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About the Author
Anne Butler Montgomery has worked as a television sportscaster, newspaper and magazine writer, teacher, amateur baseball umpire, and high school football referee. Her first TV job came at WRBL-TV in Columbus, Georgia, and led to positions at WROC-TV in Rochester, New York, KTSP-TV in Phoenix, Arizona, and ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut, where she anchored the Emmy and ACE award-winning SportsCenter. She finished her on-camera broadcasting career with a two-year stint as the studio host for the NBA’s Phoenix Suns. Montgomery was a freelance and/or staff reporter for six publications, writing sports, features, movie reviews, and archeological pieces. Her novels include: The Scent of Rain, Nothing But Echoes, and A Light in the Desert. Montgomery teaches journalism at South Mountain High School in Phoenix, is a foster mom to three sons, and is an Arizona Interscholastic Association football referee and crew chief. When she can, she indulges in her passions: rock collecting, football officiating, scuba diving, and playing her guitar.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 286 pages
- Publisher : Treehouse Publishing Group (November 6, 2018)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07CZCL9VF
- Publication Date : November 6, 2018
- File Size : 1240 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,770,791 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In A Light in the Desert, Anne Montgomery steers the disparate lives of individual, damaged souls into a collision course in the unforgiving beauty of the Arizona desert landscape.
We follow an angry, hate-filled teen with a dangerous plan; a sniper suffering from PTSD and desperately trying to hold it together to do the right thing; and a pregnant girl, abused and discarded, and struggling to be treated as a competent adult when her Moebius Syndrome causes others to misjudge her abilities. Their paths collide with both disastrous and miraculous consequences, and a few twists along the road.
The tone is that of an action thriller, but I found the story to be more character driven, with the focus on exploring the main character’s thoughts, feelings and motivations as events unfold. Whilst based on the real event of the derailing of an Amtrak train in 1995, this is an intricate fictional story of various people whose lives were also derailed by the attack.
Obvious themes here are the horrors of war, and religious symbolism set alongside the violence and cruelty of reality in this world. There is also a thorough examination of the various ways in which humans are cruel – even inhumane – to each other. Some of the saints and sinners are obvious here, but the moral compass of others is more of a grey area: can a killer redeem themself by caring for tortured animals and lonely outcasts? With further societal issues about mental health, physical appearance, teen pregnancy, and child abuse all featuring, there is plenty going on here!
This novel is a well-written and thought-provoking read, which I recommend to anyone looking for a complex story about human nature.
The moonlight illuminated the desert floor as the boys walked along the tracks. A single voice, loud and brash, carried easily down the sandy wash and up the side of the ragged mound of basalt where the man lay hidden. Belly down on the jumble of volcanic rocks, he watched and listened, just like he’d been trained.
– Anne Montgomery, A Light in the Desert
Review by Steph Warren of Bookshine and Readbows blog
Kelly Garcia is a pregnant teenager who suffers from Moebius syndrome. Her mother, embarrassed to have a disfigured child, hides her from the world. After Kelly’s stepfather impregnates her, Kelly is sent to live with the Children of Light. It is there that she meets Jason and her life changes in ways that she wouldn’t have even guessed.
Billy James is the son of the owner of the only gas station in town. His father had abused Billy until his mother left. The years of abuse that Billy endured at his father’s hands had warped him. He is now an amoral, sociopath who is willing to do whatever it takes to leave his message. Billy plans an event that he hopes will cause mass hysteria and death.
When I started reading A Light in the Desert, I wasn’t expecting to get as involved in the plotline as I did. From the beginning, this book sucked me in. There was no tiptoeing around Jason, Kelly, and Billy’s issues. The author plunged me right into it. Usually, I would be “No, give me a chance to get used to the book!!” But in this case, I am glad she did it.
The significant plotlines were Jason, Kelly, and Billy. Jason’s plotline was vividly written, and my heart broke reading those scenes. Kelly’s plotline broke my heart too. Put it this way; I wanted to boot her mother and stepfather through the window. Billy’s plotline was as tragic as Kelly and Jason’s. Yes, I thought Billy’s plotline was tragic.
I didn’t add the plotline of the train crash in with the major plotlines. I felt that it was overshadowed a little by everything that was going on with Kelly and Jason.
There was a significant plot twist that came at the end of the book. When it happened, I went “No way.” But, after reading the book, I can see the hints that were dropped. With everything else that was happening, I didn’t pick up on it.
I did feel bad for Jason. His PTSD issues were laid out within the first chapter. His slide into the Messiah complex was subtle. I won’t lie, I was surprised when he told Kelly what was happening to him and what the medicine was for. I was also surprised by the twist in his plotline. I didn’t see it coming, and I was blindsided. I had to take a break from reading the book to process that information.
I also felt awful for Kelly. What she went through in her short life broke my heart. I wanted to hug her and take her away from that thing that called herself her mother. I also wanted to punch her stepfather. Despite the abuse that she was put through, she was still a sweet girl.
As weird as this is going to sound, I also pitied Billy. The abuse by his father shaped Billy into what he became. I pitied him because all he knew was violence and that shaped him. I pitied him because he fell through the cracks in the system. But, because I pitied him, it didn’t mean that I liked him. He was an evil person who deserved what he got.
I enjoyed reading A Light in the Desert. It was a compelling read. The author did a fantastic job of tackling some serious issues (PTSD, mental illness, child abuse). I had never heard of the Messiah complex or Moebius syndrome before this book. While the book explained what they were, I ended up googling them for myself.
There is also a slight religious undertone when reading the book. The Children of Light are a fanatical Pentecostal sect. They were waiting for Armageddon. The characters in the Children of Light play a significant role in Kelly and Jason’s story towards the end of the book. The author was able to get their point across without being preachy, which is something that I loved.
I did have a bit of an issue deciding what genre this book fit well with. There is action, there is religion, and there is suspense. I would have to say that it fits well in all those categories.
As much as I liked the book, I wasn’t a fan of the ending. First off, there is the twist in the plot. Like I mentioned above, I didn’t see it coming, and it took me by surprise. I felt that Jason’s plotline didn’t get resolved. I did like how the author chose to end Kelly’s storyline. I thought that it was perfect for her. And Billy’s, well, as I said, he got what he deserved.
The epilogue was poignant. I did ask myself the same question that Kate asked Cooper. Why?
**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**
Jason rescues Kelly from the wreck and takes her to his cabin. He needs to alert The children of the light to let them know that he is safe with her. Jason is bitten by something and when he passes out on the couch and is very ill, Kelly goes in search for help and gets herself into some trouble, stranded in the desert in the throes of childbirth.
Part factual and part fictional makes for an interesting story-line. This book was a slow burn, it took a long time to really get going before I found myself wanting to keep reading it. By half way I was starting to find myself wanting to read the next chapter as the book picked up pace. There is a lot of religious concepts and words which may or may not be off putting to some people. Overall it was an Okay read once the book gathered pace and mostly well written.
My thanks to the author for a copy of the book in return for my honest review.