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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Reprinted edition (September 29, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310238277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310238270
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The quality of Collins's writing slips in this evangelical Christian thriller follow-up to Eyes of Elisha, but she still spins an interesting tale with plenty of suspense. Californian Chelsea Adams has the supernatural gift of visions that show her events others are unable to perceive. She's dismayed to be selected as a juror at the murder trial of Darren Welk, whose wife, Shawna, has disappeared. Chelsea's visiting niece Kerra Fraye attends the trial and strikes up a romance with a man whose innocence is increasingly under scrutiny. Chelsea and Kerra's lives are about to intersect with that of 20-year-old Rogelio Sanchez, the birth father of a baby girl whom he signed away for adoption-a decision he now regrets. The story is compelling, but the prose is not up to Collins's usual standards. She overdetails physical movements ("air puffed from Erika's offended mouth"); characters repeatedly blink and their throats, stomachs, guts and mouths do peculiar things ("Rogelio's stomach gelled"). There are odd, lengthy descriptions ("The jury pulled at his eyes, but he focused on the judge as she positioned her computer keyboard just so and generally settled herself like a hen over eggs"). Collins inserts plenty of intrigue and false trails, although the novel's ending fails to take into account one character who is notable by her omission. Evangelical Christian readers will applaud the character of Chelsea as an example of how God uses ordinary people in extraordinary ways to accomplish his objectives, but Collins fans may be wondering why her strong writing skills are not showcased here.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Fans of Collins's Eyes of Elisha will cheer the return of psychic Chelsea Adams, although this time out, she's not the one in danger. A juror on a sensational murder trial, Chelsea has promised the judge and attorneys to be guided only by the evidence and not by her supernatural visions. The circumstantial evidence strongly suggests that Darren Walk killed his wife in the dark waters off a California beach, but Chelsea senses that there may be other possibilities. When Chelsea becomes the holdout during deliberations, her fellow jurors belittle her faith. "But the Lord is with me like a dread champion; therefore my persecutors will stumble and not prevail." These words, taken from Jeremiah 20:11, support her against their anger and assuage the horrific visions she's having of her niece, whose attraction to Walk's son puts her in the crosshairs of a ruthless killer. A riveting mystery and courtroom drama will engage the attention of readers who hope to see more of Chelsea's visions. Recommended for most collections.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

"Collins is a fine writer who knows how to both horrify readers and keep them turning pages." -- Publishers Weekly

"Collins keeps coming with fascinating, unique plots." --RT BookReviews

"Brandilyn Collins, the queen of Seatbelt Suspense®, certainly lives up to her well-deserved reputation." -- CBA Retailers

"[Collins is] a master of her craft ... intensity, tension, high-caliber suspense, and engaging mystery." -- The Christian Manifesto

"Collins keeps the reader gasping and guessing ... artistic prose paints vivid pictures ... High marks for original plotting and superb pacing." -- RT BookClub
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Brandilyn Collins is an award-winning and best-selling novelist known for her trademarked Seatbelt Suspense®--fast-paced, character-driven suspense with myriad twists and an interwoven thread of faith. She also writes insightful contemporary novels with rich characters. She is often blamed for keeping her readers up at night, as they "just have to see what happens next."




In nonfiction, Brandilyn is known for her distinctive book on fiction-writing techniques, Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn From Actors (John Wiley & Sons). Writers Digest Magazine named Getting Into Character one of the top books on writing of 2002.

You can read excerpts from all Brandilyn's books at her Web site: www.brandilyncollins.com. That's also a good place to subscribe to her free newsletter, Sneak Pique, so you can be among the first to know about her latest releases.

Customer Reviews

I loved the characters, the believable storyline and was sitting on the edge of my seat at the end!
Robin C. Miller
I enjoy reading her books because I know I can get into the characters without having to try and "overlook" bad language and other things that I dont want to see.
Lori-book fanatic
I quickly became a fan of hers and in the recent weeks since becoming one have read nearly every book she has written.
B.J.53

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sheryl Root on February 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
Dread Champion is the sequel to Brandilyn Collins' book, Eyes of Elisha. While I enjoyed Eyes of Elisha, the plot didn't hold as many surprises as I would have liked. I'm very glad I kept reading. Dread Champion far exceeded my greatest expectations. The many threads of plot were tied together flawlessly and kept me guessing until the very end.

The heroine of the series is Chelsea Adams; wife, mother, and visionary--literally. Chelsea is a woman who sees visions from God. In Dread Champion, Chelsea is chosen to be on the jury of a well-publicized murder trial. Darren Welk, the "Salad King" of Salinas County, has been charged with the murder of his wife. Chelsea is sure she will be excused from the jury pool. After all, what lawyers in their right minds would pick her to be a part of a jury? Her visions of a young girl's murder in Trent Park had put her in the headlines just a year before. So she is stunned when she is accepted to be the second alternate juror. But, as the title Dread Champion (taken from Jeremiah 20:11) implies, God will accomplish His own purposes and choose to use whomever He will.

As fellow jurors give her the cold shoulder because of their knowledge of her visions; her visiting niece Kerra becomes involved with the son of the defendant; and God gives her a new, terrifying vision; Chelsea fights to pray and trust that God has placed her where He has for a reason.

God's work in each character's life in this story is as unique as the fingerprints He gives us. That, along with a tightly woven storyline, made this a book that was very hard to put down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robin C. Miller on April 29, 2004
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Once again, Brandilyn Collins has the perfect mix of suspense, drama, romance, and spirituality without preaching! I loved the characters, the believable storyline and was sitting on the edge of my seat at the end! Highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great read! I couldn't put it down! For more of my reviews, visit my website at [...]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Rivera on June 5, 2014
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Brandilyn Collins had created a great sequel to Eyes of Elisha. Chelsea is once again involved in another murder mystery. This time though, she is on the jury. This book does a wonderful job bringing in the court aspects, mixed with mystery, intrigue and several unexpected twists and turns.

No one wants Chesea in the courtroom. Not the lawyers, her fellow jury members and especially not herself. Yet stuck there she is. Most think she is crazy with her visions. And this time, not even she knows what to make of them. The evidence is all there, pointing it's ugly finger at famed Darren Welk. Yet her visions do not match up. She wonders what God is trying to show her and what can she legally do about it. A wonderful mix of faith and the walking the line of man's laws.

I loved hoe the courtroom plays out and how the jury experience goes. After being stuck on a two-week case myself recently I can say it is very accurate. Things are going smooth on the case, until the threats roll in. Chelsea is pulled away from her home and visiting niece who starts to get a bit to close to the accused son for Chelsea's comfort.

The intrigue in this book is very well played, slowly adding layer by layer to the plot. And the end result is such a wonderful twist! I highly enjoyed this novel! This is Christian Fiction/mystery-suspense the way it should be!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janice Stevenson on January 2, 2013
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You will not find me writing a single negative word about anything Collins writes. In fact, I am such a fan that I recommend every single one of her works of fiction. I have read almost all of them, and this is what I can say without hesitation or reservation: Collins' writing style is intriguing, her characters are memorable, her plots are unpredictable, and her testimony is solid. Dread Champion specifically is a great sequel with a phenomenal storyline. You will be glad you took the ride.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn on October 30, 2012
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The Kindle version has hundreds of typos. Too bad since the book is really good. I do not know how the ebooks are producd, but someone needs to check for errors before selling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B.J.53 on November 6, 2010
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she rivals collen coble with her christian suspense writing. I quickly became a fan of hers and in the recent weeks since becoming one have read nearly every book she has written. I wish she could write books more quickly so I would always have something to read. Excellent
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lori-book fanatic on February 21, 2010
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AS in all of her books, the characters are believable and the mystery is good. I enjoy reading her books because I know I can get into the characters without having to try and "overlook" bad language and other things that I dont want to see. Just a good clean read.
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This is a series that may be quite controversial, seeing that the main character, Chelsea Adams has "visions" from God. Being a Christian, I know with certainty that God can send visions to a receptive soul. Other people may not agree. God sending visions to people in this day and age is quite rare, but possible. It is also true that Satan can send visions as well; however, I read nothing that would point to that in this series thus far. As always, Brandilyn Collins has put together another masterful series!
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