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review 2015-06-29 19:28
The Maze by Jason Brannon
The Maze: A Christian Fantasy Novel (Angels & Demons & Lost Souls) - Jason Brannon

The Maze is basically a 21st century version of "A Pilgrim's Progress".

 

Jamie Burroughs is a man that has it all...a family, the nice house, a good job and people who love him. But Jamie is also a man who takes this life for granted and one of those guys who feels that, "the grass is always a bit greener on the other side". When an old girlfriend pops back into  his life, the encounter ends up with him having a have a near death experience. He finds himself in a labyrinth where he must face and battle head on the many choices in his life that has led him to this point. Will the guilt be too much for him or will he be able to overcome and receive his redemption?

 

 

This one reminded me very much of Pilgrims Progress. There were many elements of horror here, but ultimately the story was one of hope. As this is a Christian novel, that hope is in God. It is an allegory that shows how we are constantly at battle with our sinful natures.

 

I loved the concept of the maze because it shows the many twists and turns our lives takes which every decision that we make. The author really made it work well in this novel.

 

Recommended for everyone.

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review 2015-06-20 05:25
The Place of Voices by Lauren Lynch
The Place of Voices (TimeDrifter Series Book 1) - Lauren Lynch

One of the benefits of doing reviews is that you get exposed to genres that you would not have considered reading in the past. In the past couple of years as a Book Review Blogger, I have decided to read young adult novels. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and Book 1 of Jill Williamson’s Safe Lands Series have become my introduction to the hottest genre in the publishing world. As a result, the quality of those aforementioned books have dropped my resistance to this genre and confirms the old adage, “A good story moves past all our of defenses and takes into a world that you would have never experienced before.

 

When I read about The Place of Voices by Lauren Lynch, I knew instantly this would be a novel I would review for my 2015 lineup. The Place of Voices is the first book in the TimeDrifter Series and revolves around two main characters, Brendan and Anna.

Brendan, a young man stricken with polio, and Anna, a young lady that has lost her parents, have the ability to travel through time in order to find out how their lives are connected by events that happened in the past. Their time traveling leads them to the world of the Mayans where both of them become connected to a Mayan Princess named Tzutz Nik. Tzutz Nik is in line to become a queen of the Mutul Kingdom. 

 

However, she is reluctant to embrace this path that has been laid out of for her.

There is evil lurking throughout the novel that will force all three of them to face their greatest fears head-on.  Lynch uses anthropomorphic animals as other characters in the story that seemed like a homage to The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis and the theme of the sacrifice is grounded in a Christian worldview that’s apparent throughout the novel.

 

The Place of Voices is a solid Young Adult Fantasy Novel and recommended for kids from 11-up and adults who love fantasy as well.

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text 2013-11-26 16:05
The latest hot genre crossover: Amish romance, space travel and vampires. Amish?

What started as a joke a few years ago has become a hot new literary mashup genre that grew out of the Amish romance fiction genre. Amish Vampires in Space has just made the Amazon top 100 download list. Author Kerry Nietz notes he has never seen quite so much buzz in the book world as this new genre has generated.

 

The story explores the idea of Amish farmers being rescued from a remote space colony when they discover a vampire on board the space ship, and that leads to a conflict of conscience versus survival. Apparently the Amish faith disallows staking vampires in the heart to kill them, something to remember if you are Amish and decide to take a holiday in Transylvania.

 

This title and others are printed by Marcher Lord Press, a publisher of Christian fantasy and science fiction. Click on the photo for more info: 

 

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Source: www.marcherlordpress.com/bookstore/science-fiction-2/amish-vampires-in-space-by-kerry-neitz
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