Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Assault: Harbingers cycle two by Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky

The Assault (Harbingers #5-8)

from he Next Wave of Stories in the Harbingers Series Arrives 
Cycle 2 of the Harbingers series continues the story of four gifted strangers brought together to fight a growing darkness.
In Bill Myers's "The Revealing," the team finds themselves in Rome trying to retrieve the mystical spear Hitler once owned--the very spear that pierced Christ's side. This task will take them from hidden chambers inside the Vatican to a mysterious seaside cave with powers they could never expect.
Frank Peretti's "Infestation" unleashes a microscopic evil on the world that deceives, blinds, kills, then spreads. The Harbingers team must confront a monster bent on seducing and destroying mankind.
In "Infiltration" by Angela Hunt, the team is wounded and barely holding together. Forced to split up, they realize their investigations have led them into dangerous waters.
Alton Gansky's "The Fog" unleashes a supernatural mist unlike any other. There are vicious things in the fog that kill whatever they find. One team member realizes that the ultimate sacrifice may have to be made.

My Take:  I have read the first 4 books in this series but have not written a review for them yet.  I would suggest reading the first books as you will get to know the characters better and I think enjoy these stories more.  But these can be read separate.  I enjoyed these novellas very much maybe even alittle bet better than the first books.  Each story is meant to be read in one sitting and they all interconnect although each author has taken one of the main characters and chosen to write from that point of view.  I found the different adventures of this group of people very interesting and at the end of each of the stories I wondered what the team would be doing next.  The team consists of an aethist ex-priest, a street wise tatoo artist, the ex-priest's assistant and the only Christian in the bunch a big football player.  There is also a young boy who doesn't have stories told from his point of view.  I did find that the story The Fog was very reminiscient of Stephan King's "The Mist".  

I received a review copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. 

The Names of Dead Girls by Eric Rickstad

The Names Of Dead Girls (Canaan Crime #3)

from :  New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Eric Rickstad delivers the electrifying sequel to The Silent Girls, and features once again detectives Frank Rath and Sonja Test as they track a depraved killer through rural Vermont.

Every murder tells a story. Some stories never end . . . 

In a remote northern Vermont town, college student Rachel Rath is being watched. She can feel the stranger’s eyes on her, relentless and possessive. And she’s sure the man watching her is the same man who killed her mother and father years ago: Ned Preacher, a serial rapist and murderer who gamed the system to get a light sentence. Now, he’s free.

Detective Frank Rath adopted Rachel, his niece, after the shocking murder of her parents when she was a baby. Ever since, Rath’s tried to protect her from the true story of her parents’ deaths. But now Preacher is calling Rath to torment him. He’s threatening Rachel and plotting cruelties for her, of the flesh and of the mindWhen other girls are found brutally murdered, and a woman goes missing, Rath and Detective Sonja Test must untangle the threads that tie these new crimes and some long-ago nightmares together. Soon they will learn that the truth is more perverse than anyone could guess, rife with secrets, cruel desires, and warped, deadly loyalty.

Mesmerizing, startling, and intricately plotted, The Names of Dead Girls builds relentlessly on its spellbinding premise, luring readers into its dark and macabre mystery, right to its shocking end.

My Take:  This is a part of a series.  Not sure if it is the 3rd or second as different places say different things.  Anyway you can read this book by itself but there is probably alot of back story in the previous book(s).  I haven't read them but I did enjoy this book.  I have always wondered how victims must feel when whoever committed a crime against them no matter what it may be gets out of jail or prison.  This book helps to answer that question to a degree.  The good guys are great and the bad guy is a very creepy.  There is plenty of suspense and thrills to keep you reading as fast as you can as you will want to find out what happens.  It is a dark story so be warned of that.  

I received a review copy of this book from Partners in Crime in exchange for my honest opinion.