite a ride of suspense until the end and made me want to immediately pick up the second book, Mirrors.
I haven’t been compelled to sit down and read like this in a few months. I quickly read Mirrors but held off reading all four so I could actually get something accomplished with my weekend. I have a few other books by Ted Dekkar and now compel me to actually read them up since I enjoyed this series. (less)
I absolutely loved this book. I immediately thought of the Left Behind Series when I started reading but Len put his own twist on this story. I was a...moreI absolutely loved this book. I immediately thought of the Left Behind Series when I started reading but Len put his own twist on this story. I was a little surprised the path that the 3 characters Trevor, Rene, and Andrew took....leave it at that without spoiling anything. The Rapture occurs and those who were left behind are left to go through the 7 years of the rise of the Antichrist. He did a great job developing the characters and the story is very believable. An indication for me of a great book is that I can read a book quickly and am disappointed that it ended. That best describes this book. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more of his books.(less)
I really liked this book. I thought the post apocalyptic with a Christian theme really made the book e...moreI won this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway.
I really liked this book. I thought the post apocalyptic with a Christian theme really made the book especially since they are my 2 favorite genres. I often find with post apocalyptic themes that they are dark and I often have to switch up genres because of it.
I thought he did a good job with developing the two main characters and the storyline was smooth and kept my interest. It includes all the usual crazy stuff that you would expect the characters to go through to survive after an apocalypse. The biggest difference was some Christian/good vs. evil theme. I found it often lightened up the dark parts of the book but still kept the gritty side of the apocalypse
There were a couple of a couple of characters that I wasn’t sure why they were in the book since they only played a small part. Could it be that there will be a sequel that they will be part of? It seemed that Stu spent the majority of the book taking Kane and Molly through their journey leaving the final conflict for the very end of the book. I didn’t feel the end was wrapped up well but definitely left an opening for another book.
He did a good job for a debut novel and would definitely check out other books from him in the future. (less)