Sunday, March 3, 2019

American Omens: The Coming Fight for Faith by Travis Thrasher

Book description:

In this taut thriller that depicts a future where belief is dangerous, faith is deemed hatred, and a group of powerful elite keeps watch, the Reckoner has come to wake up America.

The year is 2038 and Cheyenne Burne is a brilliant young programmer working for Acatour, the world's top technology firm. Her father converts to Christianity, and he suddenly disappears without a trace. When a stranger hands Cheyenne a coded message that sends her on a collision course with a clandestine group of believers, she must put her life in the hands of those following a man known only as the Reckoner. He claims he wants to bring back true faith in Christ to America and also reveal the forces behind the disappearances of the many renowned people who publicly declared their Christian faith.

Operating in the shadows and living off the grid, this mysterious prophet assembles a ragtag team--including a former bookseller whose store was shut down for selling prohibited books--to help him take the battle for transparency to the top. With a ruthless FBI agent closing in, can Cheyenne and the others expose the truth and lead a return to God in America before it's too late? 

My review:

  Travis Thrasher has written a wide variety of books. Some I have really liked, and there have been some I didn't care for. This one falls into the former. The title and description intrigued me, and it did turn out to be an interesting read.

  For anyone paying attention, it is obvious that Christianity is rapidly becoming viewed as hateful and is looked down and ridiculed by many, and especially by the media and Hollywood. The day may very likely become when Christians are branded a hate group, and Christianity becomes illegal. This book gives a fictional look at what that might be like.

 Thrasher is a great writer, and that comes through in this book. He came up with some great scenarios, and even some technological ideas that do not exist - to my knowledge - that make it easier to manipulate, control, and keep track of people. The plot and setting were well done and very creative, along with his characters.

 The idea of a 911 conspiracy bothered me, and I am not sure if the author ascribes to such lunacy, or if he just had his one character do so. Hopefully the latter....

 There was nothing else in the book that bothered me, except it kind of left me hanging. It was a suspenseful and interesting read that truly did make me think about what our world could be like if Christianity is ever, God forbid, outlawed. All in all, it was a book worth reading.

I received this book from the publisher, Waterbrook/Multnomah,  through their book launch program.

About the author:

Bestselling author Travis Thrasher has written over 50 books, spanning genres in fiction, nonfiction and children’s literature. His inspirational stories have included collaborations with filmmakers, musicians, athletes, celebrities and pastors.

With the childhood goal of pursuing a writing career starting in third grade, Thrasher worked for 13 years at Tyndale House Publishers after graduating college. His experience working with authors allowed him to understand the writing life as well as training him to work with a variety of personalities. This experience has proven to be valuable with co-writing projects.

His novels are as diverse as the people he’s worked with, ranging from love stories to supernatural thrillers. This storytelling ability has also allowed him to work with others on their books, from country musician and American Idol winner Scotty McCreery to Bill Klein and Jen Arnold, reality TV stars of The Little Couple. Upcoming projects continue to expand his talents, with projects including Olympic Pride, American Prejudice about the lives of the other 17 American black athletes who competed in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin and Baby Don’t Hurt Me about comedian Chris Kattan’s life and time on Saturday Night Live.

Travis lives with his wife and three young daughters in a suburb of Chicago.

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