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“Bury me standing. I must be buried standing.”Powers, the follow-up to John Olson’s Shade , introduces a sheltered Gypsy girl named Mariutza. Her grandfather utters a mysterious last request before dying in her arms after being shot by ten cloaked men.Those same men die before her eyes, but strange powers continue to pursue Mari through the swamps of southern Louis
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by B Books
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Sisi Emm
Dec 05, 2009 rated it it was ok
First things first: this is book 2. There's another that comes before it that I have not read. That having been said, I commend the author on making this approachable at least. I didn't experience any real bouts of confusion. I think you can easily read this without having read the first.

This book actually started off quite strong.
I wanted to know about Mariutza and what her grandfather had set into motion. The pacing was good, the characters were capable of attracting me and keep me turning p
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Jill Williamson
Feb 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Gypsy girl, Mariutza, was raised in the Louisiana swamps away from all modern conveniences. When “the Badness” kills her grandfather, Mariutza must go into the city and find the prophet, Jaazaniah, but Mari feels completely out of her element. She’s never even ridden in a car or tasted Sprite. Still, it’s what she trained all her life to do. Find Jaazaniah, the prophet.

Jaazaniah is a musician in a bar. He has a seizure of some kind and is convinced that someone spiked his drink. He goes home to
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Bridgit
Mar 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
I think this book was misrepresented. I expected fantasy book, bringing in supernatural powers, possibly occultism, but really, this was a christian fiction book. Realizing that part way through was off-putting. I dont think that I would have picked it up if I realized what it was.

But I continued to read it anyway. I didnt hate it, but it really didnt do much for me. Perhaps if I had read the prequel some of the "Standing" concepts would have made more sense. We never really learned why the Sta
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Lorina Stephens
Feb 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
There were the makings of fascinating novel here: gypsy culture, the swamps of southern U.S., an unknown evil. Alas, none of these elements were ever truly explored. Instead the author takes us on a stumbling, frenetic rush through plot points and geography, so that by the end of the story we never really understand who or what are The Standing, The Badness, or myriad other details that would have been far more fascinating than the overt religious message.
harlequin {Stephanie}
May 31, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: could-not-finish
Got about 100 pages. Could not read on. The author had a few interesting ideas, but didn't seem to be getting anywhere. Characters had little to no development.

On top of that the story was very unbelievable. Just not my cup of tea. The cover was nice to look at.
Jerry
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
An exciting thrill ride! I look forward to more from this author.
Tara Ashley
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
400 pages later, I'm left with a pile of loose ends asking what just happened. It seemed to be setting up for a sequel, but I am more exhausted than excited.
Tom Robinson
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was more of a Ted Dekker or Erin Healy read, generating lots of excitement, and building momentum once characters were fully developed. Highly recommend.
Melissa
Nov 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
From the Publisher: "Bury me standing. I must be buried standing.”
Powers, the follow-up to John Olson’s Shade (“a must-read for those who enjoy Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti” —Publishers Weekly), introduces a sheltered Gypsy girl named Mariutza. Her grandfather utters a mysterious last request before dying in her arms after being shot by ten cloaked men.
Those same men die before her eyes, but strange powers continue to pursue Mari through the swamps of southern Louisiana where she has always hidd
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theduckthief
Feb 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
"The man let out a stream of words hot as coals as he struggled to his feet and glared down at her, eyes blazing. His face was a dark shade of purple-tinged red. He lunged toward her with clenched fists. Veins bulged at his neck."

Mariutza Glapion has been living in a swamp for as long as she can remember. One night she sneaks out to the road, a forbidden place and on her way home, senses something is wrong. She senses the Badness, hears a gunshot in the dark, finds her home empty, her grandfathe
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Courts
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-won
Powers is simaultaneously gripping and difficult, bringing the reader along on an exciting - if David Lynch-esque - tale, all the while the reader hoping that more will be revealed on the next page. Nothing more actually is revealed. You know nearly the same things at the beginning that you do at the end. It leaves nothing to stew over, no social mores to consider, though the novel was ripe for them.

Olson has a commanding use of language, his prose beautiful and nuanced, dancing the reader from
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Brenda A
Dec 25, 2014 rated it liked it
The best thing about this book was the nonstop action

The worst thing about this book is the lack of justification


That sums it up pretty well! The novel starts immediately, without any real preamble. This is both a positive and a negative thing for me--I had no idea this was the second in a series, so I was totally blindsided by the religious element, and had no idea how it all tied together.

Despite that though, I was curious the whole way through to find out what was going to happen. This was pa
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Rachel
Nov 28, 2009 rated it did not like it
I would include a plot summary here, but I'm not even sure where to begin. What the back cover suggests and what the story turns out to be are two completely different things. Which brings me to my next point: this book is not being marketed as Christian fiction, but it really is. Sneaky sneaky, B&H Publishing Group. Sneaky sneaky.

Olson seems to run pell-mell through the plot, almost in a race to a finish line that never appears. The book doesn't really have a beginning, middle, and end -- it ju
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Brenda
Jun 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I did not enjoy this book. When I picked it up and read the back cover, I thought it sounded really interesting with an almost Anansi Boys' feel to it. The setting sounded really goth and cool the characters seemed interesting too. But then I started reading it, and sure at first I understand the characters not knowing what exactly was happening and had a lot of questions, but more than 60% through the book all the characters kept saying was... "What's happening?!" "Don't you know?" "No! What's ...more
Sarah
Oct 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Powers, written by John B. Olson, is a novel that features a gypsy girl named Mariutuza. Mariutuza is not just an ordinary gypsy, she has powers, powers of light. Strange and mysterious cloaked men want her dead and her power, they are called "the Badness." She has always been able to hide from them with the help of her grandfather and her teacher. These same men killed her grandfather, her grandfather's last mysterious request was to be buried standing. Mari, raised in the swamps of Louisiana, ...more
Christy Lockstein
May 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Powers by John B. Olson is the sequel to Shade, but you don't need to read that volume to be completely hooked by this compelling thriller. Mariutza has been raised in seclusion by her grandfather, taught to fight, to use her mental abilities to outwit the enemy, and to fear the outside world. But when he is killed by mysterious hooded figures, she flees from the swamp that has been her only home to the city of New Orleans to seek the mysterious prophet Jaazaniah. Jazz Rechabson is just trying t ...more
Ellz Readz
Nov 18, 2009 rated it liked it
My thoughts...This is book two in the series. I have not read the first book, so initially I was really confused as to what was going on. You begin by reading the POV of several characters. They are all experiencing intense situations such as being chased, attacked and feeling intense pain. The beginning of the book left me dizzy, but I was still intrigued enough to keep reading. About 100 pages or so into the story, the characters come together and the plot begins to make more sense. Mari is an ...more
guiltlessreader
Dec 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Summary: “Bury me standing. I must be buried standing.” Powers, the follow-up to John Olson’s Shade (“a must-read for those who enjoy Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti” —Publishers Weekly), introduces a sheltered Gypsy girl named Mariutza. Her grandfather utters a mysterious last request before dying in her arms after being shot by ten cloaked men.

Those same men die before her eyes, but strange powers continue to pursue Mari through the swamps of southern Louisiana where she has always hidden from “t
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Mike
Dec 22, 2009 rated it it was ok
I picked this up on a suggestion with no foreknowledge of the author or his other works, so I went in with an open mind. I tried, ended up trudging through it, and I finished it but was left wanting.

About halfway in, I learned that this is Christian Fiction, but I didn't feel much of the condescending preachiness (I hate that with a passion!) all-too-often underlining stories in the sub-genre. Which is ironic, since the Christian worldview is important to the genre and that's actually what I lik
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Susan
Oct 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Mariutza was raised and lives deep in the swamps of southern Louisanna with the man who took her in as a child,calls him grandfather, She has been trained in the ways of a type of people known as The Standing. The unthinkable happens and as her grandfather is dying he tells her to find Jazzaniah. The great Prophet hero that her grandfather has told her about in bedtime stories. She must leave the swamp, the only place that she has ever known, and go into the city of New Orleans in order to find ...more
Wrighty
Nov 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: for-review

I have really struggled with this review. I've started it over and over again and I'm not exactly sure why. The book was interesting but it was also confusing. The early chapters jumped into the action as Mari's grandfather died in her arms and she is forced to go on the run. She had been sheltered her whole life and never lived outside the swamps but now she must find Jaazaniah the Prophet. He is the hero of the bedtime stories that she listened to as a child. Jazz is a musician who plays his m
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Hsudonym
I received this book as part of early reviewers. I must say beforehand that I have not read the first book, Shade, so perhaps I am missing something.[return]I really am not sure what is going on in this book, nor where it intended to take the reader. The writing appears to be deliberately lyrical, at times quite forced. The characters had some merit, however, they were no very plausible. Jazz continually returns to Hollis, and she continues to help him, even though he has caused her a whole lot ...more
Cheryl
Jun 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Mariutza blames herself when her grand father dies in her arms, because of The Badness. She was no where near him when The Badness came. Mariutza must find Jaazaniah the Prophet to help save her from The Badness. The problem is that Jaazaniah is a fictional character from her grandfather’s stories.

Jazz is a musician. Recently he has started experiencing visions and he has no explanation as to why. Jazz’s life changes when he meets Mariutza. Can Jazz and Mariutza fight The Badness or will The Bad
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Crystal
Feb 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010
I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I liked the story as a whole, and it’s an interesting topic considering most of the paranormal reading I do is either flat out obvious vampires or angels. But the flip side is that I had a really hard time with the presentation. Don’t get me wrong, it was written okay, just not exactly my style.

I like reading things that are out of my normal comfort zone, but the problem with that is sometimes I end up reading something that makes me think
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Tanya
This was a pretty good book. It was a little frustrating to read though. It starts out with clear & present danger for the gypsy girl & her grandfather but you have no idea what the danger is- it's just called the badness. Ok, I can get into some mystery & intrigue because I know it will be revealed later in the book. Wrong. Basically, this book consisted of the main characters being vague about their enemy, the badness, running from the badness, talking about the badness, but no one ever asks," ...more
Theresa
Nov 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Theresa by: Early Reviewers
Mariutza's grandfather, Purodad, and beloved teacher, Miss Caralee were murdered while Mariutza stayed helplessly hidden. Before her grandfather died in her arms, he told Mariutza what she must do. She had been kept hidden in the swamp and cared for by her grandfather, but now she was alone, and being chased by the Badness. She had to get out of the swamp and find Jaazaniah the Prophet. He was the only one that could help her now.

As soon as the book arrived, I was eager to start reading. Between
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Monica
Aug 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
First off, this book is supposedly classified as mystery fiction and Christian fiction...which makes no sense because there are Christian themes as well as Bible passages found through out the book and gypsy magic. The last time I looked Christianity doesn't play well with the supernatural, but what do I know. *rolls eyes* The plot was pretty good in its self but I often found I didn't know what was going on so I would have to go back a few pages and re-read, that got frustrating after a little ...more
Suzanne
I'm not sure what to say about this book. It was very difficult keeping up with the Badness, the FBI and the Standing. For this reason, it took me about 1-2 weeks reading it. I usually read only a book at time but I just HAD to put this one down and read another one before finishing this one.
I was surprised that I remembered what was going on in the book during that intermission. Suppose that says positively about the story. I did not read any of the reviews before reading this book so I was su
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Stephanie Moore
Jan 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: terrible, sold
This book was downright awful. The story was all over the place and nothing was ever explained. What was "The Badness"? Who were " The Standing?"

The characters themselves left a ton to be desired. They were always having "aha!" moments that left the reader in the dark and very few of their decisions made any sort of sense. Mari caused things to get worse in some situations with her failure to listen to Jazz (oh no! the buildings are baaaad!") and Jazz did the same in others.

The prayer thing was
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Joel
Nov 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading the advance copy of this book. I have to say it was hard to get into at first but as I got further along I really got more into the story and enjoyed the innocent romance, the adventure and the many unexpected twists in the plot. I will certainly read the other books in this series by John Olson. :)
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John B. Olson is a novelist who lives with his wife Amy and two children in the San Francisco Bay Area. John earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and did postdoctoral research at the University of California at San Francisco. His books have won several awards, including a Christy Award, a Christy finalist, a Silver Angel award, and placement on the New York Pu ...more

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