Saturday, April 5, 2014

Cloak of the Light: Wars of the Realm, Book 1

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Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781601425027
Release: 3.18.2014
Juvenile Fiction - Religious - Christian - Action & Adventure
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Cloak of the Light

by Chuck Black
Drew is caught in a world of light - just inches away from the dark

What if...there was a world beyond our vision, a world just fingertips beyond our reach? What if...our world wasn’t beyond their influence?

Tragedy and heartache seem to be waiting for Drew Carter at every turn, but college offers Drew a chance to start over—until an accident during a physics experiment leaves him blind and his genius friend, Benjamin Berg, missing.

As his sight miraculously returns, Drew discovers that the accident has heightened his neuron activity, giving him skills and sight beyond the normal man. When he begins to observe fierce invaders that no one else can see, he questions his own sanity, and so do others. But is he insane or do the invaders truly exist?

With help from Sydney Carlyle, a mysterious and elusive girl who offers encouragement through her faith, Drew searches for his missing friend, Ben, who seems to hold the key to unlocking this mystery. As the dark invaders close in, will he find the truth in time?

My Impressions
This was the first book I ever read by Chuck Black and it was an amazing book. Normally I do not go for books with a deep mystical element, but this book was fantastic. I loved the charterer development of Drew. Drew is a young man who has seen more than his share of tragedy in his life.In fact his life is consumed with one tragedy after another almost.  As a result and influenced by his best friend, Ben, he turns to science for all of life’s explanations, and in doing so he adamantly turns away from any acknowledgement of God’s existence, let alone love. Then an accident leaves him blind and his world is changed forever. Drew's struggles and experiences are real and easy to relate to.  The author does a great job of showing Drew's humanity and displaying his character as one of  goodness who has trouble walking away when people are in trouble. I enjoyed the  wit and strength in both Drew and Syndey representing two completely different views of life and how to endure.

I could vividly see the struggle and battle between darkness and light. I did not realize that this was a Christian fiction book when I selected it so it took me some time to piece together who and what the different invaders represented. Call me slow if you must, but when I figured it out it added a whole new element to the story that was amazing. For someone that does not believe in Jesus Christ or Aliens Drew's world was turned upside down with the reality of both in a way he never imagined.

Normally I end up passing up  the Readers Guide at the end of the book because they tend to be boring and predictable, but in this case I was very glad that I took the time to read through it. It gave a  very informative peak into the theological framework the author was hoping to convey to the reader along with biblical explanations for many topics discussed though out the book.

About the Author:

Chuck Black Chuck Black is the author of nine novels including the popular Kingdom Series and The Knights of Arrethtrae series. He 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.

*I received an ARC copy of this book in a giveaway by Multnomah Books and was not required to write a positive review! All thoughts expressed are my own!*

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