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The Light of Reason: The Seekers (Book 3)
By: David Litwack
Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC
Publication Date: November 2016
Reviewed by: Amy Lignor
Review Date: January 9, 2018
What began in the spectacular book, The Children of Darkness, and then continued in the equally-spectacular, The Stuff of Stars, now concludes with this, The Light of Reason. Let us just begin with the fact that this author has most definitely created a memorable ending for this great series that speaks to readers. In fact, this is one of those rare series that do the genres of Science Fiction, Dystopian Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic, and even Religious Fiction, proud.
First, a quick recap: This journey stars childhood friends, Orah and Nathaniel—two kids who grew up in the very small village of Little Pond. Like most who are born in areas that are limited when it comes to things to do, Orah and Nathaniel always wanted to see the world and experience life outside the borders of their town.
Little Pond was not always considered a “nice area.” In fact, a thousand years ago the “Darkness” came upon the village; a world ruled by fear and violence commenced, where technology brought about evil. It was the vicars of the Temple of Light who introduced peace and kept it for centuries by utilizing what they called “temple magic.” When Thomas—Orah and Nathaniel’s pal—returned from the Temple after his teaching, he was a depressed, broken young man. And when Orah received her summons to go to said temple to receive her instruction, Nathaniel rushed to save her from becoming just as broken.
This journey went into the prisons of Temple City, and allowed readers to join Orah and Nathaniel’s escape as they kept one step ahead of lies and secrets in order to find the forbidden keep. Now, concluding their story, this couple has finally accomplished what they sought out to do...and so much more. They are now on a ship headed home in order to bring about a better, kinder life for the people of Little Pond. They have missed their family and friends terribly, and can’t wait to see their village once again. They are also no longer just friends: Orah and Nathaniel return to Little Pond as husband and wife.
The ship they travel aboard was designed by the dreamers, some of which have accompanied them home. The first glimpse of their past comes in the form of a bright light cutting through the fog; a light that blazes from the top of a wooden tower on the seashore that had never been there before. Nathaniel’s father is waiting for their arrival. But instead of being the vibrant man they once knew, he is now a weary soul who looks as if death is only a short distance away. The reason for this comes with a tale that includes the disappearance of a loved one, and a mighty, evil grand vicar (AKA: The Usurper) who has literally strived for power and has been crushing anyone and anything that gets in his way or attempts to usurp his reign.
Orah and Nathaniel planned for a fabulous homecoming, where their newly acquired wisdom, combined with a “special treasure” they have brought with them, would usher in a new age for Little Pond. Unfortunately, a horrific battle lay in front of them instead. The seekers are about to become leaders of an army that will have to fight evil in order to see the days of enlightenment begin.
In a nutshell: Start with Book 1 and immerse yourself in these incredible seekers, dreamers, keepmasters, and more. You will be completely pleased with this author’s incredible writing, the flow of the dialogue, and will ultimately fall in love with two young people who grew up to be incredible adults.
Quill says: Make room on your bookshelves because this is definitely a trilogy you will want to read again and again.
For more information on The Light of Reason: The Seekers (Book 3), please visit the author's website at: www.davidlitwack.com
His Grandfather’s House
By: Ron Fritsch
Publisher: Asymmetric Worlds
Publication Date: November 2017
Reviewed By: Kristi Benedict
Review Date: January 6, 2018
One of the few consistent parent figures in Kurt Reinhart’s life was his grandfather Henry Reinhart. Kurt’s actual parents were Johnny Reinhart and Lorelei Juergen, who married quickly at eighteen years old in a shotgun wedding at the Justice of the Peace. Five months later Kurt was born and then his father Johnny quickly enlisted and went to fight in World War II. During those times Lorelei became more and more distant from her son, and when Johnny returned from the war she quickly ran off with a gentleman friend from California. The trauma from the war and then the betrayal of his wife was too much for Johnny to handle, and he took his own life just after his son, Kurt, had turned four.
Now, with both parents gone, Henry takes it upon himself to raise his grandson and teach him all about running the farm. Kurt is eager to learn and takes pride in doing everything his grandfather teaches him, and he even decides against doing sports to make sure he is there to help his grandfather on the farm. However, there have always been accusations surrounding Henry Reinhart that suggest he only acquired the land he has by committing murder. The rumors all started when Henry’s brother Conrad was found drowned in a creek when they were children. Henry was the only one who saw what happened, and even though there was no hard evidence against him, the entire town instantly assumed that Henry killed his brother in order to obtain their father’s farm.
These accusations never made any sense to Kurt, because the man he saw and had come to love was not a murderer. Sure, he was a tough businessman who worked toward his goals, but Kurt never believed he would have actually killed someone, especially his own brother. As Kurt grew up he wanted to know the truth about his grandfather, so he would inquire with other members of the family and friends of his grandfather, trying to get to the bottom of these accusations. For, the man who had raised Kurt from childhood couldn’t be a cold-blooded killer, could he?
The plot of this book is quite intriguing as it is filled with secrets, small town gossip, and also a little action. The new developments that emerged as Kurt began to learn more and more about his grandfather’s past was exciting, but I did find this book a little hard to follow at times. It is not written in the first person from Kurt or Henry's point of view, but rather it's told by several of the characters. All the different "voices" and points of view often made the story confusing. There are numerous times where the author writes about something that happened in the past, and at those times I found that I had to stop and figure out what was happening in the story. Still, the plot was absorbing and I found myself eager to discover the truth about Henry Reinhart.
Quill says: While the writing style holds the characters back a bit, His Grandfather's House has an interesting plot that will keep you wondering what really did happen all those years ago.
By: C. Read
Publisher: True Light Publications
Publication Date: June 2015
Reviewed by: Amy Lignor
Review Date: January 5, 2018
In the world we live in today, it is not that difficult to come across a news story that is pure evil. What is amazingly difficult, however – as well as frightening – is the fact that because of so many horrific events, people are hardly batting an eyelash when the next one hits the headlines. It is rare to find that glimmer of hope...a story that, although wrapped in horror relates how a person walked through darkness in order to see the light through the power of her faith in God.
Not unlike the Branch Davidians who suffered death and destruction by following the teachings of a demon by the name of David Koresh (who, unfortunately will live in all of our memories for a good, long time to come), this woman discovered her faith only to find herself immersed in a Bible study group that was all about lies. A collection of people who most definitely fell under the definition of “cult” and not an actual loving group.
C. Read is not a flighty woman, by the way. We are talking about a member of the United States Marine Corp. who found her way and committed her life to the Lord in the fall of 1979. A Marine, whom she had never met, came up to this woman, handed her a Bible and walked away. This was the moment in time when C. Read began studying Jesus and walking down a path that had everything to do with living a life based on faith. For three years Read was a part of a Bible study group with members and “leaders” who she had grown to love and respect. When lies were uncovered, however, and the truth was revealed about evil things these people were doing and saying, that respect and trust was lost.
In this book, readers are given her testimony. She explains various meetings and offers up a variety of letters that went back and forth between her and the leaders/members of the group, as well as letters that her husband penned when it came to his outlook of what was going on. She shows how Bill and his ministry strived to get her back within the confines of the group, and how much they wanted to get her back under their control so she would not release the truth about them and their teachings to the rest of the world. She offers up many experiences; she also includes a section of End Notes that give extra information on the events she talks about, as well as the scripture she quotes.
Readers will note that this testimony – the unveiling of secrets, etc. – takes a while to be told. For approximately the first 100 pages of this book, the reader is given many of the letters to read that do not exactly get into the facts. Instead, these are letters stating who was right and who was wrong, and why. There are also apologies by the author to friends and family, as well as a great deal of scripture references before getting to the exact details of what occurred.
In the end, this is all about one woman’s enlightenment, and she does a good job of bringing hope and restoring faith to readers who perhaps have misplaced theirs along the way. Whether you are a believer or a critic, C. Read’s testimony is something you should “listen to.”
Quill says: This author should be commended for bringing her struggle to light in order to make others aware of the evil that is still, unfortunately, operating among us.