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  • Posted July 28, 2012

    The best book I have read yet! I am a huge fan of Ted Dekker and

    The best book I have read yet! I am a huge fan of Ted Dekker and his suspense novels but this takes the lead by a massive margine. From page one, I was enthrawled. The wording, suspense, and mere terror in portions of this book make your heart race and your eyes bug. i have never read anything that made me feel like I was there in every page, like a part of the story, and in the same terror the characters in the book were. Great read and I am hoping more comes from this author. ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!!!!!

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  • Posted June 23, 2012

    Mike Duran's best so far

    The Telling is the story of Zeph Walker, who was given the gift of prophecy from God as a child, but a tragedy turned his heart from it and he renounced both God and his gift and chose a life of solitude in the small town of Endurance, CA.

    Tamra and her grandmother, Annie, are brought into his life, though--or maybe it's that he's dragged into theirs--when strange things start happening at Annie's nursing home. People are changing, and it turns out there is a very sinister reason. Zeph, of course, is the key to stopping it all.

    I was SO impressed by Mike Duran's characterization in this book. Quite the cast of characters, and all of them fully formed. I totally connected with them throughout the book, especially Zeph. And the side character of Little Weaver is just plain cool :).

    The setting was vivid, and the plot well-paced. There were a very few, nit-picky things I found, but nothing worth pointing out in a review because it is likely things others won't even notice, and they were very isolated. Not speed bumps in the reading--more like a handful of stray pebbles on the road.

    Also, unlike The Resurrection, which reminded me of Frank Peretti's work, The Telling didn't really remind me of any other author. It felt like Mike had come into his own voice more completely.

    Anyway, overall I have to say I'd be tempted to go back and knock The Resurrection (his first book) down to a 3-star (from the 4-star I gave it) and Winterland down to a 4-star so I can clearly show how much better I liked The Telling by comparison. Great job.

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  • Posted June 13, 2012

    Unique Story with a Timely Message

    The key element in any work of fiction is story, for without a good story the reader has no motivation to either finish the book, or give more than a cursory reading at best. With The Telling, Mike Duran has done both. From the moment reluctant prophet Zeph Walker is asked to identify his own body in the morgue, Duran weaves a tale unlike anything else in Christian fiction. Reminiscent of the best of Bently Little or Douglas Clegg, he takes us for a wild ride which, while seeming to careen down the fictional roadway at full speed with few pauses to catch your breath, is always under his control.

    But this book is more than a story about the consequences of our choices, it is also a novel about redemption.

    Years earlier Zeph Walker's words unleashed an evil force, and his reticence to accept and use his prophetic gift is feeding the evil and killing those around him. A prisoner of his physical and spiritual scars, Zeph lives a mostly reclusive life...and that reclusiveness and his rejection of who he is manifests itself with devastating consequences, for he holds the key to sealing the ninth gate of Hell. But the disfigured prophet's rejection of God and his withdrawal into himself stands in the way.

    Through Zeph's story Duran shows us something of the rocky path to redemption and points out that quite often we are the greatest hindrance to our own reclamation.

    This one is not to be missed.

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