Sunday, May 11, 2014

"The Days of Antipas" by Daniel Clarke Purcell Book Review

the-days-of-antipas-by-daniel-clarke-purcellGenre: Spiritual Warfare
Recommendation: Good
Originality – 5/5
Writing Style 4/5
Plot 4/5
Characters – 4/5
Aesthetics  – 4/5


Christianity is illegal and the cops are demon possessed. But that doesn't stop God or His faithful followers in the Messiah Initiation.


This spiritual warfare thriller is an exiting read with a lot of interesting characters. You'll read about Christians who remain true to their faith and those who fail miserably. You'll see the victory of people being called out of their life of sin and receiving God's calling.


As with most Christian novels, there may be some aspects of the writer's theology you disagree with, but there's plenty here for all Christians to appreciate.


One of the literary drawbacks to the book is that the main character, Antipas, doesn't change very much. He's a fairly static character with most of the change happening around him.


From a writing mechanics point of view, you might notice a lack of professional editing, but the grammar mistakes are minor and they won't distract you from the story.


Over all, this is a fun, thought-provoking novel that moves quickly and is likely to stick in your memory for its originality and interesting character hooks.


Monday, April 28, 2014

"The Encounter: Paradise Lost" Movie Review



the-encounter-paradise-lostGenre: Spiritual Warfare
Recommendation: Excellent
Originality – 5/5
Acting Style 5/5
Plot 4/5
Characters – 5/5
Aesthetics  – 5/5


What do you get when a broken marriage, a revenge-bent DEA agent, a couple drug dealers, and a junkie prostitute all get caught in a storm together?


The Encounter: Paradise Lost.


Jesus shows up in a powerful way in each of these people's lives. The characters are deep, the acting natural, and Bruce Marchiano's portrayal of Jesus continues to show the heart of the Lord like no other. 


This would be a great movie to show as an outreach event or to do a Bible study on.
 

There are some questionable theological points, depending on what flavor of Christian you are, but these issues are subtle and in no way should distract from the value of the rest of the movie.


There is a point where the physical action seems to lull a bit as Jesus and the characters enter into conversation, but this is where the meat of the spiritual action is and provides great food for thought. 


Overall, the production of The Encounter: Paradise Lost is of the highest quality and I look forward to seeing what Pure Flix Productions comes out with next.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Audio Book of "Earthbow: The Narentan Tumults" by Sherry Thompson Now Available


Earthbow: The Narentan Tumults


I am really excited to see this Christian fantasy novel get an audio book version. Sherry's Narentan Tumults are two of my favorite books. You can read my reviews on the index page.

If you're looking for an amazing Christian audio book for driving, exercising, or doing chores around the house, this is one that won't disappoint.



Monday, December 2, 2013

New Christian Fiction Friendly Release from Bryan Thomas Schmidt and Ray Gun Revival

Bryan Thomas Schmidt has teamed up with Ray Gun Revival to put out an anthology. It's 112,000 words of space opera by contemporary authors in classic pulp style. It contains AC Crispin's last tale before her death in September from cancer and lots of other cool stuff. It's family friendly. PG at worst.

Here's a TOC:

"Frontier Abcs: The Life And Times Of Charity Smith, Schoolteacher" by Seanan Mcguire
 
"Rick The Robber Baron" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
 
"To The Shores Of Triple, Lee!" by A.M. Stickel
 
"The Silver Dollar Saucer" by Lou Antonelli
 
"Around The Bend" by Sarah A. Hoyt
 
"Sword Of Saladin" by Michael S. Roberts
 
"Malfunction" by Jennifer Campbell-hicks
 
"Catastrophe Baker And The Ship Who Purred" by Mike Resnick
 
"Holly Defiant" by Brenda Cooper
 
"Shooting The Devil's Eye" by Keanan Brand
 
"Last, Full Measure" by A. M. Roelke
 
"Spider On A Sidewalk" by Paula R. Stiles
 
"King Of The Galaxy Knights" by Robin Wayne Bailey
 
"The Slavers Of Ruhn" by Rob Mancebo
 
"Can Giraffes Change Their Spots?" by Jenny Schwartz
 
"Captain Quasar And The Insurmountable Barrier Of Space Junk" by Milo James Fowler
 
"Conversion" by Shaun Farrell
 
"Twilight World" by A.C. Crispin
 
"Catastrophe Baker In The Hall Of The Neptunian Kings" by Mike Resnick
 
"Ever Dark" by T.M.Hunter
 
"Nor To The Strong" by Michael Merriam
 
"Space Opera" by Peter J. Wacks
 
"The Heiress Of Air" by Allen M. Steele
 
"Saint Orick" by David Farland
 
"The Legend Of Rae Raygun" by Kaolin Fire

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Christian Fiction! - Christian Fiction Books - Christian Fiction Authors

This is the place for Christian fiction! Here you can find new Christian fiction books, get news from your favorite Christian fiction authors, and discuss what Christian fiction you're reading.

Why read anything else when you can read quality Christian fiction books from some of the most talented Christian fiction authors around? Christian fiction is good for the heart, good for the mind, and just plain good entertainment.

So check out the discussion below and join in! Christian authors, let us hear what you're doing and post links to your site and books so we can follow you.

Happy reading - and writing - all that awesome Christian fiction!

Friday, April 13, 2012

"The Worker Prince" by Bryan Thomas Schmidt Book Review



















Genre: Christian Science Fiction
Recommendation: Average

Originality – 2/5
Writing Style – 5/5
Plot – 5/5
Characters – 3/5

Aesthetics – 5/5

A really good story…because it’s been told before.

The best way I can describe this book is that it’s Moses meets Star Wars, minus the plagues and the lightsabers.

Prince Davi was born to a slave family, was ordered to be executed, had to be sent away as a baby, and was adopted by the Princess of the Empire, etc. Battle eventually ensues. Now, some people might really get into this idea of a Space-Age Moses. For me, it was too predictable. I like it when an author can keep me guessing, and the themes in The Worker Prince are just too recognizable for that.

I really like the foot-soldier baddie, Bordox, and the political arrogance of the main villain, Xalivar. Unfortunately, we’re not given enough characterization on these two to really understand what their problem is. Why are they being so antagonistic and uncompromising? (Note: There is a short companion story available detailing the history between Bordox and Davi, entitled Rivalry on a Sky Course.)

Perhaps the best part of the book is the relationships that Prince Davi has with his friends and new romantic interest. The dialogue and interplay between these characters displays genuine depth and humor.

Overall, The Worker Prince isn’t a bad read if you don’t mind knowing where you’re going ahead of time, but isn’t quite my can of root beer.

The Worker Prince is available from Amazon.com.

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Read a FREE novel from reviewer Steve Wilson!



Aliens. Vigilante Ninjas. Mad scientists. Hard-nosed detectives. Super-heroes.

God.



An alien ship has crash-landed on Earth, setting off a new wave of drug addiction and world war in its wake, while the sole survivor of the wreckage vows revenge against the god-like authorities of his home planet. At the same time, the new president of the GenRes Company is obsessed with living up to his father’s medical success and has just discovered how to transform normal children into Genetically Altered super-humans. Who will control these children? The scientist, the alien, and a couple of ambitious criminals are all eager to keep them for their own use. But Someone else has entirely different plans for them. Follow as each development merges together and a new breed of adolescent superheroes rises to the forefront in book one of The Gifted: In the Beginning.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

"Blood and Brine: Book 3 of the Ascendancy Trilogy" by Caprice Hokstad Book Review


Genre: Fantasy
Recommendation: Excellent

Originality – 5/5
Writing Style – 5/5
Plot – 5/5
Characters – 5/5
Aesthetics – 4/5

The perfect ending to the perfect trilogy!

Caprice Hokstad wraps up her Ascendancy Trilogy masterfully. There’s war, plague, creative military tactics, Joseph-style economics, a mass murder mystery, assassins, betrayal, and the divinely-inspired birth of modern medicine, all of which will keep on the edge of your seat and wanting more.

kee, Timna, Duke Vahn, Captian Shil, Lord Blackthorn, Pharn Patkus, and King Arx all feature grandly in this final volume. With some new roles and some new revelations, you won’t want to miss what happens to each of them, or to the Kingdom of Latoph.

Of course, the question is, Will the Duke finally get the crown? Well, I won’t give it away, but I will say that I think you’ll be very pleased with the ending.

With the end of the Ascendancy Trilogy, we can only hope that Caprice will be spinning us a new tale shortly, but if you need more Hokstad in the meantime, you can check out her fan-fiction at http://underseaadventure.net/ .

Congrats, Caprice, on this amazing debut series!

Blood and Brine is available from Splashdown Books

Visit Caprice’s website!


Read a FREE novel from reviewer Steve Wilson!

Aliens. Vigilante Ninjas. Mad scientists. Hard-nosed detectives. Super-heroes.

God.


An alien ship has crash-landed on Earth, setting off a new wave of drug addiction and world war in its wake, while the sole survivor of the wreckage vows revenge against the god-like authorities of his home planet. At the same time, the new president of the GenRes Company is obsessed with living up to his father’s medical success and has just discovered how to transform normal children into Genetically Altered super-humans. Who will control these children? The scientist, the alien, and a couple of ambitious criminals are all eager to keep them for their own use. But Someone else has entirely different plans for them. Follow as each development merges together and a new breed of adolescent superheroes rises to the forefront in book one of The Gifted: In the Beginning.

Read it free or order your copy at