Books that are intended to launch a series have pitfalls to avoid--you want enough closure to sleep at night, but you also need to want more as the series carries on. Into this, A.L. Shields (or Stephen L. Carter, I'm not sure why you would choose a pseudonym and immediately reveal it) drops a series about two secretive societies battling for the future of human souls.
The Church Builder races forward after one mysterious death, and keeps thundering through action sequences. The FBI gets involved in the life of struggling small-town lawyer Bethany, and closing in on both sides are secret societies The Garden and The Wilderness.
At times, it is just too much for one book. It is definitely laying a foundation for multiple follow-ups, with more information sure to develop on each of these. Further, there are some characters that get a quick introduction but not much afterwards.
Overall, the plot of The Church Builder was just short of too confusing. It was intricate and involving. Not a quick read, but a good one.
I find this one a good start to what promises to be an interesting series of books.
Oh--and it's got nothing to do with architecture or general contracting.
(I received a copy of this book from BookLook in exchange for the review.)
The occasional thoughts of an ordinary man serving an extraordinary God. Come with me as we learn, teach, and laugh along the way.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Book: The Church Builder by A. L. Shields
Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom)
Sermon Recap for June 4
Good evening! Running late this week with civic responsibilities...here's the sermon recap from Sunday, June 4th!
Part I-Monday PM, sermon due for 3/8, PM Service First step should go without saying, but it will be mentioned, because it can't go with...
So I still, from time to time, get books to review. It works like this: I get a free book and agree to review it. Then I beg for an extensio...
Here are the sermons for this past month...I know, it's been a month. :)
Post a Comment
To deal with SPAM comments, all comments are moderated. I'm typically willing to post contrary views...but I also only check the list once a day, so if you posted within the last 24 hours, I may not be to it yet.