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Sinner: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, January 1, 2007
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"Engaging. Haunting. Innovative. Sinner is the kind of novel that will keep readers talking long after they've read the last page. Sharon Carter Rogers delivers a story reminiscent of Dean Koontz on a dark night. So lock the door, sit down, snuggle in and enjoy the ride."
--- Alton Gansky, author of DIRECTOR'S CUT and other novels.
"With Sinner, Sharon Carter Rogers weaves a gritty, thought-provoking tale that holds nothing back as reality gets twisted in her wild imagination. Reading this book is like sitting in the font row of the theater and watching a hair-raising thriller!"
---Clay Jacobsen, Television Director and author of many popular novels such as THE ULTIMATE REALITY SHOW and CIRCLE OF SEVEN
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Sinner is a story that, while somewhat predictable in outcome, is a compelling journey. Rogers weaves a tale of past and present to a surprise living-connection between two engaging characters.
CK Ivors is a name without a face to most of the world. But to her charming entourage she is boss, author, and Superman collector extraordinaire. The Sinner is mystery man, vigilante and urban-legend all rolled into one. He's been quiet for years but he's on the move again - wearing a cool grey coat. CK Ivors is desperate for the subject of her next book and finds it in The Sinner. CK and her team are some of the most engaging characters - and I do mean "characters" - I have met in my reading of late. Rogers does a fabulous job of making the reader fond of this unlikely collection of talent that hunts down the famous Sinner legend, and eager to read more of their collaborations.
The conclusion of the story finds CK confronting the past and The Sinner confronting forgiveness. It's a soft approach to the message that is accessible and uncomplicated. Sinners in both camps - forgiven and otherwise - will find this a poignant and fitting end.
I'm amazed at how adept Rogers is at pacing and transition, as well as the already mentioned character development. She weaves a tale of ins and outs that could leave you needing a score card, but does it without so much as a moment of confusion or anxiety. What should happen at just the right time - does, leaving the reader wholly gratified and not the least bit disappointed. Don't know where she came from, but this is one author I won't miss next time!
"Sinner" is the story of how investigative writer CK Ivors crosses paths with a shadowy figure known as the "Sinner." CK's historical work has made her aware of the legend of Sinner, a vigilante who been spotted in the margins of history for the past 150 years. CK takes it upon herself to track down this inky figure until she finds her story irreversibly wrapped up in his.
The character, "Sinner", is unforgettable. Sinner's vigilantism is driven by self-loathing and hatred for those who prey on the weak and defenseless. The Sinner not only battles himself and the wanton, but the God who he believes has forsaken him. His brand of justice is as brutal and pugilistic as that of the evil he fights. I can't say more without getting into "spoilers" but I classify the Sinner in the same genus of hero as Batman. I'll be sorely disappointed not to see more Sinner novels in coming years.
CK Ivors is another compelling character who quite frankly merits another novel or two. In the novel CK's royalty checks have allowed her to assemble a large colorful staff to assist her. Rogers created fine characters to assist CK and I'd love to see their further exploits as well.
Parents should note that the world of "Sinner" is dark, gritty and violent. The book opens with priest exposed in a sexual abuse scandal. Sinner's assaults on criminals are both surgical and barbaric. My "cringe factor" was tested a few times while reading this book. It should be noted that the violence is never gratuitous and that Rogers has painted a world in which evil is avenged. And yet, Rogers isn't content with vengeance and offers us a higher value on which she rests her well crafted novel.
Rogers instantly has earned a place among authors like Brad Meltzer, Ted Dekker, or G.P. Taylor. She's an author I'll be looking for more of in the future.
Together, they try to unravel the mystery of the Sinner--a phantom vigilante who appears to have lived for...150 years?? Interspersed among the story are bits of the first journal kept by this Sinner...his roots, if you will.
He dreams of people who do unspeakable acts, and doesn't get relief until he punishes them...and it is gruesome, let me tell you. Not graphic, but you do get the point.
The mystery is intriguing, the characters are very appealing, and the story is smoothly written. I was anticipating a sequel, but the end left me hanging in such a way that I'm not quite sure.
But another novel from this author would be a pleasure and a must read for me. I consider Sharon Carter Rogers to be in the big leagues of gritty, spiritual suspense.
If you enjoy Tedd Dekker and Robert Liparulo, Eric Wilson and Chris Wells...you'll LOVE Sharon Carter Rogers!!