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The Face of the Enemy (The Rebecca Series) Hardcover – September 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Series: The Rebecca Series
  • Hardcover: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Providence House Publishers; 1St Edition edition (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157736306X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577363064
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,000,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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How long it's been since I've been yanked to the end of a book by such relentless force! -- Ellen Welsh, St. Petersburg, FL

I found the manuscript to be gripping and intriguing right from the first sentence. -- Mike Beidel, Dallas, TX

My faith was simply lifted to another level by reading and contemplating The Face of the Enemy. -- Connie Wootton, Amarillo, TX

About the Author

Walker Buckalew received a bachelor's degree in Euglish and religion from Duke University before serving as an officer on the aircraft carrier USS Constellation. Following his Navy service, Buckalew worked as a public school teacher and coach while earning his M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wyoming.

Buckalew then began a career in higher education, teaching at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, and the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He was later appointed president and chief academic officer at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee. Since 1989 he has served as a consultant to private schools throughout North America. He lives with his wife, Dr. Linda Mason Hall, in Wilmington, Delaware.


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Format: Hardcover
Walker Buckalew's first novel in The Rebecca Series is a rare treat for mystery lovers. We meet Rebecca Manguson, an athletic and brilliant young British woman and her twin brother Luke, also a strong athlete and soldier in the Royal Navy. When Rebecca and Luke join Matt Clark on his journey to unravel the mystery of his parents' disappearance, an international adventure begins. As the three young heroes encounter supernatural Evil, Matt discovers a depth of faith he's never known before.

This book inspired me with its courage, heart and incredible action scenes. But watch out: there are three more books in the series and if you're like me, you'll definitely want to keep reading to follow Rebecca, Matt and Luke on their other adventures.

By Many or By Few--The Second Book in the Rebecca Series
Such Thy Mercies: The Third Book in the Rebecca Series
Choose You This Day (The Rebecca Series, 4)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Courtney Vail on April 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
THE FACE OF THE ENEMY has a great premise with a young man fresh out his military service discovering his parents have been kidnapped and going off to England to find them. His mother's diary, filled with mysterious codes that tie to prophetic dreams, offers clues as to why his parents were taken and exposes a growing evil that threatens to destroy not just his family and newfound friends but also the Faith. But the storyline, which aims to be a plot boiler, gets buried in the author's intelligence and verbosity. I like to reach for interesting words in my work too, so I can completely identify with Buckalew's love for language, but this combined with a predominance of multiple-clause sentences that separate subjects from predicates by miles make the details hard to absorb. Reading one chapter is like trying to tackle a rich, tangy slice of keylime cheesecake drenched in a sugar glaze. This is described as a page turner, but one or two bites is all one can take in a sitting.

His style is very old-school, with lots of exposition and not so much action. Everything unfolds quite slowly and the characters don't appear well-developed. Perhaps they ARE well-developed, but they're difficult to find in the mountains of words and awkward sentences. One of the things that makes them seem undeveloped is the dialogue. Even though all the characters are well-educated, they should speak differently, because they're different people, but they all sound so much the same, very proper and formal, never once using a "yeah" instead of a "yes". Some of the characters are Brits, and I've noticed in reading British works, that U.K characters do hold a bit more stiffness in dialogue, so the Americans here should contrast nicely with a somewhat less formal speech, but there's no distinction.
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