Trevor Black is a high profile defense attorney until he is physically threatened by the demonic manifestation of one of his criminal clients. As his life falls apart around him, his developing gift of spiritual discernment (i.e. smelling and seeing demons) prevents him from continuing life-as-normal, and he begins to seek truth--both from God, and in unveiling the connection between multiple demonically-based crimes.
Trevor's life is woven together through three parts: "The Flesh," "The World," and "The Devil," progressing from his childhood/coming of age, to the shattering of his prestigious criminal defense career and marriage, then his return to his hometown to investigate the murder of his childhood friend, while connecting the physical and spiritual patterns of his life.
The narrative is true to its promise as a supernatural thriller, and is a quick read as a result of the suspense. There is mature content including sexuality, demonic manifestations, and heinous crimes involving Satanic occult rituals. Some of this was difficult for me, and I probably would not have chosen to read it had I realized the supernatural focus. But upon finishing the narrative I am left with a positive impression of how everything came together in such a revealing and honest manner, without exalting the sin or darkness, or detracting from the message of faith. It is well crafted, spiritually en pointe, introspective, engaging, and ultimately points toward hope in Jesus. It may also be enlightening for those drawn to horror, who have not considered the spiritual framework behind physical evils.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale.
The Occupied, by Craig Parshall, is an excellent read! Good versus evil on a whole other level. An everyday kind of guy finds he has a gift to see beyond the veil of the real world into the spirit world. And, wow, how that changes his perspective on what is happening around him. Parshall has done a marvelous job of giving readers a glimpse beyond the veil. The Occupied is a murder mystery and yet so much more. Readers follow Trevor Black from his childhood in small town, USA, to big city, New York City and back to the hometown with the underlying issue being the past does not always stay the past. With great, well-developed characters, a story line that is action-packed, strong spiritual truths, a lot of suspense, and a little romance and, voil, The Occupied is an amazing story. One that reminds readers they may want to think about what the real battle of life is all about.
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This book by Craig Parshall first in a series sets up about what the rest of the books will be about. The Occupied is fast pace book and leaves the reader wanting more. This thriller left me pondering the supernatural and demons.
The main character Trevor Black has a special gift to smell out demons. He uses his gift to help solve a mystery of his childhood friend's killer. In this book Trevor learns about his gift and just how powerful it is. The book is well written and leaves the reader wanting to read the next in the series.
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The Occupied, by Craig Parshall is a supernatural thriller. It is filled with fast-paced action, murder, travel and things that go bump in the night. This book is truly good versus evil. It is a good book to make you think about your life style choices and what you are doing with your life.
The story begins with Trevor Black as a young teen. It describes a few events and experiences that shaped his development. Then when he is an adult, Trevor is a wealthy, arrogant lawyer. He is also a bit of a jerk. In the beginning of the book I had a real hard time liking him. (As the story develops he does become more likeable.) When Trevors wife is murdered, a series of events are set into motion and his life becomes a disaster. He has become unemployed and irrational. He claims he can see and smell demons, and that they are after him! When another person gets murdered is there any chance the authorities will listen to his explanation? Can he help the police solve a murder? Should he continue to investigate even when it could mean he will get harmed?
I think that Parshall did a great job writing this book. Demonic forces are very real, and not something I ordinarily feel comfortable reading about. The occult theme was dealt with carefully here and I had no problem reading The occupied. The scripture verses in the book help lighten the evil.
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Wow! Where do I start with this captivating and intriguing book. It is not for the faint of heart but it sure packs a punch with adventure into good vs evil that explodes at every turn. I have read some of the authors other books which have always captivated me . This book is the best I have read about the demonic spirit with realism. It is a story that had me looking over my shoulder a few times. The graphic descriptions of the demons are superior to anything I have ever read. I could picture them in their grotesque form as they came to invade and torture Trevor.
Trevor is a very well developed character that takes on the dark forces with strength and trust in God. I'm not sure I could be that brave. Would you be prepared to fight against the evil spirits and not back down? I'm sure Trevor never thought when he was messing with the supernatural as a teenager that when he became older he would be fighting them. I absolutely loved the writing and intense scenes as they drew me into the story with goosebumps going up and down my arms. When Trevor discovers that he can not only smell the demons but see them, he uses his abilities to help solve a murder. Did he know the person who was killed? Did it have anything to do with his past?
Not everyone is pleased when he starts investigating on his own and finds himself not liked with the local police. Ashley comes in contact with Trevor as she is investigating the same crime . There was definitely not a love at first sight between these two. Her character is strong but not very trusting. She has some personal issues that will pose a roadblock for her. Can she overcome her trauma and help Trevor ? Their relationship is slow to develop which was very nice and I loved how Trevor witnessed to Ashley. Will she believe that there is a God?
This book takes a subject that many people won't talk about and brings it to the surface with spine tingling realistic dialogue and scriptures that are brilliantly placed throughout the story. I am hoping that the author continues Trevor's story . I highly recommended this book to anyone wanting to read a fictional account about demonic spirits that explodes with action and intensity.
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