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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
"The Anarchists" is Brian Thompson's entry into the genre of Christian fiction which has become largely defined by Tim Lehaye's Left Behind Series. Brian Thompson, however, adds a clever science fiction element which makes room for an entirely different kind of novel...For readers who already share the belief-system and religious background on which the book depends, "The Anarchists" presents an interesting discussion of some aspects of Christianity. Such readers may find a science fiction presentation of Christian beliefs an intriguing union of ideas with important implications...Mr. Thompson uses many Biblical metaphors giving them a cleverly literal twist and incorporating them into the novel's plot seamlessly, giving the reader some interesting insight into complex theology...For the intended niche, this book will present an interesting view point, well-developed characters and a tightly executed plot.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
We all know what it's like to not have things go the way we want them to. For some it can be their efforts to achieve something great. For others it is trying to take what we see as our rightful place in a position. In author Brian Thompson's new book THE ANARCHISTS we are able to see exactly what happens when things don't go as planned and you get an opportunity to seemingly wipe the slate clean.

Through what is the "Begin Again" project, everyday individuals Harper, Damario, Quinne and Teanna are given a chance to take back one event from their lives. What the reader is able to know is that this is all made possible due to something supernatural--and not necessarily in a good way.

What will they do and how will it have an effect on others? This is the question they must ponder and the one that Thompson gives us all to reflect on through his book.

I had the opportunity to interview the author after the official release of THE ANARCHISTS, and what struck me then and now as I write this review is how all of us in a sense or guilty of going against the grain, doing something other than what might be seen as expected. What we have to consider just as the characters that the author creates does is how will our decision change the course of our lives and that of those around us.

Building on his ability to take themes from the Bible and create his own cast of characters and situations, author Brian Thompson has delivered what I believe is a well-written journey into the walking contradiction that is humanity. No matter what genre you're used to reading, this is one you'll find something in it that you will enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Have you ever wished for a `do over' in life to change your path and do over or become someone better than you are in your present life? What if it was done seemingly with your consent all to the gain of one person? In Brian Thompson's The Anarchists, five chosen people will find out the `what if' that sometimes shadow our thoughts.

Each person chosen to change their lives suffered in such a way that perhaps a new way of living will make up for what horrible situation has happened. Teanna fell victim to substance abuse; Quinne lost a loved one and turned to drugs; Damario's wife was unfaithful in their marriage and he suffered a near fatal accident; Harper's husband, Micah, lost his job and they were struggling financially. At these pivotal points in their lives, they could have all used an opportunity to travel back in time to change what went wrong.

This futuristic story is one to ponder with possibilities to change one's life allegedly for the better, but at what cost in the end? Will going back in time to tamper with the path God already has for their lives improve it or make it worse?

I enjoyed reading The Anarachists because the story was intriguing and kept me guessing what would ultimately happen. The futuristic theme was interesting as well. I recommend this book to anyone who loves stories that are ahead of its time.

This book was provided to me courtesy of the author for review purposes.

Review by Sharel E. Gordon-Love
APOOO BookClub
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VINE VOICEon April 19, 2013
First a warning - this book is strictly adult and not for the kids. It carries adult themes and consequences and is quite "edgy" - pushing the comfort zone with its themes and situations. There is a definite Christian theme that runs throughout, but lies underneath and would certainly not "put off" the mainstream reader.

What if you could go back in time and change your life? Would you? What would you change?

Full of decisions and their consequences, this book will make you think. Taking place in the middle of the 21st century, it has a sci-fi and somewhat of a dystopian theme. The world isn't a great place and things are aligning for change. What direction that change will be depends on certain decisions.

Truly a page-turner, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat. It will challenge your comfort zone and will keep you guessing until the end - and what an ending it is!
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on April 7, 2012
The Anarchists is a thrilling ride through the land of what would I do? The decisions that the characters make literally have the ability to change things, but do they have the brains and guts to go through with this? It is easy to put yourself in the story and ask, would I? Hope that the title of "Christian fiction" doesn't scare off any readers, don't really need a faith background to make this a fun read. Thompson is a little like a mix between LeHay and a sci fi movie, very enjoyable story with just enough plot twists and turns to keep it fun. Give this one a shot, the only negative thing I can say is if you read it on the beach like I did, put it down and come out of the sun! I got burnt because I lost track of time in this thrilling story. Two thumbs up!
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on June 22, 2012
Thompson has created characters with problems who take a chance on a circumstance to replay their lives, fix mistakes and begin again. Each one has his own regret, and the journey into the past poses for each a "do over" and then the realization that they have been pawns in the hands of a being that will destroy everything that is precious. They band together to save the people of the world. The questions posed at the end of the book are excellent and inspires one to do whatever it takes to win the battle, whatever it is, over evil.
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on May 15, 2012
Author Brian Thompson did a fantastic job on this book. The plot is detailed and well thought out. I enjoyed the time setting (2050) and the items that were used at that time. Beyond that, the characters were all interesting in their own right and the small changes to each as they travel to a different reality will keep you playing catch up until the very end. I recommend this book to anyone interested in a science fiction novel with some moderate religious undertones.
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on June 3, 2012
This is perhaps Thompson's best novel to date. An allegory to the Biblical tale of Satan attempting to overthrow his Creator, The Anarchists follows five characters as they attempt to save the world from evil incarnate. Thompson's characters are lovable, and through their life struggles and subsequent pain the reader has a chance to get to know them. 264 pages simply aren't enough for this riveting tale.
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on June 10, 2014
I don't recall having a great feeling about this book after I finished it. Somehow the ending was not particularly satisfying. There were so many plot lines in the beginning that I got mixed up after a while as the author jumped back and forth. It took quite some effort to remember what was going on. Then again, I didn't read this at one sitting, so perhaps that didn't help either. The first half of the book or so was interweaving five different stories, all which converged in the second half. The resolution was somewhat lacking, if there was really one at all.. Basically, five characters make bad choices in their life and are given a second chance to reverse those decisions (by way of some super pill of some sort), and they find out about the fact that they had an alternate life.. Plot climaxes. Won't spoil the rest of it but wasn't all that impressed.
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on April 8, 2012
MARK'S REVIEW

Brian used a much more detailed synopsis for his book review request than the one I used above, which is from Amazon. I'm glad I didn't read the entire detailed synopsis. It made the reading that much better. I'm the type of reader that would like to know just enough about a book or movie before going to read it or see it. Sometimes, though, a preview gives away too much, which threatens to ruin the experience for me. I don't think that would have been the case here, but not knowing where the story was headed made the experience very satisfying.

Brain got a little nervous when I told him that the prologue and first chapter(s) didn't make sense together. The flow of the story jumped after the prologue. Don't take that as a bad sign, though. I wanted to see how he would tie it back in. In fact, it wasn't until I approached the half-way mark that I began to understand what was going on.

For the first half of the story, I was wondering about the prologue and how the story of these various characters was going to tie in, and in the second half, I was curious about the ending, how the characters were going to resolve it. Based upon my knowledge of this sub-genre of Science Fiction, which I won't reveal here, the ending wasn't exactly unorthodox; it simply wasn't the one I was expecting, which was a nice change.

I highly recommend this book for any lover of science fiction. The writing was detailed, but not so much as to bog you down. In fact, I think the details were extremely well chosen. It seemed like I was in that future world, without having to read all the minute details that an author could have chosen to include.

As a final note, there was another side effect of not reading the synopsis in full: I didn't completely grasp the meaning of the title until the epilogue. Once again not a bad thing. In fact, it allowed me to have an "AHA" moment in the final pages, which is always nice.
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