Let me say first that I am a huge Brock and Brodie Thoene fan! I have read (and wept, and laughed,) through their wonderful series A.D.Chronicles, The Zion Covenant, The Zion Chronicles, The Zion Legacy, and The Man from Shadow Ridge. That’s about 33 books in all, and I have loved every single one. I love these authors. I love their style. I think they could actually make the phone book into a passionate novel.
This newest book, “Beyond The Farthest Star”, was a bit of a surprise for me. I guess I just loved the historical slant to their other works. Although I enjoyed the writing style, I had a bit of a hard time finding myself in this story, or a character that I could easily identify with. But there were some very interesting persons, so there was no lack of excitement. Perhaps it is because I am so used to the in depth and unfolding character developments over a period of time , and the rich and vivid landscapes that accompany the longer series. I love history as well, so I am used to walking away from a Thoene work, armed with new knowledge too. Because this was a single work, it had to bring you in quick…just like a movie does.
In fact, I didn’t realize that this story was a screenplay by Andrew Librizzi prior to being written as a novel. That might explain why everything happens so quickly. In a nutshell, it’s the story of a new pastor Adam Wells, a “pastoral” child prodigy, arriving in the small town of Leonard, Texas, only to be thrown into the controversy of the burning of the towns Nativity Scene. There are many sub plots that surround this story, involving everyone including the pastor’s wife, and daughter , (who is really the main focus of the story). It is a story of finding oneself, and incidentally I read this one in one day.
I think that Pathway Entertainment was very fortunate to have Brock and Brodie Thoene to write the book for this screenplay.
Overall this is well written with the kind of story that draws national spotlight attention. I’m sure that you will enjoy and appreciate it. Books are a lot like food to me. This one is reminds me of the celery that you eat with your barbecue chicken wings. It is a very enjoyable palate cleanser as you prepare to sink your teeth into a juicy series. I am looking forward to Brock and Brodie Thoenes upcoming historical fiction series, A.D. Scrolls.
Zondervan was kind enough to provide me with a complimentary copy of this book, through NetGalley. I’m grateful for the privilege.