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  • Posted August 23, 2011

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    Whats wrong with the world today?

    What is wrong with the world today? I wonder if anyone sits down and really thinks about the state of the world. How many of those people really have the "well I won't be alive to see it attitude"? Or, if you are like me, you wonder just what one person can really do to change so many things.

    Hambleton has a way of telling a story. It may not be real today, but it could very well be real on the same day, within another year. What we have is a book, with a spiritual theme, and a Sci-Fi genre. Not many can pull of such a task.

    I admit it took me a while to actually get in to this book. Once I stopped focusing on the present day and looked at it from a different point of view I was able to read between the lines a little more.

    "The Cell" is full of colorful characters; John, Najeev Mohammaed, William, the powerful Professor Burkhart who is also the main leading character, who helps John fight the Supreme Court against the Anit-Hate group, FAAHAD, which is completely corrupt.

    This is a world where Christianity is abolished. A world where Christianity has gone underground and groups rally to try to save it.

    Every page brought new information.

    At times I found it hard to follow along, but I was so engrossed I kept reading until there was an easy stopping point and would go back and scan over previous pages.
    Engaging books can be overwhelming to some, but I found it quite enjoyable because I was reading something outside of my comfort box. I tend to shy away from books regarding religion and other countries. I fear too many rely on past events, such as 9/11 to feed their novels.

    I did not feel that at all with this one.

    This is a book within a book. The author mixes fact with fiction, and it is up to you, the reader, to decide what to do with this information. You will see parallels with his Sci-Fi world and the world which you are living right now.

    What do you do with this information? Share it? Or pack the book away for safe keeping, as sort of a manual in case you should need it?

    What would happen if Christianity were to be declared a terrorist group in the world today?

    That choice is yours, but you have to read the book first.

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  • Posted May 7, 2011


    Mr. Hambleton not only shocks readers with his graphic diction, but gives a captivating lesson on the history of America. This book shows how horrifying the future of America can be if Christians continue to sit back and watch freedom slip away through their own apathetic behaviors. The end of the book not only gives quotes of our forefathers, but is also a call to action to Believers to take a stand on the Biblical principles that this country was founded. I anxiously await the release of Mr. Hambleton's next book! It is refreshing to read a book that not only has a great story line, but is also doctrinally sound.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2011

    Highly plausible and chilling...

    Hambleton deftly extrapolates a highly plausible, if chilling, possible future for the expression of evangelical Christianity in America in "The Cell." Through the lives of his characters, we see how historical trends have influenced popular culture and created an environment that grows more intolerant of evangelical Christianity by the day. "The Cell" is an engrossing, interesting story with engaging characters and a "ripped from the headlines" feel.

    The presentation of "The Cell" is nicely done - the novel itself presents a fast-moving, engaging story full of characters that the reader can grasp readily. Afterward, the author provides a series of essays and a suggested reading list that show that the scenarios in the novel are not only plausible, but in some ways nearly inevitable. "The Cell" is both an entertaining novel and a call to action - if the church wants to avoid living in that world, Hambleton offers specific suggestions for positive changes that need to be made now.

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