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Ransom in the Rock (Gateway to Gannah) (Volume 3) Paperback – May 11, 2014
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I'm impressed with the author's ability to craft such lifelike characters-without whitewashing them. A VERY intriguing read.
This series is morally and spiritually uplifting, a clean read, outweighing some violence.
With funny-sounding names, places and cultural traditions, the author firmly anchors her readers on the planet Gannah. However, the plot mimics a modern-day "earthish" novel - a rebellious teenager, a group of vengeful visitors and a nation about to be invaded by outside forces.
I was pulled into the drama and engaged by the writing.
With more twists and turns than a Gannah underground tunnel, the author skillfully weaves the elements of a story that sings of the peace that can only come when we trust in Almighty God, whatever the circumstances.
Plot lines and lives converge as the planet faces an overwhelming threat and characters overcome personal challenges. The author convincingly portrays viewpoints of various ages and personalities as well as settings that transport the reader into this vivid world. Once you've set foot on Gannahan soil, you won't want to come back!
Well told and engaging.
It is humorous and at times suspenseful.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
A resident of Western Maryland, Yvonne Anderson writes fiction that takes you out of this world. She also does freelance editing; contributes to the writing blog The Borrowed Book; oversees Novel Rocket’s Launch Pad Contest; and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, International Thriller Writers, and the Independent Author Network.
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With funny-sounding names, places and cultural traditions, Yvonne Anderson firmly anchors her readers on the planet Gannah. However, the plot mimics a modern-day "earthish" novel - a rebellious teenager, a group of vengeful visitors and a nation about to be invaded by outside forces. Ransom in the Rock demonstrates very clearly that God is on the side of His people, but we need to ask ourselves, are we on His side?
Ransom in the Rock is a wonderful read. Once you return to Gannah you don't want to leave. This story is so well written, so tight you zip right along and suddenly the book is ended and you lean back waiting for the next one. Dassa, Pik, Adam and all the gang are well drawn characters you see in your minds eye as each word tumbles by. Lileela's personal problems with her return from Karkar are presented in such a mature way the you find yourself routing for a kid who's really a pain in, you know what. I'm not giving away all the twists and turns of life on Gannah but I can figure out what happens to Faris with the sparkling green eyes, now if Yvonne will just sit down a her desk and let her fingers fly I know Yashi will help her get me back to Gannah! Loved that book!
The story begins with Lileela - a stubborn, self-absorbed, and often silly extraterrestrial teen. Not having read Books 1 and 2 in the series, I didn't have any prior knowledge of her character or her family, but I was able to follow along rather well. Interestingly enough, I believe Lileela won me over the most as the story progressed. Yes, she got on my nerves. (I confess her family did, too, on occasion, even though I'm not sure they were supposed to.) Yes, she needed a big attitude adjustment. But her authentic struggles with selfishness (something that's sadly easy to relate to), as well as her insecurities and her genuine emotions, made me invested in her story and curious to discover how her choices would play out.
As for the rest of the cast, it's an intriguing bunch! I'm not entirely sure I "like" them all, per se, but some of the points they make about faith are certainly thought-provoking. I really would have enjoyed having the climax meeting/revelations happen earlier. As it is, while there's plenty of conflict and a bit of action, this installment does feel sort of like a bridge between stories, rather than a completely satisfying story in its own right (in that I wanted to know more about what was coming, and a lot of interesting events seem to have occurred before this particular book takes place).
The "alien" terminology was rather prevalent, and one revelation left me a little confused as to its implications. Even still, I was pulled into the drama and engaged by the writing. I imagine fans of the first two books in the series won't be disappointed, and those who enjoy inspirational sci-fi and the like should find "Gateway to Gannah" to be a clever series. (From what I can tell, reading the series from the very beginning would definitely enhance the enjoyment of each read!)
*With thanks to the author for providing me with an e-copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.*