Tuesday, April 19, 2011

CSFF Blog Tour - The Strange Man - Day Two

For the second day of this tour, I am posting my review of the new edition, published by Realms. Enjoy!

The Strange Man, Greg Mitchell, The Coming Evil - book one, Realms, Suspense, 2011, 292 pages.

Synopsis: Dras Weldon lives in a world of horror movies and comic books. Twenty-two and unemployed, he is content to hide in the shadow of adolescence with a faith that he professes but rarely puts into action. 

But when a demonic stranger arrives and begins threatening his friends, Dras is drawn into a battle that forces him to choose which side he is on. In a race against the clock, he must not only fight these evil forces but also somehow convince his best friend, Rosalyn, to join him--before she is lost forever.

Engaging and darkly humorous, The Strange Man is the first act of a trilogy that depicts a world where monsters are real and simple men and women must overcome their doubts and fears in order to stand against the unspeakable creatures of the night.

My thoughts: For the second time reading this book, I noticed many great scenes that were added, and a lot of description. Mr. Mitchell is wondrous when it comes to showing rather than telling! The characters were well portrayed, despite needing a little more of Josalyn. *SPOILER ALERT* The character shift in Dras was realistic, in the way that Christ can change a person so suddenly, like Paul, for instance. *SPOILER ALERT*

Now for the horror part. I was reading it until I finished at 12:45 a.m. The suspense is nail biting, and you can’t help but read further. Very frequently I imagined it so vividly that I thought I was hearing scratching at my window.

Though there is quite a bit of gore, there are no inappropriate scenes or references. The book is very good in that regard. Realms chose well in publishing this book.

My rating:
5 stars

Upcoming reviews:
  • Swords of the Six by Scott Appleton
  • I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris
  • And The Beat Goes On by Tracy Krauss
Participating bloggers:
Red Bissell
Kathy Brasby
Grace Bridges
Beckie Burnham
CSFF Blog Tour
Amber French
Tori Greene
Katie Hart
Bruce Hennigan
Timothy Hicks
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Inae Kyo
Emily LaVigne
Shannon McDermott
Matt Mikalatos
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Gavin Patchett
Andrea Schultz
Kathleen Smith
Donna Swanson
Jessica Thomas
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Dona Watson
Phyllis Wheeler

Check out Mr. Mitchell's blog!
Buy The Strange Man
Check out more Christian suspense/thrillers.

1 comment:

  1. Hmm, well, considering that I was scared silly when reading This Present Darkness by Frank What's-his-name, I probably won't be reading this book, despite the catchy title. ;)

    Good job on the review though! God bless and happy Easter!