Saturday, April 24, 2010

Wonders Never Cease by Tim Downs

Book Description

"It's true what they say, you know: If you talk to God, you're religious; but if you hear from God, you're schizophrenic."

When a car accident leaves a famous movie star in a coma, nurse Kemp McAvoy thinks he has found his ticket to the life he's always wanted. As a med school dropout who was on his way to becoming an anesthesiologist, Kemp has the knowledge to carry off the crazy plan he concocts: adjust the star's medication each night and pretend to be a heavenly visitor giving her messages. He recruits her agent and a down-and-out publisher to make sure the messages will become the next spiritual bestseller and make them all rich.

But his girlfriend's daughter, Leah, keeps telling people that she is seeing angels, and her mother and her teachers are all afraid that something is wrong.

Before it's all over, they'll all learn a few things about angels, love, and hope.

My review:

I have read most of Tim Down's books, and this was totally different than his other books. He usually writes suspense/mystery, and this didn't fall into that category, but I did enjoy the book, and the plot was rather humorous: three men cook up a scheme to convince a movie star in a medically induced coma that she has been talking to an angel, and to write a book about it.

The book was an easy read. I read it in one evening. The plot was really good, and the characters were colorful and amusing. One issue I have with Tim Down's books, is there is rarely much, if any,  Christian content, and though angels play a part in this book, God and Christianity don't play much of a part. Two of the main characters are an unmarried man and woman living together, and though no inappropriate stuff is mentioned, neither is the practice condemned in the book. I would have liked to have seen some kind of disapproval put on that kind of relationship, and more of a Christian theme, but it is an enjoyable and clean read, as is anything he has written.

If you do enjoy clean suspense, I highly recommend his Bug Man series.

About the author:

Tim Downs is the Christy Award-winning author of Plague Maker and the Bug Man novels. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and three children.

Wonders Never Cease is available from Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Thanks to Thomas Nelson for the review copy.