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Monday, November 5, 2012

Review - Rapture by Phillip W. Simpson

I bought this book because it was being reviewed by a Goodreads group I belong to (Apocalypse Whenever). The subject matter made me hesitant. I am not a Christian now but I spent several years with a fundamentalist Baptist church. Every Friday night we would eat popcorn and discuss the Rapture. I know the subject matter well and I wasn’t exactly eager to retread ground in fictional format.

But then something happened. I started to really enjoy this book. It has the same sense of mythology, magic and adventure as the Percy Jackson books. The only difference was the mythology it focuses on. The first few chapters for me were a little rough but, in fairness, that was mostly likely because of the mental block I had with the subject matter. Once I relaxed and pushed through my personal biases the book became highly enjoyable.

I didn’t finish the book in time to discuss it in the group. Still, I was not able to just leave the book alone. I had to finish it.

The lead character, Sam, is a likeable outsider. The action and the dialogue are crisp and fun. It has everything you need in an adventure book. If you are not a Christian or know nothing about the Rapture, don’t worry. You do not need to be a believer to enjoy this book.

I will definitely read the second book in the series, Tribulation, as soon as time permits.

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