In A Brush With The Beast the world as we know it is about to end. Three people will find their lives turned upside down as the Beast prepares the world for the final fight between good and evil. Nick Gooseberry, ultra rich and in indescribable pain, finds a group called “The Order” has the answers to his health problems. As he descends into evil, the world’s sent into chaos. Fanak’s, a bitter youth, filled with hatred for Israel and America becomes the ultimate terrorist. Sarah Johnson, poor and unattractive with a drug habit, finds herself framed by her boss. While in jail she meets a Christian and develops a thirst for the Bible and God. Survival in the coming world will be hard, and when the Beast finds she’s pregnant, she and her child are in jeopardy. A new world’s coming and survival of body and soul are at stake. My book reviews of A Brush With The Beast follows.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
Richard Sones gives the reader views from three people, each important in the coming battle. Nick’s character’s the ultimate rich man; concerned only with himself, money, and power, power, power. Fanak’s filled with evil, a need for vengeance, religious extremism, and hatred for the Great Satan. Sarah’s a lost soul who finds salvation in Jesus.
Although interweaving three characters’ stories into a single plot, Sones scenes transition smoothly and his writing flows well. The story-line flows naturally and fluidly as Sones takes the reader into a chaotic world ushering in the Antichrist. Using Bible scripture, Sones highlights the salvation plan and the coming events. Whether you are religious, believe in the “end of days” or are a non-believer, this book will grab you and not let go. From each character’s backstory, pagan rituals, the Mark of Beast, the Tribulation, and world domination, I found myself glued to my E-reader.
Father Niccolo Paladina arrives in Everett to investigate a report of demon possession. Quickly Paladina realizes something’s not right in Everett. Although he can not put his finger on the problem, he feels the strangeness in every cell of his body.
As strange things begin to happen an old enemy shows up; Paladina realizes things are spiraling out of control. He’s in for the surprise of a lifetime as he discovers demons exist; not as part of his imagination, but in the real world. His horror increases as he finds the citizens of Everett are in serious trouble. My book reviews of The Everett Exorcism follows.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
Where do I start with this review? I am not sure I can do the book justice; however, I will attempt to peak your interest in this captivating book. Lincoln Cole hooked me in the chilling prologue and held me in the palm of his hand through the rest of the book. As I read The Everett Exorcism, I found my heart pounding and chills on my arms. What an intriguing, scary read!
Father Niccolo Paladina, Father Jackson Reynolds, and demon Hunter Arthur Vangeest bring realism to this tale of demons, God, and the Catholic Church. I loved watching the characters grow and mature as Cole fully developed their style and personality. Cole included an array of secondary characters which brought depth to the storyline. As a result, The Everett Exorcism‘s an intense, action-packeddrama of the age-old battle between good and evil. With elements of the paranormal, horror, religion, greed, and power, Cole crafted an intriguing emotional tale; including an Exorcist who does not believe in demons brought originality and realism to the story.
Father Paladina’s education readied him for a successful career as an Exorcist. He had all he needed except the belief in the existence of demons. How could he exorcise something, he did not believe existed. As a Man of God, Paladina had several characteristics which were not priestly; including his hatred of Arthur. His character’s believable with all the human traits, frailties, insecurities, and emotions felt by the rest of the world.
Although Arthur appears as an antagonist in the first half of the book, the reader sees a different Arthur in the last half. As Cole unfolded Arthur’s story, the reader finds a man filled with pain, regret, and determination. Paladina’s attitude changed as he came to see Arthur in a new light; he became a true believer in evil and demons. The reader will find Father Jackson Reynolds has a hidden talent; which will make him very valuable to the coming battle.
Lincoln Cole skillfully developed the antagonist of The Everett Exorcism; filling him with greed and the desire for more and more power. Cole placed him in a seat of religious authority where he uses his power and influence for evil. He’s the great pretender who appears pious.
I found The Everett Exorcism fast-paced and well-written. The characters are well-developed, full-bodied, realistic and believable. Cole created an intense drama with an original, refreshing storyline. He created an action-packed finale filled with demons and terror as they battle for the souls in small town Everett. Although part of a series, TheEverett Exorcism‘s a standalone read. Cole gives the reader enough background to bring you up-to-date. I would not hesitate to buy this book for myself or a friend. I look forward to the next book in this series.