- File Size: 572 KB
- Print Length: 301 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Keewaydin Lane Books (June 6, 2018)
- Publication Date: June 6, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07CZQ8WKH
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #885,321 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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
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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.
Enter Brad and Sarah. Both come into bodies and situations that are traumatic and frightening. AND, they have no memory of what they agreed to do in heaven. Sarah is in a dangerously abusive marriage and Brad is a Navy Seal in active battle. As this story unfolds, it is fascinating how the authors brought these two together on Earth and how aptly they depicted their instant attraction to each other. I'm not going to post a spoiler and tell you the outcome of this story. I will only tell you that is the perfect blend of thriller and spiritual - between the yin and yang. It is a fast-paced, riveting and rewarding read. I hope we will see more collaborations from these two authors If you love a good thriller with the stakes so high it makes your pulse pound, while gaining spiritual insights, you will love this book!
Authors Howell and Plano have taut writing styles that moves quickly from scene to scene, but the romance is heartfelt. The characters are engaging, and I cared about what happened to them. The authors are able to blend suspense, romance, and paranormal elements to make this a riveting thriller mixed with reflections about what each person learns on his/her life's journey.
I hardly recommend this book to readers who love fast-paced, unique thrillers with elements of paranormal romance.
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.