Sunday, June 23, 2013

The World at War by Pam Funke

Title:  The World at War
Author:  Pam Funke
Series: The Apocalypse #2
Published:  2013 by CreateSpace
Page Count:  507
Genre:  Christian Fiction
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Join General Alexander Ludlow as he continues on his mission to save the world. At least that is what he thinks that Operation Dark Angel is all about. He is however starting to suspect that this mission is not all that it's cracked up to be. The world is in complete chaos as major nations wage war on each other and the world is on the brink of World War III.

The Group is secretly continuing Operation Dark Angel with much success. Unknown to the rest of the world they are the ones who are behind the strange and devastating attacks on Israel and around the world. What is it that they are really after when they are supposed to be bringing peace to an out of control world?

Italian President Nicolaitanes Balac is steadily gaining political power and recognition. The entire world is watching this one man and wondering if he will be the one to save them from the chaotic spiral that the world is headed towards. Is he really who he appears to be or is he something more sinister? Can he save the world? Do we even want him to? Is this who mankind should rely on for help or will this be the worst mistake that mankind has ever made?

My Review:

This novel is absolutely scary in its possibilities yet also enlightening in the same manner. Funke has taken the battle of good vs evil, of God vs Satan and put in in a modern day perspective with such realism that you can’t help but shudder at the consequences.

I noticed a marked change in the author’s writing style, as compared to the first novel in the series. Funke has a very clear and straightforward writing style that lays out everything for the audience’s perusal. This flows very well with the subject matter and storyline of the novel. The news articles that Funke works into the novel make everything seem all the more real. They also add a layer of clarity with respect to the things that occur both in the main storyline and behind the scenes. I also enjoy that the intertwining storylines are coming closer and closer together with this instalment. Although you could see the connections in the first novel of the series, with this one you can feel them.

Funke has created some extremely well developed characters. Those that were present in the first novel in the series become even further developed here and the new ones take on a life of their own, working their way into your heart and soul. As a reader you get to know the characters so well that you develop a real love/hate relationship with some of them. Through these remarkable characters Funke makes the weird and offbeat seem real and possible. It’s a thrilling ride.

Overall this is a very hard hitting story. It builds on the events of the first novel in the series and becomes even more superimposed on reality as we know it, so much so that even those without strong religious beliefs will enjoy this novel, and the series as a whole.

Buy your copy of this novel online here today!

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