Book Review #5

Hi everyone! Once again, I’m taking part in Bethany House’s Blogger Review Program. Once again it’s actually a compilation of four novellas, from four different authors, put into one book, rather like episodes of a TV series. Probing, the third book in the Harbinger Cycle, sporting big names in Christian fiction such as Bill Meyers, Angela Hunt, Frank Peretti, and Alton Gansky, continues the amazing storyline.

Here’s a blurb from their website:

As Evil Lurks Around Every Corner, This Misfit Team Must Work Together If Anyone Wants to Make It Out Alive. This is Harbingers.

The stakes are higher than ever as Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky return again to the universe of Harbingers for four more stories set in a world on the brink of destruction.

In Bill Myers’s “Leviathan,” the team heads to Hollywood for a taping of a new television pilot, Live or Die: The Ultimate Reality. When violence and chaos erupt, they must fight an insidious and multiplying madness before it spreads across the globe.

Frank Peretti’s “The Mind Pirates” centers on an earring with mysterious powers that just might hold the key to solving a murder. When two members of the team are kidnapped by seventeenth-century pirates, the team must overcome the ruthless scheming of an evil, hidden nemesis.

In “Hybrids” from Angela Hunt, the arrival of two mysterious black-eyed children and a baby’s disappearance are no coincidence. Instead of finding the rest they need, the four friends must stay on their guard as they search for answers–and for a missing child.

In “The Village” from Alton Gansky, a visit to a guarded and secretive North Carolina town becomes the most challenging mystery the team has ever faced as they must jump between universes to solve a problem they barely understand before the window between worlds closes forever.

I reviewed the first book in the series, Invitation, last time. I was still just as impressed by this one as I was by that one. It was wonderful, and because I’ve been busy over the last couple months I haven’t gotten to read as much as I would have liked. This book, however, was a fantastic read and I highly recommend it. It is set up in four short novellas precisely for people in our busy world who may not have time to read full books, but enjoy reading nonetheless. Or even if you don’t, this doesn’t feel like reading – you’re swept away in a current of story and before I knew it, several hours had passed.

I will say though, that without having read the other books, it doesn’t make as much sense – much as watching an episode in a TV show in the middle of a season doesn’t make much sense if you haven’t seen the rest. I would recommend reading the other books first, as you will understand much more of it if you do.

Each “episode” was different, from collective amplifying of bloodlust to travelling to a different world to mind-possessing earrings, this was an incredible book with something for everyone. While it may not have been as adventure-packed and thriller-type as the last two books, it is still incredible.

I really enjoyed the second “episode”, The Mind Pirates, because the lovable Andi, with whom I quite identify, gets taken over by a pirate’s brain and goes a little berserk. It’s quite funny.

There is a 4th installment, or cycle as they call it, but I really hope they put out another cycle, because I feel like the adventures of Tank, Andi, Daniel, Brenda and the professor are far from over.

Have you read anything of the sort, or any other books you enjoyed lately? Leave a comment and let me know 🙂 .

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