Sunday, July 8, 2012

Christian Fiction: 3 series with an edge

As Christian Fiction becomes increasingly popular among readers, the new book offerings are becoming much broader in their scope and style.  I have noticed that many of the new titles are quite edgy: full of darkness; suspense; and tough characters. Consider the following series:

The Guardians of Justice series (M)
by Irene Hannon
Featuring: Fatal Judgement and Deadly Pursuit

"U.S. Marshal Jake Taylor has seen plenty of action during his years in law enforcement. But he'd rather go back to Iraq than face his next assignment: protection detail for federal judge Liz Michaels. His feelings toward Liz haven't warmed in the five years since she lost her husband--and Jake's best friend--to possible suicide. How can Jake be expected to care for the coldhearted workaholic who drove his friend to despair? As the danger mounts and Jake gets to know Liz better, his feelings slowly start to change. When it becomes clear that an unknown enemy may want her dead, the stakes are raised. Because now both her life--and his heart--are in mortal danger." publisher's summary for Fatal Judgement

The Book of Mortals series (M)
by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee
Featuring: Forbidden and Mortal

"Many years have passed since civilization's brush with apocalypse. The world's greatest threats have all been silenced. There is no anger, no hatred, no war. There is only perfect peace... and fear. But a terrible secret has been closely guarded for centuries: Every single soul walking the earth, though in appearance totally normal, is actually dead, long ago genetically stripped of true humanity. Fleeing pursuit, with only moments to live, a young man named Rom stumbles into possession of a vial of blood and a piece of cryptic writing. When consumed, the blood will bring him back to life. When decoded, the message will lead him on a perilous journey that will require him to abandon everything he has ever known and awaken humanity to the transforming power of true life and love. But the blood will also resurrect hatred, ambition, and greed. Set in a terrifying, medieval future, where grim pageantry masks death, this tale of dark desires and staggering stakes peels back the layers of the heart for all who dare to take the ride." - publisher's summary for Forbidden

The Intervention series (M)
by Terri Blackstock

Featuring: Intervention, Downfall, and Viscious Cycle

"Barbara Covington has one more chance to save her daughter from a devastating addiction: staging an intervention. But when eighteen-year-old Emily disappears on the way to drug treatment--and her interventionist is found dead at the airport where she was last seen--Barbara enters her darkest nightmare of all." - publisher's description of Intervention

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