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Praise for The Canary List and Sigmund Brouwer

“Speculative Christian fiction is rare, and Brouwer does it with the skills of an episodic storyteller that make a reader wonder when the movie is coming out.”
—Publisher’s Weekly

“Recommended for readers of visionary and science fiction and for larger Christian fiction collections.”
—Library Journal

“Sigmund Brouwer is one of my favorite authors. His versatility and the ease that he switches between genres and styles never cease to amaze me.”
—Melissa Willis,

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author

Sigmund Brouwer is the bestselling author of Broken Angel and nineteen other novels, with close to three million books in print. His work has appeared in Time, The Tennessean, on Good Morning America and other media. Sigmund is married to recording artist Cindy Morgan and has two young daughters.

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  • File Size: 804 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (June 21, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 21, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J4WL6Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,172,640 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Whether writing youth or adult fiction, Sigmund Brouwer is a best-selling author of more than 40 fast-paced novels. He loves going to schools to get kids excited about reading, reaching roughly 80,000 students a year through his Rock&Roll Literacy Show.

Sigmund is married to songwriter recording artist Cindy Morgan. The couple and their two young daughters divide their time between Red Deer, Alberta and Nashville, Tennessee.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By OutlawPoet TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 6, 2011
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Crockett Grey is a school teacher with the unfortunate tendency of mourning his deceased daughter at the bottom of a bottle of liquor. When one of his female students arrives at his house in the dead of night, terrified and begging for help, those memories of his daughter compel him to help her. This simple of act of help drags him into a world of false accusations, physical assault, and political and religious intrigue.


Truth be told, had I realized that this was considered "Christian Fiction", I probably wouldn't have selected this book. Not really my genre. However, I'm glad I did. Though it suffered from a slow start (too many points of view without any initial cohesion), the author soon found his stride and I found myself involved, interested, and curious to see how it all ended.

I don't want to put anything terribly spoilerly in this review (is that even a word?), but I want to address genre since some of the other reviews have addressed it.

I read a ton of horror, paranormal, supernatural and spec fiction. This isn't horror and it's barely - maybe - paranormal/supernatural. I really would categorize this as a thriller.

I also didn't see an overtly Christian message, though as one reviewer says, there's a lot of anti-Catholic sentiment here. Now, I'm Catholic, so maybe there was a sensitivity here, but Catholics, the Vatican, priests, etc. do seem to be presented in a wholly negative light - even seen as evil. I don't think there was a good Catholic in the bunch. A good atheist, though, so again - not sure it's really a Christian message here.

However, it's fiction, so it didn't keep me from enjoying the story.

The writing style was engaging.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Librarian VINE VOICE on June 5, 2011
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In Vatican City, Italy, the Pope is in an extended coma, leaving the Catholic Church with a dangerous power vacuum. On the other side of the world, in Santa Monica, California, 12-year-old Jaime--an orphan in foster care--thinks about Crockett Grey, the teacher of her Adaptive Behavior Classroom, and how he seems like he would be a really good dad. And in a room somewhere Dr. Madeleyne Mackenzie, child psychiatrist and Jaime's legal custodian, is celebrating a black mass with the other members of her coven.

Depending on the reader's religious orientation, "The Canary List" by Sigmund Brouwer can be read either as a faith-based thriller or as a fantasy with Christian overtones. Believers will enjoy Brouwer's narrative as a simplified response to Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code." Non-Christians, as embodied by the novel's central character, skeptic Crockett Grey, can enjoy the debate built into a storyline that avoids sermonizing while presenting some provoking arguments, such as whether or not demons and witches actually exist and whether murder or deceit is ever acceptable when committed for a greater good.

While all the characters are fairly stereotypical, the central players are likeable and the action is non-stop. The ending, delivered with a touch of sly humor, leaves room for further interpretation. Sometimes the dialogue is irritatingly repetitious or overly explanatory, suggesting the author had younger readers in mind. But, as Christian fiction, "The Canary List" should provide solid entertainment for its intended audience.

(Note that this review is based on an Advance Reading Copy that contained quite a few word-processing errors. Hopefully, these will be corrected before publication.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill Garrison VINE VOICE on August 2, 2011
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gmund Brouwer has been writing novels for years, but THE CANARY LIST is the first novel of his I've read. The novel opens with a bang, and as I read, I just knew I'd be adding Brouwer to my list of "can't miss" authors. Unfortunately, the last third of the book gets bogged down in complicated plot details that really don't make any sense, and abandon what made the novel so strong in the beginning.

On the night Crocket Grey plans to get drunk and honor the anniversary of his daughter's death, 12-year old Jamie Piper shows up at his house asking to stay the night. She's on the run and thinks her teacher can help. Before the night is over, Jamie's foster parents' house will be burned down, Grey's friendly neighbor will be missing, Jamie will be in the custody of a child psychiatrist, and Grey will be in jail on charges of pedophilia.

Grey is a great character as a teacher of troubled children who lost his daughter to cancer. He's trying to hang on to the relationship with his younger son while holding out hope of reconciling with his ex-wife. Jamie is a troubled youth who can sense when she's in the presence of evil. Throw in a few early scenes of Satan worship and scheming at the Vatican, and you get some sort of sense where the novel is going.

This is a novel ultimately about spiritual warfare and demons. There's no surprise there. Unfortunately, the plot really gets bogged down in the Vatican/Pope angle. There's really nothing there for the reader to care about. Jamie and Grey's relationship started the novel, but it is dropped midway through, as is Grey's relationship with his ex-wife.

Brouwer is obviously a good writer, but this book just didn't hold my interest.
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