Dark to Mortal Eyes – Eric Wilson

Dark to Mortal Eyes Eric Wilson
Dark to Mortal Eyes by Eric Wilson
Also by this author: 1 Step Away, The Best of Evil, A Shred of Truth, Expiration Date, American Leftovers, What Are You Going to Do?: The Inspiring Story of Everett Swanson and the Founding of Compassion International, What Are You Going to Do?: How One Simple Question Transformed Lives Around the World: The Inspiring Story of Everett Swanson and the Founding of Compassion International
Series: Senses #1
Published by WaterBrook on May 18, 2004
Genres: Fiction, Christian, Suspense, Thriller
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What You Can’t See Can Hurt You.
Returning to the hometown of her birth parents, rebellious 23-year-old Josee Walker seeks answers to long-held questions about her childhood. Her biological father, wealthy vintner Marsh Addison, wants nothing to do with her. But a determined Kara Addison sets out to meet the child she gave up years before, despite Marsh’s passionate opposition.
Five Days of Hell for a Glimpse of Heaven
When Kara disappears and her car is discovered at the bottom of a ravine, however, Marsh becomes the prime suspect. Suddenly, Marsh and Josee are forced to unite in their search for Kara–and for the truth. But there’s more to their family’s past than meets the eye. What could the mysterious canister that Josee found in the woods contain? What does it have to do with her mother’s disappearance? When an ancient evil rouses, each member of the Addison family becomes enmeshed in a terrifying supernatural battle–one with global consequences.

There is a battle of monumental proportions raging just beyond the skin of this world. Inevitably, this battle seeps into what we can see in this physical realm and confronts us, confounds us, and disturbs us. While we must deal with the consequences of this supernatural battle, the reasons, nature, and occasionally the existence of this battle remain dark to mortal eyes. Earth’s tension between heaven and hell. Marsh Addison is discovering what exactly that means.

In a story that spans three generations, Dark to Mortal Eyes is an intricately crafted work of suspense that ties in gritty and dark storytelling with supernatural elements and a strong spiritual theme. Marsh first has his world turned upside down when his wife, Kara, announces that she’s asked the daughter they gave up for adoption – Josee – for a visit. Then, on the day that Josee is supposed to meet Kara, Kara disappears in what appears to be a catastrophic car wreck and Marsh becomes the prime suspect.

Marsh soon discovers the stakes of the game he is about to play. Someone knows much more about his family’s past than he, and they are willing to do anything to uncover the sins of his father. But there is something working with them. Something dark, sinister, and otherworldly. Marsh, Josee, and Sergeant Vince Turney find themselves not only in a battle of flesh and blood, but in supernatural battle that could have global consequences.

Dark To Mortal Eyes is Eric Wilson’s debut novel, published in 2004. Eric breaks into the industry with a bang, crafting an intricate and complex novel of suspense unlike anything I’ve ever read. Few authors can pull off the level of detail, artistry, and complexity this novel brings and yet make it exciting and page-turning. I’ll be honest. This is not your normal, everyday novel. The pace is a bit slower, the plot more intricate, the themes a bit deeper. This book will require you to think, and the questions it asks will haunt you long after the book ends.

Ultimately it is a story of flawed characters on the pathway to redemption. Whether it’s Marsh, Josee, the Sarge, or the mysterious figures they are fighting against, all are seeking for redemption. Some find it, some don’t, but it is Who they look towards for their redemption that makes all the difference.

Mini Q&A with Eric

Josh: This was your first published book, correct? What was the feeling in finally seeing your book – your creation – in print?

Eric: Yes, Dark to Mortal Eyes was my first published novel, although I wrote a complete WWII novel when I was seventeen years old. (It’s still sitting in a drawer.) I was so excited to see a book in print, after decades of dreaming, planning, and working toward that goal.

Josh: How have you changed as an author from the writing of Dark to Mortal Eyes until now?

Eric: I’ve learned a lot about writing and storytelling, but I keep seeing more things to improve on. I’m finally making a living at writing, but it took six books before I could go full-time. It’s tiring to remain creative and still “marketable,” especially for those of us who just love the art of fiction, but I would never trade the chance to do this.

Josh: Did you have any idea when you were writing this that you would tie it in with your later novels?

Eric: I had a five-book series planned from the start, called the Senses Series. After my first two novels, my champion at the publishing house moved elsewhere and I was left floundering a bit. I never got to write the other three books in that series, so I figured out ways to weave its threads into the Jerusalem’s Undead Trilogy. In some ways, the end result is even better than I planned. In other ways, I regret not getting the chance to flesh out those three Senses books. It is what it is. A writer has to stay flexible in today’s changing market. I’m thrilled to see all seven of my novels (not including my three movie novelizations) tied together in one epic story.



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