Thursday, March 8, 2012

Wayward Son - by Tom Pollack with John Loftus and Jim Alves - Not really what it's made out to be

Originally read May 16, 2011     3 Stars

A capably written and imaginative story. My biggest problem isn't even with the writing, but with the marketing. What I have seen so far led me to expect something along the lines of a Dan Brown thriller or a story in the vein of a National Treasure movie, but instead this is a message novel and the message is Salvation. I don't want to say that the authors are hitting you with the Christian pitch throughout the whole book. Truthfully, it's barely three pages, but it's enough. Now, there's nothing wrong with that, but don't try to hide it and that's what I felt was happening. I really feel the reading public would be better served by finding this on the shelf at a Christian Book Store. About the story, our heroine, Amanda find herself with a few, rather diverse options as the tale begins. She finds herself at an archaeological site near Pompeii, where she has a vision which spans much of history from the beginning of the Bible through the time of Jesus (this is where the pitch for Christianity is played out).. There is a lot of ground covered here. The vision drags on and seems rushed at the same time. In the end, the authors manage to tie it all together in an acceptable manner, but then take it one step futher in what looks like an attempt to set it up for a sequel. God, I hope not.

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