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

Dan Calabrese
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

(First in the series)

Twenty 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.


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From the Back Cover

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 (www.northstarnational.com), 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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 596 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1426922833
  • Publisher: North Star Writers Group; 1 edition (January 6, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006UMLOES
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,991 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars i live near where this story takes place 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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable, looking forward to book 2! 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Page turner with a message 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.

Recommended.

Benjamin M. Lopez
Author, From Dimes To Dollars Entrepreneurship Blog
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real January 11, 2014
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This book may shock some but I found it based solidly in the real world and scripturaly sound. Highly recommend!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I can't recommend November 19, 2013
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I bought this with high expectations. I thought it would be a nice change to have a Christian novel with an edge to it. I just can't get through it. The grammar is poor and sentences sloppy. I spent too much time re-reading whole paragraphs to get the sense of them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing novel to learn from!
Well written and thoroughly intriguing until the last page. I sense the honesty and truth of the story, appreciate the education, and am appreciative that the author may have... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the typical Christian fiction novel
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... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sarah Barnes
1.0 out of 5 stars Just... not. very. believable.
I finished the 'cleaned up' version of the book about a week ago. I've been contemplating how to write this review since then. I'm not a theologian. I'm a math instructor. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Molly Crocker
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
If you're into Faith & Spirituality its a good and entertaining read. !
Published 3 months ago by George L VanCleave
5.0 out of 5 stars very very good
I believe that Calabrese's take on spiritual warfare has merit, though I tend to like Peretti's view as well. I think besides the Bible, perhaps C.S. Read more
Published 3 months ago by lost_lotr_fan
3.0 out of 5 stars HO HUM
I guess I can say I liked this book. It seemed to be written in a style that is almost talking-very different from the writing styles I am used to. Read more
Published 3 months ago by V. Clayton
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Good book about demons and their effect on humans. Previous reviews disappointed about the language and crudity - this updated version with very little of that. Read more
Published 3 months ago by RRHunter
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good book concerning the effect of dark forces against God's...
A very good book concerning the effect of dark forces against God's forces and how that operates under the radar of most people' awareness.
Published 3 months ago by DaysOfElijah
4.0 out of 5 stars much like Peretti
Good book. I am going to try the next one. Not much new from Peretti's so many years ago. Power of prayer being the main strategy to defeat the Devil.
Published 6 months ago by Mammabehm
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good story.
The subject matter was interesting, I was not really impressed with the writing style of the author. Just my preference I suppose.
Published 6 months ago by Stephanie J Dick
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More About the Author

Dan Calabrese is a journalist, columnist and adult Bible study teacher.

Mr. Calabrese serves as editor in chief of HermanCain.com, 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 Bethel Abundant Life Center (Pentecostal) Church in Grandville, Michigan.


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