Jane Maritz's Reviews > Distant Thunder: Book One of the Lightning Chronicles

Distant Thunder by Jimmy Root Jr.
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Sep 21, 2009

really liked it

Just a caveat before starting: The author's views do not match mine on Biblical prophecy. However, I am a fan of any book that gets people to search the Bible and analyze how current events fit into prophetic timelines, particularly when such searching prompts a new or renewed commitment to Christ. I found it interesting that this book uses Ezekiel's writings rather than the more popular Daniel and Revelation when it comes to current prophetical applications. I also appreciate the Christian elements in this book when it comes to relationships and changed hearts.

That being said, I'll be reviewing this book more from an entertainment perspective than from a doctrinal perspective.


While a spiritual awaking is happening in the US, events in Israel set the stage for nuclear holocaust. Pastor Ty Dempsey challenges his congregation to take Biblical prophecy seriously, much to the consternation and anger of some of his main church leaders. On the other side of the globe, Israeli pilot Moshe Eldan starts to connect the dots of Biblical prophecy and experiences a loving, saving God for the first time.

The Author

"Jimmy Root Jr. is the Lead Pastor of Family Worship Center of Smithville, a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri. He is a student of Biblical Prophecy and an avid supporter of Israel. His writing is designed to awaken a sleeping American and a lethargic church to the probabilities of renewed terror and prophetic fulfillment."

My Review

In addition to the two main characters, the author does a great character development of a number of people elemental to the story, even getting into the mind of a suicide bomber.

He also does a fabulous job jumping back and forth across the globe (not to mention the centuries) throughout the book, keeping my interest engaged as parallel stories emerge.

Fast-pasted and driving, this book has the elements of a good thriller, including the realization that the book's events are not all that far-fetched given the timeline of recent events that have already occurred.

The climatic ending definitely sets the stage for another book - it's one of those that leaves you a little disappointed that you can't read the next happenings right away...

For more information on this first book of The Lightning Chronicles series by Jimmy Root Jr., see The Lightning Chronicles website.

Thanks to author Jimmy Root Jr. and Pump Up Your Book Promotion for the review copy of this book.

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