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Posted February 4, 2014
The premise was different enough from my usual reading material that it caught my attention. Admittedly, it did take me a few chapters to get into it, but not so many that it felt like I was dragging myself through it. The slow uptake could easily be blamed more on me than the story itself. Anyway, once I did get into it, I was so thoroughly hooked that I could not put it down.
I read through the night and into the next morning over a weekend, and didn't regret a moment of it. I laughed. I cried. It made me angry and even had me fist pumping the air at certain parts. It has action, a love story, and family dynamics that will make anyone that has older siblings cringe or grimace in sympathy.
My favorite part of the story is the same part where I got hooked and that was the fight that takes place between the two main characters. Having older siblings myself that I've seen fight way too many times to count, the telling of the fight between David and his brother Matt was gritty and raw and utterly believable. I think that's what I like best about the story...the Gabriel family, while famous - or infamous - in many cases, and monetarily blessed, still feel real to me. I feel like I know these characters - these people. And as such, I'm going to miss them now that I've finished the book.
This book is definitely Christian fiction so it stands to reason that, since the father of the family is in the ministry, that book itself is steeped in Christian interpretations and Biblical references. This may be a drawback for some readers who have different beliefs, but it doesn't detract at all from the enjoyment factor of the story. The author isn't preaching...he's telling a story. A good one at that. And while fictional, it did make me think about what I believe and even to examine some of those beliefs a little more closely.
In total, Gabriel's Trumpet was an enthralling read that I highly recommend. It's a fantastic tale with captivating characters that do indeed leave you wanting more. I truly hope that there are more tales to come about the Gabriel family. Because I, for one, won't miss out on them!
Posted April 9, 2013
I have read many christian fiction books about angels versus demons, but this one is by far the best I have ever read. I have to admit that although the overview was intriguing, I hadn't heard of the author so wasn't sure how it would read. The story literally draws you in after the first few pages and you're hooked! The book is very well-written, even humorous at times as well as thought provoking about faith, family and our relationship with God. I found myself laughing out loud at times as well as tearing up. The charactors are engaging, likeable and the interaction between David and his guardian angel, Armestel, is very entertaining, but sobering at times too. Although entertaining, this book contains a very strong message about the power of Jesus, how he uses His angels to help protect us and how prayer impacts our lives whether we see it with our own eyes or not. I highly recommend this book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 20, 2012
I throughly enjoyed the time I spent getting to know the Gabriel family, and all the angels both human and celestial, who are involved in their lives. The characters are well crafted, with heart and depth and flaws which make them real. As the Gabriels struggle to not just save lives but souls the message is clear and uplifting. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a classic "Good vs. Evil" story without profanity or sex but reminds the reader of the power of true faith.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 9, 2012
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