David Lighthouse was once a hard-hitting investigative reporter for the Denver Post - before he was accused of the brutal murder of his fiancée and his life unraveled. Now, six years later, he’s once again the prime suspect in the murder of someone close to him. Beth Barkley’s body has been drained of all its blood, and there are two strange marks on her neck. David fights to clear his name even as disturbing clues at the crime scene reveal a haunting connection to his fiancée’s unsolved murder and his estranged father’s secret past.
Drawn into a supernatural battle that has waged for centuries, David suddenly finds himself the target of sinister forces as he tracks down a conspiracy to release an ancient evil upon an unsuspecting world. Along with his father, the murdered girl’s sister, and a fierce Auschwitz survivor, David faces Hell itself to prove his innocence and stop a reclusive German billionaire from unleashing a worldwide holocaust.
Michael Jack Webb graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida and obtained his J.D. from the same university. Over the past forty years he has travelled the world in search of adventure.
Michael is a history buff, both ancient and modern, and is fascinated by the intersection of the scientific, supernatural, and Biblical world views. He's studied and taught from the Bible for more than twenty-five years.
Michael is intrigued by recent discoveries in quantum physics providing extraordinary insights into the reality of the spirit realm, especially as it relates to the study of Light.
He incorporates all of the above into his supernatural thrillers.
Michael and his wife make their home in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Books by Michael: The Master’s Quilt, The Nephilim Parchments, The Song of the Seraphim (Giants in the Earth trilogy), The Oldest Enemy, and Infernal Gates. He is currently working on The Devil’s Cauldron, the sequel to Infernal Gates.
He also authored a non-fiction work entitled In the Cleft of the Rock: Insights into the Blood of Jesus, Resurrection Power, and Saving the Soul.
In The Oldest Enemy, author Michael Webb, takes the main character, David Lighthouse, on a journey that will connect the murder of his fiancé six years earlier to the current murder of one of his parishioners, together with the secret past of his estranged father that all leads to reveal the deceptive motivation of a German billionaire who seeks to unleash a worldwide holocaust.
All efforts by David, his father, Michael, Lauren , the sister of his murdered parishioner, Beth Barkley, and stranger Ben Landers are thwarted by supernatural forces in cahoots with this German billionaire.
Along the way, the reader learns about the weapons of spiritual warfare straight out of the Bible, the nature of demons and their modus operandi and what Christians need to do to be empowered with these biblical supernatural weapons to fight and be victorious in spiritual warfare. All this builds to one very climatic ending that reads just as if it was a movie and it would make a very good movie! It has many successful elements; suspense, mystery, romance, spiritual warfare, demonic possession , political overtones, action and adventure.
Webb writes well and his plot structure is well constructed as well as his characters, very relational and believable. The reader finds himself liking and supporting David in his efforts to deal with his past in light of the current murder, his developing relationship with the murdered victims, sister, Lauren, his attempt to reconcile with his father, Michael, and learn how to be a Pastor under the mentorship of Senior Pastor Erasmus. The reader becomes very sympathetic to the failed, secret past of his father, Michael, and how this spills over into this reconciliation with his son. The reader also finds themselves cheering for both David and Lauren in their developing relationship and understanding Lauren’s bitterness and hurt from the church and God over her past and the murder of her sister, Beth. The mysterious character of Ben Landers and where he fits into all the twists and turns in the plot, successfully adds an atmosphere of suspense and mystery and whether he is to be trusted or not. The reader will also be repulsed by the hatred, condescending nature and arrogant attitude and behaviour of the German billionaire, Eric Reinhardt, and as the plots develops, the reader’s emotions progresses to fear and trepidation as the demon demands more of him, physically, mentally and spiritually as the plot moves to its climatic finale. These latter scenes are described graphically and the demon portrayed in typical horror based on the authors knowledge and research of demonology.
Web’s research for this book is very evident and definitely adds to the structure and credibility of the political and supernatural aspects of the plot. The reader can see where the experience of the author as a bible student pays off in the development of the spiritual warfare elements of the plot, the portrayal of the demon, and the political environment that is based on bible prophecy and the current political situation in the Middle East. This is all done very well and makes for a plot, character development, biblical eschatology and apologetics very nice fitted together. This is one novel that is entertaining as well as educational in biblical themes and doctrine.
Many Christian reviewers criticise Christian authors for the inclusion of the Gospel message of salvation and reconciliation but it works very well in this novel. I found that this led credibility to the character it was addressed to and appropriate for the situation that she was in. Some reviewers find this Gospel message detracts from the plot but in this case it does not, it fits nicely into the spiritual armour needed to fight against the supernatural forces described in the Bible and portrayed in this novel.
This is my first novel by this author and it will not be my last. I am looking forward immensely to his other work.
The Oldest Enemy by Michael J Webb is a complex Christian novel about the spiritual battle between good and evil. It is a battle that has been raging since the dawn of time. The Oldest Enemy is grounded in historical facts that Michael J Webb has blended with his imagination to produce a tale that consumes. The novel shows there is a very real spiritual battle as a character made an oath with the Prince of Darkness. Evil cannot be defeated in our human strength. We must call on the name of Jesus. “Rely upon our Lord … and you will not fail.” The novel is covered with the love of God. The God who whispered names in the Bible still whispers names today. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Portions of scripture intersperse with the action and are familiar to the reader. The novel spans from Germany in 1944 to the ovens of Auschwitz to present day. The evil still needs to be defeated. Sadly the Jewish nation still has people wishing its demise as hate is spread. “Demonising us makes it easier to hate us.” There are cries to God in times of great pain. “Where were you in all the desperate moments of my life when I needed you most?” The truth is that God was with us, walking beside us whether it is on the streets of America or into the ovens of Auschwitz. God walks alongside us. He never leaves us alone. We may walk away from God but once we have known Him we will be aware of the God-shaped hole in our lives. “She’d had enough of a God who allowed so much pain and suffering… at the same time, she knew something vital was missing in her life.” We need to beware of what we dabble in. Things like ouji boards are not harmless fun, they are dangerous and we may “ unwittingly open[ed] a spiritual door and unleashed something evil.” It is wise to stay away from what we do not know. Michael J Webb has created a cosmopolitan epic story that spans nations and years. Actual events, real life figures and clearly much historical research adds an element of realism to the novel. As a historian with a passion for WWII and the Jewish people, I connected on a personal level. Michael J Webb is clearly a talented author and I look forward to reading much more by him. May we never forget the six million innocents who perished in the Holocaust. May we have eyes that see and hands that help and lips that speak up for those who cannot. I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
Forgive me oh Lord ! For I know, what I am about to do. I am going to rant on this book over and over again. I really tried but the way it kept dragging in between, the book made it difficult for me to stay put and patient with the book. With the dipping pace and overload of past and information, I felt there was too much that was going on in the book. So The oldest enemy might make an enemy in me for the author, who would definitely not like my review of the book.
The oldest enemy undoubtedly has a very unique plot. At least something that I have never seen or read before and because of which I actually had a lot of expectation from the book. Well technically my expectation was just to have a fast paced thriller. Which i didn't get and because of which, I was disappointed in the book.
The major factor that hampered the experience was that a lot of sub-plots were running parallel. This in most case is already a big factor in breaking the flow of the book but with effective transitions between these chapters, it could still work. Unfortunately in the book, all the parallel chapters were showing up without a proper flow or smoothness and because of which every time you got to the pulse of the scene, it got cut in between to be faced with a parallel plot. So for me it was like a bullet train that was running too fast for me to clearly see anything even though I know what was happening
While I appreciate the overall theme and plot, its the treatment that didn't work for me. But again this could be a lone factor that concerned me as for some the same factors would be why they like the book. I would still recommend everybody to pick up this book once to shape your own opinion of the book.
I honestly don't know where to begin. The Oldest Enemy is a book with surpassing power to keep your attention from first to the last page. I was blown away by the mix of the biblical text and current relations of Israel with other countries. The Nazi element through me for a loop but it was seamlessly explained throughout the whole book. I do believe I've found another male author that can hold my interest for more than a few pages. I highly recommend this book to conspiracy junkies.
If I was to read just a few book this year, The Oldest Enemy would be at the tip-top of my list! Once started, this book is impossible to put down. This is my first novel by this author, Michael J. Webb, and I am impressed beyond measure. I received a copy of this e-book to review and could not be more thrilled with this happenstance. Mr. Webb's writing style is simply over the top, destined to be a name in lights in the literary world!
>>>David Lighthouse was once a hard-hitting investigative reporter for the Denver Post-back before he was accused of the brutal murder of his fiancée and his life unraveled. Now, six years later, he is the assistant pastor of a small church in Florida. Armed with faith, sobriety, and a resurrected sense of purpose, he's putting together a new life. But when one of his young parishioners is murdered, David's old instincts reemerge. Once again the prime suspect, he fights to clear his name even as disturbing clues at the crime scene reveal a haunting connection not only to his fiancée's unsolved murder but to his estranged father's secret past. David suddenly finds himself the target of sinister, supernatural forces as he tracks down a conspiracy to release an ancient evil upon an unsuspecting world. Along with his father, the murdered girl's sister, and a fierce Auschwitz survivor, David faces hell itself to prove his innocence and stop a reclusive German billionaire from unleashing a worldwide holocaust.>>>
What sets this book apart from other page-turning thrillers of like kind are the interspersed biblical mentions and undertones. This is to be considered a christian thriller, however, the biblical aspect is not overbearing and balances out beautifully. There are many quotes in this novel that I marked to remember, specifically: "God's ways are higher than man's ways; that He always takes what the Enemy intends for evil and turns it to good." Lauren's love for her sister and her diligent quest to find out who murdered her, and why, is a driving force. The irony of David helping support and console her while having experienced the same loss with his fiance' is moving and enticing to read. Mr. Webb's writing style is rich and intelligent, bringing the reader in from the prologue. This novel is written with thought and care to the plot, good verses evil. As he writes "The Bible says our battles are not with the flesh and blood, but with principalities, powers, spiritual wickedness in high places."
*5 stars* for The Oldest Enemy!
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.
I am so glad a book like this is out on the shelves. Spiritual Warfare is alive and very active even today. It is not something that just took part in the days Jesus walked the earth, but it happens here, now in 2013 and beyond.There is tremendous advantage gained by the believer who recognizes and can exploits the weaknesses of the enemy. We are engaged in war, the stakes are enormous and our enemy is Satan. Our enemy is God’s enemy, and that enemy is Satan, a created being. In order for you to overcome an enemy, it is of utmost importance to know your foe. When you know your foe, you are on the path to certain victory. I cannot help but think of Ephesians 6: 12 right now "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places."
Michael did a wonderful job and illustrating this verse. The book was realistic, and the characters were well developed. I particularly liked how the priest had a past that was dark as well. The author did a wonderful job of sticking with biblical perspective for his plot. The story had twists and turns with lots of strong visual imagery that kept you on the edge. I noticed quite a few political undertones with this book as well.
If you love a good mystery/thriller book with a Christian theme you will adore this book.
About the Author
Michael J. Webb graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida and obtained his J. D. from the same university. Over the past forty years he has travelled the world in search of adventure.
He is a history buff, both ancient and modern, and is fascinated by the intersection of the scientific, supernatural, and Biblical world views, and has studied and taught from the Bible extensively for more than twenty-five years. He is also intrigued by recent discoveries in quantum physics that are now providing extraordinary insights into the reality of the spirit realm, especially as it relates to the study of Light. He incorporates all of the above into his supernatural thrillers.
Michael and his wife make their home in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.
I could say this book is spellbinding, diabolical and full of drama .... and I wouldn't be wrong. It certainly is all that. BUT, it's so much more. It's a storyline that reveals truths. It shows battle lines and explores the battle fields where a real war is being fought. This is a battle for you, for your mind, your soul, and yes, your body.
It’s warfare…. warfare of the unseen kind. This is not a battle between flesh and blood, however it’s ‘flesh and blood’ that is skin deep in a war that began eons ago, before ‘time’ began.
The oldest enemy uses greed, deception and power to deceive. That enemy is shown wielding his agenda through peoples seeking power, money and control. In this storyline, the battle of evil trying to defeat good, begins in Nazi Germany and extends to current times. We see how bloodlines are used to advance the end game. However there are other forces at work too, forces with their own strengths, power and warriors, both seen and unseen. Forces of good.
This is not a book of fantasy, but it is a book of the supernatural. Before Adam and Eve, there was another Fall, that of the fallen angels. Their fall has impacted our world and our DNA since Adam and Eve. Those angels that fell were cast out of their heavenly abode … and have waged war ever since. This is a book of fiction, however it shows just how ‘man’ can be deceived and manipulated into fighting this war. Whether knowingly or not, mankind is the tool being used by the enemy. But rest assured…. read the end of The Book …. you’ll know who wins!
👁OBSERVATIONS: This book sheds light on good and evil. It is gruesome at times and diabolical. That is good since too often evil is ‘whitewashed’ and covered over in society. It will make those who are unaware, aware. It can open the mind to see how easily we can be deceived.
The Oldest Enemy is a perfect title for this book because it is just that, about the oldest and absolute worst enemy we all face every day, and that enemy is satan and his demons. And in his new book, author Michael Webb pens a story that will grip your heart and mind in unique way and not let go until long after you finish reading.
I usually don’t read books that deal with supernatural events, but this one was really awesome, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The cast of characters are well created and developed, and really make you feel as though you are living the story with them. As I read the story, and the different characters and situations were introduced, I kept wondering how all of the event would work out in the end, but the author weaves everything together beautifully and awesome and creates and ending that is sure thrilling and will stick with you.
It is clear the knowledge Michael Webb has for WW II, Hitler and the Nazis, and the Bible because it is all woven together throughout this story in vivid details. I appreciate the way Michael weaves the characters together with living the Christian life in everyday situations, just as it should be.
I highly recommend The Oldest Enemy for another to read. If you are a Christian thriller buff, then you MUST read this book! And if the reviews of this book has peaked your interest, pick up a copy and see for yourself. You will not be disappointed.
A copy of this book was provided by the author, Michael J. Webb for me to read and review. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.
The Oldest Enemy by Michael Webb gets 5 stars from me. The fact that I give a supernatural thriller 5 stars is surprising, I don’t usually like this type of book or even consider reading this genre but since becoming a reviewer I am reading and even liking different genres. This story kept me turning the pages because I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next. This novel is about demon possession and how Josef Rauch/Eric Reinhardt tries to destroy Israel because of his hatred of the Jews. This story is made believable because of what is happening in the Middle East today. The story is easy to follow and the characters are believable. This story starts out with the murder of Beth, and her church’s associate pastor (David Lighthouse)search to found out why because his girlfriend was murder the same way six years ago. David is joined by Beth’s sister and Holocaust survivor Ben Landers. I like that Micheal Webb tells the salvation story in his story and that he uses Biblical facts and verses in this novel. I would recommend this story to Christians and nonbelievers alike. I must say the ending was not what I expected to happen,with the demon. I will be looking for more of Micheal’s books in the future. I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.
Author Michael J. Webb spins a hair-raising tale about corruption on a grand scale with threads of demonic activity in The Oldest Enemy. David Lighthouse, associate pastor of a church in Florida, joins forces with Lauren Barkley, the sister of a recent brutally murdered young woman, and Ben Landers, a former Auschwitz survivor, to find and make impotent Eric Reinhardt, a billionaire bent on the destruction of Israel.
The cast of characters all have a story of their own with lots of secrets that move them toward the role they play in the story. Current tensions between Israel and the surrounding countries comes to light making this a very modern story with tones of Joel Rosenberg, the former advisor to President of Israel Netanyahu, turned author.
I enjoyed this book as much as any Rosenberg novel. It was one I tried not to read at night, however. The intrigue kept me reading with plenty of fast paced action that had me on the edge of my seat often. Webb depicted the spiritual battles with just enough scripture to point readers toward the source of our power over the enemy. He also includes a clear gospel message. I would recommend this book to any over 15 years of age.
The Oldest Enemy will formally be released November 15, 2012, but the E-book Kindle version comes out early,on October 1, 2012. Then, on October 15th the paperback version will be offered for pre-pub orders on Amazon.
“The Oldest Enemy” by Michael J Webb is an exciting thriller which will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire book. I could hardly wait to see where the next twist or turn in the story led. This is a great book full of international intrigue, a few spies, detectives and several heroes. To make it even better it is a Christian novel.
The author did an excellent job with the storyline. His style of writing made the book easy to follow and even more believable. He tied all the various twist in the story together to weave a tail that will captivate you and have you wanting more.
The characters are well developed and easy to believe in. I found it easy to put myself into the story and follow along. Even the bad guy was so real you got a chill down your spine when he entered a scene.
I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend “The Oldest Enemy” by Michael J Webb.
I discovered this book by chance, having read other Christian books from Risen Books I decided to give a try. Well the plot is intriguing, if you like history in this books you will find it masterfully interwoven with fiction. It's is pretty long for a novel but not a single page is out of place and I read it in every free moment to know the end. The prose of the author flows easily and i really hope to read more of him. Just a note: be aware that you will find plenty of quotes from the Bible, so if you are disturbed by this, this book might not be your cup of tea, but please, download the sample and I am sure you will like it.
I just finished reading The Oldest Enemy and I was captivated and chilled at the same time. Micheal did an excellent job of taking the reader with him on this journey through the war and back to the present. It made me want to look up some of the events that actually happened during the war and also look up the verses in the Bible. Thank you, Michael, it was interesting and thought-provoking. I look forward to your other works!!
The battle between good and evil ensues! Who will prevail? I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. The characters were fully developed and you could like, love, dislike or hate them. The story was thoughtful, the conversations were impactful and scenery beautiful. This book contains Biblical and contemporary history, Bible verses, intrigue, drama, thrills and chills. I enjoyed it very much.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
This is a really awesome story that captured me immediately and kept me reading! Further, as a Christian, I was pleased to finally find someone who could write from a biblical viewpoint on the spiritual warfare that currently is being waged around us. Finally, an exciting, intense story that all can enjoy.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Let’s talk about what I loved. The horror portion of the story was very good. Creepy and evil and all the good stuff that comes with a great horror story. The portion I didn’t like was the history lesson and political aspects of evil trying to take over the world. It almost lost me at that point. The book was also pretty long and I’m wondering how much of it was necessary. IMO the horror was good but the overall story was too long. The narration was absolutely fantastic. I’m new to Richard Tensely but I found myself looking for more of his work. This wasn’t a bad book, just not for me. But, If you’re into the history of where the evil spirit comes from then this might be the book for you.
Ok I read the other books and I thought they were really good and kept me interested till the end. This one not so good. The story line wasn't really good and too much mumbo jumbo. I actually skipped pages, it just didn't hold my attention. Wish I hadn't wasted my money on it.
The interweaving of the story lines in this book and its intrigue draws one in until they can hardly put the book down. Work gets neglected and priorities changed as you are caught up in the world created by Michael Webb. I eagerly awake his next novel with anticipation of a rich reading experience.
David Lighthouse has found peace, six years after his girlfriends murder. Now after another murder, he is drawn into a supernatural mystery as he goes up against a demon looking to destroy the world. Helped by his father, the sister of the murdered girl and a stranger, the four find there lives are connected and intertwined.
"The Oldest Enemy" by Michael J. Webb is NOT for the faint of heart, or for the chicken-hearted! Exorcism, spiritual warfare, Israel and the supernatural are all tackled in this very ambitious and well-written novel.
Investigative reporter turned pastor, David Lighthouse attends the funeral for a member of his congregation, certain that he should have done more, been more, and sheltered her more than he did. Memories of his past are stirred, and they are not of the pleasant nature. Will he ever truly be forgiven, or forever carry the burden? Lauren Barkley, the deceased's sister, isn't certain she likes, much less trusts David. After all, according to him, he allowed her sister to die. But she wants answers, and she's going to need help in order to find them. A reluctant partnership is formed...but will it lead to more...or will it lead to trouble?
Michael transitions from scenes involving Lauren and David to some mysterious gathering centered around a rather unlikable fellow named Eric Reinhardt. He seeks to stop David and Lauren at all costs, and he has the power to do so at his disposal. What--or who--gives him that power? The reader will find out as the book progresses. Also thrown into the mix are scenes from Israel as Moshe and his companions battle both a visible and invisible enemy. Be warned: this isn't like any 'end-time' novel you've ever read. Twists and turns abound, but Michael succeeds in demonstrating just who our read enemy truly is. The two stories come together in an explosive and ending that I did not see coming. An ending that, while unexpected, is very satisfying. Truthfully, I almost didn't read this one. Some of the scenes had the hair on the back of my neck at attention...I didn't dare read at night. Nope, this was a 'daytime only' novel!
Because of that, I don't feel comfortable recommending it to all readers. The supernatural scenes are powerful, and very vivid. If you are a fan of stories that can make you jump and think, pick this one up. But if your taste runs to lighter fare...you are advised to give this one a pass.
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"The Oldest Enemy" is filled with suspense, mystery and supernatural adventures. Some of the imagery is startling, and for thrill lovers this would be a must read.
The Oldest Enemy, the devil-is revealed in a horror flick way and in a truly vivid fictional story. I would certainly recommend it for those who like the Chiller Theater book or movie, but not for those who are prone to nightmares.
Mr. Webb writes very well, using words with descriptive imagery and true to life story line. This book is imaginative, thrilling, and able to keep you interested throughout!
Michael J. Webb graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida and obtained his J. D. from the same university. Over the past forty years he has traveled the world in search of adventure.
He is a history buff, both ancient and modern, and is fascinated by the intersection of the scientific, supernatural, and Biblical world views, and has studied and taught from the Bible extensively for more than twenty-five years. He is also intrigued by recent discoveries in quantum physics that are now providing extraordinary insights into the reality of the spirit realm, especially as it relates to the study of Light. He incorporates all of the above into his supernatural thrillers. Michael and his wife make their home in Charlotte, North Carolina.
I received a free copy of this book from the author. I had the opportunity to review or not.
This book reads like a historical mystery from a religious view. It has many religious references, but it is beyond religion. There is love, mystery, drama, horror and inspiration. Don’t be put off by the religious angle. You will miss a great story if you are so inclined.
David Lighthouse’s fiancé was murdered years ago. He was considered a suspect in her murder, but he was cleared of the crime, but never his own guilt. He lives with the thought he should have saved her. The truth is, there was nothing he could have done. Her murder was beyond anything he could have been prepared for, nor could he have stopped it. There was a much greater reason for her death.
A multi-billionaire was planning a world-shattering event. One that encompassed many global leaders and billions upon billions of dollars. Planned by Eric Reinhardt, a man filled with greed, an insatiable desire for power and hatred; he planned to ruin America! But beneath his efforts lurked an even more sinister plan. One driven by an entity older than humankind, the oldest enemy. An enemy feared by all - except the faithful.
The characters in this book are full of life. They are believable and likable. I found myself involved with them and their quest immediately. I was on their side from the beginning and hoping they would succeed quickly. But that would have been a great loss. Mr. Webb’s writing is enticing. This one is not to be missed. I would recommend this book to everyone.
Will admit this book was not what I expected from the blurb. The story had a lot more of a biblical context than I realized, while not a bad thing it just wasn’t what I was expecting.
The author does a great job of weaving the old with the new. For me the pain and suffering of what entire race went through is something that still affects me when I read anything about it. My brain still can’t fathom how other countries didn’t step up sooner.
Putting that aside David’s character draws you into his world. His faith in himself and others is sorely tested. It was great to see his growth along the way and him finally forgiving himself.
There is a lot of pain and anguish in this story. Crossing cultural lines and how much is intertwined whether or not we realize or acknowledge it. There are parts where the story seemed to get bogged down in theology and it takes a while to shake itself out of that direction. Was fascinating to see how all of the pieces eventually fit, some weren’t a perfect fit but on the whole the characters were strong enough to carry the story.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Dealing with demons is not for the fainthearted! The best books and movies that delve into the supernatural realm are based at least in part on spirit-world realities, not just imagination. I've encountered many demonic manifestations in my years living in Indonesia. They are real, they are scary, but their power pales in comparison to God's almighty power. Michael J. Webb illustrates this beautifully in a story that tracks a specific demonic assignment from the Holocaust into the present day. His presentation of how demonic beings manifest and how those who know God can overcome them mirrors much of my personal experience. I believe this book's message is an important contribution to Christian fiction.
What starts for Lighthouse as a quest to clear his name unfairly connected to the brutal murder of his beloved, turns into a supernatural nightmare for him very soon, and the responsibility of saving the world from an imminent holocaust lands on his head. With aid from his allies including his dad, Lighthouse struggles to unveil the evil motives of the force behind this. Building in elements of suspense, spirituality, thrill, and action, the book is a superb read. I loved the pacing and the depth in characterization. I am grateful to the author Webb and NetGalley for gifting me with a copy of this book.
If you love suspense, mystery, and paranormal, with a twist of biblical truths thrown in, you're going to love this book. It has many political undertones, and ties together everything (i don't want to add spoilers here,) by the end of the book. Kept me guessing, kept me on my toes, even as i lay on my bed into the night. i have to say some parts are quite scary. Also if you enjoyed This Present Darkness books, this is even better. I highly recommend it. And would love to see more of such books in this genre.
This was a very confusing read. While the storyline is thought out it's all over the place. I feel as though it could have been written better. I had stopped reading it for about a month before I pushed myself to read it. Some of the characters were pointless and could have been omitted. The Oldest Enemy had potential to be great instead it was mediocre, though some parts had their moments. Ending was eh.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.