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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2010
He's been running from his calling, his troubles, and his demons. His demons just caught up.
He has a unique name...and a unique problem.
A member of Montana's Crow Tribe, he is called Dylan Runs Ahead. But that name couldn't be more off, because he's spent years running away--from his family, his people, his past...and himself.
Now he's running out of places to run.
He's haunted by his younger sister's disappearance, the recent death of a friend, and his impending sense of being chosen for something of great importance.
But before Dylan can figure out what it really means to be chosen, and whether he's going to embrace the cost of that calling, he's going to have to slow down and face the demons he's been running from. Demons that are all too real...and aren't about to back down.
Enter a world where things aren't quite what they seem...a novel bursting with supernatural suspense, well-crafted characters, and spiritual insights that will defy your expectations and leave you both breathless and hopeful.
Mike ButcherTennesseeAge: 35-44Gender: male1 Stars Out Of 5December 20, 2010Mike ButcherTennesseeAge: 35-44Gender: maleI just finished reading The Falling Away by T.L. Hines. The book follows the character Dylan Runs Ahead, a Native-American who has been "chosen" by God. Dylan, we learn is addicted to prescription pain killers, and after reading this book I can't help but wonder if the author was on said painkillers while writing it.
I am admittedly a slow reader. It took and exceptionally long time for me to read this book. To me it was very confusing and difficult to follow the story line. Basically, Dylan gets into some trouble on a drug deal gone bad, and flees to a cult known as HIVE. There he meets Li, who turns out to be a demon trying to take up residence inside Dylan's body. All the while Dylan is being pursued by Quinn, a member of the Falling Away. This odd group, if I correctly understood it, is essentially a collection of people with strange compulsions. Quinn, for example, used embedding to release the pressures she felt. The Falling Away was on a mission to track down and exercise demons.
As I stated earlier, the book was very confusing and difficult to follow...at least for me. It seems as if the majority of the book was written to set up the climax in the last few chapters, which, in my opinion, was rather anti-climactic. This was my first time reading T.L. Hines, and it will most likely be my last. I just was not impressed with the story or the style of writing. For me this book was a waste of my time.
* I received a complimentary copy of this book from www.booksneeze.com in exchange for my honest review.
DaveSt. PetersburgAge: 45-54Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Enjoyable read ... kept my interest to the endOctober 9, 2010DaveSt. PetersburgAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Dylan Runs Ahead has had a tough life. He's viewed with suspicion on the Indian reservation where he grew up. He blames himself when his beloved sister disappears suddenly, never to be seen again. When he enlists in the Army to serve as a bomb disposal expert in Iraq, his friend is killed and his leg horribly disfigured by an explosive.
And that's just the back story of The Falling Away by T.L. Hines.
Set amidst the wide open plains of Montana, this new book follows Dylan as his life goes from bad to worse. The author captivates with action and suspense from the opening pages, and doesn't relent until the climatic conclusion.
Much of the thrills surround a drug deal gone bad, and Dylan's attempts to deal with those connected to the ill-fated transaction. To make matters worse, he is battling addition to the medications prescribed to help him manage the chronic pain of this injured limb, and guilt that torments his every waking moment.
Unknown to Dylan, spiritual forces are at work that are even more damaging than his physical and mental ailments. The author does a great job of increasing the sense of menace as the story progresses. The exploits are compelling, and his characters are vividly drawn. Hines has a terrific ear for dialogue, so the interaction between characters rings true.
The only issue that tempers my enthusiasm for The Falling Away is some of the theology underpinning the story. His portrayal of how demonic influence is combated doesn't sync up with my reading of scripture. The exorcist of the story, a troubled young woman named Quinn, says that demons can't typically be driven out, although the "infection" they spread can be cleansed. Contrast that depiction with the following:
The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!"
(Luke 10:17 ESV)
Quinn cannot drive out a demon in Jesus' name. In fact, the name of Jesus does not even appear in The Falling Away at all, though in fairness it should be pointed out that the Savior and his sacrificial death are alluded to a time or two. Hines certainly addresses matters of faith throughout his story, but he renders the truths with a subtlety that many readers of Christian fiction may find unsatisfying.
Ultimately, I can heartily recommend The Falling Away for those looking for a thriller without the sensuality and depravity that characterize much of this genre. But there are better books to inform your understanding of demons and their influence. Chances are that even the author wouldn't argue with that.
vickvernAge: 45-54Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Missed The MarkOctober 1, 2010vickvernAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3It normally takes me a couple of days to read a book I really like and about a week for one that I find so-so. I am now into my 3rd week of trying to read this book and I am only half way through. I am finding it hard to connect with the characters and trying to keep up with the different time warps is exhausting. For the first time I have taken the book mark out of a book and closed it without finishing. T.L. Hines is an excellent writer and I have enjoyed reading some of his other books, unfortunately for me this one just missed the mark.
David3 Stars Out Of 5September 30, 2010DavidIntense, action packed, and mysterious. The novel The Falling Away by T.L. Hines compacts all of these characteristics in one suspense novel. As my first fiction novel from Booksneez I believe that there are few books I could have chosen that would deliver as this book has. The story is about Dylan Runs Ahead, a member of the Aspalooke tribe from Montana, who is trying to escape pretty much every key situation from his past. Marred by regret, Dylan presses forward in his life seeking Percocets (and the equivalent) as his only solace. With a few odd tendencies, Dylan is a haunted by what some people call him; Chosen. As the story progresses, one slowly begins to understand what this means, and what it entails. As I first started to read The Falling Away, I was confused, yet intrigued. Starting out with a many questions, I slowly got answers as I read, yet received new questions with them. Only at the end was everything completely clear, which made for a wonderful read. There is one issue that I have; I do not agree with certain points made by the author. Although most of what is suggested is quite accurate (in my point of view), I must disagree on certain things. However, this area is subjective, and I believe is for the reader to decide what is truth, or not. Rating: 3 out of 5.
Amydeanne4 Stars Out Of 5September 25, 2010AmydeanneThe Falling Away has an unusual supernatural thriller storyline. There are chosen people who want to stay away from a cult called the HIVE a cult; but a cult of what? No ones really sure. There also are the Chosen Ones, and some of them dont know they are chosen or even what theyre chosen for.Very crazy, inventive characters. Like the main character was a Native American war veteran who was addicted to prescription drugs it was sort of like wow thats a mouthful.. I mean most people have a hard time writing about one of those issues, never mind combining them all together. Yet it worked. I got caught up in the characters and what was happening.I liked the book. It took me on a crazy ride of events that I was I wasnt expecting. The beginning seemed confusing, but it started to piece together as you went deeper into the story! Sort of made me think a bit Pulp Fiction-ish but Christianish lol if that makes sense. It wasnt exorbitantly Christian it was just good fiction; a good vs. evil theme that held no bars! I mean I could easily pass this book onto someone who just enjoyed suspense/thrillers and would feel fine about it. I gobbled this baby up in a few hours and felt like I was a bit on a rush yes, fast and frenzied!