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Angelguard (Angelguard Trilogy) Paperback – February 19, 2013
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"Fans of Frank Peretti's Darkness novels will love Angelguard. Ian Acheson does a masterful job of weaving the seen with the unseen. Fast-paced, intriguing, this book is a thrill-ride if I ever read one!" (Mike Dellosso, author of Frantic, Scream, and Rearview 2013-02-01)
"Debut novelist Ian Acheson storms into the publishing world with Angelguard, the first in a supernatural trilogy that pits angels against demons, terrorists against civilians and a University professor against a Machiavellian businessman. A fast-paced, arresting novel from the explosive beginning until the climactic conclusion, packed with frantic pursuits, intriguing suspense, witty dialogue and spiritual challenges. Ian Acheson is a writer not just worth watching but one well worth reading!" (Rel Mollet, www.relzreviewz.com 2013-02-01)
"Adventure and the supernatural collide for an intriguing read in Ian Acheson's Angelguard. Witty angels, foul demons, and compelling humans all make for a read that is enjoyable and exciting. With Acheson's unique writing style and a compelling plot, this is not to be missed." (Ronie Kendig, author of Nightshade 2013-02-01)
"Almost eerie in its realistic portrayal of today's terrorist-riddled headlines, Angelguard is a powerhouse story that compels you to consider the supernatural battle waging around us every day. I for one will never again read about today's events without thinking of them in light of God's angel armies battling evil." (Dineen Miller, author of The Soul Saver and Winning Him Without Words 2013-02-01)
About the Author
Ian Acheson, an Australian, is a freelance strategy consultant based in Sydney, with over twenty-five years' experience in the corporate world. He is an active supporter of the prayer ministry at his local church.
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I feel it is inevitable that any novel that concerns angels versus demons, both interacting with humans, the former to strengthen the Christian's relationship with God or to bring an unbeliever to God, and the latter to destroy a Christian's relationship with God and keep the unbeliever from God, there is bound to be comparisons. I have read many novels of this genre and can see the similarities and differences. Ian has added some differences that I have not encountered before. One noticeable is female angels. I am not against this and in one sense cannot really criticise any author for doing this as there is only one mention of female angels in the bible. Another is that like humans, the angels in this novel have angel blood and these angels can be injured and tire from fighting. This, for me, does not detract from previous portrayals of angels in other similar novels but adds a nice variation. Demon wise, Acheson has them being killed and disintegrating or vaporising but he does mention that once this has happened they are returned to the pit of hell. Again, this is not a distraction for me from what I have read in other such novels or what I have grown up to believe what angels and demons are. Such variations show a writers creativity. There is no mention in the bible whether an angel or demon is able to be killed as such as we are used to seeing in physical form. So here is where an author gets to play with some poetic licence and add some interesting aspects to the plot and characterisation. I feel Acheson has done this well without making the angels or demons less that what we are used to believing they are, mainly from biblical sources.
I know that non Christian readers cringe in a novel where prayer is initiated by the Christian characters and even Christian readers do the same, which I feel is sad, but this is one of the only novels i have read where there is more of this than I am used to, but that is not a negative. I find that this shows the authors heart towards God and the depth of this relationship. This is where an author can influence a reader's walk with God and strengthen his relationship with God. That impresses me and encourages me to read his work and remain a fan. It also illustrates to the Christian reader the importance of prayer as a powerful and important weapon in spiritual warfare. So from this angle, it grieves me that fellow Christians do not like prayer included in novels especially ones in this genre. Some would say this detracts from the plot and interrupts the entertainment value of the novel. I disagree, I feel Acheson has successfully shown how this inclusion can benefit the plot and characterisation. I pray Acheson continues this practice (excuse my pun!!).
Another strength in the spiritual aspects of this novel is how Acheson has shown the Christian characters being obedient to the leading of the Spirit in prayer and action. Again, another important lesson in our daily walk as a disciple of Christ and in spiritual warfare. He has also had the angels being obedient as well and this is consistent with all biblical accounts of the work of angels; they are God's messengers after all and not autonomous beings.
There are a few instances where Acheson has a bit of plot thinness or some dialogue is weak, but this is his first novel and any well read reader will take this into consideration and give the author the benefit of the doubt. This was so minor that it did not serve to sabotage the overall plot or weaken that particular character. I was not concerned with this. Some would say these weaknesses would make this review 4/5 stars but for me, my 5/5 rating is based on taking these imperfections into consideration as a new author as I have previously mentioned and what the overall effect has on me, for example, it has entertained me immensely, it has encouraged my walk with God, it has not deviated from known biblical doctrine, it will not, I believe, lead a non believer astray or promote false doctrine to them, it honours God, it does not encourage worship of the created (angels) instead of the Creator (God).
On the whole this is one great novel. I am very impressed with this; it has become one of my favourites in this genre. I have found another author to follow, support and encourage. Highly recommended.
Ian Acheson has written a very well developed and exciting story about an evil, Satanic plot involving depraved humans to create havoc, terrorism, and utter ruin of the political entities and systems of the World. Acheson also uses a brilliant university professor, Jack Haines, as the ultimate hero in the story. But Jack's strength and decisions are guided by the Angelguard (yes, a host of angels protecting him and guiding him). However, there is opposition and not just from depraved, power seeking humans. Opposition from ultimate evil, Satanic demons.
The prayers of faithful Christians throughout the World give strength and power to God's Angelguard. But it is truly God who is the Director and who is the ultimate victor. The strength of the praying Christian is not to be missed in this story.
The story is fast paced, interesting, and covers a lot of territory - the United States, Belgium, London, Australia, etc. It involves high ranking political figures. The goal of the evil plot is the world-wide destruction of the political systems and ensuing chaos.
I enjoyed the intrigue, the overcoming of evil by good, the characters, conversations, and descriptions. But as the saying goes, "....I have somewhat against thee." There were a few uses of profanity that could have been left out (this is Christian fiction and as such readers expect a higher standard). It is quite understood that in the real world there are no holds barred as far as language and behavior are concerned. I believe that Christian authors CAN give us the entire story without bad language or descriptions of bad moral behavior.
This book was clean and decent except for the use of a few bad words.
I also have an issue with the portrayal of angels and demons with such inane humor and conversations and characterizations. Angels are good and demonic spirits are evil - understood. However, flippant conversations between angels or between angels and demons is a little too much for me. And, too, I don't "see" angels as beautiful women and strong men. To me they are "angels" and as such basically neutral in gender. They are a different creation by God and not to be alluded to in human terms. True, in the Bible they took on the "form" of men when visiting Abraham. But this was not (my opinion, here) their normal form and I simply don't think they carry on flippant conversations.
The author has been compared the Frank Peretti in his writing of spiritual warfare novels. I think each stands on its own merits. Ian Acheson has written a very good book and I would like to read his next. I would like a little more dignity ascribed to the Angelguard, though.
DISCLOSURE: I received a copy of Angelguard from Kregel on behalf of Lion Hudson Publishing and the author, Ian Acheson, in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own.
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