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Plain Fear: Forgiven: A Novel
     

Plain Fear: Forgiven: A Novel

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by Leanna Ellis
 

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What Must We Sacrifice to be Forgiven?

Samuel Fisher has committed a sin of biblical proportions—he killed his own brother, Jacob. Haunted by guilt and talked by a vampire out for his soul, Samuel starts down the same dark path of destruction that led to his brother's death.

A captivating coming-of-age story unlike any other, Plain Fear:

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What Must We Sacrifice to be Forgiven?

Samuel Fisher has committed a sin of biblical proportions—he killed his own brother, Jacob. Haunted by guilt and talked by a vampire out for his soul, Samuel starts down the same dark path of destruction that led to his brother's death.

A captivating coming-of-age story unlike any other, Plain Fear: Forgiven pits redemption against temptation, love against fear, and simple faith against the intricacies of sin and salvation. In the gripping final battle between hunters and vampires, Samuel must choose where his loyalties lie. The lives of those he loves—as well as his own ultimate forgiveness—hangs in the balance.

Praise for Plain Fear: Forsaken:

"An intense, powerful novel of love and loss, deception and deliverance."—Nancy Haddock, bestselling author of Always the Vampire

"In a word...captivating. Leanna Ellis creates a world seemingly simplistic but teeming with complexity. Forsaken is a book you won't want to miss."—Elisabeth Naughton, author Tempted

"Leanna Ellis has written an emotionally powerful story with an unusual twist to the vampire legend."—Nina Bangs, USA Today bestselling author

"Leanna Ellis takes readers on a thrilling journey to the dark side of Amish life and beyond. Forsaken exemplifies the ultimate literary juxtaposition of good and evil, and is made all the more powerful by Ellis's ability to paint a vivid and realistic picture of Amish life."—Linda Castillo, New York Times bestselling author

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The third entry in Ellis’s ungainly mix of vampires and the Amish (following Forbidden and Forsaken) is unlikely to engage any readers not already invested in the series. Samuel Fisher, young and not fully committed to his faith, struggles with guilt after shooting his brother, Jacob, who had transformed into the demon-possessed vampire Akiva. Jacob, caught in an afterlife with the angel Remiel, yearns to help his brother make the correct choices. Samuel is dispatched to Pennsylvania by his father to assist his injured third brother, Levi, who’s married to Jacob’s former love interest, Hannah. Levi and his family live near Hannah’s sister, Rachel, who has been shunned following her marriage to non-Amish ex-cop and vampire slayer Roc Girouard. Vampiric foes marshal against Samuel and his allies and endanger those he cares about, including his steadfast first love, Naomi. Details of daily life and sincere discussions of faith help elevate the muddy mythology and tepid plot. Agent: Natasha Kern, Natasha Kern Literary Agency. (Aug.)
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"An unlikely, yet fresh idea that completely works, thanks to her ability to blend the genres in a tasteful manner." - RT Book Reviews

"Intriguing and beautifully written..." - Fresh Fiction

"A captivating story from beginning to the last page! Very intense with compelling, engaging, charismatic characters. " - My Book Addiction and More

" An amazing finale to a very charismatic and suspenseful series!" - Debbie's Book Bag

Library Journal
In Forsaken (2011), Jacob Fisher became a vampire while on his rumspringa in New Orleans. Now Ellis tells the story of Jacob's brother Samuel who is still confused and guilt ridden over his brother's death. While visiting with his other sibling Levi, Samuel is lured away to New York City, where he meets a vampire bent on revenge for Jacob's betrayal. Can Samuel—and Promise, PA—survive? VERDICT Ellis's third entry (after Forbidden) is a richly detailed and atmospheric tale of suspense. Readers who enjoyed Marta Perry's "Three Sisters Inn Trilogy" may want to try this series but should start with the first book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402279799
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
08/06/2013
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
735,111
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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Prologue

Darkness clawed at him, its talons sinking deep, hooking into his heart. Jacob Fisher tried to clear away whatever obstruction prevented his eyes from seeing, but there was nothing. Nothing but darkness, thick as molasses and cold as the heart of the universe. It shrouded him, pressing in on him, and he felt the weight of it against his chest. He could not move or struggle or fight or even scream.

And he wanted to scream. Scream for someone. Someone to come to his rescue.

Worse than the darkness though was the silence. The quiet pulsed and throbbed, around him and through him. Nothing-if there was anything around him-moved. Only in the tiny recesses of his mind could he hear anything, his thoughts writhing and struggling as a creature pushes out from the womb. Fears tormented him. Bits of verses and poetry knotted and tangled as he reached for them-as if by grasping them, they could take him away from here, lead him somewhere else, or at least anchor him and keep him from going mad.

Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.

For hope was absent from this place-if it was a place...or a time...or somewhere between times and places. The emptiness felt like an enclosed tomb and yet also seemed to stretch on forever.

Only a look and a voice, then darkness again, and a silence.

A silence that seemed never to end. If he could scream, he doubted he would be heard. For he was alone.

He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.

He was no saint. So was this his punishment? Where was he? What was this? Fear seized him. He struggled, against nothing and everything, but it was useless. He could not move. Was he still alive? Trapped in a wooden box and buried six feet underground? With no way to escape, no way to breathe, no way to scratch or claw at the sides, lid, or seams?

From somewhere deep inside him came a continuous scream. But it had no outlet, just ricocheted around inside his head and heart, proving his own impotence.

Then out of nothing and yet from somewhere beyond came a shriek that pierced his eardrums. With it came pain. Intense pain, sharp and searing, sliced through him. As the first shriek died away, another chased after it. Each time, as the pain dulled, more replaced it and pounded relentlessly against him. Wave after wave of shrieking and throbbing crashed over him.

In that splinter of a moment, Jacob realized something cold shackled his ankle. He aimed to kick out but couldn't as another band slithered around his other ankle, the long, fingerlike strictures icy and rigid.

A sensation of forward movement carried him and the rush of wind against his face surprised him. Yet he could see nothing. There was nothing to hold on to and fight this force. He had to let go.

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Plain Fear: Forgiven: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read Although this book received a poor review from Publisher’s Weekly, I found it to be a wonderful ending to the trilogy the author has written. Her characters have followed through from the beginning to the end, as do their struggles with good versus evil. Many readers may find the idea of vampires and the Amish faith a little unusual, but the author blends the story well. It is exciting, full of frightening events, and she presents the gospel in an inoffensive way while telling the story. This book is exciting to read on its own, but is much better enjoyed having read the two previous. I recommend it, as well as the others, for those interested in this subject as well as those interested in strong good versus evil stories. Good job by the author.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
PLAIN FEAR: FORGIVEN by Leanna Ellis is an exciting finale to the Inspirational Amish Paranormal Romance. Book 3 in the "Plain Fear" series, but can be read as a stand alone. Although, I would recommend reading all three "Plain Fear" titles. Seem"Plain Fear: Forsaken",and "Plain Fear: Forbidden". First let me say what an amazing series this has been. Filled with sacrifice,guilt,deception,redemption,faith, and love. Samuel Fisher killed his brother,Jacob, in a previous story. Now he is trying to deal with his guilt,and the sin he committed, he is also being stalked by a vampire,who wants nothing more than to capture his very soul. While, "Plain Fear: Forgiven" is a kinda coming of age story it is so much more,for you have the balance of sin and salvation,love and fear,temptation and redemption,faith against evil,sacrifice and the power of love. What a powerful story and a finale to die for literally. Well written with just the right amount of romance,faith and love. If you enjoy Vampires,Amish faith,community,and romance than "Plain Fear: Forgiven" is the story for you to read. A captivating story from beginning to the last page! Very intense with compelling,engaging,charismatic characters. A very different storyline than just a vampire story,good vs evil,it is a story of loss,deception and finding deliverance. A must read! Ms. Ellis also paints a vivid and realistic look at the Amish faith,their life, and their community. Received for an honest review from the publisher. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: SWEET REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Aubrey Book provided by NetGalley for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book I was so excited to read this book. Since I was very young I’ve had a fascination with the Amish. A book about vampires and the Amish- I’m so there. I was so completely lost from the beginning. I’m assuming it is because I did not read the first two books of the series. I wanted to love this book so much and I was so disappointed. I thought it would be much more of a fast paced novel with spurts of Amish romance. It was so slow and boring in parts that I had to stop reading the novel and come back to it. It is very, very rare that I dislike a novel so much. I’m really hoping that if I read the first two novels that I will understand the plot lines and themes more and I won’t be saying “what?” so much. I did like how the author made the main characters so real and brought the Amish lifestyle to life. I felt like I could be a part of their community. While I can’t recommend this novel, at the moment, I hope that I can after a second read once I read the first two books of the series.
Rose38 More than 1 year ago
Very different from most Amish Inspirational books. In suspense during most of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago