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Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2008
Availability: Expected to ship on or about 11/19/14.
Rick Combs5 Stars Out Of 5March 6, 2009Rick CombsGreat intro novel! It's like Eric Wilson's Aramis Black meets Brandt Dodson! Looking forward to more from Phillips!
Liz Prescod5 Stars Out Of 5October 24, 2008Liz PrescodTommy touches every reader as he opens a window into his walk with Christ, his friendships, his love for his natural and church family. Frequently on his own and going it alone, he maximizes each opportunity to fulfill a Godly mission with an interesting twist. You will see and feel every emotion as it unfolds and leaves you ready for his next novel.
Susan Sleeman4 Stars Out Of 5August 5, 2008Susan SleemanTommy Cucinelle still has the ponytail, has the memories of a life gone off track, but has also accepted Jesus in his life and is living as a redeemed man. At least he thinks so, until the day his pastor asks him to turn back time. To apply principles Tommy learned as a gang member, finding people who dont want to found, and search for a missing person. Nancy Callahan, church secretary disappears and no one close to her knows why. Was her disappearance innocentmerely a move to another location or had she met with foul play? Thats what Tommy is charged with finding out for Pastor Ross and soon for Nancys sister Stacey as well. Tommy surges ahead to locate Nancy, no matter the cost. His longtime friend and former gang member, Tay pledges his support and hangs in there even when the search leads to a local Wiccan church. Even when they learn that the Wiccan group is planning a child sacrifice devoted to Molech, a pagan god. The hunt becomes personal when the group abducts Stacey and when Tommy begins to suspect his pastors involvement.Author Thomas Phillips has created a unique character in Tommy Cucinelle. Tommy is full of flaws and questions. Hes lived a hard life and though hes become a Christian he is still paying for his past and holding on to the intense pain his memories evoke. He keeps his feelings bottled up and keeps most people at arms length. In The Molech Prophecy, we watch Tommy change, learn to open up and let go of his pain. In all of this we find a believable character faced with a challenge that will test the strength of his faith. Phillips writing is straightforward and the story fast moving. The plot is believable and keeps you reading until it is resolved. The faith elements in the story are natural and totally in keeping with the characters personalities and past experiences. I read a galley issue so the story may have changed since I read it, but all in all this is a strong first effort for the debut author.
Stacey5 Stars Out Of 5June 25, 2008StaceyThe Molech Prophecy by Thomas Phillips grabs the readers attention immediately. The mystery is in effect at the onset of the story. Tommy Cucinelle is a committed Christian who wants to live a righteous life. When the church he attends is vandalized, Tommy is approached by his Pastor. He believes that Pastor Ross is going to accuse him of the damage since the Pastor knows Tommys past. Well, the meeting is definitely about Tommys past, but Pastor Ross wants Tommy to use his former skills to investigate the disappearance of the church secretary.Thomas Phillips takes his time to build a meticulously laid plot. His characters breathe and feel and think. The reader can taste what they taste and see what they see. Phillips masterfully entwines the present with flashbacks from the past and handles both poignant and controversial situations with frankness, truth and grit. I felt the tension building in the story, yet the escalation was so subtle that the storys finale took my breath away.
Delia Latham5 Stars Out Of 5March 4, 2008Delia LathamTommy Cucinelles days of gang involvement and violent criminal activities are over. As a Christian, hes turned over a new leaf and is living a new life.But when church secretary Nancy Callahan goes missing following a disturbing act of debasement and vandalism against the church, Tommys pastor asks him to use his abandoned skills to find her and ensure her safety. The hunt leads the former gang member and his friend Tay into a sinister world of witches and pagan gods. A local Wiccan covento which Nancy had some mysterious connectionseems particularly devoted to Molech, an ancient deity whose worshipers gave him their infants in sacrificial fire. All the while, Tommy attempts to deal with unresolved emotional issues and unwelcome memorieseven as he falls hard for the missing womans sister. When she also disappears, the hunt takes on an intensely personal edge. In the thick of the battle, Tommy questions the extent of his pastor's involvement with Nancy, along with his own commitment to God and his reasons for being a Christian.The Molech Prophecy is a soul-stirring message of hope, forgiveness and redemption wrapped in a spine-tingling tale of intrigue and nail-biting suspense. Thomas Phillips talks the talk and his charactersthough believably flawed and all-too-humanwalk the walk. Genuinely heart gripping!
Located in: Rochester, NY
Submitted: August 11, 2008
Tell us a little about yourself. I work full time as an employment law paralegal. When I'm not working, I write, read, and play guitar. I sing, too. But you would never want to hear that :-)
What was your motivation behind this project? You might expect a simple answer. When I wrote secular fiction, you might have gotten a simple answer. In 1995, I began my professional writing career with the sale of my first short story. From there, I went on to sell more than 70 short stories and articles until in mid-2000, my first secular novel was published. By 2003, I had five mystery novels under my belt. And then in April, everything changed. I became a Christian. It wasnt that anyone told me to stop writing, or to change the way I wrote. It was that I realized the books Id written did nothing to honor God. With sex, bad language and graphic, senseless violence filling my pages, I knew I needed to take a break. It was bad timing for my then-publisher. My first hardcover had recently been released, and I decided not to do much to promote it. As a New Christian, I was confident that the works Id writtenas I saiddid nothing to bring honor and glory to God. At that point, I quit writing, more or less. But, eventually, I got into writing weekly devotionals for my churchs e-newsletter. In late 2005, I began a journey into a deep, dark valley. I felt like God was testing me. As time went on, I realized, the valley only got deeper and darker. In the fall of 2006, I was inspired to write a new mystery novel. But this would be a Christian themed work. I believe that God allowed me to begin to work my way out of the valley through writing. Only this time, He wanted me to write books that glorified Him (and not just feed my own insatiable need for fame). At the time, the church I attended had just built a new church building, and twice the front was vandalized. Black, ugly spray paint covered the pecan bricks. Vulgar, hateful words and satanic symbols were everywhere. No one was ever caught. In short, lol, this is where The Molech Prophecy begins
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I really focused on one main theme while writing this novel. What I hope people take away from the story is this Christians are people. Flawed. Real. Being a Christian does not mean your life is now on auto-pilot. In fact, the Bible promises a tougher road for those who proclaim Christ as their Savior. In a way, I show this to readers in The Molech Prophecy. (Non-Christians are always quick to point out mistakes Christians make, as if to say, ah-ha! Caught you! There is nothing to catch. We all make mistakes. I make them daily! Thats to be expected. No one, except Jesus, was or ever will be perfect. Its that simple, yet, this is something that is often overlooked.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Like I said earlier, I was going through some seriously tough personal times. Getting back into writing has allowed me to heal some of the pain. And I truly believe this was God's timing -- that I start writing again, as a means of coping. He is wonderful that way.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I love so many. Mark Mynheir, James Scott Bell, Eric Wilson, Creston Mapes, James Patterson, John Grisham, Robin Cook ... I could go on, and on.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Just that I hope to continue to put out quality Christian suspense fiction in the years to come.
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