What an amazing book!!! I love this series so much. I discovered the first 3 last spring. I think the first one was a kindle freebie, then I found a deal of the day on the next 2 and got them for like .99 apiece. I was hooked by then, and have been waiting for this one to come out on October 2, ever since. So, happy day, it was automatically delivered to my Kindle on October 2nd at 12:01 am and I have been avidly reading it since that morning. I can say this much to fans of the series: This book does not disappoint.
"The Righteous" series books are thrillers, and the action is riveting. They are set in polygamist fundamentalist communities in the desert of Utah. For those of you who've watched Big Love, think about "the compound". It really seems to me that this author could have grown up in such a community. He paints such a vivid picture of the people, the beliefs, the way they talk, how they live, with the skill of one who is intimately familiar with this type of life. And his descriptions of the landscape, the desert, are breathtaking. The desert itself is so vital and well portrayed that it is almost a character in the story as well. But the author does not appear to be pushing any certain agenda. There are characters who wholeheartedly believe in their religion, characters who doubt. Characters who want to live in the traditional way, and characters who seem determined to bring change. Plenty of deluded megalomaniac would-be prophets running around the canyons, FBI agents investigating them for welfare fraud, people who left the enclaves for the "lone and dreary world" and outsiders who were inspired by what they found there and stayed. Somehow, the author manages to make every one of them sympathetic and appealing. He draws the reader into the internal conflicts and motivations of the characters so compellingly.
And wow, can he write suspenseful, yet entertaining scenes. Without giving away too much detail for those who have not read, the scene that included a car packed with unlikely allies racing to the scene of the action when there was a conflict among several of the car's occupants and the driver about which way to proceed had me glued to the page. I could just imagine the car swerving around on the deserted highway as its occupants bickered and wrestled for control of the steering wheel. I never knew what was going to happen next. The book was absolutely a wild ride.
I love this series so much that after reading them, I ordered the first 3 in dead tree format and had them shipped to my sister, commanding her to read them. She has read the first one, I think she liked it, but her reading list got sidetracked when somebody loaned her the 50 Shades of Grey series (really?? REALLY?) and hasn't read the next 2. Yet. If she does, I will insist that she read this one as well. i have high hopes that this series will continue...the ending definitely left a mystery, and the characters have developed so much over the course of these books. Yet even more happened in this book that leaves me dying to see what will happen to them next.