"So," they say, "nobody's perfect!"
But the Vinedresser won't buy that.
Given the opportunity, He will trim the unproductive suckers and shape the branches so each one will bask in Sonlight.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Nightmare by Robin Parrish

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Bethany House (July 1, 2010)

Robin Parrish

            Because I'm familiar with Robin Parrish's excellent work, this review will be the exception to my rule of posting only reviews of novels I've personally read, here on The Well-Dressed Branch. I'm that confident in my recommendation of his work. If you haven't read The Dominion Trilogy, you've missed one of the rare treats of the supernatural thriller genre. Robin has, in fact(or at least in my informed opinion), refined and redefined the genre, taking Christian fiction to previously unexplored regions.
            Robin's passion for unlocking the ridiculous chastity belt that has bound CBA(Christian Booksellers Association)fiction to mediocrity for decades motivates him to create truly innovative stories. Yet, his plowing of the fallow ground of CBA fiction in no way violates the sensibilities essential to the Biblical/Christian world view.
            Prepare yourself for spell-binding fiction, then buy Parrish's novels. You're welcome.

            Robin Parrish is a journalist who's written about the intersection of faith and pop culture for more than a decade. Currently he serves as Senior Editor at XZOOSIA.com, a community portal that fuses social networking with magazine-style features about entertainment and culture.
            He had two great ambitions for his life: to have a family, and to be a published novelist. In March of 2005 he proposed to his future wife, the same week he signed his first book contract with Bethany House Publishers. They contracted him for the rights to The Dominion Trilogy: Relentless (2006), Fearless (2007), and Merciless (2008). His science fiction thriller, Offworld came out in 2009. This summer debuts Nightmare, and he's working on another for 2011. Robin and his wife and children live in North Carolina.

The Nightmare is Coming... 
            "Ghost Town" is the hottest amusement park in the country, offering state-of-the-art chills and thrills involving the paranormal. The park's main attraction is a haunted house ride that promises an encounter with a real ghost.
            When Maia Peters visits during her senior year of college, she's not expecting to be impressed. Maia grew up as the only child of a pair of world-renowned "ghost hunters," so the paranormal is nothing new, and to her, most of the park is just Hollywood special effects. In fact, the ride feels pretty boring until the very end. There, a face appears from the mist. The face of a girl Maia knows who disappeared from campus a few months ago: Jordin Cole.
            Convinced the apparition wasn't a hoax and desperate to find answers to Jordin's disappearance, Maia launches into a quest for answers. Joined by Jordin's boyfriend—a pastor's kid with very different ideas about spirits and the paranormal—Maia finds herself confronting dangerous, unexpected forces on the edge of the spirit realm that try to keep the truth from emerging.
            If you would like to read the first chapter of Nightmare, go HERE.

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