Fast moving, suspenseful novel: The Occupied (A Trevor Black Novel) by Craig Parshall
about the book...
As a youth, Trevor Black unleashed spiritual forces he couldn’t comprehend. Years later, Trevor is a high-flying criminal defense lawyer in New York City, with a six-figure Aston Martin and a trophy wife. But in an extraordinary turn of events, he receives a burdensome gift: the ability to perceive the invisible. And the dark forces he now sees are all gunning for him.
When one of Trevor’s hometown friends is murdered, the MO is eerily similar to a shocking trail of murders that have already crossed the lawyer’s path. So Trevor must return home to find the killer. . . and face not only his own personal demons, but supernatural ones as well.
my review...The latest novel from Craig Parshall is a fast-moving, suspenseful novel that will keep you churning through the pages as fast as you can read! The scenes are filled with action and suspense as Trevor encounters forces of spiritual darkness that he can scarcely comprehend. I quite enjoyed the unique plot that underlines this story, as God chooses to use Trevor in a special way to combat the forces of darkness. Depending on your beliefs about angels and demons and the realms unseen, you may need to suspend your disbelief at a couple of scenes, but they will surely have you thinking! I did wonder at a couple of scenes where Trevor gets out of some perilous situations in a manner that seems a bit reliant on an outside source coming to the rescue. I may have appreciated more of a showdown between Trevor and evil beings in some scenes where he is relying on Jesus power to stop them in their tracks. But perhaps the author is trying to show that we all have to start our journey somewhere in our battle "not against flesh and blood" but against the evil one. As such, Trevor is not going to start off as a spiritual rock star, but will lack confidence and understanding and need to rely on God and his provision all the more. There is a lesson in that for all of us.
I am truly intrigued to think about where this series will be going next in a future Trevor Black novel, for The Occupied is a fine start indeed! Not only will it leave you entertained, but it will have you scouring God's word to see if what you are reading is even possible. Anything that draws you to the Bible can only be a good thing! I award this novel 4 out of 5 stars.
An egalley has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Tyndale, for the purposes of this unbiased review.
about the author...
As a New York Times Best Selling fiction writer, Craig Parshall has authored or co-authored 11 suspense novels. His novels have been translated into multiple languages and have drawn high praise from the likes of veteran Hollywood filmmakers and producers Ken Wales and Phil Cooke, Publishers Weekly, and on his military thrillers, stellar marks from Lt. Col. Robert "Buzz" Patterson, USAF (retired) who carried the "nuclear football" for the President of the United States. In addition to his work as a novelist and magazine columnist, Craig is a constitutional lawyer and Washington insider who serves as Special Counsel to the American Center for Law & Justice. Craig has testified multiple times on civil liberty issues before committees of both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives and before the Federal Communications Commission regarding the future of American media, and has represented clients before the U.S. Supreme Court. He speaks across the nation on issues of free speech and religious liberty, faith, culture & creativity, and law, and was the founding director of a groundbreaking effort to develop a First Amendment paradigm for Internet-based social media and communication platforms. Craig is married to nationally syndicated radio talk-show host Janet Parshall.
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