Today I received a superb review of my newest novel, Child Finder: Resurrection. It was such an early and unexpected Christmas gift, that I had to share it…right away! I am grateful to multi-book author Joyce Faulkner, who is also President of the Military Writers Society of America, for these wonderful words:
“Child Finder: Resurrection, award-winning author Mike Angley’s second novel, is rich with sensory images and Catholic philosophy. Mixing those two very literary techniques with a bang-bang shoot-em-up tale might seem risky to some—and it is. However, Angley has created a super-hero who transcends comic-bookery while maintaining the genre’s idealistic view of good overcoming evil. He created this approach in his first book, Child Finder, but the reader will find a maturation of style and new complexity in plotting in Resurrection. In this story, not only does Major Pat O’Donnell, the psychic protagonist, talk to God and the Saints and Angels, but God and the Saints and Angels communicate back to him. It’s a nice touch.
There’s a hint of Hitchcockian suspense – the reader knows more than the characters. The bad guy is really bad. What Pat can sense and what he can’t is a mystery, leaving the audience to scream out warnings about what’s behind that closed bathroom door. The mood is ominous and the threat isn’t only to Pat himself, but to his family and friends. If it’s so easy for Pat and the killer to see into the minds of others, shouldn’t we all be erecting brick walls around our own thoughts? Racing around corners and falling through space on the other side of a rickety climb, the novel is a tooth-grinding rollercoaster ride.
Like Child Finder, Resurrection is a general audience thriller which will also appeal to religious audiences and young adults. Fun and thought-provoking, the book can be read as a spiritual allegory or as a fast-paced action piece. Keep your bible and your valium nearby!”
—Joyce Faulkner, President of Military Writers Society of America, author of Shadow of Suribachi, Losing Patience, and For Shrieking Out Loud, Co-author of Sunchon Tunnel Massacre Survivors