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The Faithful

(The Faithful Series #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,129 ratings  ·  128 reviews
For Agent Josh Metcalf, memories are ghosts. They are blood-soaked backpacks and the smell of strawberry Chap Stick. Josh is haunted by a little girl who went missing his first summer on the force. Decades later his search has become an obsession, and he’s pinned the photos of hundreds of missing children to his wall of tears. All the children had psychic abilities. All th ...more
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Published April 20th 2014 by Createspace
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Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
The basics: a cult of psychics plan genocide against the norms.

Advanced stuff: Freedman utilizes an alternating third person and first person pov to flesh out in your face and subtle plot points and themes.

The characterization is good, it's possible not everyone appearing in this novel is three dimensional but they're at least two and a half dimensional.

In short this may be the best book no one seems to be reading.
Aug 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

I liked this book a lot more than I thought I was going to, it surprised me.

When I picked it up, I was in the mood for trash. I'd just finished the final draft of my MA dissertation and I couldn't even think of reading anything that could tax my little brain. My apologies to the author but I thought this was one of those Matthew Reilly-esque books that may even include pictures.

But it wasn't. It's fun and a bit silly, sure. It's also got interesting characters, a crazy different story
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Humankind isn't at war, humankind is war. They rape and pillage our sacred mother earth, call their own brothers 'enemy' an kill in the name of a God who long ago turned His back. They are blind to the enemy that walks amongst them, to the deity hiding inside human skin. They move about our earth like an infestation of cockroaches, oblivious to the coming extermination! But the time of Judgment is upon them. The time of Brimstone and Fire. The time of Extinction. Day Zero approaches, my childre ...more
Andrea Domanski
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I started this book a couple of days ago thinking I would read a little bit here and there, but ended up plowing through it. This story is as brilliant as it is original. I don't know where the author got her ideas from but I would really like to spend one day inside her imagination. It must be an amazing place. The characters in the story are so real and life-like, I feel like I know them all personally (some I wish I didn't), and the author's descriptions are breathtaking.

I can't say enou
I see why this book got so many mixed reviews. Parts are so good and then it would go right off the deep end and something ridiculous would happen. Not a terrible read but just a 3.5 for me. I won't be reading this series.
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Received via Netgalley

Full review to come...

Why are more people not reading this? Filled with intriguing characters, an original plot and some brilliant writing, this book will keep you hooked from start to finish. Really easy to devour - recommend to everyone.

Give this bad boy a chance!

I wish I hadn’t let this sit in my TBR list so long. A 4.5er I gladly round up.
Susan  Owensby
This was freaking EPIC! By far one of the best books that I have ever read! I kid you not! The Faithful by Author S.M. Freedman is so much more than just a story; it's an adventure! An adventure that I was so happy that I took and you will be too!

I was looking for a book that could take me on a journey, maybe even a light read. The Faithful is as far from a light read as a book can get. It will pull you in immediately and keep you glued to your e-reader, turning page after page. With each new ch
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: angsty mutants, FBI agents and NASA scientists making eyes at each other
I am not sure why I picked this book up - I think it was an Audible Daily Deal. In this case, I found it to be pretty much a dud. While the writing is not terrible, it reads like some of the self-published novels I've sampled on Kindle. The author can tell a story and she can put words together, but none of it struck me as particularly clever or engaging, and the plot often veered away from its global conspiracy thriller foundations to dwell on angsty melodrama.

Basically, you have a "race" of ps
Jacky Gray
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I really can't recommend this one enough. I read it over a few (busy) evenings and I let me tell you, it is one to savour every word. True Genius! Freedman’s writing is lean, mean and pacy; this girl knows about technical stuff I can't even begin to imagine. The depth of her knowledge on dirty great surveillance telescopes, past life regression techniques and any number of police procedures is very impressive. Somehow she manages to deliver complex plots, high-octane action and characters y ...more
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More like a 3.5, parts of this were really interesting, other parts were a little boring.
Trish R.
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read..

First person…Third person…First person… Third person… And that’s how it went through the entire book. It wasn’t confusing but it was a little odd at first. However, you did get used to it after a while but I wouldn’t want to read too many other books like that.

One thing I will say about this book, it sure had enough FATHERS in it: Father Nardo, Father Santos, Father Gabriel, Father Barnabas, Father Cassiel, Father Zaniel, Father Disa, Father Palidor, Father Thanos, Father Manning, Fat
Rita Berk
Jun 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
Futuristic novel that requires a lot of suspension of disbelief. It concerns an evil cult bent on taking over the world and killing all the "cockroaches," i.e. the rest of humanity. They have been kidnapping children with assorted psychic abilities over a lot of years and programming the children, some of them are now adults, to do their biding and to answer post-hypnotic suggestions. Telekinesis, mind reading, fire-starting are just some of the abilities. Story centers on Rian, who was one of t ...more
Michael H King
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Sky Is Falling

The end is near and we just don't know it. This book combines two subjects of great interest. The first has the potential to expand our horizons while the second may bring complete darkness. Look forward to where this path leads.
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end. - Seneca

This book was originally published in 2014. Luckily for readers that didn't catch it the first time around, Thomas & Mercer is re-publishing the book and it's due out again the end of September 2015.

FBI Senior Special Agent Josh Metcalf has been working on just one case for years. 770+ children with paranormal abilities have been kidnapped over many years and Agent Metcalf is obsessed with finding the children and the answers
I got bored. Really really really really bored.

So... What can I tell you about this book? Well we have a society of people that are abducting children that show any type of ESP qualities. We have them then re-entering society programmed to complete missions in adulthood with totally falsified identities. We have a detective who has connected the cases, a woman that realized she was one of said abducted children, and a plot to destroy our world. Sounds pretty exciting, but the execution left much
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
The Faithful
By: S.M. Freedman
Published by Thomas & Merser 2015
Copy Courtesy of Goodreads giveaway
Reviewed By: tk

John and Rowan's world becomes one and the same in this daunting thriller. Child abduction at its center and the two of them must put an end to children being stollen. Will they be able to save any of the known missing children? Hundreds have been taken and still no evidence is found to find out who is doing this or why. Can they find the truth before it to late?

Imagine the heartac
Disclaimer: I received this book for free as a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for my honest opinion.

This book was so much more than I expected! It has characters with psychic abilities, a secret society implanted in our society, a FBI agent involved in a missing children case spanning several decades, and more. If you like a psychological thriller, I highly recommend this book! I started it with little expectations, and had a hard time putting it down. The characters are flawed, but relatable.
Kate Sherwood
DNF about 1/2 way through.

I'm kind of shocked this book was written by a woman - the characterization, to me, seemed like typical macho nonsense - the only female POV character is tiny despite her diet of junk food, a couple other female characters are described in terms of their appearance in ways that felt misogynistic to me, and strangely sexualized, etc. I quit reading when the male "hero" gave the female character the "you need to stop asking questions and follow my orders exactly, because
Aug 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, suspense
Maybe more a 3.5 star!

Kidnapped children with psychic abilities, a weird sect with "end times" goals and eugenic objectives, a dedicated FBI agent haunted by the case of a missing child from early in his career and currently pursuing the cases of other missing children, conspiracies, and more.

The shifts in perspectives are initially a little confusing, but eventually the different characters become compelling and the plot gains clarity. One character eventually adds a touch of comic relief to th
Roxie Prince
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this. When I initially downloaded this as a part of my Kindle Unlimited subscription, it was because the synopsis intrigued me, but I wasn't 100% sure I was going to like it. I let it sit on my device for a couple of weeks, choosing other books over it, before finally deciding to take the plunge. I wish I had picked it up right away because it was fantastic. The plot is unique and gripping, unlike anything else I've ever read, and the characters are well developed and relatable. ...more
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, freebies
Wow, another random choice at a freebie and what a great one it was.

The book and it's characters with their abilities reminded me a bit of the TV show Heroes but it's so much more than that.

I really hope there will be a sequel as there is definitely another book material.

I'm guessing how it all finished if there will be a second book I'll have to add the post - apocalyptic shelf.
Totally interested in how it will all end.

Thanks to all these great new authors who give me the chance to get their
Nanci Duffy
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More Please!

I have never been more excited than when I realized there was a book 2.

This is the most original storyline that I have read in a long time. It was a struggle in the beginning to make sense of what was going on.. But hang in there reader it all comes together beautifully understandable.

This story follows several strong main and supporting characters who together solve an ongoing mystery surrounding children who have seemingly just disappeared. I won't give give away any spoilers.. J
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary
Review Excerpt: Beautiful imagery, developed characters, the perfect pace, and a plot that kept me turning pages.

Click here for the full review.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for review consideration.
Aaron Graves
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A delightful read

Like other reviewers, I found the first few chapters difficult to navigate. However, as the story developed I found that I couldn't stop reading it, and finished in about 2 days. I allowed myself to become absorbed in the story, even the most fantastical of parts, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
this book had me up & down. at times I was just ready for it to end and even thought about not finishing it. and at other times it was great & interesting & fun. so I'm just not sure about it. I don't think I will read the next one, if there is a next one.
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: femalewriter
Even worse than the loss was the suspicion that new memories were waiting just beyond my view, ready to fill the empty space with something far different from what had been removed. [p. 89]

FBI Agent Josh Metcalf is haunted by the memory of a little girl whose disappearance was one of his first cases. He uncovers what he believes is a long-standing conspiracy: hundreds of children have gone missing since the 1960s, many of them rumoured to have had some kind of psychic ability.

Rowan Wilson, who
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Suspenseful, especially since it's a first of....

There were times I wondered if this would turn into a religious "end of days" novel. It did not. Thankfully, because that's something I cannot abide. Instead, it proved to be a pretty gripping apolcalyptic novel, one I can say is realistic because my specialty in university was mass extinction, with emphasis on the two "biggies", the end-Permian, a volcanic event, and the end Cretaceous, a mostly meteoric event. This story, being focused on religi
Beverly Laude
It's hard to categorize a book like "The Faithful". Is it apocalyptic? Is it fantasy? Is it sci-fi? Is a thriller? Well, it's actually a little of all of the above.

I didn't like the very beginning of the book. I usually get annoyed when an author starts out after the events of the book with a "prologue" that really isn't. You don't really know who the people were or what was going on in the prologue until the last chapter. I also don't know why the author wrote one chapter of the book from a fir
Paul Grealish
'The Faithful' is a fun thriller that blends elements of Stranger Things, The X-Files and X-Men to tell a tale of psychic powers and dark conspiracies against humanity.

The novel is solidly paced and the story is well constructed.

The biggest issue for me was the multiple POV characters. There are one too many which means we get limited time with each character before we jump inside another head. As a result, none of them feel very well fleshed out. A couple of pivotal figures are fairly waifer-t
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S.M. Freedman is a top-ranked Amazon author in the Mystery, Thriller and Suspense categories, and a member of the WorldWiseWriters group. She lives in Vancouver with her husband, two children and a giant orange cat.

She studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, and spent years as a private investigator and business owner.

Inspired by authors of many different genres (favor

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