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Today’s quote is taken from an Uncorrected Proof I received for review purposes from the publisher, and may differ from the final text.
Once in a while, but rather too often, I have a week where I can’t find time to read, let alone write reviews. And while I did have one evening devoted to reading, I’ve since been stuck at about 60% of the way into reading a thriller. And the reading of a good thriller should not be paused at 60% if it can be helped. But I think I’m far enough into the story to say that American Omens: The Coming Fight for Faith by Travis Thrasher is a good one.
Here’s the publisher’s description:
In this taut thriller that depicts a future where belief is dangerous, faith is deemed hatred, and a group of powerful elite keeps watch, the Reckoner has come to wake up America.
The year is 2038 and Cheyenne Burne is a brilliant young programmer working for Acatour, the world’s top technology firm. Her father converts to Christianity, and he suddenly disappears without a trace. When a stranger hands Cheyenne a coded message that sends her on a collision course with a clandestine group of believers, she must put her life in the hands of those following a man known only as the Reckoner. He claims he wants to bring back true faith in Christ to America and also reveal the forces behind the disappearances of the many renowned people who publicly declared their Christian faith.
Operating in the shadows and living off the grid, this mysterious prophet assembles a ragtag team–including a former bookseller whose store was shut down for selling prohibited books–to help him take the battle for transparency to the top. With a ruthless FBI agent closing in, can Cheyenne and the others expose the truth and lead a return to God in America before it’s too late?
And here are the first lines from Chapter One, “Blackbird”: