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Offspring Hardcover – October 3, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Readers who believe in angels and enjoy splatter films will best appreciate Jackson's muddled debut thriller, which centers on the never-ending struggle between the fallen angels and the forces of good. Lucifer and his army of allies target four American men from different parts of the country—Sam Conner, Paul Young, Michael Collier and Mark Pierce. As an epidemic of missing children sweeps the U.S., the quartet receive individual messages leading them to Abbotsville, Tenn., where they join forces. Aided by angels of light, the men discover that they are the "Offspring," descendants of both humans and angels, and thus feared by the demons who seek to kill them. Bloody mayhem ensues. (Oct.)
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“Readers are rewarded with fast-paced action that’s great to the end.”—Romantic Times BOOKreviews
“Jackson’s classic good-versus-evil story takes us through an exciting biblical battle between angels and demons. An intense, violent, and suspenseful adventure set against a landscape of stark possibilities and doom…A thrilling read to the end!”—Raymond K. Wong, author of The Pacific Between
“A meticulously crafted chess game of supernatural suspense, a page turner of the highest order.”—Jay Bonansinga, author of Shattered
“An engrossing plot…nightmarish, gory, and riveting.”—VOYA
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There's nothing about the setting, or most of the characters, that isn't completely familiar - and this could be what makes _Offspring_ so chilling, the story doesn't sound all that fictional after scanning the headlines in today's paper or watching CNN.
The good guys being drawn into the fight against these foes seem at first ill equipped and weak, a young boy, an ex-con, a police officer losing his grip on reality, an accountant. The story follows these characters as they are inexorably drawn to Abbotsville, Tennessee for a supernatural face-off. Watching them realize who they are in the eternal scheme of things and what they now face is a compelling adventure for the reader. Highly recommended.
Sam Conner is on the run. Someone, or something, has been stalking him and all he initially knows is that the voice in his head tells him that the Eye of God, or the Veil, needs to be closed. Sam isn't crazy but rather is one of a select group of humans who have supernatural bloodlines. A devious plan is afoot by none other than Lucifer (known as the Runner) and only Sam and those of the OFFSPRING can stop him.
Sam is not the only character on a quest, though. Various characters pepper the storyline as all are headed for the battle, located in the inauspicious town of Abbotsville, Tennessee. All will be tested as the conflict ahead is a brutal one and one that could cost them everything.
Liam Jackson combines various beliefs about angels and demons to create an apocalyptic tale of stunning proportions. OFFSPRING sets off at a fast pace and continues relentlessly until the startling conclusion. The various hierarchies are fully explained and the author provides both a listing of the types of angels as well as a glossary to avoid any confusion.
Good and evil are common themes in literature but OFFSPRING shows a more fallible side of human nature as the heroes are flawed in some way. No one here is a saint as there are definite shades of gray in almost all of the characters. This goes hand in hand with the overall concept of free will that permeates the entire storyline. Everyone has a choice in OFFSPRING and it is their choices that determine their destiny.
OFFSPRING is an intriguing foray into the world of angels and demons. Liam Jackson draws his theology from both conventional thought as well as more obscure beliefs. Readers familiar with the pseudepidgraphic Book of Enoch will recognize direct references to it. OFFSPRING is an exciting start to what looks to be a promising series!
COURTESY OF BOOK ILLUMINATIONS
The Greater Demons want the Offspring, the descendents of angel and human mating, destroyed so Lucifer sends his Fallen to perform the task. He also wants them to un-make the Earthbound Host. Of particular interest to the Demon and by default Lucifer is teenager Sam Conner, an Offspring, who like his peers is heading to Abbottsville, Tennessee. Along the way he has divine assistance and joins with other Offspring, who answer the Call of the Eye of God, which must be closed before more and greater demons enter earth to destroy it.
The fearful protagonist is prepared to fight his enemies and if need be die at the gateway to earth to accomplish his mission. Acting as he does, he displays courage though he is very afraid and does not want to die. The adrenaline pumping story line is reminiscent of Frank Perretti's books in which spiritual warfare on earth is common. Liam Jackson opens his six saga thriller with an awesome tale as the OFFSPRING try to give humanity a choice between the light and the dark.
It is refreshing to read a book dealing with Godly situations using normal people with normal life styles. It is also double nice to see them used to accomplish His work. An invigorating fictional work dealing with the fight between good and evil done in a now day setting that from the first pages keeps you chewing for more.
Liam Jackson has brought together characters from very different backgrounds and different levels of drive, to meet evil head on, solely on a spiritual leading with a little help from guardian angels.
This being the first of a trilogy only causes you to want to read the next book.