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Greg Mitchell is the co-author of Time Changer, which was made into a theatrically released motion picture in 2002. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Paragould, Arkansas.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Coming Evil (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Realms (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616381949
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616381943
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,312,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Edward M. Erdelac on April 11, 2012
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I've never read Christian horror fiction in my life, outside of a few pages of the Left Behind series, and I don't even know if that counts.

Reading The Strange Man, don't expect a squirm-inducing read of gut churning gore. There are monsters sure, and they're threatening, yeah. But the harrow in The Strange Man exists on a personal, frankly more thought provoking level. It's composed of the thoughts that keep a man of faith up at night, or really anybody who ponders their own existence more than superficially. Its central horror is the thought that you've been living your life wrong, and that you've been letting the people around you down, the people you love the most, and that there are consequences of that.

Mitchell embodies those consequences in a gaunt boogeyman reminiscent of King's Walking Dude. A character who's obviously supernatural, and puts on an air of the puppet master who's totally in control, manipulating everything, but who, through certain moments and actions, betrays the unending animal rage that drives him, that is barely under control at all times. The Strange Man is a fire burning on the edge of what we know, waiting for an opening to plunge in and immolate us.

Now when I started reading it, I was pleased with how easily readable it was. You blaze through the story. The characters are believable and mostly relatable. Dras Weldon is a bit of a goofball, but Mitchell plays with that. He knows it too. I was taking the book as a bit of light fluff. The monsters were cool but not too terrifying. The whole thing really feels like an 80's horror movie. Like The Gate and Gremlins, except the `kid' protagonist is really too old to be in it. And that's his weakness.
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For the second time reading this book, I noticed many great scenes that were added, and a lot of description. Mr. Mitchell is wondrous when it comes to showing rather than telling! The characters were well portrayed, despite needing a little more of Josalyn.

Now for the horror part. I was reading it until I finished at 12:45 a.m. The suspense is nail biting, and you can't help but read further. Very frequently I imagined it so vividly that I thought I was hearing scratching at my window.

Though there is quite a bit of gore, there are no inappropriate scenes or references. The book is very good in that regard. Realms chose well in publishing this book.
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This book reminds me of Frank Peretti's first couple of books, This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness. Spiritual warfare, demons, good and bad battling for the souls of men.

It is a little more creepy than Peretti's books, but in a good way. In this book, the demons actually appear to people and attack and chase them. The story is both suspenseful and humorous. The main character is a twenty-two year old young man who is nothing more than a drunk and an immature guy who still collects comic books and action figures. He becomes the central figure in the battle for his town.

I liked the author's writing style. He wrote very likable and believable characters into his story, and I was caught up quickly in their stories and battles. This was one of those books that once I started, I did not want to put it down.

Two complaints I have: The first is the ending - pretty abrupt, and leaves a lot hanging, though this is the first book in a trilogy, The Coming Evil, so I assume everything will be resolved in the next two books, so that is a mild complaint.

The big thing I had an issue with was theology. The main character, Dras, became a Christian at the age of nine. As an adult, he is a drunk, a lazy bum, and and more, yet is supposedly a Christian because of a conversion at the age of nine. I won't go into that a lot, but I do believe that theology does not line up with the Bible, and hope it isn't as blatant in the next two books. Other than that, I did thoroughly enjoy the book and recommend it, especially for those who enjoy Peretti's books.
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I must confess that when I first read the book description, I did think think this was a young adult novel and I nearly did not buy it. How wrong I would have been if I had not bought it. Now I am so very glad I did. This first book sat on the electronic book shelf for a year or so. The reason being that I hate reading a book in a series as they are released as I forget parts of the previous novel by the time the next instalment is released and hate having to reread the previous one again to catch up. So I wait until they are all released, then I have the benefit of reading them one after the other with no break in between. This greatly enhances the enjoyment of reading the story. It also gives me a greater appreciation of the author. This is so evident with this trilogy. I am writing this review as I am reading The Dark Hour, book 3.

This trilogy is dark, oppressive but when is ever evil not so? Mitchell creates this world of evil taking over the town and people of Greensboro very well. His world of demons, gremlins, that of The Strange Man is developed well. You feel the evil, the deceptiveness, the hatred of mankind and of God. This is the essence of this Strange Man. I found myself hating him and loathing the next account of him. When a character creates in you these feelings, the author has set out to achieve what he wanted. He has transported you in the world of the novel and this is very evident in The Strange Man Trilogy.

Mitchell's characters, both the antagonists and protagonists are developed well.
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