- Publisher: World Castle Publishing (November 9, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1629895938
- ISBN-13: 978-1629895932
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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Heaven's Oasis Paperback – November 9, 2016
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Review Rating: ***** 5-stars!
Reviewed By Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Before her death, Claire was on the verge of making one of the greatest discoveries in archaeology, one that could verify the claim about the existence of a place known as Heaven's Oasis, a discovery that would render biblical facts indisputable. Now, after her death, things change. She becomes an object of ridicule in the archaeological community. And worst of all, many people already know about what she had been working on before her death. Would her entire effort be in vain?
Only one person is ready to stand up to uphold her name, Kevin Foster, a man who's been the love of her life. He has to prove that Claire wasn't making unfounded claims; he has to clear her name. Which is why Kevin decides to take up where his lover left off. Can he complete the expedition and lay bare centuries-old secrets that could prove the existence of God? Heaven's Oasis by Jeff W Horton is a thriller that will delight readers who love intrigue, treasure hunts, and stories laced with symbolism and artifacts.
The story is well told and the reader knows the conflict will become huge when the knowledge of what Claire had been working on becomes public. The introduction of a billionaire arms dealer, Kain Masterson, raises the stakes. Why does he want so desperately to discover the hidden oasis? Who will get to the truth first? It is interesting to watch the players in this deadly game as they race towards the clues and artifacts. The characters are very compelling and well sculpted. The pace is fast and the entire story holds a lot in store for curious readers. Jeff W. Horton has created a work of great entertainment in Heaven's Oasis. The writing is beautiful and the powerful descriptions take readers on a thrill ride through the hidden regions of the Middle East.
About the Author
Jeff Horton was born in North Dakota, the youngest son of a career Air Force Master sergeant, where he spent the first four years of his life before moving to North Carolina. A somewhat voracious reader growing up, he read everything from comic books to The Bible, including stories by many popular authors such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H. G. Wells, Jules Verne, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Michael Crichton, Tom Clancy, C. S. Lewis, and J. R. R. Tolkien. Jeff Horton's novel, The Great Collapse, a story about the coming of the pulse and the end of civilization, was published in 2010. He is a member of the North Carolina Writers Network. When he's not penning his next novel, he enjoys reading, going to church, and spending time with his family. http: //www.hortonlibrary.com/ --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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One thing that is highlighted in this novel is that Horton is one very romantic man. This novel is resplendent with romance and all its nuances and characteristics. I have said in many past reviews that I don't like the romance genre where romance is the main plot theme and prefer the romance to be a subplot. Despite romance being the main theme in this novel, I did not mind it all. That is really saying something from me! Throughout this romantic plot, I was impressed with how Kevin's integrity as a Christian and as a man enhanced his love for Claire and vice versa and also later in the novel towards Zari. I have seen this in other Christian novels where the romance has been developed by a male author. I seem to prefer romance written by this gender. I have many male authors who are successful at this and I can now add Horton to this group. While reading this novel, I wondered where Horton got this ability to write romance so successfully. Then I recalled him saying that it was his wife who helped develop this ability by
"forcing me to watch so many Nicholas Sparks movies that I've gotten to where I actually enjoy them!"
It would appear then that Horton's wife should have no complaints about not being romanced by her husband! I have no doubt that some of the aspects of romance that he has included in this novel is based on his own experience. I say this as authors are encouraged to write about what they know, when and where they can.
As far as suspense goes, Horton has created this in one very unique manner, interspersed with the developing relationship between Kevin and Claire and through flash backs as Horton provides the background to their lives and romance. As their romance and relationship develop, so does the suspense and mystery surrounding Claire's quest for Heaven's Oasis and the ever increasing hunt for her and her research from billionaire arms dealer, Kain Masterson. This is more than a hook to reel the reader in, more like a snare, and a good one! It is actually through all this and Claire's death that ignites more of Kevin's integrity and love for his deceased wife that he devotes all his time and resources to carry on Claire's quest to find Heaven's Oasis. His aim now is to restore her honour as an archaeologist that was destroyed by her murderer and the professional slander from her colleagues. I loved this aspect of the novel. It is great to see male characters showing such integrity of character and protecting the honour of another human being, no matter their gender. In this case, it is also part of the married agape relationship and more importantly part of being of sound Christian character when one allows God to change them into His likeness as the Bible encourages.
I detect from Kevin's character that Horton may have based some of this on himself. It is very true that authors base some characters on themselves, intentionally or not, or one character solely. My guess is the latter. Again, it is the author writing about what they know, or in this case, who they know. In this novel, this is one very strong asset.
There was one scene that really touched me and is I feel has a very important spiritual message for any Christian and it involved Kevin's dealing with his grief and relationship with God. Having gone through something similar like Kevin did, I can fully relate to Kevin's reaction to grief and how this affected his relationship with God and what he needed to do to be restored to God. Very well executed and it did minister to me after all these years. Just goes to show that Christian fiction can minister to the reader's heart and situation where they are at. On my blog, I state that I expect Christian fiction to,
entertained me immensely,
encourage my walk with God.
Well, I can say that this novel did entertain me immensely and overall did encourage my walk with God, especially this scene I mentioned above. I applaud Christian authors when they do this and I applaud Horton for including this.
I loved the events that led up to the climatic ending of this novel, both in a physical and spiritual/supernatural sense. Very suspenseful and satisfying. Horton has developed this well and a fitting ending to every thing that he has included up to that point and does justice to Kevin's quest to honour Claire's legacy and quest.
This novel has definitely entertained and reinforced in me to always remember that with God all things are possible and our integrity and character as men should not be comprised by our circumstances but to stand up for the honour of fellow man including our loved ones as an expression of God's love for us. I pray that the romance that is shown from Kevin can inspire male readers of this novel that this is a natural expression of our character and one form of expression of our love for our girlfriend and/or spouse.
Strongly Recommended. 4/5 Stars.
Intertwining, a great adventure, Kevin Foster a history professor (as the main character), finds himself completely out of his “comfort zone”. Dedicated to a mission to redeem his wife from all the public harassment and slander to her personally and professionally, to a reputation of great honor and integrity, as she deserved. His wife, prior to her death, as a famed Archaeologist, that had been on a lifelong quest to the discovery of a secret gate leading to another place, another world, where the Garden of Eden or Heaven is kept. This place was so incredible that one could never find words to describe the colors, the sights and the vibrant life of this other realm known as “Heaven’s Oasis”. It was this discovery that others were desperately trying to steal, and even kill Kevin for. The dangerous race to the finish line to redeem his wife’s work is almost complete.
Full of edge-of-your-seat drama, the author begins by drawing readers into Kevin’s world with an action-packed scene driving through Iraq’s arid desert. Adding to the validity of the novel, many believable discoveries of recent archeological artifacts confirm the reliability of the Bible as an accurate historical document. As well as mentioning the existence of certain key characters in the Bible, such as Pontus Pilate, merely bolstering the truth of the Bible.
Each chapter flows into the next and there are many mysterious happenings as Kevin remembers his beginning in this mission as he was pursued by mercenaries on a vendetta to stop him. Why are they so interested in stopping this grand discovery of a lifetime? His travels lead him to the Middle East, namely Iraq, as he continues his wife’s life work. Filled with nuances, Kevin comes to terms with his grief over his wife and reconciles that all things are possible with God.
Encouraging all believers to trust in God on a deeper level, even throughout grief and difficulties, makes this read an inspiring, intensely written Christian fiction novel. Kevin Foster is the great main character, full of integrity, intelligence and a deep love for his wife that is a tribute to the romantic side of men, reminding married couples of the agape love that should be evident between a couple.
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