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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Guest review of The Watchers by Mark Andrew Olsen

Synopsis from B & N:

Just below the surface among the family of God lives another family tree—one traced in spirit, invisible and ageless, known as the Watchers. For two thousand years they've seen beyond the veil separating this world from the next, passing on their gift through a lineage mostly overlooked. Throughout history they've scouted the borders of the supernatural frontier, but now their survival hangs by a thread. And their fate lies in the hands of a young woman, her would-be killer, and a mystery they must solve....

"Congratulations. You just reached my own little corner of cyberspace.
Who am I?
Abby Sherman, that's who.
Who are you? And why are you checking me out?
Drop me a few pixels, and let's find out!"

With that innocent invitation, Abby Sherman unwittingly steps in the crosshairs of history, and thus begins her harrowing tale—taking her from ocean-front Malibu to the streets of London, the jungles in West Africa, the Temple Mount, Jerusalem, and to the very gates of heaven itself!
A sneak preview of eternity becomes her one-way ticket to danger—and discovery….

Two lives collide in a globe-circling adventure involving both peril and discovery: Abby, a young woman whose visions of heaven turn her into a Web-celebrity; and Dylan, a troubled young man sent by an ancient foe to silence her. From California beachfronts to Nigerian rain forests to Jerusalem and back again, The Watchers is high-octane blends of action, mystery, and spiritual battle spanning centuries.

A woman's awe-inspiring vision launches her on a quest through distant lands and ancient history, face-to-face with eternity and into the arms of a familyline on the brink of annihilation...

A man who is hired to exterminate her discovers the folly of blind loyalty, then learns how to wage war in a realm he never believed had existed...

An extraordinary saga of the unseen war against evil, the reality of the supernatural, and the transforming power of forgiveness.

Lynn Rush's Guest Review:

This book was outstanding. At first, I had trouble following everything with the spiritual lineage and then the multiple point of views, but once I caught on, I was along for the ride. And it was a supernatural, action-packed ride, indeed!

Mark Andrew Olsen really delves into the notion of forgiveness. Now, I can’t elaborate much without giving it all away, but it was amazing to see the growth of these characters. And during their development, they asked why, how, and all those questions we all ask during times of struggle, so they seemed real to me.

At times, yes, I was a little like, “Okay, let’s get to more of the action and get this mystery solved already.” But, for the most part, it had me turning page after page rather quickly to find out the ending. I’m looking forward to reading his next one—The Warrior.

* Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
* Pub. Date: April 2008

B & N Link: Buy The Watchers HERE

1 comment:

M. L. Archer said...

I liked your handling of the story and thought it a fair and honest review. Nice work!


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