It's hard to describe this novel. Spiritual warfare on steroids might be appropriate. It is not for the weak of heart yet Christians could certainly benefit from reading it. Webb highlights the reality of spiritual warfare and how evil spiritual beings might have been active for centuries.
The story got off to a rough start for me with a prologue event and then a plunge into current time. It took me a while to figure out what was going on. When I did, I was hooked. Kate is a troubled heroine being pursued by God and an ancient evil spirit. She is an unusual FBI profiler with the special gift of being able to make connections between seemingly unrelated facts. Chris is a police detective who comes alongside Kate. He seems to be a knowledgeable Christian yet also seemed to be ignorant of what a Christian can do and the authority one has when confronted with evil beings.
There is a ton of interesting information in this novel. Readers will learn about antique cars, histories of communities, facts about serial killers, and more. Most of the information fit well within the context of background revelation. Webb did a good job with the setting, grounding locations with good descriptions. Webb's narrative style is fascinating and kept me engaged in the story that flowed well.
Some of the content of this novel may surprise regular readers of Christian fiction. You'll meet shape shifting beings, skinwalkers, ghost hunters, the demon possessed and a slew of spiritual beings, good and evil. There is an exploration of spiritual legends from a number of religions, stories and experiences that may contain elements of spiritual reality. Traditional Christians may find their understanding of Christian spiritual experiences stretched a bit. I've not seen a novel challenge my Christian thoughts about the reality of the spiritual realm since the ground breaking books by Frank Peretti decades ago.
I recommend this book to Christians. It may well unsettle your life as you are faced with the exploration of the possible actions of evil spiritual beings in the past and today. Webb leaves readers hanging as the spiritual issue is not resolved at the end of this novel. I'm impatiently waiting for the sequel.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Michael Jack Webb has a BA in History from the University of Florida and obtained his J.D. from the same university. Then he went into the business world, where he has been ever since. Webb is an eclectic reader, exploring topics like quantum physics, forbidden history, angels and demons, paleontology and archaeology, science fiction, and fantasy. He has traveled extensively, often setting his novels in places he's been. He and his wife live in North Carolina. You can find out more at https://www.michaeljackwebb.com/.
Michael Jack Webb Books, 382 pages.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the author through NetGalley. My comments are an independent and honest review.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)