1. The Occupied
    The Occupied
    Craig Parshall
    Tyndale House / 2016 / Trade Paperback
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Vs Evil
    October 26, 2016
    Deana
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.

    I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review. The review is my own opinion and I was not compensated for it.
  2. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Demons
    October 24, 2016
    beckie
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "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.
  3. Kansas City
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    They Don't Only Come Out After Dark....
    September 22, 2016
    tickmenot
    Kansas City
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.

    Tyndale House Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of The Occupied, for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.

  4. Lafayette, Indiana
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    The Occupied
    September 22, 2016
    Vicky
    Lafayette, Indiana
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    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.
  5. Middleburg, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Reviews From A Man's Perspective
    September 11, 2016
    Rick
    Middleburg, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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