Saturday, February 9, 2013

Book Review: The Oldest Enemy

If I was to read just a few book this year, The Oldest Enemy would be at the tip-top of my list!   Once started, this book is impossible to put down.  
This is my first novel by this author, Michael J. Webb, and I am impressed beyond measure.  I received a copy of this e-book to review and could not be more thrilled with this happenstance.  Mr. Webb's writing style is simply over the top, destined to be a name in lights in the literary world!

David Lighthouse was once a hard-hitting investigative reporter for the Denver Post-back before he was accused of the brutal murder of his fiancée and his life unraveled. Now, six years later, he is the assistant pastor of a small church in Florida. Armed with faith, sobriety, and a resurrected sense of purpose, he's putting together a new life. But when one of his young parishioners is murdered, David's old instincts reemerge. Once again the prime suspect, he fights to clear his name even as disturbing clues at the crime scene reveal a haunting connection not only to his fiancée's unsolved murder but to his estranged father's secret past. David suddenly finds himself the target of sinister, supernatural forces as he tracks down a conspiracy to release an ancient evil upon an unsuspecting world. Along with his father, the murdered girl's sister, and a fierce Auschwitz survivor, David faces hell itself to prove his innocence and stop a reclusive German billionaire from unleashing a worldwide holocaust. 

What sets this book apart from other page-turning thrillers of like kind are the interspersed biblical mentions and undertones.  This is to be considered a christian thriller, however, the biblical aspect is not overbearing and balances out beautifully.  There are many quotes in this novel that I marked to remember, specifically: "God's ways are higher than man's ways; that He always takes what the Enemy intends for evil and turns it to good."  Lauren's love for her sister and her diligent quest to find out who murdered her, and why, is a driving force.  The irony of David helping support and console her while having experienced the same loss with his fiance' is moving and enticing to read.  Mr. Webb's writing style is rich and intelligent, bringing the reader in from the prologue.  This novel is written with thought and care to the plot, good verses evil.  As he writes "The Bible says our battles are not with the flesh and blood, but with principalities, powers, spiritual wickedness in high places."  

5 stars for The Oldest Enemy!

You can read more about the author and his work here ~

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this ebook to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

Thanks for stopping by!
~Kelly Santi

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