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Publisher's Summary

This novel of page-turning action and adventure poses the question, "If a society had no knowledge of Christianity, and then a Bible were discovered, what would happen?" Four hundred years after a deadly virus and nuclear war destroyed the modern world, a new and noble civilization emerges. In this kingdom, called Chiveis, snow-capped mountains provide protection, and fields and livestock provide food. The people live medieval-style lives, with almost no knowledge of the "ancient" world. Safe in their natural stronghold, the Chiveisi have everything they need, even their own religion. Christianity has been forgotten--until a young army scout comes across a strange book. With that discovery, this work of speculative fiction takes readers on a journey that encompasses adventure, romance, and the revelation of the one true God.

Through compelling narrative and powerful character development, The Sword speaks to God's goodness, his refusal to tolerate sin, man's need to bow before him, and the eternality and power of his Word. Fantasy and adventure readers will be hooked by this first book in a forthcoming trilogy.

©2012 eChristian Inc. (P)2012 eChristian Inc.

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What a Find. I Loved It!

Litfin writes with great imagery, bringing the town and the characters to life. Never having heard of this author, this novel was a refreshing find! Loved it!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • JC
  • AURORA, COLORADO, United States
  • 02-25-13

Love it - so engaging

This is such an engaging and well-written fiction book. The author really gave thought to creating this future world and spent time developing the characters so you can connect with them.

I LOVE the narrator. As an actor, I'm the worst critic of these poor people. This is the first narrator that I've actually loved. He does an amazing job subtly introducing new voices for each character and does it convincingly - I could listen to him read anything and I'd enjoy it.

Great book - fun to listen to and a creative way at presenting timeless Truths that make you think. I recommend it!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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EXPECTED GIFT

I found this book by accident and decided to download the story as I had some extra credits, but boy! was this credits well spend! I loved, loved this story and couldn't wait to listen to the rest of the series. A wonderful peace of fiction and I love the name he gave to this country. "Chiveis" It's even more enchanting than Camelot.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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New Author Found and loved

What did you love best about The Sword?

The story line and the detailed facets of which he described the stories.

What other book might you compare The Sword to and why?

HungerGames because of some of the same story lines of destruction and how people deal with them

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Christian influence for once!

While I thought some of the story was cheesy, I really appreciated the Bible influence this book had.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Thank you, Bryan.

Always looking for GOOD Christian writing with a message! This exceeded my expectations. VERY well written and definitely held my attention captive to the end and right on to the next one in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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GREAT!

What did you love best about The Sword?

The concept of finding GOD for the first time....it's a wonderful experience to find HIM when he convicts you & tugs at your heart strings!! Knowing the emptiness can only be filled with what the LORD has in store for you. Same as the characters in this book are finding out.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The female voices were terrible. They lacked strength. In particular the heroine was not portrayed as a strong woman.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The most interesting part of the story was the premise. The fact that the consequences of our actions could result in such a dramatic change in the future.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably not.

Any additional comments?

I was really wishing this would have been more exciting. The premise of the book opened up so many possibilities. I felt that the plot line the author chose to pursue was very predictable. It read very much like a quotidian romance novel.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Wholesome entertainment

I've listened at least 3 times and shared the series with my family. I highly recommend the series.

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Intriguing

The plot is somewhat unbelievable and predictable, but it's entertaining. It challenged me to ponder the weakness of my faith.
Also, 5 stars for Ray Porter. I would listen to him read a dictionary for 8 hours. His performance is always excellent and I love his delivery.

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  • J. W. Greenwood
  • 01-03-14

Disappointing

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A well constructed plot. This sounded like a Disney adventure.

Would you ever listen to anything by Bryan M. Litfin again?

Possibly

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Ray Porter?

I wouldn't want anyone to waste their time on this poor quality material

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Sword?

all of it