I went out on a personal limb when I joined the Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour group. I knew the books offered would be a far cry from my typical historical fiction and cozy “Mitford”-type reads. However, I was up for the challenge. I have enjoyed the stretching and growth I’ve experienced from the various books sent to me by the blogger programs I’ve joined. I was fairly sure that Christian science fiction and fantasy would be no exception. I was right.
The Resurrection by Mike Duran is an adult supernatural thriller that had me reading on the edge of my seat, holding my breath, begging for characters to be safe, and pondering spiritual matters that I had not considered seriously for years. What a ride!
Here’s the synopsis:
When Ruby Case, an unassuming crippled woman, inexplicably raises a boy from the dead, she creates uproar in the quiet coastal town of Stonetree. Some brand her a witch, others a miracle worker. Yet Reverend Ian Clark could care less. Dogged by demons and immersed in self-pity, Clark is being unwittingly drawn into a secret religious order–one that threatens his very life. But he’s about to get a wake-up call.
Together, Ruby and Reverend Clark are thrust into a search for answers… and a collision with unspeakable darkness. For behind the quaint tourist shops and artist colonies lies a history of deceit. And a presence more malignant than anything they can imagine. Yet a battle is brewing, the resurrection is the first volley, and the unlikely duo are the only ones who can save them. But can they overcome their own brokenness in time to stop the evil, or will they be its next victim?
Growing up in a Pentecostal church, I became sensitive to the spiritual realm as an early teen. I had many experiences that I would not like to re-live. I did not have any trouble understanding the premise that certain shops in a town bring with them certain spirits that are not of God. This concept is far from fiction. We recently lived in a small ‘hippie’ town with a few shops that we did not enter more than once – the spiritual warfare from the door was more than enough! Two bookstores catered to the large Wiccan population from the surrounding areas…
Mike Duran includes an afterword that discusses the whole ‘are all ghosts demons?’ question that I would like to bring forward on day three of this review so stay tuned!
Tomorrow I will have my full review. While you are waiting, check out what others are saying about The Resurrection.
Author’s website: http://mikeduran.com/
I received this book free from Strang Publishers and Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.