1. The Occupied
    The Occupied
    Craig Parshall
    Tyndale House / 2016 / Trade Paperback
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  1. Honea Path, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Occupied
    December 31, 2016
    muffin
    Honea Path, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Occupied by Craig Parshall was a very interesting read. This was one of those books that I had a hard time putting down. It had twists and turns along the way. I couldnt wait to find out who did it.

    This story is about a criminal defense lawyer, Trevor Black. The story starts out with the life of Trevor as a young, wild teenager. Then it moves to present day Trevor. Trevor has all the things the world calls successful, but one day he loses it all. After all of this he encounters forces of another world. Then a childhood friend is murdered. Trevor is bent on finding out who the murderer is.

    If you enjoy good, clean, suspense-filled novels, you will love this one. It may keep you up at night.

    "I was given the book by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and here is my honest review."
  2. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Revealing Supernatural Fiction
    December 27, 2016
    Theresa C Shell
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  3. Brighton, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    When attacked by the horribles, you never forget
    December 11, 2016
    Annelr
    Brighton, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Book Club network. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own.
  4. IL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Supernatural
    November 14, 2016
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    IL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
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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.

    I was given this book from book fun.com for my honest review.
  5. Minnesota
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good versus Evil
    November 10, 2016
    Mary
    Minnesota
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.

    I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
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