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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read; Good Gospel Presentation; Needs Some Editing, August 30, 2011
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This review is from: The Influence (Supernatural Thriller) (Kindle Edition)
Let me start positively first.
As far as "religious fiction" goes, this book is in the top of the list, behind obvious books such as Pilgrim's Progress or perhaps Douglas Bond novels. After getting myself into "The Shack"--without having any idea what it was about--and leaving appalled by what I ended up reading, this book was a relief. Sadly, I'm sure it will never have the same popularity as The Shack; and why would it when it speaks the Gospel (and other matters) with such clarity and bluntness? The theology is orthodox, the Gospel is apparent, and the story is pretty entertaining.

Okay, negatively now (don't get me wrong I think this book would be great for unbelievers to read).
The editing is a bit shoddy. Typos and grammatical errors can be found throughout, and sometimes they can be a bit distracting when you have to reread a sentence to figure out what the writer was attempting to say. I would simply recommend that Matt revise and put out a second edition, that would take care of that.
Also, Matt Slick is an apologist, and not really what I would think of as a novel writer. It's clear that this is his first attempt at a novel. And while I believe that it is a valiant effort--and ten times better than anything I could put out--it fails a bit in my idea of a well-written fiction book. The descriptions can be somewhat shallow, the characters a bit static, and the battle scenes a little repeditive.

That's all I'll say negatively. Bottom line, the book serves its purpose, it is clear on the issues of God's holiness, the law, the Gospel, theodicy, theology, etc. It would be a great read to give to unbelievers, or just believers looking for an entertaining fiction novel without the worldliness found in others. Basically it's like comparing a hollywood movie to a movie made by Christians, it will lack some of the editing, the plot, the acting...but overall the message is more edifying and the words more encouraging.

In Christ,
Jon
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Initial post: Sep 8, 2015 9:22:35 AM PDT
C. Keefer says:
Hi Martin,
I appreciate your in-depth and honest review of "The Influence." I think I'll have to dive in for myself.
Please don't think I scour Amazon reviews looking for opportunities to promote my own writing, but I think you might enjoy my novel, "The Fall: Rapha Chronicles Book 1." It is an ancient view of our beginnings recounted through the eyes of an angel who was once best friends with Lucifer. The Fall has been honored with #1 best seller on several Amazon lists including: Classics & Allegories, Science & Religion plus (the one that excites me the most) Messianic Judaism.
If nothing else, it will give you ample opportunity to sharpen those already adept critical skills. :)

Many blessings through our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ,
Chana Keefer
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