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Title: The Sounding
Author: Carrie Salo
Review: I found the idea of this book fascinating, but a bit on the long side. I think the author could have edited a bit more out to keep the pace up. I enjoyed the beginning and the ending…the in-between stuff dragged on and I found myself putting the book down quite often. I plowed through the last 150 pages and loved the ending. I can only hope someone is there waiting to bring me home when the time comes.
Lots of Biblical stuff, but I did not feel like it was religious in the least. This is a story about relationships and tough decisions that need to be made. What would you do if the world depended on you to save it from evil? Tough is right.
This book has its darker side and lots of murder and blood. I cried and I laughed, but a few of the dreamscapes could have been skipped…those areas got a bit long and boring. If you enjoy a good mystery and this one is….and if you enjoy the idea of angels than give this book a try.
Publisher: Published September 23rd 2011 by 23 House
Quick Review: 3 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Why I Read It: Sent by the publisher for review.
Synopsis: In the Book of Revelation, a man named John has a prophetic dream. He dreams of the final prophecies that will come to pass – and the seven archangels that guard them. Each angel waits to sound their trumpet at God’s appointed time, preparing humanity to fight and win the final battle.
2,000 years later, Father Chris Mognahan is a member of the Hetairia Melchizedek, a secret society within the Catholic Church that studies Biblical omens. The society asks Chris to investigate an unusually grotesque crime – a murder on a college campus where the killer's hand literally burned off the victim's face. While the killing seems isolated at first, the society ties the murder to the final Biblical prophecy and a terrifying omen that the order of the prophecies is about to be disrupted. The final battle is coming too soon – long before humanity is prepared to win it.
Suddenly, Chris finds himself fighting against time and hell to keep the prophecies in order and stop an early Armageddon. He is joined by a band of unlikely allies, and together they find themselves in Rome above the Vatican Necropolis – the city of the dead – where the future is revealed to them in ancient texts.
They are not alone, however; an evil as old as time itself hunts them. As they travel across continents on their mission, the demonic force follows relentlessly, waiting in every shadowed corner, and every dark place.
As Armageddon descends, Father Chris finds that his only hope lies in a young woman within the group who has a secret gift – and their belief that God Himself may have sent her to keep the final angelic trumpet from sounding out the early end of the Earth.
Author Biography: Carrie Salo is a dark storyteller and emerging author of supernatural thrillers. Classically trained at an Ivy League university, she studied the works of master storytellers seven stories underground in the muffled heart of one of the world 's largest libraries.
Carrie seeks to wield unrelenting suspense in her own exploration of all things (especially true things) that keep us awake at night. She has written under the guidance of two bestselling and national prize-winning authors. Her extensive travels have taken her to many haunted places, including the private catacombs of the Vatican. The Sounding is Carrie's debut novel.
Carrie enjoys the smell of old books, New York riesling, late night jogging and thunderstorms, though not in that order. Storytelling is Carrie's secret life. While she looks into all the dark corners by night, by day she is an advertising copywriter and account manager.
FYI: From the Author
Dear Reader (and Potential Maybe Reader),
Well, it's finally happened! After quite some time researching, traveling, writing, editing and searching, The Sounding is finally available in print (and in screen, for those of you on Kindle). I am so proud to offer my first novel to you, and I want you to know that I put more into this one bound piece of fiction than I have into anything else. I hope it takes you away. I hope it brings you close to a new group of characters that will be as alive for you as they are for me. I hope it scares you and thrills you. I hope you fall in love. I hope you are sad to put it down. I hope you take it on a flight, to the beach, to your bed. I hope you drop it into the hands of someone else. I hope you wrinkle its pages, leave chocolate smudges on its corners and make it what only you can make it: a well-read book.