Title: A Brush with the Beast
Author: Richard Sones
Publisher: Richard Sones
“God always takes care of his people, even in the middle of persecution,” Sarah is told in Richard Sones’s novel, A Brush with the Beast.
~ What ~
At two-hundred-and-ninety-two pages, this paperback is a story about good versus evil between God and the Devil through three main characters who are living during the end times. With profanity, taking the Lord’s name in vain, alcoholism, drug abuse, pagan worship, and other adult situations, it may not be appropriate for immature readers.
This tale involves business mogul, Nick Gooseberry, and his chronic pain that disappears when he agrees to be part of the Order, a demonic sect that controls the world, its politics, and its religions. While a young Muslim man takes his vengeance out on destroying America, a female methadone addict is set up and chosen to be one of several who help promote the Antichrist’s coming to power. Mentioning the mystical, microchipping, loss of constitutional rights, and the Queen of Heaven, it gives the author’s viewpoint of the future Tribulation.
~ Why ~
Those who are fascinated with the end times and how Christians will be punished and tortured while the Antichrist takes over the world may like this read. Readers will root for the protagonist who realizes God is always in control as she finds comfort quoting and reading Scripture. Others may be interested in the international expanse of terrorism and hatred toward Christ, yet they know the final blessed outcome of our Savior as King.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have or want a personable relationship with Jesus Christ may avoid this book. Some, like me, may be disturbed by the profane and occult content. Others who know prophecy in the Bible will find the book anticlimactic as the ending is open-ended, with little closure. I found the writing to be scattered with too many stereotypical characters and unexplained loose ends. The plan of salvation is given, but there is little mention of Christ dying on the cross and shedding His blood for our sins and the rapture of the church (I am a pre-trib believer; the writer may not be).
~ Wish ~
There were many grammar, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling errors; the book should be professionally edited. I prefer all pronouns of God capitalized for reverence.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a fast-paced story of one author’s viewpoint of the coming Tribulation, this may be a quick read, but I cannot recommend it mainly due to the profanity.
Rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Thanks to the author for this book that I am reviewing freely.
GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.