The Awakening is a tale of immortals, ancient gods, and a Detective who doesn't believe in any of it. Detective Ben Stanford is forced to come face to face with theology, mythos and everything he refused to believe in as his world is turned upside down by Mark, the immortal Gospel writer, who requests the detective's help in finding his missing companion, Judas Iscariot.
As Ben dives deeper into the world of broken Theology, ancient religions and terrifying Greek gods, he's forced to come to terms with the world where vast forces struggle in their endless game of power. He must make his way, with the help of companions he doesn't believe in or trust, to try and stop a potential global disaster.
©2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Angella Graff (P)2015 Angella Graff
This is a combination review; first part of the review is based on the story, which I read first, the second part is based on the audible book.
I enjoyed reading this book SO MUCH. I love conspiracy theories and stories that involve any type of theology. Reinterpretations of religious history, reinterpretations of the bible, I enjoy the heck out of them. I was raised Catholic and still call myself a Catholic, and I have always interpreted the Bible as written by man and completely symbolic in nature (I in no way have ever believed the world was created in 7 days - literal bible interpretations drive me bonkers).
The twists and turns and the combinations of different theological beliefs was fascinating. You can tell Angela really did her research for the book. And I love her interpretations of world religions and ancient gods. There was a teasing amount of background story, but it keeps you guessing and gives wonderful anticipation for the next installment. There is action and mystery, and I spent the entire book angry at Ben. That's probably because I'm a believer in the supernatural myself. I cannot wait until the next book in the series!
Do yourself a favor, and get lost in the pages of this book!
I have now gotten through this book a second time, this time as an audio book, so this part of my review is based on the audio book only.
I still enjoyed the story very much, and the review of the story remains the same. As an audio book, it was very enjoyable. The narrator had a very expressive reading voice, and very individual and distinct voices for each person. The voices weren't as I imagined them, but they fit the characters nicely, and I really really ended up hating Abby, who I don't remember being so bothered about in the first place.
Worth a listen, as it was worth the read!
Scale of 0-10, I give it an 8
The humor between brother and sister was fun
Ben (the brother)
Again the relationship between brother and sister
I enjoyed this book, a different spin on history of the subject. I don't recommend for the Christian at heart. I'm a Christian and still enjoyed the book.. I look forward to upcoming audible books in this series.
I live to ride my bike.
The first 20 minutes of the book were really good and pulled you right it. After that it went down hill. The book becomes bogged down with the validity gods, religion, and possession. I returned it for a refund. I recommend it only to listen for an hour and it you like it after that, fine.
The Awakening is creative, compelling, and difficult to put down. Part mystery, it turns our concept of Christianity upside down, hinting at, but not explaining, the twisted mystery.
The least interesting aspect of this story was the main character's repeated (and I do mean repeated) protestations against everything that happens in the plot. It became incredibly tiring listening to Ben deny aspects of the story that he witnessed, dismissing it all as not possible, etc. We. Get. It. He is a skeptic. Fine. In fact, that's good. It makes sense in a story like this, but at some point let it go. It is not necessary and becomes totally inane to have a repeated breaks in the story for Ben to 1) discover some news 2) blow up and yell at the other characters for either lying to him or being stupid for believing the thing that just happened actually happened, and 3) having an inner monologue congratulating himself for how rational he is, how stupid everyone else is, and how anything else is a more plausible explanation that what he just saw. It is exhausting. And annoying.
Sure. its an interesting plot, interesting and imaginative characters, other than the main one.
One of the best I have listened to in a long time.
Narrator is very pleasing to listen to.
I highly recommend this book. I look forward to the entire series being available on Audible.
"Worth the money"
I loved the book, narrator has a amazing voice that draws you into the book
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