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Posted February 11, 2013
Per L. Leander's Reviews & Interviews: What happens when a Christian meets the undead? Meet Lydia Bronson. She’s a middle-aged mother of two college-age children and a devout Christian. Her favorite Bible verse is “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” She claims that promise every day. She will need it.
Lydia survives the violent attack of a vampire. She is dragged into a horrible place, dank, dark and rat-infested. She lies there hour after hour as the undead returns to feast on her blood. She is becoming one of them. Or is she?
God has other things in store for this woman. He sends her a vision of what is to come. She begins to understand firsthand God’s plan and the war that is raging. She is one of God’s chosen and she must make a choice.
This is not your run-of-the mill vampire story and if that’s what you are looking for, you may be disappointed. But if you don’t read the book you’ll be missing a unique, well-told story of what if?
Mystery and suspense lovers will enjoy this book because it chock-full of excitement and danger. Christian readers will like the honest straightforward way the author sets the belief system of the main character. Those who read horror will be immersed in an evil so vile it’s terrifying.
This is not my usual genre of preference to read. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and the characters Ms. Morrison created. I was caught up in the fictional world while holding tight to my own Christian beliefs. The mark of a good reader is not categorizing oneself. I’m glad I climbed out on a limb and read this book – I would have missed a very interesting read!
Posted November 11, 2012
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Be Not Afraid - My Review
I will be the first to admit that vampire novels and other paranormal works are not usually at the top of my list to read. I have read some, but it has been a while. And no, I haven’t read the Twilight books or seen any of the movies. So, when one of my fellow authors offered up the chance to read her novel Be Not Afraid, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was very pleasantly surprised.
The book opens with an office setting and a woman working late. She encounters Vlad, who kidnaps her and takes her to his lair where he tells her he has chosen her to be his eternal companion. Lydia, our hero, resists Vlad at every opportunity, calling upon her deep Christian faith to help her. What ensues is less typical vampire horror than a conflict between good and evil manifested in the flow of the conflict between Vlad and Lydia.
To be sure, there are some tense moments of horror, but they are used more for moving the story along and introducing the conflict than for the shock value of the horror.
This book is a rare blend of vampires, horror, and Christian fiction and is well worth the read!
Posted October 21, 2012
Be Not Afraid combines Christian spirituality with a traditional "Dracula" style vampire. The heroine, Lydia, a very spiritual family woman, starts the book in a mundane nine-to-five job. She's working late, and as she's ready to call it a night, she's suddenly being stalked by a strange man.
The story progresses quickly from there, Lydia being kidnapped by the aptly named Vlad, and turned into a vampire. Lydia struggles to reconcile her faith in God with her blood-lust, and desire to succumb to her new nature as a vampire.
There's a twist, early on, and with the help of a priest, Lydia is able to overcome the curse and become cured. She heads home, desperate to forget her ordeal and move forward with her life and her family. However, her daughter Trudy, starts displaying odd behavior. A fascination with blood, mysterious mosquito bites on her neck, and a new boyfriend.
During this time, Lydia's husband also falls off the grid, keeping everyone worried, and when Trudy brings her new boyfriend home, Lydia is horrified to be faced with none other than Vlad himself. The pieces begin to fall into place, Trudy's odd behavior, her husband's disappearance, and Lydia has to figure out how to save her family from Vlad before anyone is killed.
I won't give away the end, but I will say that the spiritual side is very prevalent, and there is a decent Meta-plot in the book that I'm sure will continue in any books K. R. Morrison writes in the future.
Personally, this genre is not my usual cup of tea. I almost never read Christian fiction, however I will say this book is a page-turner, especially if you enjoy this type of fiction. It's obvious that Morrison is well-read in the traditional vampire lore, and I have to say it's nice to see the traditionalist brought out in Vampirism rather than putting a contemporary twist on the legend. It's been quite some time since I've seen anything traditional involving Vlad the Impaler, so props to the author for that.
The cons regarding the book are few, and shouldn't detract from buying this book, especially if it's the type of genre you enjoy. In my opinion, I wouldn't have minded a little bit more back-story with Lydia. The story starts out and goes straight into the action, so there's little time to connect with her as a character. Same for the family, and you're only really introduced to them the moment the action starts, so it's hard to feel empathy towards anyone. I only list that here because I prefer to have a deep connection to characters, but if it's action you like, this book definitely delivers.
Towards the end (without giving away any spoilers) the connection to the spirituality of the character's religion is very up front and definitely ties the events together well, so if you were to read it a second time, it all makes even more sense.
I did spot a few typo's in the book, which I don't deduct points for, because as a first book, and self-published one at that, small mistakes can and will escape the editing process. None of them take anything away from the story, however, and they're easy to overlook.
All in all, I'm giving the book four stars, and really look forward to seeing what this author brings in the future. I see a bright writing career for Morrison, and hope she continues to write what she loves!