Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Killers, Spies, & Missionaries

Spitzer Hafen by Randall Fanklin

Don’t let the “Christian fiction for thinkers” tagline make you think that you have to be particularly cerebral to understand this book.  Although, I did have to look up “ad hoc” because I had no idea what it meant.  Done for a particular purpose is the meaning, by the way.  Spitzer Hafen is a really enjoyable story.  The premise of the story is two radio “missionaries” preach the Gospel over the airwaves.  An apostate preacher in charge of the eChurch of the Whatever (eCOW) sees the missionaries as a threat to his own anti-Biblical teaching and wants the missionaries out of business.  Enter a couple of hired assassins and a Cold War spy to destroy and protect, respectively.

There were a few things about the way the book is set up that kind of threw me off, but they don’t take away from the story at all.  The first third, maybe even half of the book is dedicated to setting up the rest of the story, which makes sense, of course.  However, there are many characters that need backstories, so it was kind of like reading four different books at the same time.  Just when everything started to converge, bam!, we get another character who needs a backstory while the main story is put on hold.  The only thing I really didn’t like was the main villain in the story.  Somehow I got a cartoonish picture of her in my mind, think Natasha of Boris and Natasha, and could not shake that image throughout the story.  At least not until the very end.  But overall, I really enjoyed the time I spent reading this story.

This book was provided free of charge by the BookCrash program in exchange for an honest review.

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