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Light of the Last: Wars of the Realm, Book 3 Paperback – February 16, 2016
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Chuck Black is the author of more than a dozen novels, including the popular Kingdom Series and The Knights of Arrethtrae series. As a design engineer, he’s invented or co-invented 11 patented construction products and spent eight years in the Air Force traveling the world as a tactical combat communications engineer and an F-16 fighter pilot. Chuck and his wife, Andrea, have six children and live in North Dakota.
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I need not have worried.
This book is everything you want it to be. Yes, there are a few stereotypical situations (CIA training, Mission Impossible-esque endgame, SPOILER the guy becoming a Christian), but these are more than made up for by a lovable yet flawed hero, mature story-telling, and a creative plot.
I really enjoyed how Chuck Black tackled challenging issues in real and meaningful ways. What are citizens to do when faced with widespread catastrophe and corruption? When a government fails, how should the people respond? Who is the highest authority when employed in a government position - the POTUS, or the Lord? Should radical Islam be treated in a manner befitting its horrific results? Does global unity warrant the loss of national sovereignty? All these and more were answered in a varying degrees, more so than I thought possible in this genre.
The plot is creative and highlighted specific instances of angels vs. demons and humanity vs. humanity. Our hero, Drew Carter, must cope with his abilities and rationalize what he is seeing. And yes, he does turn into somewhat of a super hero at some points, but that is balanced by the realization that compared to the higher angels and demons, Drew is not nearly equal without faith in Christ. The angels, while again somewhat stereotypical, were personable. The stakes were raised, and the ending is one that will satisfy you and leave you thinking long after you read the final page.
On a spiritual level, I believe that while Chuck Black did take some liberties, there was nothing that jumped out at me as directly contradicting Scripture. Not only that, I believe that it enhanced some thinking on specific biblical topics that I already had. Very thought-provoking! The steps Drew took to becoming a Christian, while somewhat cliched, nevertheless were believable and extremely satisfying.
Yes, there are a couple times when you have to suspend reality, if only for a short while. The microbots were a bit convenient, and the villains were not fleshed out as well as they should have been. Fitting the LASOK into glasses in such a short time and the fact that Sydney just happened to have a degree in microbiology seemed a little far fetched, but all of these things were cleverly handled in such a way that I wasn't distracted by them as I raced toward the top-notch climax.
So, is Light of the Last a perfect book? No. Is it the conclusion I was looking for? A resounding yes.
Light of the Last is a fitting end to an excellent trilogy, and I couldn't ask for more from a Christian thriller.
Since I had not read Book 1 or 2 or this series, when I started with this book, the third of the series, it did take me a little bit to get acquainted with all of the characters. However, from the first page, your attention is captured, and you are pulled into the story. This isn't just a story of adventure, suspense, and a little bit of romance, it is also about the spirit world. While the Bible doesn't give us a lot of details about angels, the author did an admirable job in describing how they might be. I believe reading this book caused me to be more prayerful. It certainly makes me more aware of what could be going on in the spirit world around us.
I recommend this book for not only teens, but also for adults. One fault I had with this book was the use of the word "heck," which I don't allow my children to say and which I didn't think was necessary for the storyline.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
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