Summer Lee delivers a magnum opus of an evangelical Christian message in this rich, lengthy end times’ novel that incorporates what must have been years of research about Isaiah, Revelation and the Four Horses of the Apocalypse, as well as historical events, both current and ancient.
Though the plotline of a meek Sunday school teacher assigned by an angel to the task of getting out the word about the Great Tribulation seems pretty straightforward, the suspense builds as Martha, the heroine, joins forces with a mysterious prophetess, Amanda, who is not quite what she seems at first glance. Their guide is a powerful angel named Walker whose impatience grows as the women strive to deliver what God has charged them to do. Time is running out and the increasing pacing of the story reflected that urgency.
The suspense is excellent, as is the factual research behind the spiritual intent of this book. There is an invisible framework of Bible verses within the novel. Without the blatant intrusion of verse numbers, the seamless presentation of fictional characters and situations blended with Bible verses works very well.
There are other end times’ novels that I have not liked, but I really enjoyed this one because the heroine is an ordinary Christian layperson, which set forth an empathetic and humble character to relate to and cheer for. Without the tools or network of a professional Bible scholar, Martha mostly relies on the Bible and prayer and deep soul-searching in her analysis of scripture and current events--and dissemination of the truth before time is up.
Though the tone of the novel seems targeted toward the literal, conservative Christian, this novel would be an entertaining read for anyone who is interested in how world events have shaped society and various belief systems. I really enjoyed the read, which opened my eyes in several theological areas and was quite a page turner!
The horses of the apocalypse were well-described and the heroine’s heart was full of compassion for humankind. She was a gentle and brave heroine with a deep empathy and astute social consciousness. I loved this novel because it was a deep and earnest search for the truth! Five stars! -- Eve Paludan