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Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2012
|Dimensions: 9.02 X 5.98 X 0.69 (inches)|
Two men. Two eternal destinies. One common hope.
College grad Nick doesn't trust God. Unimpressed by God's work in his father's life, Nick wages a daily war to thwart His holy advances. No verbal blasts. No waving "God is dead " banners. Just a simple message written across his heart: "God, you're not welcome here."
Wayne, former pastor and current factory employee, drifts in doubt's strong current. He's God's man, all right. He just hasn't felt like it in a while. A past failure holds his heart hostage.
On a beautiful Thursday in May, death's specter burns both men's names into its appointment book. Each embarks on an amazing journey--one doused in dread, the other dripping with delight.
As heaven's light shines, a troubled Wayne wants to hide in the dark. Will he overcome doubt's drift to sail home in confidence?
Nick, lost in hell's night, can't escape God's searchlight. His memories force him to reevaluate his father's weakness and the strength of his father's God. For Nick, will regret become an itch he will have all eternity to scratch?
Dark Eyes, Deep Eyes examines life, death, faith, and hope against the backdrop of heaven, hell, and modern-day San Antonio.
JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Interesting, but slowDecember 31, 2013JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Wayne is a former pastor , weighed down by a past failure. Nick is a younger man who wants nothing to do with God. Fate has it that these two men will die on the same day, but the paths they take after death are quite different. One man goes to a land filled with music and light. The other to a land of darkness and unquenchable thirst.
The reader is taken on a journey through both Heaven and Hell. While I found the imagery and interpretation of both places to be interesting, I have to admit that the story didn't hold my interest for long periods of time. I would read a chapter and walk away. There were twists that kept me reading here and there, one in particular that made the story more interesting very quickly, which I won't give away. I did find myself wanting to read more, but it wasn't a page-turner for me. I also found the pace to be slower than I like, especially in Heaven.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book for review purposes from BookSneeze.
Jennifer M5 Stars Out Of 5November 2, 2013Jennifer MWow.
Dark Eyes, Deep Eyes, by T Neal Tarver is the best book of its kind (sort of a spiritually-themed science fiction) since the Left Behind series. I ordinarily approach this type of book with a little bit of caution, as I never know quite what to expect, but I couldn't have been more pleasantly surprised. I could not put it down! I read the whole thing nearly in one sitting.
Dark Eyes, Deep Eyes tells two parallel - and eventually intertwining - stories..... one of a pastor who dies of a heart attack and finds himself in heaven, and another of a young man who's in a tragic car accident and ends up descending into hell. Both of these stories are told in an alternating fashion, switching back and forth from each point of view with every other chapter. This was a great plan on Tarver's part, as it keeps the suspense building and pages turning, from chapter to chapter.
T Neal Tarver is a master story teller. His vivid descriptions of hell in particular are unlike anything I've ever read. The imagery he uses invokes all the senses, leaving you feeling like you're actually experiencing the pain and the agony and the stench of hell right along with the character of Nick. And just when you think you can't take it anymore, you're in heaven with Wayne... full of beauty, laughter, and love.
This was truly a great book, both for its thought-provoking message, and for its thrill-ride of a story. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up.
*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*