Apr 26, 2011

Book Review: The Alarmists by Don Hoesel

Excerpt: "So what exactly are you doing, Colonel?"

Colonel Richards didn't answer right away, and when Brent pulled his eyes away from the map to glance at the man, he found Richards staring at the projection. Finally the colonel spoke.

"Tracking the breakdown of civilization, Dr. Michaels," he said. The Alarmists, pg 38.

Back Cover: This is the way the world ends . . . 

Sociologist Brent Michaels's specialty is seeing order in the chaos of human interaction and he's just been given the most important assignment of his life. Joining a special Pentagon unit headed by Colonel Jameson Richards, they have one goal: Uncover why the world is rushing toward doomsday.

It's December 2012 and the world is approaching the brink of panic - the timing of which eerily coincides with the ending of the Mayan calendar. But, beneath the despair of fanatics and doomsayers, and amid a rising tide of both man-made and natural disasters, something far more dangerous emerges - someone is manipulating events, pulling strings, and only Michaels and the team have a chance at stopping the end of the world.

My Review: The Alarmists is a non-stop, edge of your seat, suspense novel. I honestly couldn't put the book down. From the start, I was drawn in by the strange events that the Pentagon team was tracking. Of course, putting them in a shoot-out in the first chapter was an excellent start, and set the tone well for the rest of the book. While the book was full of action, adventure, and suspense, I have to admit that I found it lacking in its spiritual understanding. While I understand that Christian fiction does not need to be "in your face" about spiritual things, I did feel that the Christian aspects of this book were just a tag on to make it acceptable for the market. Other than that, I really enjoyed The Alarmists.

My Rating: 

My Recommendation: I recommend this book to those who enjoy action, adventure and suspense in their fiction.

(I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.)

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