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For readers who enjoyed Infernal Gates from Michael Jack Webb, The Oldest Enemy will be enthusiastically received and prove another outstanding read. A viscerally effective Supernatural thriller he is back doing what he does best. Delivering a novel that is by turns atmospheric, eerie and evocative.
As with Infernal Gates, his narrative is sophisticated. Treating his story's spiritual overtones with the utmost sincerity whilst exploiting the best-loved tropes of the genre. Readers would be disappointed if his historical references weren't underpinned by extensive research and he definitely doesn't let them down. In terms of what he does and doesn't show, he strikes an equitable balance between the power of suggestion and the satisfaction of a good, in-your-face scare, as he masterfully modulates the dramatic rhythms of a superb plot. The sense of danger continuing to accelerate as David and Lauren are drawn ever deeper into a web of supernatural conspiracy. Together seeking answers to Beth's death and ultimately finding themselves in and an age-old celestial battle between the forces of light and dark. On this level, Webb's command of genre technique is masterful as he teases seemingly minor jolts into frissons of terror and readers can be sure that when it comes to the demonic manifestations they are wholly chilling!
A tour de force in the ever-popular supernatural thriller genre Michael Jack Webb again proves a must-read with the Oldest Enemy recommended without reservation.
- ASIN : B00MPVISB0
- Publisher : Michael Jack Webb Books; 2nd edition (August 14, 2014)
- Publication date : August 14, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 3928 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 316 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #570,922 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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All efforts by David, his father, Michael, Lauren , the sister of his murdered parishioner, Beth Barkley, and stranger Ben Landers are thwarted by supernatural forces in cahoots with this German billionaire.
Along the way, the reader learns about the weapons of spiritual warfare straight out of the Bible, the nature of demons and their modus operandi and what Christians need to do to be empowered with these biblical supernatural weapons to fight and be victorious in spiritual warfare. All this builds to one very climatic ending that reads just as if it was a movie and it would make a very good movie! It has many successful elements; suspense, mystery, romance, spiritual warfare, demonic possession , political overtones, action and adventure.
Webb writes well and his plot structure is well constructed as well as his characters, very relational and believable. The reader finds himself liking and supporting David in his efforts to deal with his past in light of the current murder, his developing relationship with the murdered victims, sister, Lauren, his attempt to reconcile with his father, Michael, and learn how to be a Pastor under the mentorship of Senior Pastor Erasmus. The reader becomes very sympathetic to the failed, secret past of his father, Michael, and how this spills over into this reconciliation with his son. The reader also finds themselves cheering for both David and Lauren in their developing relationship and understanding Lauren's bitterness and hurt from the church and God over her past and the murder of her sister, Beth. The mysterious character of Ben Landers and where he fits into all the twists and turns in the plot, successfully adds an atmosphere of suspense and mystery and whether he is to be trusted or not. The reader will also be repulsed by the hatred, condescending nature and arrogant attitude and behaviour of the German billionaire, Eric Reinhardt, and as the plots develops, the reader's emotions progresses to fear and trepidation as the demon demands more of him, physically, mentally and spiritually as the plot moves to its climatic finale. These latter scenes are described graphically and the demon portrayed in typical horror based on the authors knowledge and research of demonology.
Web's research for this book is very evident and definitely adds to the structure and credibility of the political and supernatural aspects of the plot. The reader can see where the experience of the author as a bible student pays off in the development of the spiritual warfare elements of the plot, the portrayal of the demon, and the political environment that is based on bible prophecy and the current political situation in the Middle East. This is all done very well and makes for a plot, character development, biblical eschatology and apologetics very nice fitted together. This is one novel that is entertaining as well as educational in biblical themes and doctrine.
Many Christian reviewers criticise Christian authors for the inclusion of the Gospel message of salvation and reconciliation but it works very well in this novel. I found that this led credibility to the character it was addressed to and appropriate for the situation that she was in. Some reviewers find this Gospel message detracts from the plot but in this case it does not, it fits nicely into the spiritual armour needed to fight against the supernatural forces described in the Bible and portrayed in this novel.
This is my first novel by this author and it will not be my last. I am looking forward immensely to his other work.
The best books, in my opinion, are those that stretch you mentally and philosophically while telling a great story. I had no idea how all the pieces would fit together until the end, which kept me turning the pages. The integration of the plot was fascinating with the spiritual undertones. I hope that Michael Webb plans to write a sequel to this story as I could see the possibility of another book.
As a Christian, I also found the world events as presented in "The Oldest Enemy" to line up with Scripture, presenting a plethora of insights for those who like to entertain prophecy. "The Oldest Enemy" is a great read and a spellbinding thriller.
Well the plot is intriguing, if you like history in this books you will find it masterfully interwoven with fiction.
It's is pretty long for a novel but not a single page is out of place and I read it in every free moment to know the end. The prose of the author flows easily and i really hope to read more of him.
Just a note: be aware that you will find plenty of quotes from the Bible, so if you are disturbed by this, this book might not be your cup of tea, but please, download the sample and I am sure you will like it.
He's an excellent writer in my humble opinion. I've read some of his other books and again I couldn't put them down!
Oldest Enemy gave me a chilling thought that kept haunting me now and then as I read this book.... Some of this stuff could be torn off next year's headlines....
You can't go wrong. See for yourself, read the sample and you'll be snagged... hook, line, and sinker!