12 July 2014

Persecuted: I Will Not Be Silent by Robin Parrish

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"The framers of our Constitution meant we were to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion." -Reverend Billy Graham 

The question is not if attempts will be made to limit religious freedoms, but when. And when that day comes, will you stay silent? 

A storm is coming. 

The most popular evangelist of his day, John Luther, simply wants to share the Gospel and enjoy a quiet life with his family. He never asked to be at the center of a political controversy, but an ill wind has been blowing through the halls of Congress, and supporters of a new religious-equality bill see Luther's endorsement as critical. 

But when Luther refuses to lend his support, he unknowingly sets in motion an explosive plan bent on destroying his reputation and undermining everything for which he stands. His once-normal life is turned upside down as he becomes a fugitive left with only one dangerous option - putting everything he holds most dear at risk while he fights to expose the truth. It is a mission that brings him face-to-face with the coming storm of persecution that could threaten the very fabric of our nation's freedoms.

Robin Parrish’s novel, Persecuted, takes readers on a fast-paced, action-filled, thrilling ride. Twist after turn, the pages grabbed my attention with murder, hired assassins, political corruption and more. It is a quick and entertaining read.

Still, I must say, I felt a bit disappointed at the end. Firstly, it is important to note this Parrish novel is based on an upcoming Daniel Lusko film with the same name. Throughout the novel, scenes stuck out to me as distinctly cinematic and increased my awareness of the film basis. Many of the descriptions seemed flat – simply precise replications of images on a screen and lacking the depth I generally find in writing. From the beginning, I had hoped I would be able to forget the story was first a film, but I was left feeling less than impressed the writing did not allow me to do that. Secondly – and I think, more importantly, the premise of persecution fails to come through in the plot. The supposed persecution stems from the introduction of the new, scary “Faith and Fairness Act,” yet I never found a sufficient and satisfactory explanation of this act and why it might necessitate the extremities of the storyline. A more detailed summary of the act – as opposed to the vague references peppered among the action – would have helped to provide a more realistic grounding for the novel and alleviated much of my confusion.

Now, enter for the chance to win a copy of Robin Parrish’s Persecuted before the giveaway ends on July 26th. It is open to the U.S. and Canada only. Please, only one entrant per mailing address. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. The winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Persecuted, the movie behind Parrish's novel, hits the theaters on the 18th of July. 
Watch the trailer below.

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