This new book by author Adrian Essigmann takes the reader through an interesting take on the Dystopian style of novel.
You meet young Calder whose lifeThis new book by author Adrian Essigmann takes the reader through an interesting take on the Dystopian style of novel.
You meet young Calder whose life exists of videos games and school lessons all in within a virtual reality program. All aspects of Calder's life are controlled, and he has never truly known freedom, but then again does he want freedom? A concept that has never been provided him and to his peers. As the story unfolds, however, Calder finds himself faced with what the world he lives in is really like. What all he has taken for granted and has accepted merely because the powers that be have told him to do so. He begins to discover freedom and what it means and what it costs.
This novel like many by Adrian provide some great action scenes and as he has shown in his other works he does a good job at it. This time they are different from the other novels, the main character a different type of warrior that we often see, but it is nevertheless a good read.
This isn't just an action story however and as Adrian is trying to get us to reflect on things that are happening around us and what that might actually mean. As we see and learn from Calder, the writer, at times forces us to begin ask questions ourselves. What is it that we taught and the methods used. What does it mean to truly believe in something or just take for granted because some authority figure told you to. All the while he does not give us a perfect world and honestly does not give us perfect answers with an ending that clinches us together.
Yet in doing so, the writer gives a sense of reality. That we ourselves are in an imperfect world and we do not have all the answers. That with freedom comes cost, both to have it and what else it means is allowed in. The writer stresses the need for his readers to ask questions, not that we will be given all the answers, but that we will be the better for it..
The price, both for the ebook and print edition are worth it (and compared to other independently published books cheaper than you might realize)!
This book does standout among the Christian novels that I have read with some of the themes that are explored and how he does it. If you are looking for book that espouses Christians views in a God honoring way, but is also entertaining than this is a recommended buy....more
A Distant Boom returns with the reader back to the world where the spiritual battles have become physical and the saga continues to entertain and becoA Distant Boom returns with the reader back to the world where the spiritual battles have become physical and the saga continues to entertain and become more complex as the young Light warriors continue to fight the Darkness.
Adrian Essigmann continues to show his abilities to write a novel that is both enjoyable to read on a plain level, but is filled with many deeper hidden truths and lessons for those who take the time. He shows that there can be Christian fiction can be exciting, and that Christians can write things that aren't romance or end-times related.
A Distant Boom is just as an enjoyable to read as the other books in the series and continues to engage the readers with their continuing adventures. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the work has been the growth of the team throughout the series and this continues on this book. Moreover, it doesn't just show one character growing, but the author shows other members of the world growing and this helps to make these characters both memorable and more true to live.
The author has packed in his book more symbolism and continues to add in new and different kinds of symbolism to both help flesh out the lore of this world, but to also continue to teach Christians truths. This aspect of the work can appeal to both newer and older believer and teaching each a lesson. It also does a good job of having each of us look at how we view others in the Church and our reactions to this both positive and negative that we might not otherwise think about.
This really is a work that I would recommend for someone who wants to read something from a Godly perspective and is something that is not the same old same old. It doesn't cost terribly much, an average novel in Wal-Mart would cost around the same price and although it isn't in paper back like the others it is the same good old story and if you've got a tablet, smartphone, or computer you can enjoy just the same. ...more
Falling Ashes is another great addition to the C3 Saga and like the former book, Princess of Ashes its once again a a decent read. It is short, but whFalling Ashes is another great addition to the C3 Saga and like the former book, Princess of Ashes its once again a a decent read. It is short, but when you're only paying a dollar for it, its rather worth it. Princess of Ashes left us on a cliffhanger of sorts and this book jumps right into the action. Zoe's transformation from selfish princess to servant continues in this book and with it helps the reader to look at and understand different aspects of people spiritual journey. After all, it is sometimes hard to see someone who wanted nothing from the Lord suddenly change and we sometimes don't think about the reactions we give people in these sort of situations.
There were points where I felt a little confused and I think I should have read the the third book of the main series before reading this book. (This is coming from a reader who has read everything else of the C3 universe). These references appear when the story deal with the sections which deal with characters in the main series.
One of the faults I had with the book, was that it suddenly shifted to Bill. The section was good and interesting read and I liked the story. It was just that the shift seemed too dramatic. Honestly I wanted another half with Zoe, but instead there was this section with Bill with little reference to the Zoe. I think it just felt jarring too me because the series title itself points at her as the main character and to have so much the book without her seemed a little odd.
I liked this section, I want to stress that and I moved through it rather quick. It was just a little jarring, and I almost think it could have been expanded into its own short story (rather than being included in this novel).
It also appears which each new book coming out, I think the author gets better. I would definitely recommended that others read this series alongside the main series. ...more