- Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Baen (June 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671578154
- ISBN-13: 978-0671578152
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,350,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Others have compared Lars Walker to C.S. Lewis. I don't think that the comparison is unwarranted. Walker writes with the same joy-filled wondrous prose that Lewis is famous for. Walker's prognostications about the future of civil society are eerily coming true, although they may be a little extreme, you can definitely see where Walker is coming from.
I was reminded of several of my favorites -- a word about them in half a second. But first, I must say I felt the author was writing from his own passion and wisdom! The book's robust and entertaining.
Well, it reminded me a little of Poul Anderson's classic "Unknown" magazine-style novel Three Hearts and Three Lions; Charles Williams's occult thriller War in Heaven; Russell Kirk's stories of the macabre published by the legendary Arkham House -- specifically "The Invasion of the Church of the Holy Ghost," in Watchers at the Strait Gate; and C. S. Lewis's Arthurian science fiction tale That Hideous Strength.
And it reminded me a bit of Stephen King, too.
As a spiritual thriller, this book is the most 'tro' or true and accurate (within the canons of mythopoeia) Christian spiritual thriller that I know of. Each re-reading of what might at first glance at the cover, appear a pulp fantasy, shows me more profundity, more depth of truth. If you like Peretti and Left Behind, but desire something deeper, this book is for you. If you like Tolkien and Lewis and wish to read something more contemporary, this novel is also for you.
Carl Martell, history professor at the non-Christian Christiana College, cannot tell a lie. But he can sense when others do. And when acclaimed Norweigan Poet, Sigfod Oski, comes to town, Martell is certain the greatest deceiver of all is in their midst. Peopled with such endearing characters as the quiet but courageous Lutheran pastor, a born-again disk jockey, and the mythological wolf, Fenris, "Wolf Time" pulls you into Walker's all-too-realistic vision of where America is heading, and what believers will be called upon to endure.
Like almost all novels with an agenda (Christian or otherwise), though, the prose sometimes suffers for the Bible verses scattered throughout. Every conversation between two characters revolves around culture and religion, which single-mindedness may put-off would be readers. However, Walker's insights are sound, and his morals excellent - and, better, both are handled with a greater delicacy and tension as the book progresses. Walker is not afraid to present all sides of the argument, to make witches sympathetic while arguing against their theological view, to examine the fundamentalist fanatics' reasoning for fighting fire with fire while showing Christs' equally decisive but remarkably non-violent solution.
Christians, especially Lutherans, will enjoy Walker's take on the near-future. Viking and Norse Mythology enthusiasts will find "Wolf Time" an intelligent look at that religion. Recommended to teenagers and adults, due to several references to sex and violence. People searching for a follow-up non-fiction work may want to check out Peter Kreeft's "Ecumentical Jihad."