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The Sword

A Novel
Narrated by: Ray Porter
Series: Chiveis Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
4 out of 5 stars (253 ratings)

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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!

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  • Parker, 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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Religious propaganda

The story was good, but the way the author approaches people and their relation to God does not agree with me. As a devout Christian myself, I don’t consider myself as better than anybody else just for being Christian.

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Great Story, Great Concept, Unsatisfying conclusion

Overall, I really like the concept and the story, but I have the same problem with this book as I do with others... the overwhelming power allotted to evil. I wish that more balance would exist especially in fictional stories. Other than that, I’d say the author is a great writer and the narrator was perfect.

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Good story. Love this genre.

Ray porter does A nice job reading the story. I look forward to the second book.

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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