The Prophecy, Softcover   -     By: Dawn Miller
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In this intense, emotionally charged supernatural thriller for young adults by author Dawn Miller, the angelic forces of heaven and hell wage battle over mankind, placing five gifted teenagers in the middle of a war only they can end. Each of the five has struggled since a terrifying night in their childhood, and as memories of that evening's events come rushing back, and the dark angels make themselves known, they discover that what was meant to destroy them has instead opened their eyes to a world otherwise hidden from humankind.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: ZonderKidz
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0310714338
ISBN-13: 9780310714330
Availability: In Stock
Series: Watchers Chronicles

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In this intense, emotionally charged supernatural thriller for young adults by author Dawn Miller, the angelic forces of heaven and hell wage battle over mankind, placing five gifted teenagers in the middle of a war only they can end. Each of the five has struggled since a terrifying night in their childhood, and as memories of that evening’s events come rushing back, and the dark angels make themselves known, they discover that what was meant to destroy them has instead opened their eyes to a w

Author Bio

Dawn Miller is an award-winning filmmaker and author who has written and produced several books, a music video and an urban teen drama. She lives in St. Louis with her teenage son and is currently at work on the graphic novel and feature film version of 'The Watcher Chronicles'.

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The theme of Dawn Miller’s The Prophecy, which serves as the first in her Watchers Chronicles series, could probably best be summed up with either Matthew 9:29, “Then he touched their eyes and said, ‘According to your faith will it be done to you,’” or 1 Corinthians 16:13, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong”. Scattered friends Sam, Jonah, J, Jenna, and Carly have been suffering strange and terrifying things. When Sam calls them together for a reunion, they learn they are Watchers, part of an ancient prophecy. Their job is to keep an eye on the spirit world, which is about to break in upon the human race.

The book is well-written overall. It specializes in suspense, mystery, and a superhero vocabulary, all of which suit it well. However, it begins at a point of high intensity and only builds from there, with few, if any, rests for the characters. It is clear that the five are extremely close, but the reader doesn’t quite get the depths of the relationship yet, which is appropriate for the first book in a series. The entire book is unforgettable, particularly the sequences during which they begin to remember their past together and Jonah’s epiphany at the end of the book.

Sam, Jonah, J, Jenna, and Carly are living in terror. Inseparable when they were younger, they have now been scattered across the country, and each is experiencing terrible nightmares, seeing people who seem to be invisible to others, and a frightening memory loss of the time they spent together when they were younger. When Sam reunites them, they learn that as Watchers, it is their duty to fight the evil spirits that have awakened and now threaten to take over their world. They must learn to trust a God they’ve stopped believing in if they want to survive.

Though the author divides her attention, giving the reader bits from each of the five main characters, she seems to center on Jonah, Sam’s brother. The reader gets the impression that Jonah was once good and could be again, but he is being held back. This character is very real and reacts to his situation believably. He proves again and again that he alone is nothing special, and it is only because God is working in him that he accomplishes the things he does. The other characters are at various levels of “messed up” in the world’s terms, and they complement Jonah very well. The relationships are not neat and perfect, but realistically rocky in places.

Overall, The Prophecy is a strong beginning for a promising series. I would recommend this thriller to those who are teens or older, though it might be a little scary for young children. – Rebekah R. Blomenberg, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Editorial Reviews

Dawn Miller has stepped up the game for teen dramas and carved a unique niche in the world of supernatural thrillers. Her clever and unique machination between good and evil leads the reader on an exciting journey through darkness, guided by the power of faith and hope. As a film critic who has watched thousands of movies made from books, I cannot wait to see this one! Simply put…Dawn Miller is a brilliant writer for adults as well as teens. -- Dawn Miller has stepped up the game for teen dramas and carved a unique niche in the world of supernatural thrillers. Her clever and unique machination between good and evil leads the reader on an exciting journey through darkness, guided by the power of faith and hope. As a film critic who has watched thousands of movies made from books, I cannot wait to see this one! Simply put…Dawn Miller is a brilliant writer for adults as well as teens.
“This classic good vs. evil spellbinding novel grips readers throughout as the audience and the Watchers learn of the heaven-hell war on earth … a delightful good, bad and ugly apocalyptic chronicle.” -- “This classic good vs. evil spellbinding novel grips readers throughout as the audience and the Watchers learn of the heaven-hell war on earth … a delightful good, bad and ugly apocalyptic chronicle.”
'An apocolyptic series with an evangelical subtext kicks off with this high octane thrill ride. Five pre-teens were best friends once, sharing a mystical bond transcending race and class. But that was seven years ago, before something horrible happened, something that they can't remember, that tore them apart, that sent them drifting into drugs, crime and despair; something that is now stalking their nightmares, drawing them back together to become embroiled in an ancient battle between the angels of light and darkness. The plot is cleverly constructed with short chapters dissolving present and past, creating a phantasmagoric effect that constantly ratchets up the adrenaline level. While the heroes are sympathetic and fundamentally decent, they are presented with a graphic realism uncommon in Christian fiction and seem far older than their supposed years. The large cast, many supporting sound-alike or exotic names, can be confusing, and it’s not quite clear exactly what happens at the climax beyond a busload of setup for future books. Still, the combination of vivid cinematic detail, gritty adolescent angst and spectacular supernatural should prove irresistible.' – -- 'An apocolyptic series with an evangelical subtext kicks off with this high octane thrill ride. Five pre-teens were best friends once, sharing a mystical bond transcending race and class. But that was seven years ago, before something horrible happened, something that they can't remember, that tore them apart, that sent them drifting into drugs, crime and despair; something that is now stalking their nightmares, drawing them back together to become embroiled in an ancient battle between the angels of light and darkness. The plot is cleverly constructed with short chapters dissolving present and past, creating a phantasmagoric effect that constantly ratchets up the adrenaline level. While the heroes are sympathetic and fundamentally decent, they are presented with a graphic realism uncommon in Christian fiction and seem far older than their supposed years. The large cast, many supporting sound-alike or exotic names, can be confusing, and it’s not quite clear exactly what happens at the climax beyond a busload of setup for future books. Still, the combination of vivid cinematic detail, gritty adolescent angst and spectacular supernatural should prove irresistible.' –
Sam Becker doesn’t know what to think when he starts hearing Jonah’s voice. It makes as much sense as the nightmares, or the words that appear in his journal. But when he finds himself painting pictures of the four best friends he hasn’t seen in seven years, he remembers the beings that chased him, along with Jonah, Carly, TJ and Jenna. He didn’t know that the beings had come back for all of them, or that the five of them are Watchers, capable of seeing both the MazziKim (fallen angels) and the Irinim (God’s warring angels). The five must fight together in order to save each other, as they realize that they have won the battle, but not the war. This apocalyptic novel is written in short chapters, giving readers the points of view of all five characters as they struggle to understand what is going on now, and to remember what happened to them seven years ago. The large cast will provide sympathetic characters that readers will like; these include the nineteen-year-old single mother Jenna, whose appealing five-year-old son, Mikey, is the next generation of Watcher, and a former gang member trying to redeem himself. Readers who enjoy complicated plots and casts of characters will look forward to the next book in this series.---Betsy Fraser, VOYA August 2010 -- Sam Becker doesn’t know what to think when he starts hearing Jonah’s voice. It makes as much sense as the nightmares, or the words that appear in his journal. But when he finds himself painting pictures of the four best friends he hasn’t seen in seven years, he remembers the beings that chased him, along with Jonah, Carly, TJ and Jenna. He didn’t know that the beings had come back for all of them, or that the five of them are Watchers, capable of seeing both the MazziKim (fallen angels) and the Irinim (God’s warring angels). The five must fight together in order to save each other, as they realize that they have won the battle, but not the war. This apocalyptic novel is written in short chapters, giving readers the points of view of all five characters as they struggle to understand what is going on now, and to remember what happened to them seven years ago. The large cast will provide sympathetic characters that readers will like; these include the nineteen-year-old single mother Jenna, whose appealing five-year-old son, Mikey, is the next generation of Watcher, and a former gang member trying to redeem himself. Readers who enjoy complicated plots and casts of characters will look forward to the next book in this series.---Betsy Fraser, VOYA August 2010
This book offers well-polished and likable characters surrounded by a masterful and disturbing atmosphere of paranoid-schizophrenic chill. Alas, the mystery of the opening was better than the revealing of the rest. -Sebastien Wen, Teen Reviewe, VOYA August 2010 -- This book offers well-polished and likable characters surrounded by a masterful and disturbing atmosphere of paranoid-schizophrenic chill. Alas, the mystery of the opening was better than the revealing of the rest. -Sebastien Wen, Teen Reviewe, VOYA August 2010
Sam Becker doesn't know what to think when he starts hearing Jonah's voice. It makes as much sense as the nightmares, or the words that appear in his journal. But when he finds himself painting pictures of the four best friends he hasn't seen in seven years, he remembers the beings that chased him, along with Jonah, Carly, TJ and Jenna. He didn't know that the beings had come back for all of them, or that the five of them are Watchers, capable of seeing both the MazziKim (fallen angels) and the Irinim (God's warring angels). The five must fight together in order to save each other, as they realize that they have won the battle, but not the war. This apocalyptic novel is written in short chapters, giving readers the points of view of all five characters as they struggle to understand what is going on now, and to remember what happened to them seven years ago. The large cast will provide sympathetic characters that readers will like; these include the nineteen-year-old single mother Jenna, whose appealing five-year-old son, Mikey, is the next generation of Watcher, and a former gang member trying to redeem himself. Readers who enjoy complicated plots and casts of characters will look forward to the next book in this series. -- Sam Becker doesn't know what to think when he starts hearing Jonah's voice. It makes as much sense as the nightmares, or the words that appear in his journal. But when he finds himself painting pictures of the four best friends he hasn't seen in seven years, he remembers the beings that chased him, along with Jonah, Carly, TJ and Jenna. He didn't know that the beings had come back for all of them, or that the five of them are Watchers, capable of seeing both the MazziKim (fallen angels) and the Irinim (God's warring angels). The five must fight together in order to save each other, as they realize that they have won the battle, but not the war. This apocalyptic novel is written in short chapters, giving readers the points of view of all five characters as they struggle to understand what is going on now, and to remember what happened to them seven years ago. The large cast will provide sympathetic characters that readers will like; these include the nineteen-year-old single mother Jenna, whose appealing five-year-old son, Mikey, is the next generation of Watcher, and a former gang member trying to redeem himself. Readers who enjoy complicated plots and casts of characters will look forward to the next book in this series.
This book offers well-polished and likable characters surrounded by a masterful and disturbing atmosphere of paranoid- schizophrenic chill. Alas, the mystery of the opening was better than the revealing of the rest.- -- This book offers well-polished and likable characters surrounded by a masterful and disturbing atmosphere of paranoid- schizophrenic chill. Alas, the mystery of the opening was better than the revealing of the rest.-

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