Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Top 10 Books of 2014

Based on my rankings, I think this was the year of fantasy. If I remembered to record them all in Goodreads, I have 'read' 32 books this year. However, there are 2 of those books that I didn't finish. So I don't really count those. So I read 30 books this year.

10. The Supreme's at Earl's All You Can Eat (Blog Review)
9. The Slaves Have Names (Blog Review)
8. Snow White and Rose Red: The Curse of the Huntsman
7. Searching for Normal (Blog Review)
6. A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet (Blog Review)
5. Mixed Feelings (Blog Review)
4. Finding Poe
3. Ocean at the End of the Lane (Blog Review)
2. Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore (Blog Review)
1. River's Deep (Blog Review)

With links to two different-ish reviews, it seems silly to write more thoughts about them. So I won't. A couple notes about the rankings I will mention though.

Is anyone surprised that Erin Keyser Horn is number one again this year? I'm not. This is the 3rd year in a row she has been at the top of my book list. She really is that good and I really do love her characters that much!

Unreliable narrators are growing on me. Actually, I'm becoming rather fascinated by them as evidenced by #3 and #4.

I finished #8 and #4 late in the year. So I didn't have time to write a blog post on here about them. Maybe I will have one for them in the near future to elaborate more on my thoughts.

Fantasy has been an unintended focus for me this year. #1, #2, #3, #4, #5 and #8 are all books I would include in that genre.

#6 and #7 are memoirs. #9 is non-fiction, but not quite a memoir. #10 is fiction, but not fantasy.

#5 and #7 are books that I received through Story Cartel for free in exchange for an honest review. My honest review is that I really enjoyed them. Check out that site. They have good stuff.

And if you want a few more book thoughts from me, check this one out.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Mixed Feelings by Olivia R. Burton: A Book Review

Kindle Price:$4.99

Length: 228 pages (estimated)

Book Description

 November 3, 2014
Being a therapist means dealing with other people's problems, but this is getting ridiculous.

Despite being an empath who tastes and feels others' emotions, Gwen Arthur's always managed to stay under the radar and out of the preternatural world. The worst she's had to deal with is a horny werewolf private eye named Mel.

Until now.

It starts with a terrifying visit from the monsters that plagued Gwen's childhood nightmares. They're back and they seem to think she's someone else entirely--someone very powerful. Someone capable of taking on the task they lay at her feet: find a group of kidnapped, magically gifted children before they're killed. Or worse.

She's got her smart mouth, her eerily competent best friend Chloe and, yes, even irritatingly attractive Mel to help her through this assignment. Hopefully that'll be enough, because she's also caught the attention of an invisible, candy-stealing interloper on top of everything else.

It's hard enough helping others sort through emotional turmoil, but now Gwen's got to rescue missing kids, figure out this whole “supernatural” thing, and treat Mel like a person? It's enough to give a girl MIXED FEELINGS. 

My Review:

DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of this book from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review.

I have received several books from them over the last couple years and have mildly enjoyed them. This one is different! I LOVED this book! The only thing I didn't like is that it was a little too bawdy for my taste. That is the only thing I didn't like. Seriously, that's it! I read most of it in one sitting. 95% of it one night. Like staying up until 2 am to finish it.

It started out reading like a Young Adult, but as I mentioned there is quite a bit of sexual humor. Therefore I would classify it as adult fiction. It does center around the magical/ supernatural world, so it is a fantasy novel. It is also funny. So it is a fantasy adult funny novel. (Not sure that is a genre)

The plot was great. The pacing was good. There were hints that there is more to the story, so we want to read future books in the series. There was one scene at the end with Dirk that didn't seem completely necessary. However, there might be events in the coming books in the series that reference that scene.

The characters are well rounded. They change over the course of the story and throughout the story we are allowed to see different sides of them. Even the minor characters were changed and adapted throughout the story. There are also lots of hints that there is more to come. However, the hints are not so large as to make you frustrated. You don't feel as if there is too much that you don't know. 

A few favorite things:

Gwen is an empath and does a great job of explaining how others people's feelings make her physically react. Her enormous sweet tooth and defense thereof is pretty funny. I'm not always so fond of her laziness. But she admits it and it makes it easier to wait on the future books in the series. So we end up feeling if she doesn't care then I don't need to care. It works for this book.

The anonymous snarky note leaver adds a good dash of humor and a little mysteriousness to the book and the series in general. 

The slow and steady revelation of the other world. We are not given all the answers at the beginning when Laurel and Hardy show up and ask for Gwen's help. She doesn't go on some crazy research binge to find everything out. She asks a few people and goes out try things on her own. We aren't even given all the answers by the end of the book either. And I like that.

A few not so favorite things:

The bawdiness of several scenes with Mel and a couple scenes with Evadne. Some of it seems like sexy for the purpose of sexy and not for anything needed in the plot. 

The entire character of Evadne, but that might be on purpose. Maybe we aren't supposed to like her.

The character of Merrin is too weak. She does some great stuff, but she doesn't have much character herself. Once again, maybe that's on purpose. 

Final thoughts:

I like this book enough to actually read future books in the series. And I've mentioned how I feel about series' before.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death by Mark Reutlinger

So I missed about 3 or 4 days of the 31 Days Challenge. If you were dying to see what was coming next, sorry. For my part, I'm not too sorry. It was good to challenge myself and some good stuff came from it, but I'm not sad to leave the challenge behind. Between home and work and some fun, I just didn't have the time to commit to that this year. Maybe next year.

But I did finish reading a book that I'm going to tell you about:

Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death

In the style of Sherlock Holmes, where the sidekick tells the story. We also do not know all of the facts as in the modern Sherlock adaptations. (I have read the original Sherlock. Some say they can figure it out, but I never did. So I don't know if I can say we didn't know all the facts.) The author did remind us of Sherlock and Watson in dialogue a time or two and I'm glad he did. Just when I started to get frustrated with what we didn't know and the sidekick point of view, I was reminded why he was doing that. Then I settled back into the story.

There were a few places where I started thinking it was too convenient or too fantastical.  The other is one character whose set was so fantastical and awkward that I struggled through her part of the story. I see why she was necessary, but I still didn't enjoy it. Those are the primary reasons I rated it a 3 instead of a 4.

The characters were a lot of fun though. The Yiddish words and dialect of the narrator really made me believe I was talking to an elderly Jewish woman. The ending was great because it didn't emphasize anything tragic or sad. It could very easily become a dark story when you are talking about death and the elderly. This one was not at all dark or tragic. The fabulous characters are what made me almost consider giving it 4 stars.

When I factor in the price, my enjoyment level goes up. It was an easy read and for $2.99 it is worth the money to get to know Rose and Ida.

It is available for pre-order now and will be released on Nov. 18, 2014.


Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley

Thursday, October 9, 2014

31 Days of Characters: Tennyson Locke

Day 9 and you think I would have these categories memorized, but I don't. In fact, I just realized that I've been missing a category for the last 2 days. Maybe I don't need that one after all?

Name: Tennyson Locke

Career: Invalid

Location: Small town, Southeastern US, Locke estate

Appearance: Dark hair, bright eyes, in a wheelchair

Personality: He was also rude, inconsiderate, and snobbish. Now he is like a kid again, simple and loving.

Back Story: He was a vibrant young man working his way up in the family company until the accident caused a traumatic brain injury.

Where are they now?: Living on the Locke estate being cared for by Daisy, resented by Duke, and pitied by his brother, Laurence.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

31 Days of Characters: Laurence Locke

Name: Laurence Locke

Career: CEO of a company

Location: Small town southeastern United States

Appearance: Tall, thin, dark hair, balding.

Back Story: He has always been the conscientious one in the family. Trying to protect their good name and their company. Trying to do right by everyone, which is the opposite of his brother.

Where are they now?: Struggling with the sacrifice Daisy has made for his brother who doesn't really deserve it. He understands Duke's feelings and feels the same way at times. However, he is immensely grateful for someone who is so compassionate and caring to look after his brother in his current condition.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

31 Days of Characters: Duke Thayer

 Name: Duke Thayer

Career: Estate Manager for the Locke family.

Location: Southeastern US. Small town.

Appearance: Blond hair, blue eyes, short, fit from working outside so often. 

Back Story: Hard working, self sacrificing for the good of the family, mostly his sister, Daisy.

Where are they now?: Frustrated that his talented sister is reduced to nursemaid for an invalid instead of a high paying powerful career woman.

Monday, October 6, 2014

31 Days of Characters: Daisy Thayer

Name: Daisy Thayer

Location: Southeastern United States. Small town. Everyone knows everyone else and everyone's business.

Career: Nurse for a wealthy family

Appearance: Short blond hair. Short. Thin. Blue eyes.

Personality: Very giving. Willing to give everyone a chance. Smart. Nice to a fault.

Back Story: She was in college and was on her way to being a doctor. Her family is a poor family. They were working hard to support her. Then the wealthy family they worked for had a tragedy occur. She came home without a thought to help Tennyson.

Where are they now?: Her brother is furious at her for giving up her chance at a 'good life' to work for the same family that they have been indebted to for so long. The fault was his and now it has cost her the career she has dreamed of. At least that's the story he is choosing to believe. Her opinions are little more confused.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

31 Days of Characters: Roman Kingsley

Name: Roman Kingsley

Location: Same as Jolie Graham

Career: An improver. Given various titles at various companies. His job is to make workers happier and more productive.

Appearance: Tall, dark, and handsome. Who could resist? Jolie for one.

Personality: Gregarious, hard working, loves a challenge

Back Story: Moved often as an adult, which is the opposite of his childhood. He has had a talent for making things run more smoothly and eventually that led to a career. Personally he doesn't let people in too far. He knows he will have to move on and doesn't want to leave any casualties.

Where are they now?: Living in the Northwest and charged with improving the company, he finds himself challenged by Josie. He either opens up or fails. What will he do?

Saturday, October 4, 2014

31 Days of Characters: Whit Gurdey

Day 3, . I'm almost out of it on day 3. This is why I don't do blogging challenges. But I going to try to get it into under the wire. I have searched every place that I can think of and have not found the list of names and places. I will keep looking, but in the meantime I will be closely observing my world for inspiration. For today,

Name: Whit (short for Whitten) Gurdey

Career: Ex-military. Currently, searching for a new postion. 

Location: Small city or small town USA. Maybe the mountains.

Appearance: Tall, broad, but not excessively so, very short hair

Personality: Demanding, disciplined, principled. Exudes confidence.

Back story: Several comically bad relationships left him wondering what in the world he is here for. He is used to rules and to have somone to tell him how to go about things. He has also had several comically bad job interviews. And his neighbors don't really like him either. He just doesn't understand people.

Where are they now?: Looking for his new place in this world. Job wise, neighborhood wise, relationship wise. He is desperately searching for someone to explain things to him, but he doesn't have the courage or humility to just open up about it. Then comes Ruby.

31 Days of Characters: Jolie Graham

Name: Jolie Graham

Location: Small city in America. Northern part. Maybe the north west.

Appearance: Long blonde straight hair. Thin frame. Average height. Not particularly attractive. Not ugly either. Average.

Career: Office work sitting behind a desk.

Personality: Quiet. Commonly perceived as aloof, but unsure of herself is a better definition. She wants to speak up and speak out more often, but can't seem to find her voice or an outlet to use it.

Back Story: Hearing her name people expect her to be bubbly outgoing and a magnetic personality. She never felt she could live up to hat expectation and consequently her name. She doesn't like her name and tries to hide as much as possible. She is single and many see her as someone to be won over. This leads to her desiring to hide more.

Where are they now?: Someone comes into the office culture or maybe her apartment building or a new person at her gym. Someone who wants to get to know her and help her to move out of her hiding. Moving out of hiding and finding an area to shine brings her to a new job, a new place to live and a new life. But maybe she doesn't really want that.

Day 5: Roman Kingsley

Thursday, October 2, 2014

31 Days of Characters: Ceddie Breen

I discovered that the 31 Days challenge originated at The Nester. There is a link up over there with a list of all the topics people are blogging about. I wanted to give her credit and let you know a little more about it in case you are interested.

Name: Ceddie Breen

Location: Same as Astin Windsor

Appearance: Short, blond, and round. Always well dressed in neutrals and metallics. Very little color because she doesn't want her clothes to distract from her personality or from the art she represents.

Career: Art Dealer

Personality: Bubbly and bright. She loves life and people and wants to share her love with everyone!

Back Story: Native of said city. Fluently speaks 3 languages. One of the few people Astin wants around her and trusts to see her work. In a world of serious men art dealers, she stands out loudly and loves every minute of it. One of the reasons she became an art dealer was her love of people and life. She finds so much life in art that she couldn't imagine living without it.

Where are they now?: Trying to convince Astin to host her own art show and start selling her art to the public. The story is probably from her point of view.

Day 3: Whit Gurdey

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

31 Days of Characters: Astin Windsor

Somewhere maybe a couple years ago, I read about the 31 Days blogging challenge. You pick a topic and write a blog post for every day in October on that topic. I have wanted to participate in the past, but haven't had a good idea. Last year, I told myself that I would do it this year. Well, here it is October and I completely forgot about the challenge until I read a blog post mentioning it. Then I thought I better come up with an idea quick. Followed by the thought that I was crazy to even think about attempting this. I'm sure that I'm crazy, but I came up with an idea. I may not finish this challenge, but that's okay. I'm going to try it. My motto will be: "Hold tight and pretend it is a plan.". (Thanks to Doctor Who via Michelle for the quote.)

Now on to my idea. A very long time ago, like about 18 years or so, I created a list of character names that I liked. I even grouped them together and put them in a setting in case I wanted to write a story about them some day. I am hoping to find that list and work from it. If not, then I will just make up a new one. I will present 31 characters to you that have been wandering around my head. I have not put any of them into stories, but I might some day.

So without further ado:

Name: Astin Windsor (As in the car and the House of...)

Location: Some large European city. Maybe Canada or South America. Somewhere foreign to her.

Appearance: Long straight black hair parted in the center, tall, curvy and well proportioned (Not fat, but not thin.) (At least that's what I think would be more interesting, but I can't picture it in my head yet.) Colorful! She is always mixing and matching patterns and colors that most wouldn't dare to wear, but she doesn't care for traditional fashion ideas.

Career: Artist.

Personality: Her social awkwardness has increased her preference for pictures over people. She is a loner. Words often escape her, so talking to others is difficult and writing is not preferred. Her lack of ability with words has made her choice to live in another country whose language she does not know easier. If she doesn't know the language, she doesn't have to worry about speaking to them. She seems snobbish because of her money and social awkwardness, but in reality she is just quiet and introspective. And I normally write characters with a little bit of sass. She will probably not be different.

Back Story: ????? I really have no back story for her.

Where are they now?: There is an artsy area of the city. She travels there on a bike each day with her art supplies. She creates quick things for tourist, but the heart of her work is at home in her loft space. And then what???

Day 2: Ceddie Breen

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Searching for Normal by Alison Neuman: Book Review

While we all have at times felt left out and alone, Alison Neuman can easily have us all beat. Her disease has excluded her from many 'normal' activities. Maybe those times of exclusion made her more sensitive to others because never once did I feel that as a reader. She does not make herself into a hero or a victim. She is simply a woman living life and inviting us to hear her story. I am glad I had the opportunity to do so. I am glad to be included in her circle.

There were many occasions that this book left me stunned. I was stunned by her disease. I was stunned by the treatment she received from various people in the medical profession. I was stunned by her courage to keep going. I was stunned by her desire to keep trying new things. Alison Neuman is a woman who has overcome and flourished through some incredible odds. Her story is comforting, inspiring, and educational. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of the book from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review.

Searching for Normal Paperback – October 21, 2013

Thursday, September 25, 2014

River's Deep by Erin Keyser Horn: Book Review

If you have been around here or my Facebook page for any length of time, you know that I love the books this lady writes. So this one is no exception. In fact I love it so much that I'm going to post a review on here and on my other blog site.

RIVER'S DEEP front cover

So here we go with my review praise. (I might as well be honest.)

The character of Kasia  is one of my favorite people. She is honest and fierce in her love of people and protection of them. She is not afraid of the truth, but isn't always willing to share this truth with others. It is that protection thing again. She is trying to find faith, but has trouble loving herself  to believe God can help her. Thankfully she has a strong group of friends around her to push her to be better. Blay, Jen, and Scott never back down from the challenge. They are with Kasia every step of the way. These 4 people will make you believe in love, friendship, faith, and hard work.

The author, Erin Keyser Horn, did an amazing job with this book. She was not afraid to take her characters to hard places and push them through to become better people. The characters don't have an easy journey in front of them, but they really have no other choice. They have to walk through this. Sometimes as a reader it is hard to read as characters go though the hard stuff. This is not one of those books. They go through the hard stuff and we can read that without drowning in the pain. And for me, that is huge!

Some might be hesitant to read a book about the supernatural and God. You shouldn't be! Horn does a fabulous job balancing faith and fantasy. The characters of Slavic mythology fit into the rivers of Illinois and the overall Christian worldview. Some might find the final battle to be telegraphed, but I would disagree with that. The enemies are compelling characters and the heroes areas well. You care about who wins and who loses. The how doesn't matter as much as the who.

The who is the best part of Erin Keyser Horn's novel. These characters will become your friends and you will want to come back and visit them several times.

DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

You can buy it here. And you should buy it!


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  • Series: The River Immortals
  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Superstorm Productions (September 23, 2014)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro: A Book Review

I don't remember where I first heard about this book, but it has been sitting on my To Be Read shelf on Goodreads for a while. So on my most recent trip to the library I picked it up. The cover looked beautiful and the overall story seemed intriguing. However, I had my doubts. In the past I have not enjoyed most novels set in Paris and this one is primarily set there. As I began to read, the back and forth in time was interesting, but still made me hesitant. I was submerged into the various places and people of the novel quite easily and for the most part that was enjoyable. I didn't particularly like any of the characters and wondered more than once if society was really that way in the first half of the 20th century. So I wasn't completely sold on it. In fact about 3/4 of the way through the book, I started peaking ahead to see if I really wanted to finish it. I wasn't surprised by how the events unfolded, so they were rather obvious. The characters were still not particularly likable, so I had serious doubts about finishing this book. I decided to read a few more pages and see how it turned out. I'm glad I did because some of the characters finally became likable in the last 75 pages or so. The plot and setting were interesting enough to keep me reading through 350 pages or so, but it was the characters that made me finish the book.


The Perfume Collector: A Novel Paperback – February 4, 2014

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  • Print Length: 469 pages

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore

The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat Photo Credit: Barnes and Noble

I bought this book for my mom Mother's Day. When I was looking at the book choices I could make, this one stood out as different than your average romance or mystery or action novel. It seemed like it told a story. A few days later my mom called me to tell me she finished the book in just a day or two. (So obviously she enjoyed it.) She sat it aside for me and when I visited her, she passed it along. With the recommendation of my mom, I knew I would enjoy the book.

The strongest part of this book is hands down the characters. They are so vivid that you sometimes forget that they aren't real! Each character has a story and a past. Throughout the novel we discover those stories. We also discover their flaws and they are big flaws. No one is perfect and these women are no exception. Despite their flaws and maybe even because of them, the women are best of friends and no one can tear them apart. We see their flaws, but we also see how their friends see them. I think that is what makes us love them so much. The other minor characters are also full of flaws, but we don't hate them either because we see how other people see them. And each character realizes their faults and does try to make them better. It would probably be very easy to hate most of these people for their faults, but we don't have a chance because there are so many people around them that love them. And that love inspires them to love themselves a little more.

The plot is well done as well. The shifts in time and character perspective could be confusing, but I never had a problem with it. The author does an exceptional job of clearly defining who and when these events are taking place without the reader noticing him doing it. The history of each character is presented as it applies to their present circumstance. It really makes it seem like you are sitting next to them hearing stories. The end is a total surprise and pleasantly so. My only slight 'complaint' which really isn't so much of a complaint is that the Eleanor Roosevelt thing was a bit odd. You'll have to read it to get that though.

The author does an amazing job of presenting life for African Americans over the last 50 years without getting too bogged down in politics and culture differences. It teaches without a guilt trip. I greatly appreciated that as well.

A fun read with unforgettably lovable characters.

The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat

Publishers Weekly
The indefatigable trio of Barbara Jean, Clarice, and Odette (known as "The Supremes" since high school) churns the small community of Plainview, Indiana into a Southern-fried tailspin this debut from Moore, a professional cellist. Each of the central characters brings unique challenges to the tables at Earl’s diner: Odette battles cancer while her pothead mother communicates with famous ghosts; Clarice tries to salvage a crumbling marriage with her cheating husband; and beautiful Barbara Jean, who married for money, drinks to forget a youthful affair and her dead son. In a booth at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat, a short walk from Calvary Baptist Church, these women lay bare their passions, shortfalls, and dramas. Clarice’s cancer treatment brings them together in melancholy, but it isn’t long before secrets are revealed and the scramble to catch up on lost time begins. Despite meandering points-of-view and a surplus of exposition, Moore is a demonstrative storyteller and credits youthful eavesdropping for inspiring this multifaceted novel. Comparisons to The Help and Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe are inevitable, but Moore’s take on this rowdy troupe of outspoken, lovable women has its own distinctive pluck. Barney Karpfinger, the Karpfinger Agency. (Mar.)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Addison's Mark by Matt Kuvakos

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This book is a Young Adult novel and there will be a sequel to this book. I would consider it Christian political fiction, but in the normal Christian book store kind of way. Normally, I do not read books in a series at all. If I choose to read them, I wait until several or all of the books are out, so I don't have to wait on any more. Often I lose interest in the series before the next one comes out. A series has to be exceptional for me to start reading it and wait on further books. This book just might fall into that category.

The setting in post economic fall America is very clear. It was not written so tragically that I wanted to stop reading. However, it was not glossed over as if it weren't real either. The sequences about visions were described vividly and their duration was clear as well. The characters were interesting and believable. I quite easily fell in love with the main characters. I knew who I didn't trust as well as who was caught in the middle. The plot moved along well. It was fast paced without being so fast as to lose the internal character struggle. When plots move so fast that they lose the internal character struggle, I stop reading and deem it poorly written. This book was not at all that way. 

However there were a couple things that I didn't care for. Theologically I disagreed in a few places. I did not disagree with the overall presentation of God, angels, Heaven, demons, etc. I did have an issue with Sam's ability to see and know all of this without declaring God as Lord. The ending seemed more like a stopping place rather than an ending. I understand it is book 1 of 2, but I didn't feel the resolution was sufficient enough to consider it the end of the book. I did like the way some things were hinted at without directly telling us. We have hints at what is coming, especially if you are aware of Biblical prophecies. However, it has not been so directly stated that there are no surprises left. I didn't like that it was not presented as Book 1 of 2, but I discussed those thoughts above. I didn't particularly like the cover, but I don't know that I could have done better. So maybe that isn't a very valid point.

I assume that the many questions I have left will be answered in Book 2. So I don't count those against the book. Some reviews did not like the abundance of similes and metaphors. I was not distracted by the similes and metaphors. It made Sam Addison more believable as a 20 year old non-scholar. Some mentioned confusion during the vision sequences, but that was not a problem for me.

Overall, the story itself is very good and doesn't limit itself to simply a young adult audience. The minor problems do not detract from the enjoyment of the whole novel.

I received a free copy of the book from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review.


Addison's Mark

Twenty-year-old Sam Addison is marked by both good and evil. Sam is plagued by thoughts of his parent’s violent and mysterious deaths, making survival during a major economic collapse in the United States difficult to endure on his own. Before he loses all hope, an ethereal being visits him in multiple dreams and visions, trying to ignite his faith. Sam tries to forget what he saw, but it’s something that simply can’t be ignored when he finds an odd marking burned onto his wrist. He becomes consumed with unanswered questions about his purpose in life and what the mark could mean or even do. Until, he meets the beautiful Ashlin Ammon, the adopted daughter of the popular presidential nominee, and who some call the “savior” of the dying country, Marcus Ammon, who sees a lot of himself in Sam. Once invited to join the campaign trail as an assistant for Marcus, Sam is pulled into a war no man could ever survive. He is left with a choice that will not only change himself, but mankind forever.

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