|Print List Price:||$16.50|
Save $11.50 (70%)
S.O.L.A.D.: Soldiers of Light Against Darkness: Book I of the Angelo & Angeline Chronicles Kindle Edition
|New from||Used from|
|Length: 532 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
Matchbook Price: $1.99
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
- Similar books to S.O.L.A.D.: Soldiers of Light Against Darkness: Book I of the Angelo & Angeline Chronicles
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Top Customer Reviews
In fact...just to further torture everyone who is waiting for the sequel, I have got to throw this out there: Is a predestination paradox even *possible* in a Christian universe? I'm sure not all of you will come up with the same answer but the way this book ended *definitely* begs the question.
From a theological standpoint, this book seems to be on more solid ground than a lot of fictional depictions of a Christian universe that I have seen. It's so easy for a Western Christian book--especially epic fantasy like this where good and evil are so plainly on display (as an example I came to realize over time, the works of Bryan Davis)--to lapse into gloatingly celebrating death, condemnation, and the vengeful notion of someone burning in Hell, when the truth is that in doing so, we condemn ourselves because we do not know the truth about that person's relationship with God. Maybe we are right...sometimes the probabilities do seem high. But maybe we are wrong, and the consequences of being wrong and reveling in that wrongness are spiritually devastating. It seems that Mr. Reed takes deliberate pains *not* to cross that line and not to dare tell us who is actually 100% beyond rescue. This book does a wonderful job illustrating how we as Christians *should* react: where there is life there is always the hope to make a better decision, even when we have done terrible things. Even when someone might seem quite literally given over to Hell, we are not to gloat about their getting their just deserts, but strive to the very last second to not just rescue but to LOVE that individual, and that love does not come from holding ourselves above them.
I do have one small theological disagreement in that certain parts appear to be edging towards prosperity gospel, which I do not agree with--but to an extent, it is impossible to fully avoid that when writing a fantasy universe in which the normal actions, reactions, and interactions with God are occurring in a far bolder manner than you or I are accustomed to in our lives. This story's universe is not, by definition and design, playing by our rules, and IMO we as readers do well to recognize that.
The one other area I need to discuss is editing and technique. As sometimes happens with independent and self-publishing, the grammar, spelling, and punctuation are not always perfect, and there are more errors showing than I would expect out of something traditionally published. The other issue is that while sometimes the dialogue is great, there are other instances where I feel like certain descriptions (especially scene descriptions) and turns of phrase coming out of characters' mouths would have made better sense in the author's narration as opposed to the character's actual words or thoughts. I think that if these copyediting and stylistic points were addressed, SOLAD could easily be brought up to the level that a traditional publisher would expect, and stand a chance of landing a deal.
Still, in spite of this, I heartily *recommend* to readers that they take the chance of venturing into the world of independent publishing because the *core* of this--everything that counts the most: the plot, the characters, and a good bit of the theology, are excellent. If you are a Christian young adult...or other adult who refuses to be told they are old...who loves sci-fi and fantasy, I truly believe that the technical issues are not so serious that the curious reader can't overlook them and find a story that will blow them away and leave them hungry for more.