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From the minds of Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky, Invitation compiles the first four episodes of the Harbingers series, each following a different character.
BRENDA - The street-hustling tattoo artist who sees images of the future.
THE PROFESSOR - The atheist ex-priest ruled by logic.
ANDI - The professor's brilliant but geeky assistant who sees inexplicable patterns
TANK - The naïve, big-hearted jock with a surprising connection to a healing power.
The four find out that pockets of darkness are emerging throughout the world. Whether it involves a mysterious house, the unexplainable death of animals around the world, or an otherworldly little girl, each mystery they solve brings them closer to the ultimate explanation of what's happening. What will happen if they don't solve the mysteries in time?
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Gathering four stories from four bestselling author friends, Invitation is the first collection in the ongoing Harbingers series.
In "The Call" by Bill Myers, four strangers are drawn together to help a student at the mysterious Institute for Advanced Psychic Studies. His gifts are supposedly being honed to assist world leaders . . . but there are some very disturbing strings attached. Frank Peretti's "The Haunted" confronts a supernatural mystery, a case of murder, and an exploration into the darkness of the human heart, all centering around a mysterious house.
In Angela Hunt's "The Sentinels," animals around the world are mysteriously dying. What could it mean? When the tragedy begins to touch Andi's dreams, she discovers a terrifying theory. "The Girl" by Alton Gansky is a gripping tale of a young barefoot girl found holding a scroll in the snowy Oregon mountains. She is sweet, innocent--apparently not of this world--and something wants to kill her.
Frank E. Peretti is one of American Christianity's best-known authors. His novels, including This Present Darkness, have sold more than 10 million copies. He makes his home in Idaho. Learn more at www.frankperetti.com.
With more than 5 million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the bestselling author of more than 100 works, including the Dangerous Beauty series and Risen: The Novelization of the Major Motion Picture. She resides in Florida. Learn more at www.angelahuntbooks.com.
Alton Gansky is the author of more than 20 novels. He has won the Angel Award and received the ACFW award for best suspense/thriller for his work on Fallen Angel. He lives in California. Learn more at www.altongansky.com.
KavRCanadaGender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Twilight Zone with a twist of faithJune 22, 2017KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Twilight Zone with a twist of faith.
Invitation follows the format so popular with TV show these days -- where diverse characters with unique gifts band together to fight evil. Only instead of superpowers we have divine gifts. And there's definitely a supernatural quality to these novellas which gradually develops over the course of the four stories. Love the ragtag team of reluctant heroes. Diverse doesn't begin to describe this very eclectic group.
There's Brenda the African American tattoo artist who wears her cynicism on her sleeve. She's snarky and sarcastic and pretends she doesn't care. At all. But she does. And she hates that she does. Then there's the Professor -- an intellectual snob with a gigantic sense of entitlement. Insufferably short-tempered and so annoying! Andi is his geeky assistant (translation: slave.) She has an uncanny ability to create pattern out of chaos which comes in handy more than a time or two. And last of all there's bighearted, football hero, Tank. His gentleness and pure faith are at odds with his 'tank' physique. He might appear to be a plain ol' simple country boy but he possesses a spiritual depth that I found inspiring.
These four definitely aren't kindred spirits but they find themselves thrown together in an unprecedented fight to thwart pockets of darkness that threaten to smother the world. Each novella is told in first person point of view from one of the character's perspectives. And in the process we get some backstory and insight into what makes each of them tick.
Enthralling. A little bit creepy. Eerily good and a definite must read for fans of speculative fiction fans.
An a note to sensitive readers -- there is some crude language in a couple of the stories.
BernCaliforniaAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Supernatural suspenseJune 20, 2017BernCaliforniaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I was familiar with Frank Peretti from reading his books many moons ago but I was not as familiar with Bill Myers, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky. When I picked up the book, I was intrigued and did not know what to expect.
Each of the authors takes on a character and we read a section of the book from that character's perspective and voice. I appreciated how they were able to give us more of each character's
thoughts and outlook. Despite the different authors, each section flowed easily into the other and each voice was distinct and unique without making the book disjointed.
Interestingly enough, as Christians we will quickly agree to the existence of angels but often struggle with the idea of evil spirits. In this work of fiction by four best selling authors, they bring us four divergent individuals from varying walks of life with gifts. Unique circumstances bring them together as they come to see the very presence of evil throughout different parts of the world.
The form of the evil and supernatural activity presents itself through a special school for young people with "gifts", a disappearing and reappearing mysterious house hiding a young orphaned boy, unexplainable deaths of animals throughout the world in very disturbing ways, or a little girl that grows younger as she appears and reappears.
This book was definitely suspenseful and all the twists and turns are not what I had expected. Each chapter is presented from the different perspective of the varying characters: a tattoo artists that sees future pictures, a former priest turned professor that has converted to atheism, the professors' super smart assistant that sees patterns many of us miss, and a gentle giant football player with healing abilities and loving heart.
I especially loved how Tank's, the gentle giant, steady faith in God and His goodness enabled him to joyful and positive. I'm not entirely sure what I think about the rest of the content but it was definitely a suspenseful book that reminds us that evil does exist and there is a greater battle going on in our world amongst the prince of darkness. I'm intrigued and want to find out what's next.
Deuce SkunksSpringfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Great SciFi/Paranormal Fiction For Teens And AdultsMay 18, 2017Deuce SkunksSpringfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Invitation (Harbingers: Cycle One) is a compilation of four novellas by Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky. In this first book of the Harbingers series, we meet ourunlikely cast ofcharacters: Brenda (a tattoo artist who has visions of the future), The Professor (a priest-turned-atheist who relies on logic instead of God), Andi (the professor's assistant who sees patterns in everything), and Cowboy/Tank (a football player with religious belief in the healing power of prayer).
Invitation takes on a writing style that sets it apart from most compilations I've come across; each author writes a shortstory from a specific character's viewpoint - but thetales are all linked together and go in a set order to give the reader a better image of the entire story (the big picture, if you will).
Bill Myers writes as Brenda and tells of the group first coming together, along with the tale of an Institution of psychic study being controlledby evil forces and dark energies.
Frank Peretti takes on the persona of The Professor, recounting the group's involvement with a house that haunts those who give in to their inner demons.
Angela Hunt takes us into the mathematical genius of Andi, while seeking answers to strange natural phenomena and unexplained animal deaths.
Alton Gansky portrays Tank, who stumbles across a little girl in need of help only to find that he needs her more than she needs him.
All four authors do a wonderful job at pulling us into their character's world, while keeping us connected to the story at large. Each character's personality remains the same, regardless as to who is telling the story at the moment. And the bigger picture is always at play.
This book is very well thought out, with excellent collaboration. I look forward to reading the Cycle Two of the Harbingers series at some point in the future. I would recommend this to any teen-adult readers who enjoys sci-fi/paranormal fiction with a twist of God's blessings thrown in. 5/5 stars.
*Disclaimer: I received a free print copy of this book from Bethany House for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*
Homeschooling MommyAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Interesting Book...I liked the WritingMay 17, 2017Homeschooling MommyAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I typically read historical fiction, but I decided to branch out and read book one in the Harbingers series, entitled Invitation, a paranormal novel.
This series is unique in that it is written by four different authors, each writing from the perspective of one of the four main characters. The authors are well-known in the Christian novel circle: Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky. It is a sci-fi meets spiritual warfare book.
The four characters are Brenda (Bill Myers), a street smart tattoo artist who has visions of future events; The Professor (Frank Peretti), a former priest turned atheist professor who sees everything from the lens of logic; Andi (Angela Hunt), the professors young assistant who can see patterns in everything, and Tank (Alton Gansky), the college football player who is connected to healing powers.
The book is divided into four sections: Brendas point of view starts the book, and tells her how the four of them came together because of her vision. Then the group gets caught up in a school for those with special gifts and they get caught upwith demonic powers.
The second section is about the Professor meetingup with the other three under coincidental circumstances,and a mysterious, possessed house intent on and the presence of a mysterious young boy whom Brenda had a vision about.
The third section follows Andi, and how she calls the rest of the gang together to investigate the suspicious deaths of birds and fish near her Florida home.
The fourth section trails Tank as he meets up with the others to figure out how a young girl with strange gifts plays into their destinies.
Invitation was a very interesting book. The best part about the book was the cohesiveness of the characters despite being presented by different authors. Each character stayed true to his or her self, so I felt like the authors did a good job maintaining the personality of each character throughout the entire novel.
But, I have to say, all in all, it was a very strange book. I cant say Im hooked, but it was prettyentertaining. I just have to warn against reading right before bedI had nightmares!
*I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way. I was not required to write a positive review.
katiespenGreer, SCAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Unlike Any Book Series I've ReadMay 15, 2017katiespenGreer, SCAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When I first received my copy of Invitation, I was initially disappointed. I thought that I had chosen a book that would fall short within the first chapter. How could four different writers come together to create a believable story from the point of view of four different characters? I admit that I was skeptical. But once I started to read Invitation, I realized quickly that this was a unique introduction to a series that was breaking out of typical Christian fiction.
Bill Myers writes as Brenda, a rough and tumble tattoo artist who can see into the future. When Brenda becomes involved with an unlikely group of friends, she suddenly finds herself wondering if her "abilities" are a gift or a curse. Strange circumstances draw the group to the Institute, a place where the best and brightest are launched into their careers. But immediately, the group can tell that there are supernatural forces at work there (although some of them are skeptical). Can they work together to fight off the spiritual realm?
Frank Peretti presents the story of The Professor. Once a Catholic priest, The Professor now makes it his mission to guest lecture across the country to convince people that there is no God. But even after being thrust into an unlikely group of people and seeing things that can't be explained at the Institute, The Professor still refuses to believe in God. But can he logically explain a house that disappears and relocates itself? Can he find logic behind a house that appears alive?
Angela Hunt presents Andi's point of view. Andi has been following The Professor as his assistant, but she doesn't believe as The Professor does. Her ability to see a pattern in numbers and shapes is what draws The Professor to her and also annoys him. But when Andi is presented with spiritual attacks on her own family, will her new-found friends be able to help her fight forces they can't see?
Alton Gansky portrays Tank, a big jock with a heart of gold. Tank meets Brenda for the first time in a drunken stupor when his "buddies" bring him by her tattoo shop. But Tank believes that God is working on the group and has an understanding of spiritual matters that the others don't have. In fact, Tank seems to also have the gift of healing. But when he meets a strange little girl, who is standing barefoot in the middle of a snowstorm, Tank begins to question his abilities. Can Tank help this little girl, who seems to be shrinking? Can he stave off the beast that threatens her life?
Although an unlikely team, these four, plus a young boy, all join together to fight off "things that are unseen." Created in the idea of "television episodes," Invitation is an excellent twist on the normal Christian fiction. If you're looking for something different, then Invitation may just be right for you!