Bridge to Haven – Francine Rivers

All Abra wants is love. She was abandoned by her mother at birth, left under a bridge to die. Her adoptive mother died of a weak heart and her adoptive father gave her up to another family. She seems to live in the shadow of her sister, the biological daughter More »

The Hero’s Lot (The Staff and the Sword #2) – Patrick Carr

The Hero’s Lot picks up right where A Cast of Stones left off: with Church leadership in turmoil, a powerful duke making a grab for power, a dying king, and the slow invasion of supernatural forces. Even though the events of book one have left Errol a hero (and an More »

Restless – Jennie Allen

A lot of people live the Christian life like once they become a Christian, they’re just supposed to wait around until they die, then they get the joys of heaven. Others want to live the victorious Christian life, but it feels like the humdrumness of normal life keeps getting in More »

Hope Runs – Claire Diaz-Ortiz & Sammy Ikua Gachagua

Claire Diaz-Ortiz embarks on a dream trip around the world with her best friend. One of the last stops on her trip was Kenya; she planned to climb Mount Kenya and then head back to the States. What she didn’t expect to find was Sammy Ikua Gachagua. Sammy lived in More »

Nightriders – Marc Schooley

It’s the late eighteen hundreds and the Wild West is becoming a little tamer. Post-slavery, the nation turned toward rebuilding and expanding. And expanding meant often meant driving the Indians from their homeland. It was a time of cowboys and outlaws, prejudice and racial pride, injustice and death. The plains More »

The Auschwitz Escape – Joel Rosenberg

Joel Rosenberg is best known for his seemingly prophetic political thrillers. Last decade, it seemed as if the man couldn’t write something in his books without a version of it coming true in reality. This decade saw a shift in Rosenberg’s writing. For the past three years, he worked on More »

Love Does

Quite frankly, Bob Goff is a pretty weird guy. Weird in a good way, I guess. Weird in that he’s absolutely committed to loving with the same kind of love that Jesus loves with. Weird in that he’s absolutely heels-over-head excited about the Christianity he’s living. And in Love Does, More »

When Mockingbirds Sing – Billy Coffey

After an unfortunate incident that almost cost Tom Norcross his therapist license, he moves his family away from the city out to the country life of Mattingly. Soon after their arrival, his daughter Leah begins to have conversations with a supposed imaginary friend she calls The Rainbow Man. After receiving More »

Interview with Ted Dekker | Water Walker & A.D. 30

Earlier today, Josh Olds sat down with NYT bestselling novelist Ted Dekker to talk about his recent novel Water Walker and perhaps get him to divulge some details about his upcoming novel A.D. 30. Most authors like to talk about their characters or certain scenes, but for Ted the story is all about More »

God’s Not Dead

When freshman Josh Wheaton winds up in the Philosophy 150 class taught by Professor Radisson, he winds up with a lot more than he bargained for.  The first thing the Professor, a devout atheist, assigns the class is to fill in a paper with the words, “God is Dead.”  Everyone More »

 

Something I Can Never Have – Travis Thrasher

Back in the day (or so Travis tell me) there used to be things called B-sides to albums, a song or two that didn’t quite fit in with the theme or story of the rest of the album. That’s what Travis is branding this short novella Something I Can Never Have, written as a quick aside to Solitary Tales.

The novella is a compilation of letters written by Jeremiah Marsh, pastor of Solitary and villain of the story. Thrasher takes into the past, giving us an inside look at Marsh’s conflicted and tormented soul. Be ye warned: this isn’t happiness and rainbows or puppies and sunshine but a very dark and twisted look into the life of a dark and twisted individual and the dark and twisted city of Solitary.

In many ways, the novella reads like a character sketch that’s been modified into more of a story form. Or maybe Travis just received all these letters in the mail one day and decided to publish them. Who knows, really? And since Something I Can Never Have is written from Marsh’s perspective, it’s difficult to tell what’s truth and what’s not and whether any of this will come to play in either Temptation or Hurt.

I’ll admit, I would have liked more substance – because I simply want to know more – but Thrasher knows his limits in throwing out satisfying answers without giving everything away. It was the perfect morsel to remind me of the characters in and world of Solitary, North Carolina, and get me properly salivating over the last half of Solitary Tales, due to release in 2012.

For those of you who have read Solitary and Gravestone, or have heard of the series, and yet have never heard of this one, it’s because Thrasher has released it as an ebook only release for $2.99. Links to Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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