Invitation: Harbingers Cycle One is an interesting new take on the Christian fiction genre. The book contains four "episodes", each written by a different author - Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky - from a different character's point of view - Brenda, The Professor, Andi, and Tank. Each "episode" is a bite-size piece of the story that can be read in one or two sittings. The back cover says:
"Four Strangers with Gifts They Don't Understand.
A World Falling into Darkness.
This is Harbingers.
You're invited on a journey of suspense and the supernatural as four of your favorite bestselling authors team up for a unique series.
From the minds of Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky, Invitation compiles the first four episodes of Harbingers, each following a different character.
BRENDA--the street-hustling tattoo artist who sees images of the future
THE PROFESSOR--the atheist ex-priest ruled by logic
ANDI--the professor's brilliant but geeky assistant who sees inexplicable patterns
TANK--the naïve, big-hearted jock with a surprising connection to a healing power
Brought together for the first time in "The Call," the four soon realize pockets of darkness are emerging throughout the world. Whether it involves a mysterious house, the unexplainable death of animals around the world, or an otherworldly little girl, each puzzle they solve brings them closer to the ultimate explanation of what's happening. But will they discover the truth in time?
"These stories are quick to read, and the humor is wonderful. The characters are fantastic and are very well-thought-out, each one communicating their own distinct personality and role in the story." --RT Book Reviews"
I really enjoyed this style of book and can't wait for the next Harbingers cycle! Each of the chapters continued the same storyline and added to the plot, while switching to a new character's point of view. This made it even more interesting because we were able to get inside the head of all four main characters. The stories were fast-paced, exciting, and read like the plot of a TV show. These are supernatural thrillers which deal with Christian and spiritual warfare themes. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian thrillers.
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in order to provide an honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own.