Thrilling: "Coldwater" by Samuel Parker

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about the book....

The vigilantes behind him are nothing compared to the enemy within.

Having forfeited his youth to the state prison system, Michael moved back to the still vacant house of his parents in a town with one stoplight. A town that hated him. Had always hated him. And was ready to pick up where the prison system had left off.

Now he's on the run from men who've tried to kill him once; but Michael is more than an ex-con. A powerful, sinister force skulks within him, threatening and destructive. What--and who--it will destroy next is the only real question.

From the bold voice that brought readers down Purgatory Road comes a new pulse-pounding, spine-rattling tale of vengeance and justice.

my review....

Offering up another unique addition to the world of Christian fiction, Samuel Parker has crafted a thrilling, brilliantly written novel that plumbs the depths of human evil. From the first opening scenes to the unexpected conclusion, "Coldwater" held me in its grip and did not let go for a moment. The novel simply races along with short, action-packed chapters that breathe with supernatural tension that made me want to start sleeping with the lights on! The author carefully unpacks the complex plot chapter by chapter, and he has created one of those characters in Michael that you both feel sorry for and are shocked by at the same time.

I was intrigued by the lack of any clear reference to God in this novel, as at first this made me question why it has been offered by a Christian based publisher. But then I considered the book of Esther from the Bible, which makes no reference to God at all and in so doing highlights how God is working behind the scenes, and causes you to consider God's presence all the more. In Coldwater, evil is clearly embodied in the actions of the characters and the chilling events that occur, while God's greater power is displayed in the choices for good that characters make and the power of forgiveness. My hope is that people who don't yet know Jesus will read this book and then be drawn to the Bible to consider Him who has power over evil, Jesus. I, for one, am left with much food for thought in regards to justice versus vengeance, and for the way that sin can be so insidious that we can think we are on the side of righteousness when we are not fighting for good at all. Parker has done an amazing job at crafting a truly suspenseful novel that will have me thinking over its message for days to come.

Supernatural suspense doesn't get better for this, and while this type of novel may not appeal to all, I encourage you to give it a try. I loved it and rate it as 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

about the author....

Samuel Parker
Samuel Parker is the author of Purgatory Road. Born in the Michigan boondocks, he was raised on a never-ending road trip through the US. Besides writing, he is a process junkie and the ex-guitarist for several metal bands you've never heard of. He lives in West Michigan with his wife and twin sons.

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