I was given The Force by Alexandra and Joyce Swann to read and review. Here is the description of the book from the publisher:
Someone is murdering the world’s most beautiful women—over and over and over.
When Jarrod and Joshua Sinclair are called in to consult with the FBI about the Hollywood Starlet murders, they immediately suspect their old nemesis Josef Helmick of creating clones of famous women for a visiting Saudi prince. Wasting no time, they hire retired detective Fred Kowalski and send him to Dubai to uncover Josef’s base of operations and build a case against him for the murders.
But Fred soon discovers that Helmick Enterprises is harboring a secret much darker than human trafficking.
Fred must stop Helmick before he resurrects an ancient, diabolical Force in order to bring the entire human race under his control.
Before reading The Force, I chose to read it's prequel, The Fourth Kingdom. Although The Force stands alone without an issue, The Fourth Kingdom does offer some back story that fills in a few details.
From the beginning, I was pulled into The Force. The intrigue and suspense of this book paired with the science fiction aspect reminded me a little of Michael Crichton, but with an obvious Christian Worldview. Mostly taking place in the year 2041, the story picks up with Jarrod and Joshua Sinclair. I loved this set of twins from The Fourth Kingdom and I was happy to see them again. In a different way, I was happy to see Josef Helmick because he's the kind of bad guy you love to hate. The clash of good and evil is very present throughout the entire story and really keeps you on the edge of your seat. Without giving away spoilers, I was intrigued by what appeared to be a setup for end-time events. I loved that it had me opening my Bible and looking up additional facts. The variety of characters with different background kept the plot moving and spinning. At times it felt a little complicated, but it all came together wonderfully in the end.
About the Authors
Joyce and Alexandra Swann are mother and daughter. Joyce homeschooled her ten children from the first grade through master’s degrees. She is a well-known author and speaker on the subject of homeschooling. For nearly a decade she was a popular column-ist for "Practical Homeschooling Magazine". She now blogs regularly on parenting, homeschooling, and Christian lifestyle issues.
Joyce and Alexandra have co-authored two other novels, The Fourth Kingdom and The Twelfth Juror, both of which were published in 2010. Joyce’s personal story of her experiences raising and educating her family is chronicled in Looking Backward: My Twenty-Five Years as a Homeschooling Mother, published in February of 2011. Her novel, The Warrior, which tells the story of one woman’s ten year prayer vigil for a man she has never met, was released in May of 2012. She is also the author of two children’s books, "Tales of Pig Isle" and "The McAloons", which began as stories that she told to entertain her grandchildren.
Alexandra is author of "No Regrets: How Homeschooling Earned me a Master’s Degree at Age Sixteen" and "Writing for Today". She has been self-employed for over fourteen years and was the 2011 Chairwoman of the Board of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She writes a regular blog, Paying for Protection, about the consequences of over-regulation and over-reaching government. Her novel "The Planner", which is the prequel to "The Chosen", was published in June of 2012.
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