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Powers and Principalities (The Royal Oak Series of Spiritual Thrillers) Kindle Edition

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20 years ago, at a high school party, teenager Clay Bender's eyes were inexplicably opened to the true nature of spiritual evil. The things God revealed to him were so terrifying, he changed his entire lifestyle to ensure he would never see them again. But now, he is seeing them again.

And as much as he hates his ominous spiritual gift, Clay cannot ignore the signs that the spiritual powers of the air are converging for an all-out assault on his hometown of Royal Oak, Michigan. With the help of his two closest friends, an intriguing woman and the nearly forgotten pastor who baptized him long ago, he must find a way to stop them before the entire community perishes - and before his own personal demons vanquish him first.

About the Author

Dan Calabrese, editor-in-chief of The North Star National (, is also a syndicated columnist and freelance writer. A past elder at Woodview Christian Church in Wyoming, Michigan, he leads a Bible class there that focuses on how God works through the grace of Christ and the Holy Spirit.

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  • File Size: 596 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1426922833
  • Publisher: North Star Writers Group; 1 edition (January 6, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 6, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,971 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dan Calabrese is a journalist, columnist and adult Bible study teacher.

Mr. Calabrese serves as editor in chief of, the multi-media site owned by the former presidential candidate and current national radio host. In addition, he writes a column twice a week for the Detroit News.

He also reports on a freelance basis for a variety of news and trade magazines.

A native of Royal Oak, Michigan, where he attended Shrine Grade School and fell short of superstardom in the Royal Oak Baseball Federation, Mr. Calabrese now lives in Wyoming, Michigan, with his wife, Angie, and their son, Tony.

He and his family worship at One Church Empowerment Center in Grandville, Michigan.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By TKrauss on July 22, 2010
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Review of "Powers and Principalities" by TRACY KRAUSS

WARNING: This novel could change your perception of the spirit realm!
Powers and Principalities is a powerful story about the unseen spiritual forces that exist everywhere around us and how these forces are bent on human destruction - both personal and global. Author Dan Calabrese weaves a tale that is simultaneously fantastical and imaginative while at the same time realistic in its gritty portrayal of the characters. It centers around three friends - a somewhat eclectic and unlikely trio - who come face to face with these dark forces of evil when one of their number is `gifted' with the ability to see into the spirit realm. Once he sees the forces at work, an even more insidious plot is uncovered and it is up to the threesome to save the city from mayhem and destruction. Not since Frank Peretti's groundbreaking novel This Present Darkness was released 25 years ago, has a novel about spiritual warfare had this kind of potential to impact people's thinking on the topic. Powers and Principalities jumps in with both feet and comes out swinging.

Having said that, as a work of `Christian' Fiction this novel is sure to raise a few eyebrows, or, as is more likely the case, garner some strong criticism from mainstream church-dom. As `Edgy Christian' fiction, it is way beyond edgy. Perhaps the initial warning could have read: `Explicit language and graphic sexual descriptions'. However, since author Dan Calabrese has done this himself quite openly in the preface to the novel, there is no need. Mr. Calabrese clearly explains to the reader what is coming, and why he chose to write in this style - a style that many Christians will undoubtedly question and certainly that many more will find offensive.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By F. L. Vernier on February 26, 2013
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i heard a book review of this story on Christian radio and since i know the area, and it's less than 5 miles from where i live, i figured "why not buy it?" this author writes about this location because he grew up in the city of Royal Oak, Michigan, where this story takes place. i was somewhat chagrined to learn the author was a Pastor, because the language in the book is extremely vulgar and perverse. the author would tell you the language was nasty because the demons represented in the book were, in fact, demons and therefore the language reflected that. well, i disagree. the author could have told the same story without using the vulgar language. case in point: Frank Peretti's novels, "This Present Darkness" and "Piercing The Darkness" are also about demons, yet he kept the language clean, and Frank isn't even a Pastor. this novel is ADULT reading ONLY! if you are a Christian, do NOT buy this for your children until YOU have read it first!!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Atlanta Russ on May 2, 2013
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I very much enjoyed reading this book. The story was great, and by the end I really cared about all of the main characters. Because the author happens to be Christian, and the subject matter deals with spiritual matters which (for a pleasant change) are not outside the realm of biblical possibility, I think the book is getting a little bit over critiqued.... I think the author did a fine job of presenting a very enjoyable story, which at times deals sin, demonic influence, etc., but also made me think about some things along the way, so I am giving this one five stars. Will begin book 2 this evening :)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin M. Lopez on May 7, 2010
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While Powers And Principalities shares an invaluable message, it's not all flowers and frolicking about. I find this book a cut above the rest primarily because it does not follow the cues of so many other inspirational titles. The setting is a far cry from the fairy-tale perfect world visions so common in the genre; instead, Calabrese opts for realism, showing the world as it truly is. I've had a passion for reading since I could hold a book, but the one pet peeve I've refused to ignore is unrealistic dialogue. Even a large portion of the market's current bestselling authors see fit to sacrifice convincing exchanges for the sake of plot progression. While I do have a few reservations, for the most part the conversation is several steps above other mainstream fiction, and I immediately identified the chatter as very human and true-to-life. P&P is a highly readable page-turner, but Dan also takes a nod from the literary style and reserves more than enough of the early chapters for some great character development. The cast is about the perfect size for a book of this length. Hardly overwhelming, but large enough to keep the answers hazy with the mystery elements. But perhaps the most compelling aspect is the masterful rate of drip-feeding information. I kept asking myself where in the blazes some of these story arcs were heading, and it kept me incessantly wondering to the very end.


Benjamin M. Lopez
Author, From Dimes To Dollars Entrepreneurship Blog
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Barnes on November 9, 2014
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I don't usually read for fun. I prefer to read for knowledge and I usually find fiction pointless. However, knowing the interesting man who is Dan Calabrese, I thought perhaps it wouldn't be a complete waste of time to check out his books. I was not disappointed. I grew up in a Baptist church so I have found it to be a unique challenge to listen to Dan's take on his relationship with God and the way he views the spiritual world. While I don't always necessarily agree, it is always thought provoking. I have found myself questioning a lot that I took for granted based on my early Christian education. This book is hiding a story that kept me coming back to it daily. I'm the kind of person who usually figures out the whole plot and outcome of a movie 5 minutes in but this book kept me guessing until the very end. I especially appreciated how much more realistic it was when determining the character and actions of people who don't know Jesus. It didn't gloss over reality. I'll be reading the next book for sure. Thanks for all that you do, Dan, to show people the way to forgiveness through Jesus!
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