Sunday, May 11, 2014

Persecuted by Robin Parrish

A storm is coming.

The most popular evangelist of his day, John Luther, simply wants to share the Gospel and enjoy a quiet life with his family. He never asked to be at the center of a political controversy, but an ill wind has been blowing through the halls of Congress, and supporters of a new religious-equality bill see Luther’s endorsement as critical.

But when Luther refuses to lend his support, he unknowingly sets in motion an explosive plan bent on destroying his reputation and undermining everything for which he stands. His once-normal life is turned upside down as he becomes a fugitive left with only one dangerous option–putting everything he holds most dear at risk while he fights to expose the truth.

It is a mission that brings him face-to-face with the coming storm of persecution that could threaten the very fabric of our nation’s freedoms.

I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t always enjoyed books by Robin Parrish.  “Nightmare” and “Offworld” were probably my two favorites, but they were both still hard for me to get through.  I’ve always thought that I enjoyed edgier, sci-fi type novels, but I never could quite get a feel for his writing.  When this book came up as being available to review, I thought I would give him another try.  I’ll say right now, I’m glad that I did.

John Luther has risen to the top as the leader of one of the country’s premiere religious organizations.  If he’ll just lend his support behind a new sweeping religious freedoms act, he and his organization should be in a great position to reap some huge financial gains.  That is IF he’ll lend his support.  And if he doesn’t, he stands to put his life and those around him into grave danger.  As John stops to assist a young teenager on the way home, the unthinkable happens.  Waking up, the young lady is dead and his life has been turned upside down.  The police have all the information to arrest him for her murder, but John is on the run in an attempt to clear his name.  Is anywhere safe for John to hide?  Will anyone believe his story and offer to help him? Who is behind this obvious setup and what is their motive? Run as fast as you can, and go BUY THIS BOOK!

This book is a novelization of an upcoming movie to be released towards the middle of July.  When I see that there is a novelization, I always wonder the whole “which came first, the chicken of the egg”.  With this book, I didn’t really care.  As I read through this book, I could envision it being made into a terrific movie.  The plot lines were so pertinent to today’s affairs, from the political atmosphere we live in to the religious persecution that seems to creep in ever closer here in America.  The characters are flawed but flawed to the point that only because of their past can they be successful in the present.  This type of writing, to me, is what epitomizes a great author.  Someone that can take everyday actionable events and turn them into a white-knuckle novel.

Is this a "guy's book"?  This is truly a guy’s book, but I know some women who would like it too.  There isn’t any hint of romance in this book, as almost from the beginning you are catapulted into the action of a man on the run trying to save everything he has.  The chase scenes, the plot twists and the intrigue all combine to make this a must read by any man that I know.

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About The Author

Always pushing the envelope, ever on the edge of where modern storytelling is going, Robin Parrish will gladly and unapologetically tell you that he’s an entertainer, a weaver of stories that ignite the mind and delight the heart. Defying labels and refusing pigeonholes, his imagination is fueled by the possibilities of asking “What if…?”, and as anyone who’s read his work knows, he has a very big imagination. Readers will be happy to know that he has an endless supply of wild stories with enormous scope, that are still yet to come.

As a journalist, Robin has worked for, (RIP), (also RIP),, b5media, SplashPress Media, GEEK Magazine, and many more. His writing has been printed in numerous magazines and newspapers.

His influences as a novelist range from television and film storytellers like Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams, to masters of the modern myth like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Akin to Philip K. Dick’s search for the meaning of identity, most of what Robin writes about boils down to his own ponderings and examinations of just what this thing we call “existence” really is.

Robin is a full time writer. He and his wife Karen and two children live in High Point, NC.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

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