First Line Friday: American Omens

Welcome to First Line Friday,

hosted by Hoarding Books.

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”:



“The building loomed above the other towers, pointing toward the heavens, daring to outshine the stars.  Inside the mile of floors that composed Incen Tower, night and day didn’t matter, nor did sunrise and sunset.”


Happy Friday!

Want to join in on the First Line Friday fun?  Open your current read or the book nearest to you and share the first line in the comments.  You can also head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is sharing.

16 thoughts on “First Line Friday: American Omens

  1. I’m currently reading Sarah Sundin’s latest book “The Sky Above Us” I’ll share here the first line from Chapter 30 (because that’s where I am at this moment).
    “At 250 yards, Adler squeezed the trigger. Texas Eagle’s bullets erupted the length of the Messerschmitt 110’s right wing, and smoke plumed out of the right engine. Flames.”

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend and get to enjoy some time reading!


  2. I’ve seen this book everywhere lately and it looks good!

    I’ll share the first line from a book I’m starting this weekend, Courting Mr. Emerson by Melody Carlson.

    “George Emerson didn’t need anybody.”

    Have a lovely weekend!


  3. My first line is from A Desperate Hope by Elizabeth Camden

    Summer 1896

    Alex Duval’s first hint of trouble was when Eloise failed to appear at their hideaway.


  4. Oh, I hear ya! There are not enough hours in the day! I’m sharing a new release on Faithfully Bookish but here’s the first line from chapter 2 of my current read, Once Bitten by Betsy St. Amant of the Finding Ever After novella collection: “He was going to stand her up.”


  5. Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog, I am also sharing the first line from Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe by Carla Laureano. Great minds, Katie!!! I am loving this book so much. I’m currently just starting chapter 19, so I will share the first line from that chapter here.

    “‘A bookstore?’ Justin didn’t mean for his dismay to show in his voice when he pulled up in front of the address Melody had given him, but it escaped all the same.”

    Hope you have a really excellent weekend filled with relaxing reading time. 🙂💜📚


  6. Happy Weekend! My first line is from “If Only It Were Yesterday” by A. M. Heath:

    “Oomph. Something solid bashed into my shoulder, knocking me off balance.”


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