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The Force Paperback – October 21, 2013
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About the Author
Joyce and Alexandra have co-authored five novels: The Fourth Kingdom, The Twelfth Juror, The Chosen, The Invitation and The Force. The Fourth Kingdom was a top four finalist in the Christianity Today 2011 book of the year awards. Joyce's personal story of her experiences raising and educating her family is chronicled in Looking Backward: My Twenty-Five Years as a Homeschooling Mother, published in February of 2011. Her novel, The Warrior, which tells the story of one woman's ten-year prayer vigil for a man she has never met has been downloaded on Kindle over 100,000 times since its release in May of 2012 and has over 500 five-star reviews on Amazon. She is also the author of two children's books, Tales of Pig Isle and The McAloons, which began as stories that she told to entertain her grandchildren, and the young adult series N. She lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband of over 50 years.
Alexandra is author of No Regrets: How Homeschooling Earned me a Master's Degree at Age Sixteen, Writing for Today and The Planner. She works in Dallas, Texas, in financial services.
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Jarrod and Joshua Sinclair are twins whose parents were killed when they were 21. All this time, the twins have blamed a Josef Helmick for their death but did he do it? Josef is one evil man and some of his actions/thoughts might make you cringe. He has made his money in creating clones. He aims for perfection, demands no interaction between his staff unless absolutely necessary and destroys all who get in his way or if a clone does not perform as expected.
One example of his extreme ways is when he "employs" model Amanda Sutton who is 19. She is sent home to her parents in a body bag but imagine her mother's surprise when she continues to hear from her daughter for the next few months!
Heinz Felhaber is organic (not a clone) and works for Josef on his Swiss estate. He is supposedly dead and buried in a Berlin cemetery but in fact is working on a drug called the Labyrinth. Level 1 has been out for a while and in this book he provides Josef with a vial of Level 2. Heinz himself, experiments on some "volunteers" with Level 3 wondering how it will work for organics and not clones.
Josef's plan is to have a world population of 500 million - 8 1/2 billion to disappear in his New World Order.
Fred is employed by the Sinclair twins and spends most of his time in Dubai, working on uncovering Josef's work. Fred is a dedicated Christian who longs to witness to the local people about Jesus. He sees so much hardship and depravity there.
Will Josef succeed in his plans or will Fred be able to stop him?
This is a well-written, Christian based novel that will not appeal to everyone. It is futuristic, somewhat unbelievable at times and also on the dark side. Although we do not read of the actual tortures taking place, you do read of it through Josef's thoughts after the fact, not in every gory detail but sometimes there is not much left to the imagination. You will also read about the love of Jesus and one very poignant moment when one of the twins puts his own life in danger to witness to Josef. Although this is the second book in the set, it is a stand-alone book and you do not have to have read the first one to understand this one.
The Force picks up right where The Fourth Kingdom leaves off and while you could possibly just begin with The Force I’d recommend that you start by reading The Fourth Kingdom so that it’s easier to follow the characters and what exactly is propelling each of them in their lives. In the first book you’re introduced to the Sinclair family and after years of infertility the couple finally welcomes not one but two boys into their home – twins – double the blessing at once! The Sinclairs know their boys are special and raise them to know and love God but after a meeting with Dr. Karl Helmick a collaboration begins but Dr. Alexander Sinclair is oblivious to what is going on at Helmick’s laboratory even though his wife continues to tell him that something isn’t right. It was easy to figure out, to me, what was going on but the story had so many twists and turns that even though some of the story was easy to figure out the suspense more than made up for it.
The Force takes place several years after The Fourth Kingdom ends and now Josef Helmick and the Sinclair boys are all grown and haven’t seen each other for years – but they are never far from one another thoughts and rightfully so. The Sinclairs long to know what happened to their parents and they believe that Helmick is the cause, and without giving any spoilers to the book – there is a reason for their suspicion. Combining the past, present and the future into one book cannot be an easy endeavor but the mother daughter author team has succeeded – this book will keep you on the edge of your seat with the combined Faith, disbelief, science fiction and somewhat dystopian genre of the book and the authors have combined all of it into one fantastic book and series. I’m looking forward to much more in the future!
**I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.
"The Force" has a much more fleshed out battle between good and evil. The "Thriller/Dystopian" elements take a very front seat. Cloning, murder and a deeper evil created a gripping read that I had a hard time putting down. After I finished the book, the intensity of the story stayed with me for a few days~ the horrors that mankind is capable of thinking up juxtaposed with the overwhelming grace and power of God.
I'm not going to write any more because I don't want to give anything away. Just read the description, then read the book! :)
*Disclaimer~ I received a free copy of the book from the author in order to review it. My opinions are my own, and a positive review was not required.