About the Book:
David Galloway can't die.
How many lifetimes can God expect one man to live? Over a century old, David Galloway isolates himself from the mortal humans who die or desert him by making a quiet life as a used bookstore owner in Northern Michigan. But then he spots a news article about a man who, like him, should be dead.
Daredevil celebrity Zachary Wilson walked away unscathed from what should have been a deadly fall. David tracks the man down, needing answers. Soon David discovers a close-knit group of individuals as old as he is who offer the sort of kinship and community he hasn’t experienced for decades—but at what cost?
David finds himself keeping secrets other than his own. . .protecting more than himself alone. He’ll have to decide what’s worth the most to him—security or community. When crimes come to light that are older than any mortal, he fears the pressure is more than he can stand. What does God require of him, and is David strong enough to see it through?
Speculative fiction is not my usual genre, but when I came across the description of this book I was immediately intrigued. From the beginning I was captivated by David's plight, his loneliness and isolation, and how the other characters were introduced into the story. Quite a fascinating concept for a plot that kept me turning the pages. Stevens did a good job at establishing that Simon, Zac, Moira, and Colm were close knit due to their shared burden and in creating a genuine communal feel as these four welcomed both David and Tiana into their circle. The romance developing between Tiana and David was very sweet and innocent as well. Christian themes were explored including mortality, salvation, divine purpose, and the importance of fellowship with other believers. As the story took a dark turn, Stevens did not shy away from the very difficult moral decision facing the group and left me pondering what I would do in a similar situation.
Although I was intrigued and curious with how the author would unfold the plot, upon reaching the last paragraph of the novel I found myself asking, "Wait...what???" because in my view so many things were either not fleshed out or were left unresolved. I would have liked to have seen more dynamics between the characters and wanted more depth in how their histories played out and intertwined. Only little bits and pieces of their histories- individual or common- were disclosed, and Simon's background was barely explored except for the revelation of his professional background and that he was married at one time. Then, after meeting these characters and traveling a very rough journey with them, I felt jilted in the end with no resolution as to what happened with the characters and their relationship with each other. The novel just seemed to end very abruptly. But my biggest source of confusion was an encounter that happened in David's Jeep with a new character who threatens him, drops a bomb of shocking information on him, and then just leaves. No name. No background. No explanation for what he shares with David. Nothing. And I mean, nothing further is mentioned about it. I'm perplexed as to why this segment was included in the book at all. If there was some indication that there was going to be a sequel to answer all of these unfinished questions, then ok, I'd get it. But otherwise, I was unimpressed with the ending and left feeling very disappointed that the journey ended.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. A review was not required but was voluntary and contains my own thoughts and opinions regarding this literary work.
As a child, Amanda G. Stevens disparaged Mary Poppins and Stuart Little because they could never happen. Now, she writes speculative fiction. She is the author of the Haven Seekers series, and her debut Seek and Hide was a 2015 INSPY Award finalist. She lives in Michigan and loves trade paperbacks, folk music, the Golden Era of Hollywood, and white cheddar popcorn. To learn more about her writing, visit http://amandagstevensbooks.weebly.com/.
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