Authors: Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky
Publisher: Bethany House
“We’ve been given special gifts, and I know there’s a powerful reason for those gifts, just like I know there’s a reason we’ve been brought together,” Tank tells the team in Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky’s novel, Invitation.
~ What ~
At three-hundred-and-forty-five pages, this paperback targets those who enjoy supernatural suspense with Christian overtones. Including one slang word, topics of psychics, drug use, abuse, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers.
Cycle one in the Harbinger series, the book is divided into four tales, each by a different writer, with all written in first person by one of four characters contained in each story. With the first one focusing on a tattoo artist who draws visions that come true when the four meet and deal with a graduating teen at a psychic institute and a little boy, the second tale involves a movable house that challenges a prior priest who is now an atheistic professor. The next story has the professor’s quirky overly-fixated-on-numbers assistant pondering why fish and birds have died with their eyes gouged out, and the last tale finds an ex-football college student wanting to protect a shrinking girl from another world. As the four work together in each of their bizarre circumstances, they learn they have been brought together for a special reason.
~ Why ~
With four phenomenal authors blending each of their diverse characters into one story, the good versus evil theme shows the grace and love of God. The reading is engaging while writing in first person from each character, explaining the different aspects of the others involved. I like how each tale could be a stand-alone yet linked together as if a television series.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like mystic, supernatural books may skip this read. With four individual stories, the book may confuse some readers who take a while to process one story, possibly forgetting what has happened previously. Some may be frustrated with an ending that taunts the reader to want to know what comes next in the group’s lives.
~ Who ~
All four authors are best sellers: Myers has sold over 8 million books in several genres; Peretti has sold 10 million copies that mostly involve the future; Hunt’s sales are over 5 million copies of 100 books mainly targeting women, and Gansky has written 2o novels.
~ Wish ~
Being a book that is different than most due to the four authors, writing more of them would be interesting if done in the same format. The ending was anti-climatic for me.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a page-turner about the supernatural by four of your favorite Christian authors, this quick read will make you yearn to find out what happens in the next book to the team of harbingers with special powers.
Thanks to Bethany House and the authors for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.
GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.