"The Occupied" by Craig Parshall is the first in the Trevor Black Series. Trevor is a former high end defense lawyer from New York who has been chosen by God to enter into battle with the demons that walk the earth. While Trevor is riding high in NYC he looses his wife to a drug overdose and his partnership in a short period of time. He is brought in as a consultant by a detective who believes that darker powers are at work than the usual bad guys. The demons travel to Wisconsin to Trevor's home town to wreak havoc on the town to draw Trevor out for battle.
This is an unusual book in that it is both paranormal/horror and Christian Fiction all at once. The novel is well written and incredibly captivating. It will keep you up at not first to read, then to ponder and fear. I think this series will be a success and I look forward to reading more. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Tyndale Publishers.
This is a Christian supernatural thriller! All three of those subjects come together in a very fast-moving and believable story. If the reality of God and the devil aren't acknowledged, they don't have any influence on one's life, right? Once upon a time, that is what Trevor Black thought, as well.
Seemingly, he had it all: he was a successful New York City lawyer, had a beautiful wife, and lots of money. Trevor had never given much thought to good or evil, God or the devil. But then everything came crashing down around him, and in the midst of his loss, he discovered Jesus. But he also uncovers the reality of evil, and that he has been given an unusual gift. He can sense the presence of evil, or horribles as he calls them--he can even smell them.
So begins a very realistic tale of intense spiritual warfare. As a warning, there are some mature themes in this book. However, everything flows together to point the reader to faith in God. Trevor finds he must be ever watchful, because as Peter said, "the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour." But he also discovers as the disciples of long ago said to Jesus--"Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name."
This book is a real page turner, but it will also keep the hair on the back of your neck standing--even more so, because the story is so believable. The author does a great job of tying incidents from decades earlier in Trevor's life to things happening in the present. The characters are interesting and realistic, and the author will keep you on the edge of your seat! Your heart will be racing by the time you get to the last page. This also appears to be a start of a series; I certainly hope so! I highly recommend this 5 plus star book to anyone interested in thrillers with a supernatural twist.
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The Occupied by Craig Parshal is his first in the Trevor Black series. "I keep monsters in my peripheral vision. When you've been attacked by the horribles, you never forget".
I knew this was a supernatural story line with the struggle of world, flesh and the devil. Trevor Black was a criminal defense lawyer in New York City and had it all. He enjoyed a trophy wife, a six figure Aston Martin and was a winning lawyer. Here comes the but: he had an encounter with the supernatural in his youth that comes back to haunt him. How quickly everything crumbles, his marriage, his law practice is destroyed. Losing everything changes him and he is left with a gift or curse that enables him to detect the demonic underworld. Not only does he see them, they are gunning for him. How will Trevor handle the trail of occult murders that are crossing his path. Can he find the killer and can he face his personal and supernatural demons? He also comes to a crossroad and his defenses break down and he finally admits he needs Christ to take over and how his life changes.
I will admit that I am not a supernatural book lover. This said, I read half then skipped to the end (not something I normally do) just to find out the end. Not a series that I will look forward to number 2.
Love suspense but this one was very hard for me to follow. I saw by the other reviews that I am outnumbered by those who loved the book, but to each his own.
I received this copy free from Tyndale Publishers just for my honest opinion.
I enjoy a good mystery and I enjoy reading a great suspense novel, but put a piece of speculative fiction in front of me and Ill devour the book. This is one of those that doesnt let you down.
Writing a story that breaks the veil between this world and the spiritual realm is not an easy task. Craig Parshall has done this with the first book in his Trevor Black series. Im not a big fan of stories that use a lot of memories to tell a story, but you truly need those memories of Trevors as a kid to get the whole depth of this story. Could there be more back story to the characters and more time spent fleshing them out? Sure, but I feel Mr. Parshall gave me just enough of the story to still leave some to my imagination. The story is wrapped up so its going to be interesting to see where the next book in this series takes us.
Is this a "Guys Book"? For me, this is the ultimate type of a guys book. I love the supernatural storyline, the battle between the spirits and demons always reminds me just what kind of world we live in. It also reminds me that He saved me and protects me from the dark realm.
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This book provides a great picture of spiritual warfare, which is something that I believe is a very real and powerful thing. In it you follow Trevor, who has the ability to see dark forces (which he calls the horribles) as well as the light forces that battle against them. I have often wondered what it would be like if the veil was lifted and we were able to see the invisible forcesIve always imagined that it would be terrifying to see the hidden world around us. This book confirmed my assumptions that seeing this world would be very scary.
This story took me a good 100 pages to get interested.I felt that it dragged a bit at first and the pacing was a bit disjointed. It also took me a while to get used to the writing style. There were a lot of characters and sometimes I had a bit of trouble keeping track of who was who.
I loved the concept of the story and found myself thinking about it often after reading it. I also liked Joels character. He became a born again Christian in the book and his development was great throughout the book. I also liked the prevalence of Christianity and theology throughout the story. For this type of story, it was very necessary to add the Biblical truths attached to spiritual warfare, which the author did well.
There were several twists and turns that I didnt expect and the ending was done very well. Overall, this was a great story that I enjoyed very much. I would have given it 5 stars had it not been for the slow start and the uneven pacing.
My Rating: 4 stars
I received this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for an honest review.