Darkness Rising, East Salem Trilogy Series #2
Supernatural Warfare - Remniscent of Peretti
The East Salem Trilogy is a great series (so far) with elements of mystery and supernatural embedded in an action-packed adventure. The books offer both a picture of evil and demons, but also the very real images of angels, who are part of the redemption story. Portions of the story bring to mind the Peretti novels This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness, in that there are towns that are experiencing a very definitive spiritual attack. However, the visions of Peretti and Wiehl differ and bring unique perspectives to similar concepts.
This particular book, which is the second in the series, focuses on a local private school in East Salem, New York, and how its benefactors and alum seem to be engaged in some nefarious activity Ã¢ÂÂ including murder. Demons are using the men who run the school to move forward with their agenda Ã¢ÂÂ and people who are either accidentally or purposefully engaged in thwarting that agenda are at risk and in danger. The main character of the series, Dani Harris is a forensic psychiatrist who is working with a few trusted people to understand the truth about the supernatural aspects, while at the same time working with the police to understand what is happening in the natural realm. The story is deep and engaging, and the spiritual warfare is powerful and realistic.
Lis Wiehl has a great ability to turn the amazing aspects of battles between good and evil into a very plausible real world story. I definitely enjoyed the first two books (I had to get the first one in the series myself once I realized this was part of a trilogy) and I cannot wait for the third. I want to see how everything falls together. Even though I know who wins, itÃ¢ÂÂs fun to speculate about the manner and means in which the actual war takes place.
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December 14, 2012
Great book about Good vs Evil
Darkness Rising is book two of the East Salem Trilogy written by Lis Wiehl with Pete Nelson. Dani Harris is a forensic psychiatrist and Tommy Gunderson is her "assistant" who is also a former football player and minor celebrity. They previously solved a murder that was committed by a student at St. AdrianÃ¢ÂÂs Academy (school for boys) and return to the school to find out what's really happening there. Dani and Tommy soon discover there are supernatural forces at work at the school and the forces start working to prevent them from finding out the truth.I really enjoyed reading this book and liked the main characters and the story. Don't feel that you need to read the first novel in the series before starting this one.The storyline stands on its own and a lot of the characters' backgrounds and what happened previously is covered in this book. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys reading a good vs evil story. Looking forward to reading book three! Thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers for the copy.
November 21, 2012
Mystery, Adventure, Danger, Romance Thriller
Lis Wiehl with Pete Nelson in their new book, Ã¢ÂÂDarkness RisingÃ¢ÂÂ Book Two in the East Salem series published by Thomas Nelson introduces us to the town of East Salem.
From the back cover: The evil in East Salem is no longer content to hide in the shadows. The stakesÃ¢ÂÂand the darknessÃ¢ÂÂare rising.
Dani Harris thought there wasnÃ¢ÂÂt much left that could surprise her after serving as a forensic psychiatrist in East Salem. And Tommy Gunderson has faced few challenges in his life that he couldnÃ¢ÂÂt overcome by either physical strength or his celebrity status.
But as they race to uncover whatÃ¢ÂÂs really happening behind the high walls of St. AdrianÃ¢ÂÂs Academy, it becomes clear that supernatural forces have been at work here for generations. And now those forces are intent on making sure Dani and Tommy donÃ¢ÂÂt interfere.
When the unseen becomes seen, faith is the only weapon strong enough to fight in a battle involving not just murder and betrayalÃ¢ÂÂbut angels and demons.
They just solved one mystery, now they have found there is an even bigger mystery. Just when they thought they could breathe Forensic psychiatrist Dani Harris and private investigator Tommy Gunderson find a new threat that is even more dangerous than what they just solved. For this one they need help and increase the team by two, both of their ex-fiancÃÂ©s. However, as the fore-some uncover the necessary evidence they need they also draw the attention of dark, unwanted forces against them. Ã¢ÂÂDarkness RisingÃ¢ÂÂ is a thriller, which simply means that everyone is in grave danger from, practically, the beginning. The authors give us a really complex mystery and sections of story that will chill you. Ã¢ÂÂDarkness RisingÃ¢ÂÂ is full of twists and turns, with a few red herrings thrown in just to cause confusion. Dani and Tommy are warm and likable and we get engaged in their lives. This is an exciting book, extremely well paced and suspenseful. I am enjoying this series and look forward to the conclusion.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade CommissionÃ¢ÂÂs 16 CFR, Part 255: Ã¢ÂÂGuides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.Ã¢ÂÂ
November 17, 2012
DARKNESS RISING is a thrilling sequel in the East Salem series. Having read the first book, WAKING HOURS, I have to admit I sort of held my breath as I approached DARKNESS RISING because the first book barely touched the supernatural elements, which was a smidge disappointing. But fears be quieted! This book had an awesome supernatural thread--and I'm still a bit embarrassed at how giddy I got at the appearance of Swiss Army knives. . .with attachments. I'll never look at a pocketknife the same way (you'll have to read it to get that). Also, I thoroughly enjoyed the deeper spiritual elements found in DARKNESS RISING that perfectly complemented the supernatural ones. The absolutely compelling plot drove the story and characters through to a very satisfying ending with a promise of an exciting conclusion to the series with the third installment. Characters, with such unique professions as pro football and forensic psychiatrists can often come across as clichÃÂ© or trite, but Wiehl and Nelson do a phenomenal job in keeping these characters unique and entertaining. I loved the intricate histories woven into the story that drive the mysteries and ultimately the darkness that rises is very a la Da Vinci Code but were also incredibly fascinating and had me Googling the various artists and pieces mentioned like the triptych. I adore books that make me learn something! Truly--one of the best yet by Wiehl! I cannot wait for FINAL TIDE.
I received this book as part of the BookSneeze program with the only agreement hat I would read and offer my honest review, which I have.
October 10, 2012