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Drift: A Novel of Suspense Paperback – April 13, 2010
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Christian allegory, meet DC Comics. Hooray for this imaginative novel from an evangelical Christian publisher that is over the edge and most definitely outside the box. Rogers (Unpretty) offers a noirish, Sin City–style tale of a drifter, an angelic-type being who becomes tethered to a human, the only person who can see him. A drifter called Boy becomes tethered to a young woman known as Baby Doll as she attends the funeral of her stepfather, Charlie Murphy, an organized crime boss whose death triggers an underworld struggle for power. Baby Doll and Boy have backstories, naturally, slowly revealed as their relationship develops. Throw in some Latin (Baby Doll is a college student) and epigraphs from a fictitious classical philosopher named Solace the Lesser; the result is a dark, engrossing, cinematic story. (Apr.)
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About the Author
Sharon Carter Rogers is the pseudonym for a former English teacher who now works full time writing fiction. Her debut novel, Sinner, released from RiverOak Publishing (an imprint of David C. Cook) in 2007. Unpretty from Howard (2009) was her second book.
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Now twenty years old Baby Doll knows her "father" Charlie Murphy took her from her biological dad when her mom lived with him. When her mom died, Charlie "adopted" Baby Doll as his by simply changing her surname to his; no one would challenge a crime kingpin like him. She grows up not sure why she lives in a gilded cage.
When Boy the Drifter meets Baby Doll the daughter of the mob chief, they become immediately tethered to one another. Neither quite understands the connection that binds them to each other, as he has no earthly idea what God wants him to do for Baby Doll and she is fearful of the reaction of the God who controls her life, and what her adopted father will do to Boy. In one week all hell occurs.
Drift is a superb paranormal thriller that grips readers from the onset when we meet Boy who remains tethered to his dead human while meeting two other entities who are Drifters like himself. The story line is fast-paced throughout as the audience wonders what will happen to Boy and his tethered mate Baby Doll, who will prove to be their enemy and finally who will remain standing above the ground as Sharon Carter Rogers provides a fascinating unique thriller.
Although clearly marked by the Creator, a "drifter" is not angel, a demon, nor a ghost, but an unseen by most someone; who's self and life tethers to another person once he is seen by them until they die and/or the tether is broken. In DRIFT our drifter, currently going by the name Boy, feels as though he may be a lost soul, forgotten by God... then he tethers to Baby Doll. She is a 20 year old student and a mob bosses "adopted" daughter and together they face down the big question of one's purpose.
This original and hauntingly gripping suspense is truly an emotional adventure. Skillfully written and completely absorbing, DRIFT is a chilling and complicated tale. S.C. Rogers expertly covers an oddly short period of time with intriguing plot twists, a touching message and fully fleshed-out, interesting and beautifully flawed characters. DRIFT is the first novel that I've read by Rogers, but certainly not the last.
To write this review a reader needs to understand what makes up a Drifter. A Drifter is neither an angel, nor a demon, but someone who is always here. Divinely possible, and perfectly flawed, Boy is attached to a tether for a time. Some times last longer than others. Some are short--lasting days. And what is a tether? A person. One who can see and hear and touch the drifter, while others cannot do any of these things.
A Drifter, once out of sight is soon forgotten, both by the tether, and also to the Drifter. If prematurely separated, the Drifter's existence crumbles. It slowly, and painfully kills the Drifter without the relief of death.
In Drift, Baby Doll was adopted, or stolen really, as a child. Her deceased father--Charlie Murphy--held a high position in a mob-like organized crime syndicate. His title--The Executioner--carried with it all the power the name suggests. His suspicious death leads Baby Doll to Boy--the Drifter. Or maybe it is the other way around.
Bonded by an invisible link, the two are tethered to one another. And like any relationship, relies heavily on give and take. Boy needs a favor from Baby Doll. A simple task. He'd left something important at the home of his last tether. Unfortunately, he can't remember where it was his last tether lived, and more importantly, he isn't sure he can trust Baby Doll to help him.
Baby Doll needs tether's help for a more primal cause. To stay alive. With Murphy's death comes the threat of anarchy within the syndicate--a tipping of balance that Baby Doll set into motion. In order to ensure the demise of the syndicate Baby Doll needs what was stolen from her, or else order risks being restored and her involvement behind the scenes of the turmoil could cost her the very life she's been trying to save. Her own.
With the syndicate growing more suspicious about her involvement, and the police certain she knows more than she's told, Baby Doll is torn by questions that spin like a whirlwind inside her head: What to do next? Where to go next? And why in the world has she been tethered to Boy?
The tension in Drift builds and builds, chapter by chapter, page by page and word by word. With unexpected twists, crazy turns, and nail-biting action--Rogers' book will thrill readers. Touch them. And force them to remember the story for a long time.