Hideous Beauty, Kingdom Wars Series #1   -     By: Jack Cavanaugh
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Hideous Beauty, Kingdom Wars Series #1

Howard Books / 2007 / Paperback

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The world's battles pale when compared to the one waging in the angelic realm---and Pulitzer Prize-winner Grant Austin is about to be drawn into the conflict whether he wants to fight or not! With more than human blood in his veins and his soul at stake, which supernatural side will he join? 384 pages, softcover from Howard.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1416543406
ISBN-13: 9781416543404

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This isn't the world you think it is...

Every day they slip across our borders to infiltrate our government, our schools, our neighborhoods.

Homeland security can't stop them.

The armed forces are no threat to them.

Powerful and unseen, they cannot be stopped.

They have been doing this for millennia.

On what should have been the best day of his life, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Grant Austin learns of a plan to assassinate the president of the United States. Every attempt to sound the alarm is thwarted, and Grant soon finds himself at the center of an even greater battle that predates time as he stands alone against ancient powers and unspeakable evil -- evil that can only be described as a hideous beauty.

Author Bio

Jack Cavanaugh is a popular historical fiction author. He has fifteen published novels which have received numerous Christian and secular awards. His novels While Mortals Sleep and His Watchful Eye won Christy Awards for excellence in Christian Fiction. The Puritans, from the American Portrait series, won an ECPA Silver Medallion Award.


Before I read Jack Cavanaugh’s A Hideous Beauty, I had never “met” a protagonist I could even begin to compare with his Grant Austin. By the end of the first page, I hated Austin’s egotistical personality. By the end of the book, however, I found myself rooting wholeheartedly for Austin and his newfound purpose, seeing him in an entirely new light. Austin is a very well-done work of dynamics, as is the rest of this novel in general.

Grant Austin believes that the world should, or perhaps does, revolve around him and his Pulitzer-winning career. Paying a visit to an old rival to gloat, however, brings Austin in touch with a different side of reality and the revelation that his success isn’t due to his own achievement. Rather, it was orchestrated by an outside source that is plotting the assassination of the President. Despite Austin’s disbelief, he must recognize that something irregular is happening. As his faith slowly builds, with help from good friends and the transcribed first-person narrative of an angel, Austin discovers that his purpose is greater than he knew, and that he, himself, may not be exactly what he supposed.

This book is well-written for both dialogue and dramatic content. The development of the characters is easily followed. When the point of view shifts, the voice of the speaker changes clearly and effectively between third person and first person. Seasoned readers of supernatural thrillers may find some of Austin’s thought processes tedious, since it’s necessary to persuade him as a character, but the processes are believable and true to his character.

In circles of Christian fiction, supernatural thrillers can often seem trite or overdone. Although this book contains some predictable elements of the type of fiction that deals with the invisible spiritual world, Cavanaugh’s description of supernatural events and beings has a fresh, well thought-out feel to it that drew me in and left me anticipating the next book in the series. -- Lyndi Markus, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Editorial Reviews

"Jack Cavanaugh does more than entertain -- he raises questions worth pondering. A Hideous Beauty opens our eyes to an invisible world and lays bare a centuries-old battle. Grant Austin is a memorable hero, one the reader will want to visit time and time again." -- Alton Gansky, author of Crime Scene Jerusalem and Finder's Fee

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  1. Central Illinois
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 27, 2009
    Erik Fostino
    Central Illinois
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    I have been a big fan of Jack Cavanaugh. I've read Death Watch and the Great Awakening series. I set Cavanaugh aside and started reading Dekker. I decided to read Jack Cavanaugh again and forgot how amazing of an author he is. Every story I've read of his pulls me into the story and keeps me turning th pages to find out what happens next. Hideous Beauty would make an awesome movie! Can't wait to get ahold of Tartarus and see what happens next! Jack Cavanaugh is 5+ stars! An awesome, awesome author!!
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 11, 2008
    melissa church
    Grant Austin is back in school with a Pulitzer to rub in the face of his High School nemesis Myles Shepherd. Problem is, Myles Shepherd is not really Myles Shepherd and Grant Austin has become the invisible man to everyone he used to know. A hideous beauty. Wondrously alluring. Incredibly evil. Dedicated insidious soldiers from a supernatural realm have infiltrated the American boarders, and their current intent is to kill the President. To top it all off, Austin is himself the tool by which this hideous beauty will accomplish its task. The opener in the Kingdom Wars is a great rollicking suspenseful action thriller full of fascinating, unexpected characters who may or may not be who they appear. Cavanaugh is at his best with Kingdom Wars I. This is a dont-miss-it series! The battle between good and evil has not ended and is only gaining momentum in Cavanaughs dont-blink-cant-put-it-down series opener.
  3. New Berlin, WI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 3, 2007
    Jerry Winiarski
    New Berlin, WI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    This is a great book, reminds me of a long time ago, when a couple of really great spiritual forces books were written called-This Present Darkness and Angelwalk. Great Author, really creative spin on angelic beings, nice, nice, nice, looking forward to a next one?? Give it a look, you won't be disappointed.Jerry
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    August 23, 2007
    Lacy Williams
    This inspirational thriller will keep you on your toes the whole way through!Grant Austin finally has it all together. His recent bestseller a presidential biography has just won the Pulitzer Prize. Hes just given a successful speech to his high school alma mater, and hes flying high. But things take a turn for the worse when he decides to visit his high school rival, who morphs into an angelic being before his very eyes. Semyazah, a fallen angel, declares that he is the one who has given Grant all of his earthly success, and threatens Grant with the fact that his book contains a veiled threat to the President, warning of his assassination.When Grant awakens from his angelic encounter, groggy and unsure how he got on the classroom floor, he only knows one thing: he has to notify his ex-girlfriend, Christina, a White House assistant. But instead of the welcome he assumed he would get, she brushes him off. With time working against him, Grant does the thing he knows to do best: research. A lead points him to a local university where he meets a professor who changes his whole perspective. Can Grant stop the assassination planned by fallen angels? Or is he destined to become one of them? Cavanaugh keeps the reader on the edge of their seat in the fast-paced thriller. Snappy, sarcastic dialog seems to be the forte of his hero, Grant Austin, and it works for him. Dazzling imagery plus unexpected twists complete this great novel. Recommended!
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