The Contract: between heaven and earth Kindle Edition
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A thousand years ago when I was a teenager I picked up a copy of Jack Finney's novel, The Body Snatchers. In that book part of California (where else?) is invaded by extra-terrestrial seed-pods dispatched to earth by an alien power. The pods then proceed to replace sleeping humans with almost perfect alien replicas while the ill-fated human hosts turn to dust.
The Contract, a new book by co-authors Gwen Plano and John Howell, also has a body-snatcher motif, but unlike Finney's book it is limited to just two humans and the entities that inhabit their bodies are not toxic aliens. Instead, they are celestial beings (Peter and Teresa) sent by the "Elders" in heaven to head off a potential earth-ending disaster. (Our planet today should be so lucky!)
A network of terrorists is seeking global dominance and to achieve that, they must, among other things, eliminate the U.S. President. That's about as far as I will go in revealing the fast moving plot of this captivating and absorbing book.
However, unlike Finney's The Body Snatchers with its far-fetched alien seed pods that drift seemingly unimpeded through space until they land on earth, The Contract leaves you pondering the distinct possibility of divine intervention. The two unsuspecting "hosts" are Brad Channing, a Navy SEAL, and Sarah O'Brien, a teacher. Just as in Finney's book, The Contract's climax occurs in California--a woeful state that, as we all know, clearly needs all the help it can get, celestial or otherwise.
The Contract deftly combines the thorny elements of a gripping thriller with the more muted ingredients of a love story. That is not an easy thing to do--especially when there are two authors mixing the literary chowder.
However, Gwen Plano and John Howell are experienced and gifted storytellers who clearly work well together. Both of them recognize the critical elements of pacing, character development, conflict, active voice, and evocative description. You get all of that in The Contract, as well as a highly compelling story.
I found very little to nit-pick in The Contract. The book begins with The Elders in heaven calling a meeting to discuss impending doom on earth. The celestial scenes at the beginning of the book were reminiscent of ancient Greek gods like Zeus and Aphrodite convening on Mount Olympus to cautiously and methodically choreograph the lives of mere mortals below. Nonetheless, the rousing story that unfolds back on earth moves swiftly and evocatively.
This is a book well worth your time. And after you read it, you can sleep soundly without worrying about those pesky pods!
~Ronald E. Yates, award-winning author of the Finding Billy Battles Trilogy
The Contract is the perfect blending between the physical and unseen world with unbreakable bonds between human and spirit. ~ Jan Sikes, award-winning author and accomplished musician
I really enjoyed this story. It was unique, exciting, action-packed, spiritual, a love story, a lesson in what is important in life -- all the things I like in one book. Very relevant book for the times we are in now. ~ D.L. Finn, award-winning author of No Fairy Tale and This Second Chance
About the Author
John lives in Lakeway, Texas with his wife and their spoiled rescue pets.
- ASIN : B07CZQ8WKH
- Publisher : Keewaydin Lane Books (June 6, 2018)
- Publication date : June 6, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 572 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 301 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #993,784 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story started with Peter and Teresa who lived their spiritual other-worldly lives and who were constantly sent to other worlds to solve problems. This time their mission was to planet Earth to stop a disaster from occurring, a disaster that would change the world if not stopped. To do this, they had to assume human nature. Peter assumed Brad’s body and Teresa, Sarah’s body.
Both Brad and Sarah were dead when their bodies came back to life when Peter and Teresa took over their bodies. The moment Peter and Teresa took over the bodies, they forgot all about their past lives.
Even though they lived different lives on Earth, poles apart from each other, their angels maneuvered them to meet and fall in love.
In their new role, they had to foil the assassination of the President. That was their contract.
This is a great story. Apart from a few lapses, here and there. I enjoyed it a lot.
THE CONTRACT between heaven and earth.
Two angels, Theresa, and Peter, are sent down by the elders in heaven to help earth avert a calamity. Someone’s trying to kill the President of the United States. Their job? To prevent this from happening. Each will take the body of a dying person and from there slip into their existence. As the story unfolds, Theresa and Peter meet up in the forms of Sarah and Brad. Their mission? To save the world.
This was a “can’t put it down” suspenseful tale where nobody seems to be what they appear. Who’s involved in the planning this assassination? Is it someone high up in the military echelon? Someone close to Brad and Sarah? It’s up to these angelic beings to sort through facts, actions, find out and stop them.
There was one slight problem I noticed. What happened to Sam and his agent from the Eastern Block? They would have been a perfect fit in the development of the story. Maybe they will reappear in the sequel? Apart from that . . .
This is a story I highly recommend. There weren’t any discernable errors that took me away from the story, and even if there were, I wouldn’t have noticed, I was too engrossed in the action and characters. Good job, authors, blending your writing skills to make the most of the plot, and romantic elements. They fit well together.
I gave this five stars.
This is a truly unique book – a cross genre meeting of spiritual, action, thriller and romantic minds. One part evocation of spiritual growth and destiny, one part thrill ride through a rollicking mystery and political action rampage, one part one of the loveliest and most affirming romantic stories I’ve read in years. I’m not giving anything spoilery away by noting the story is about two souls that willingly contract to go to earth and avert a political disaster. But how this all unfolds is delicious and should be read by the reader, not told by the reviewer here.
I must say I’ve been a long time fan of John Howell’s writing. It is fun, fast paced, warm and engaging – much as I suspect the author would be. The fascinating thing here is how seamlessly his style and Gwen’s mix. I truly couldn’t tell which parts were written by which, so well did they merge from one to the other. It was very much like a harmony of two perfectly attuned instruments in a symphony.
They are the ideal writing partners to tell the story of two other perfect partners – of a different kind - as they fulfil their heavenly contract. ( And I loved the meta tip of the hat to this at the end of the book -very clever!) This makes me want two things: that they quickly do the sequel they promise at the end, and also I want to check out some of Gwen Plano’s other writing too now.
I thoroughly recommend this book to one and all – its genre mixing offers pretty much something for everyone, and by the end you will have enjoyed a wonderful, action packed, politically on point thriller that is also a romantic and life affirming ride.
As I said at the outset, I’m a sucker for honour and the spiritually uplifting, so I shed a few happy tears indeed in the final chapters. If this isn’t what the spiritual world is (and I for one hope it is) then it should be! Don’t miss out on a sublime experience – get your copy now!
The premise centers on a plot to assassinate the president of the United States. As Heaven’s elders watch the plans unfold, they assemble a council in order to choose two souls to return to Earth to stop the impending catastrophe. Peter and Teresa were chosen to come back as Brad, a navy seal who had just died in combat and Sarah, who had just died at the hands of her abusive husband, Sam. Later, Brad and Sarah meet in a chance encounter, fall in love and work together to avert the plot to assassinate the president.
One thing that bothered me about the story was that Sarah’s abusive husband, Sam was initially suspected of being a co-conspirator in the plot to assassinate the president and then he disappeared and was never heard from again. I wanted him to get his comeuppance, especially because he killed Sarah’s unborn baby and ultimately strangled her to death.
The main characters are likable and well developed. The story is well written, entertaining and moves along at a good pace. If you enjoy thrillers with interspersed romance this book is for you.