Friday, June 7, 2013

Friday Fun~ Book Review-


Today is my baby girl's birthday! Happy Birthday, Jenn! You've come a long way in 27 years. Momma is proud of you! Yeah I know too many exclamation points.

I'm really getting slack with this blog. At least in the past couple months, not that my readers would notice. Yes, it would appear that I'm writing it everyday, almost, but in reality I'm not. The beauty of the Scheduler here allows me to pre-write my blogs. Since the beginning of the year I wrote my blogs a month in advance. But today's blog was written a week in advance. I'm looking at my blog posts under scheduled and it's four or five versus ten to twenty. I am slacking off with pain and life issues.

 I read this book fast because I was the lucky winner of it in Shut Up and Read's section in GoodReads. I really got to stop signing up for those so I have time to read my ever expanding TBR pile and maybe do some writing. Yep the Lasix and Botox are working well again so it's time to get writing again. Yeeeeaaaah! Although I have enjoyed my time reading and not writing, I am a writer first despite my love of reading.

But enough about me... It Friday Fun time! Today I've got a book review for you.

 There Comes a Prophet
by David Litwack
  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Double Dragon Publishing; Large type edition edition (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1771150149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1771150149
  • Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy/YA

The Blurb

Who among us will cast aside a comfortable existence and risk death to follow a dream?

A world kept peaceful for a thousand years by the magic of the ruling vicars. But a threat lurks from a violent past. Wizards from the darkness have hidden their sorcery in a place called the keep, and left a trail of clues that have never been solved.

Nathaniel has grown up longing for more, but unwilling to challenge the vicars. Until his friend Thomas is taken for a teaching, the mysterious coming-of-age ritual. Thomas returns but with his dreams ripped away. When Orah is taken next, Nathaniel tries to rescue her and ends up in the prisons of Temple City. There he meets the first keeper of the ancient clues. But when he seeks the keep, what he finds is not magic at all.

If he reveals the truth, the words of the book of light might come to pass:

"If there comes among you a prophet saying 'Let us return to the darkness,' you shall stone him, because he has sought to thrust you away from the light."


The Author - David Litwack

The urge to write first struck when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine. It may have been the night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by northern lights rippling after dark. Or maybe it was the newsletter's editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean. But he was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic.

Using two fingers and lots of white-out, he religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into his twenties. Then life intervened. He paused to raise two sons and pursue a career, in the process becoming a well-known entrepreneur in the software industry, founding several successful companies. When he found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned.

There Comes a Prophet is his first novel in this new stage of life.

David and his wife split their time between Cape Cod, Florida and anywhere else that catches their fancy. He no longer limits himself to five pages a day and is thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor.

My Impressions
David weaves each of the three main characters into living beings by vivid imagery and the challenges these three face.

Entertaining and well thought out. As an author I can appreciate how he's meticulously plotted the story from beginning to end. As a reader it's a whirlwind adventure story.

As dystopian fiction goes there are readily recognized items of the past civilization ( our present time, ie road pavement) for the reader to see and know. It's a story of friendship, a quest of knowledge and truth, and ultimately courage. It begs to ask is the ruling party right in hiding the past by banning all technology. In brainwashing discontents, is that truly the answer to keeping power or suppressing the truth?

A nonstop, philosophical, thrill ride.

My recommendation
 A must read to appreciate the author's talent and the story itself.

Get it and follow info
Kindle
paperback
David's website
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Have a great weekend.

8 comments:

Zan Marie said...

This one sounds interesting, Jo!

Jeremy [Retro-Z] said...

HB2-JENN!

This book sounds interesting... the title grabs me and that for me is a start.

Dana said...

Happy birthday to your daughter! The book sounds really interesting. Thanks!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi JL - happy birthday to your daughter .. and I hope you can all have a lovely weekend .. and that the pain doesn't get to you too much ..

Cheers Hilary

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sounds like something I'd enjoy.
Happy birthday to your daughter!

Lara Lacombe said...

Sounds good!

Happy birthday to your daughter!

Gina Gao said...

This sounds really great! Happy birthday to your daughter.

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J.L. Murphey said...

Jenn said thank you all for her birthday good wishes.

The book was a fast read (read it in days) that I didn't want to put down.