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When the Day of Evil Comes (Day of Evil Series #1): A Novel of Suspense [Kindle Edition]

Melanie Wells
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Book Description

Bizarre Encounter Initiates Extreme Spiritual Battle

Dylan Foster’s carefully constructed, orderly world begins to fray, thread by thread, the day the eyes of hell turn upon her. After a chance encounter with a creepy, sickly looking stranger, her days become punctuated with disturbing, inexplicable events. Desperate for answers, Dylan seeks not only to extricate herself from the nightmare, but to separate the spiritual from the earthly, friend from foe, angel from devil, good from evil. She’s smack in the eye of the battle with only God-issued spiritual armor and her own wits to protect her.

I saw the first fly alight on the edge of my plate during supper. This was no ordinary fly. It was huge. The size of a small Volkswagen. I could have painted daisies on it and sold rides to small children.

Hotter than the eyes of hell...

School is back in session, but for psychology professor Dylan Foster, the promise of a new semester is dying in the heat of the late Texas summer. First, there is the bizarre encounter with a ghastly pale stranger. Then her mother’s engagement ring turns up—the same ring that was buried with her mother two years before.

Soon, Dylan’s carefully ordered world is unraveling, one thread at a time. A former patient accuses her of impropriety, putting her career in jeopardy. A suicide plunges her deeper into shadow. Relationships with colleagues start to crumble. And then there are those flies in her house...

Dylan Foster is about to get a crash course in spiritual warfare—and a glimpse of her own small but significant role in a vast eternal conflict. But when the dust settles, will anything be left of her life as she knows it?

Story Behind the Book

The reality of spiritual warfare has long fascinated Melanie Wells. A practicing private counselor, she is energized by pondering the significance of seemingly mundane events, the importance of individual faithfulness, and the connection between the spiritual realm and the empirical world. She emphasizes these themes in her book, where the first scene came to her in a dream.

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About the Author

Melanie Wells has been a private practice counselor since 1992. She is the founder and director of LifeWorks, a community of Christian therapists in Dallas , Texas . Her graduate degrees in counseling psychology and Biblical studies were earned at Our Lady of the Lake University , and Dallas Theological Seminary, respectively.

From AudioFile

In this spiritual thriller, Dylan Foster, Texas psychology professor, grapples with the unknown when she encounters a pale, scarred man. When her mother's engagement ring, buried with her two years before, mysteriously reappears, Dylan begins a spiritual wrestling match she's unprepared for, but she quickly learns the rules. Tari Riggs's youthful, even delivery enhances Dylan's wry humor and gives a light tone to a serious subject. Riggs portrays biblical ideas without preaching by narrating them as integral to the plot. A years-old mystery, a mysterious suite in the Vendome, two inexplicable suicides, demon mischief, and spiritual warfare bring this fast-paced thriller to a satisfying conclusion. G.D.W. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

Product Details

  • File Size: 395 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1590524268
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (May 19, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes My Top Ten List October 9, 2005
In "When the Day of Evil Comes," Dylan Foster, a psych professor, finds her career, her beliefs, and her safety on the line in this creepy thriller. The title and cover caught my attention, but the first chapter proved that Melanie Wells could deliver. Dylan comes face to face with a strange, pale, scarred man; her mother's engagement ring reappears from the grave; and the story takes off from there.

Throughout this chilling tale, Wells lightens the mood through her character's wry humor. I'd love to meet Dylan Thomas again in a sequel. She's strong and independent, yet susceptible to a bit of romance and spiritual wrestling. She's not religious, but she believes in a personal God. The biblical ideas presented here are clear and sound, without being too preachy. Some reviewers seemed to want more direct answers at the conclusion, while I appreciated the author's decision to leave some things for interpretation. Life isn't always black and white, easily defined, nicely wrapped in a box.

If you like Dean Koontz or Frank Peretti, you'll find a lot to like here. Yet this book stands on its own two feet, original, with a female perspective, and perfectly paced. I hope Melanie Wells is working on the next one, because "When the Day of Evil Comes" ranks as one of my favorite thrillers this year--and one of the best Christian thrillers ever.

***With some of the shady things I've seen in reviews recently, I must add: I've never met, communicated with, or received any compensation from this author.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great suspense novel! December 1, 2005
Dylan Foster is having a bad week. First, she meets an enigmatic stranger named Peter Terry with a hideous wound on his back who gives her an ominous warning of the future. Over the course of the next few days, she finds her job, her life, and finally her sanity in jeopardy as everything she's grown comfortable with in her life falls apart. She believes she's been targeted by a demon intent on destroying her, but what she can't understand is "why?".

What if you'd been marked for destruction by demonic forces? Author Melanie Wells tackles that question in her new novel, When the Day of Evil Comes. Borrowing in part from subject matter you'd expect to see from the likes of Stephen King, Wells creates a storyline that is at times creepy and depressing, yet always seems to rise above complete hopelessness. The character of Dylan is an enchanting woman with a sparkling personality. A psychology professor, Dylan's life seems idyllic until the day she receives two gifts: a beautiful necklace, and her mother's wedding ring-a ring that was buried with her mother years ago. Suddenly Dylan finds herself thrust into the center of a strange conspiracy to discredit her. Soon she discovers Peter Terry has been visiting others too-with terrible results.

The tension continues to build as Dylan is accused of impropriety with a student she hardly remembers. Before she can defend herself against the accusation, the student kills himself. As she finds out more about the student, she uncovers darker secrets from his family's past. Now she must find the truth about Peter Terry before he destroys her life completely. Who is this man who can inhabit people's dreams and wreck almost impossible destruction in their lives? And how did Dylan, of all people, become his newest target?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best First Chapter, Wonderful book November 19, 2005
This book has the BEST first chapter I have ever read. It not only "sucks you in" but it "leaves you hanging" as well. The rest of the novel delivers as well. I love the main character's sarcastic wit and her struggles with her faith. I also love the way Christianity is portrayed in this is a living, breathing way of life, not a dead religion. Furthermore it is less about becoming saved and more about how to live your life once you are saved. I can't wait to read more Melanie Wells and I hope that these characters are carried through to many sequels.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, two thumbs way up. March 11, 2006
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Nightmares. Flies. Rotten egg smell. Suicide. Spiritual warfare. Whoa. And that's just the beginning.

It is summer in Dallas and Dylan Foster, a university psychologist, likes her life. Until she meets a strange man at a faculty picnic. Who is he and what does he want?

Matters worsen when she and all her coworkers receive anonymous gifts, a former student says she harassed him, and the engagement ring that should be on her dead mother's finger shows up once again. A friend of hers insists she has called and asked him out. What in Texas is going on?

Dylan's life is spinning out of control, but what can she do to stop it? The forces at work prove powerful and mysterious as she searches for clues to the mysteries surrounding her. Thankfully, she is told to pray and to put on her armor. Sage advice. As one of her friends says: "The good news is that as a child of the King, you're entitled to protection."

Will she find the inner strength to fight the spiritual battle she now admits she's involved in? Can she use her newfound knowledge to keep others from danger?

I can't say enough glowing comments about this novel. It proved suspenseful, exciting, funny and a little creepy, which gives it high marks in my mind. Wells handles this weighty subject matter perfectly, balancing seriousness with levity. I absolutely adored Dylan Foster's character. She catapulted herself into my reality and stayed there.

Bravo. I hope to see many more of Wells' works soon. Check out Book 2 in the Day of Evil Series, Soul Hunter, coming in May.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
I love this book, and the series is on of my favorites. The audio book is ok. The cds I received appear to be in good condition, but they skip a lot.
Published 11 days ago by The Northwesterner
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good read. Recommended!
Published 27 days ago by Rev. S.
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a Novel of Suspense, but a Religous Fiction Book
This book was an honest waste of my time to read. I hate saying that because I think books are amazing and worth the time, but the author relies on way too much deus-ex-machina to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Raven Oak
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read!!
This was a very enjoyable, easy read. I really iked this writing style; I'll be buying other titles from this author.
Published 10 months ago by Connie Molsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary good reading!
"When the Day of Evil Comes" is a fantastic read! If you like supernatural thrillers (with the emphasis on the power of God, not that of Satan), and if you can handle the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Quiver full of blessings
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. Great condition
Great read. Exciting. I rad all three in the series. They were all enjoyable. I'd say more for women since hero is a woman. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Loy Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
If you love thrillers, you will love this book!! Melanie Wells takes the subject of spiritual warfare to a whole new level!!
Published 17 months ago by Jan Groom
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'Clean' Stephanie Plum Mystery
A crazy mixture of mystery, horror, comedy...with a splash of Christianity thrown in...this one kept me on the edge of my chair wondering what would happen next. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Judy
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
I bought this book for the cover- it looked creepy so I gave it a chance- it ended up to be a great book! Read more
Published on November 12, 2012 by Memo
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't sleep!
I really identified with the main character and I literally COULD NOT sleep until I finished this book the same night I started it. This NEVER happens to me. Read more
Published on December 27, 2010 by ChristianLibrarian
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More About the Author

Melanie Wells began her writing career by telling lies on the playground. An accomplished fiddle player (she went to SMU on a music scholarship), she is the author of the critically acclaimed Dylan Foster series: When the Day of Evil Comes, The Soul Hunter, and My Soul to Keep (Waterbrook/Multnomah, a Division of Random House). Melanie holds two masters degrees and is a licensed psychotherapist and licensed marriage and family therapist. She is the founder and director of The LifeWorks Group, P.A., a collaborative, creative community of psychotherapists (, with offices in Dallas and Ft. Worth. She lives in Dallas with her dog, Gunner, who wishes she would not spend so much time at her computer. Fun fact: Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen have both signed her fiddle case.

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