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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2015
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I give this book five stars. It was beautiful in it's portrayal of the angels and Jesus. The way he described he'll and the demons really took you there. How he described the love of God was amazing. It was a beautiful book and for me it was a privilege to be able to read this book.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Good to read thriller.
opened my eyes to the supernatural. It is real.
Get a copy today
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4 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2012
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I can't fathom the level of mental illness required to believe we live in a world like the one in this book. I know it's supposed to be a work of fiction, but having read and listened to Matt Slick, I think he truly believes there are angels and demons.

Ok, no. Some animals (humans included) are naturally bad or good. I have two dogs; for some unknown reason, one is very bad, always picking on and terrorizing the other one, and the other one is sweet and good natured. Am I supposed to think one is ruled by an angel and the other by a demon???

Go to youtube and search for silver fox experiment.
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10 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
Where to start?

Well, there's certainly something miraculous about 'The Influence' - that it ever got published! No reputable publisher would go within a country mile of this mind-numbingly dull homily. Still, thanks to the wonder of t'interweb you can publish your shopping list these days - and folks, let me tell you you'll have more fun re-reading last year's shopping lists than you will trying to plough through this godforsaken non-event of a novel.

Seriously, do not waste your hard-earned green on this rubbish. You'll find more supernatural thrills in a cemetery, more intellectual stimulus in the phone book, better use of the English language in the instruction manual for your lawnmower, and more theological wisdom in a fortune cookie.

And if you're a genuine seeker after Christian truth, stick to the Bible. For the uninitiated, Matt Slick is a Calvinist. That means he believes in a capricious sadist of a God who fries the greater part of humanity in hell forever, with no possibility of redemption. He also believes a tiny minority of lucky folk - of which, naturally, he is one - are predestined by this same big-hearted God to eternal bliss, and that even if tHey spend their entire lives whooping it up, getting bladdered on cheap scotch, ripping off old ladies and generally behaving badly they still get to spend eternity in heaven because they're 'elect'. So all this tosh about demons and angels battling over our souls is meaningless drivel in Slick's philosophy - our eternal destinies were fixed long before we were born. Of course, like most Calvinists Slick is way too smart to tell that to you straight - because he knows you'll give it the big razzoo in two seconds flat. But do a little digging for yourself on the five points of Calvinism and you'll soon see the iron fist behind the velvet glove.
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9 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Poor spelling and grammar, dull unimaginative plot and haphazard narrative structure. I would have expected more effort to have been made.
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23 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2011
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...But I wanted my $2.99 back right from the first sentence. "Near the ceiling of an immense, dark cavern, a tear in the fabric of space wrenched open and was followed by a twisting metal sound that echoed among the craggy walls."

Now, most any author concerned with actual storytelling would remember that space doesn't normally tear asunder in one's everyday experience, and so would embellishment this fanciful concept with more than just a sound effect. Alas! Matt Slick has more on his mind than constructing a proper novel.

As amateur Christian lit goes, I can imagine worse. Had it been worse it would have made for a more interesting read! Instead we are treated to heaping doses of the things the author is most interested in: his own particular theological theories (laid out in thick, pedantic slabs as a mostly one-sided conversation between an angel and Mark, a human he has rescued from the brink of suicide) and Matt's near masturbatory descriptions of demons.

To call the characters two dimensional would be an insult to the Y-axis. They serve mostly as the mortar between hot demon-on-angel action and heavy doses of religious philosophy. The latter are attempts to construct an argument for God's existence based on logical axioms. Unfortunately, the author's fatal misunderstanding of the nature of logic leads to some absurd deductions.

Were Matt Slick more concerned with humanity the book might actually gel as an engaging read. He is at least able to put one foot in front of the other as a writer, but the characters are so wooden, the demons so Disney, the beauty of heaven so drippy and cloying, that The Influence reads as one elongated Chick tract.
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12 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Characters are shallow and predictable. Dialog of the characters is shamefully wanting and full of excuses for the dry exchanges. The writing is horrid and in dire need of professional editing.

It's dry and torturous reading and over priced at $2.99.
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