Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Rise of the Fallen by Chuck Black

A six thousand year war rages and now the demonic Fallen are coming for him—the one man shrouded in mystery. Only Validus stands in their way.

Validus is the last and least of God’s angels, but he’s seen much across the millennia since his creation. Empires have risen and fallen as angelic and demonic forces battle in a raging war that will determine humanity's fate – and the fate of his defeated brothers.

Eventually called to be an earth-bound warrior, Validus rises to a position of power and respect, commanding legions of angels through impossible battles and overwhelming odds. But when orders arrive from the Creator's most elite Messenger, he finds himself suddenly demoted to a task of apparent insignificance considering the fierce war they are waging against the demonic Fallen – the covert protection of one unbelieving man. 

Validus soon finds himself on a mission that will push him beyond his abilities as he battles to protect Drew Carter, for the Fallen are coming for him. Legions of them. 

As Validus races against time to discover why Drew is so important to humanity's survival, can he stand between Drew and all who would destroy him?

My review:

  Ever since I finished the first book in this series, Cloak of the Light, I have been looking forward to reading this one. The first book ended with quite the cliffhanger, and I wanted to find out what happened next. Unfortunately,  I will have to wait for the next book, as this one did not go much past where book one ended.

  The first book centered around Drew Carter, a young man who has an accident that temporarily blinds him. After he regains his sight, he can see beings that he doesn't realize for a long time are angels and demons.

 This book centers around one of the angels assigned to guard him. Although the book is fictional, and thus the author's idea of how things happened, it was still fascinating to read an account of what it might have been for an angel to be there for Lucifer's rebellion, Creation, the fall of man, Noah, the Tower of Babel, and more. The book went back and forth from those events to modern day, where the angels were guarding their charge.

 I like books like this where an author writes angels into the story, if it is done right, and this author tried to stick to Biblical views of angels and what they might do in our lives. I loved the book, and read it the day it came in the mail. I liked the characters, especially Validus, an angel guarding a human, and having no idea why this human is so important. The book has a lot of drama and excitement, battles between angels and demons, between good and bad. t is geared for juvenile readers, but reads like an adult book. It is a book that juveniles and adults alike can enjoy, which is a testament of the author's writing abilities. I loved the book, and enjoyed every page of it. There were no parts I wanted to skim over, and found myself wishing I had not reached the end of the book. I highly recommend it, though book one should be read first.

About the author:

Chuck Black spent eight years in the Air Force traveling the world as a communications engineer and an F-16 fighter pilot. Today, Chuck is a product design engineer and has invented or coinvented eleven patented construction products now being sold internationally. His passion in life is to serve the Lord Jesus Christ and to love his wife, Andrea, and their six children. The Blacks take their family music ministry on the road, singing Christian gospel, contemporary, and traditional songs. Chuck and his family live in North Dakota.

Rise of the Fallen is available from Waterbrook/Multnomah Publishing.

Thanks to Waterbrook/Multnomah for the review copy.