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This faith-expanding thriller revitalizes awareness of unseen spiritual forces at work in our world. A heart-racing page-turner.With the action and suspense of a Ted Dekker novel and the ...
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This faith-expanding thriller revitalizes awareness of unseen spiritual forces at work in our world. A heart-racing page-turner.With the action and suspense of a Ted Dekker novel and the spiritual warfare of This Present Darkness, Olsen’s first solo novel poses an intriguing question. What if the Restrainer of II Thessalonians, the Holy Spirit who “holds back the lawless man until God takes him away,” indwells a man who has lived under various identities since the time of Christ, always moving on when his “agelessness” is discovered? An immortal man, but still just a man, ?awed and discouraged over his inability to better succeed at his immense mission: to restrain evil in the world. And what if at a time when the world hangs on the precipice of a third world war, this man were given one final opportunity to do battle with the Evil One?
Olsen combines well-developed characters, a fast-paced plot, and an intriguing problem into a fascinating suspense novel...The Assignment is a fascinating and exciting story."
Posted September 8, 2005
You won't be able to put it down. Excellent book. A lot of twists and turns and you will be wondering who the main character is throughout the entire book. Fantastic action and an excellent read. Very thought-provoking as well. Enjoy!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 8, 2004
In 'The Assignment', a Catholic priest, a female collegiate, and an immortal Biblical character find their lives intertwined in a terrifying struggle between God and Satan's demonic hordes - a struggle that will decide the fate of the world... 'The Assignment' has breathless lead-ins, and the story moves quickly, albeit /too/ predictably in places. Unfortunately for Olsen, his absorbing novel is tainted by a one-world philosophy ('We all pray to the same Yah-weh' one character declares.), disturbing descriptions of demonic activity, and the absurd basic premise that Lazarus was raised from the dead in order to remain immortal for two thousand more years and prevent major catastrophes. Olsen has clearly done his historical research - 'The Assignment' is thick with rumenances of the turmoil of past times. Olsen has an obvious desire to promote truth, but perhaps he does not realise the entirety of that Truth himself...?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
He experienced the beauty of Heaven only to be brought back to life by Jesus to act as the Catacon, ¿the restrainer of destruction¿ who will be taken away just before the end of time¿. His primary role is to send the destroyer back to hell but every time he comes close, his enemy¿s minions bury him for decades at a time................................ The priests of the Order of St. Lazare spend decades trying to find him. When they do, he sees a world more technologically advanced but with the same old hatreds. The 2000-year-old man is tired and wants to go home for he no longer believes that the destroyer can be defeated. Nora, a Harvard graduate student, is almost kidnapped by members of Hamas and a Roman Catholic priest. He saves her and disappears but Nora tracks him down in Paris where she learns the truth about her long-living relative. The destroyer knowing he is loose, sets in motion a series of events that bring the world to the edge of war and he vows to fight him one more time........................ Told from the viewpoints of many different characters including the hero, one can understand why immortality is as much a curse as it is a blessing. There is no sense of Divinity about the protagonist but he is a catalyst that sets events in motion the ongoing battle of good and evil. Surprisingly, this is not a preachy or apostatizing story but reads more like an urban fantasy in which the powers of good and evil fight for supremacy. Mark Andrew Olson is a talent comparable to Frank Peretti and Jerry Jenkins..................................... Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.