Monday, December 29, 2014

REVIEW: The Faithful

The Faithful
S.M. Freedman

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Paranormal
Publisher: S.M. Freedman
Publication date: 4.20.2014
Pages: 365

Recommended by: Worldwind Virtual Book Tours, Read 2 Review
Date read: 12.28.2014

Summary:  For agent Josh Metcalf, memories are ghosts.  They are blood-soaked backpacks and the smell of strawberry Chap Stick.  Josh is haunted by a little girl who went missing his first summer on the force.  Decades later his search has become an obsession, and he's pinned the photos of hundreds of missing children to his wall of tears.  All the children had psychic abilities.  All the cases went cold - with no witnesses, no useful tips, and no children ever recovered.  Until a woman gets injured trying to stop an abduction, and Josh comes face to face with his personal ghost.
            For Rowan Wilson, a meteorite hunter for NASA's Spaceguard program, memories are lies.  The childhood she thought she knew has been erased, leaving a black hole in its place.  New recollections are flaring to life: men dressed like priests, a ranch in the mountains, mind control, and rape.  Each new memory draws her closer to one of the other missing children, Sumner Macey; and to I Fidele, the underground organization for whom kidnapping is just the beginning.
            For Sumner, memories have become weapons.  He's sharpened each of his with surgical precision: the branch, the doctrine, the mind-wash, and the murders.  He's eager to slice at the black sludge pumpkin through I Fidele's heart, desperate to cripple those who stole his childhood.
            To I Fidele, non-psychics are cockroaches in need of extermination, an inferior species destroying the earth.  They're ready to enforce eugenics on a global scale.  If they succeed, only those faithful to their doctrine will survive.  Crossing several genres, The Faithful will appeal to anyone who enjoys supernatural mysteries; high-tech, edge-of-your-seat suspense flavored with paranormal elements; thrillers involving psychics, occult and high stakes action/adventure; tied up with a depth and humor usually reserved for works of literary fiction.

"Humankind isn't at war, humankind is war.  They rape and pillage our sacred mother earth, call their own brothers 'enemy' an kill in the name of a God who long ago turned His back.  They are blind to the enemy that walks amongst them, to the deity hiding inside human skin.  They move about our earth like an infestation of cockroaches, oblivious to the coming extermination!  But the time of Judgment is upon them.  The time of Brimstone and Fire.  The time of Extinction.  Day Zero approaches, my children.  We must walk the straight path, and remain faithful."

Have you ever read a book that, when you sat down to write the review about it, there was not a single thing you could say?  That is where I am at this very moment, but not for the reason you think. This book was amazing - but everything I want to say about it will potentially give away important information, and I am the last person who would want to ruin a book for someone.  This book was everything I expected it to be and more.  It had mystery, suspense, action, adventure - it had a story that pulled you in and kept you reading, it had characters that were interesting and well written.  It was intense.  I knew, from the synopsis (and, yes, the cover!!), that I would like this book, but love is more like it.

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