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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Book Review: The Consuming by Todd Boyer

It is with great pleasure that I introduce to you today a new name in the Christian fiction arena. Please join me in welcoming Todd Boyer, who has recently published his first book, a Christian fantasy titled The Consuming: Demon Soul Saga. 

Before I begin my review of this book, let me first tell you a bit about the author. Todd Boyer began writing as a hobby, but now he writes both professionally and for recreation. He is currently working on sequels to The Consuming, as well as other projects. Todd and his wife, Angie, live in Indianapolis, IN. They have a dog named Scrappy, and they are expecting their first child. (Since it has been a while since I received the book, I imagine it is quite likely that this child has since made its arrival in the Boyer home).

From the Cover: 

Jack O’Conner is lost, alone in the world. A year after the tragic death of his soul mate, alcohol is his only companion. He spends his nights drinking, angry, blaming God for his misery. Jack seems to be an empty vessel full of bitterness…and he catches the eye of a small demon scout named Max, who is searching for a soul to be consumed by his partner, Ike. 

The two demons determine that Jack would make a good vessel, and the consuming of Jack O’Conner begins. But there is more to Jack than the demons bargained for, and soon after the consuming, Ike finds himself trapped in Jack’s body, without the control he needs. Max realizes he must find answers to free his helpless best friend. On his own for the first time, Max must risk his life to traverse different realms, seeking guidance from other demons. 

While on this quest, Max learns about a warrior demon named Garrock, and his terrifying plan to overthrow Lucifer and start the Apocalypse. Many of Lucifer’s lies are revealed to Max, including the surprising truth about Jesus. With a new perspective on the value of mankind, and in a last-ditch effort to save his friend Ike, Max befriends Jack. The future of the world lies in the unlikely hands of two demons, and the man they have conspired to possess, as the three of them must work together not only to free Ike, but to thwart Garrock’s plans for the Apocalypse. 

An intelligent and inventive blend of science fiction and religion, The Consuming provides a unique viewpoint on good and evil, with imagery and characters you will remember long after you turn the final spellbinding page.

About the book:


The Consuming by Todd Boyer
ISBN: 9781432773564
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Date of publish: July 29, 2011
Pages: 228
S.R.P.: $14.95

My review:

I received The Consuming from Bostick Communications and did not know exactly what to expect, which is always an adventure in itself. From the very first page, I was happily engrossed in the plot and the characters. Had anyone ever told me that I would read a book about a couple of demons and actually grow to like them, I would have declared them non compos mentis (which is a polite way of saying they are crazy).  But, I did indeed grow to like Max and Ike, a couple of reluctant demons who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and, consequently, were thrown out of Heaven along with Lucifer and his allies. 

Max, in particular, is a quirky little guy, fiercely loyal to his partner Ike and determined to rescue him from his predicament. In the process of attempting to rescue Ike, Max learns of the plot to overthrow Lucifer and instigate the Apocalypse. Max then sets off, with the dubious assistance of Jack O'Connor, to save the world.  

The Consuming is a fun read and, while the plot is obviously a work of fantasy, it is not beyond the realm of the impossible that God could actually employ a couple of demons to fulfill His divine will. After all, we read in the Bible of many unique and unusual methods that God used to communicate with his creation and to achieve His goals, so could it not be possible too that God could use a couple of demons? 

The only thing that I would mention that somewhat distracted me and occasionally pulled me from the story is the fact that there were numerous grammatical and punctuation errors; errors that would have made the book much stronger had they been corrected before publishing. If this is not an issue that bothers you, then you will be able to enjoy the story without the distractions that I experienced. 

No matter whether the story is  plausible, or even possible, Mr. Boyer has crafted a delightful tale and one that has strong characters who keep the story moving to a satisfying finale. He has nicely set the stage for subsequent books about the adventures of these unlikely heroes and I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. For a fun and entertaining, yet thought-provoking adventure, I recommend The Consuming for your reading pleasure.

 

3 comments:

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  2. Jan Marie, I am now following your blog! Glad to find you here in bloggerland after knowing you for a while around the blogs!!! Have a blessed day!

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  3. Love your book review. I would not have considered this book before reading your book review. I also like how you told us a little bit about the author.
    Donna
    Founder, More Than A Review.com

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