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Ex-detective Michael Thorn has retired from the police force, and is eager to lead a normal life for once. His days of fighting to protect the innocent are over. But his "retirement" isn't going to be the long-deserved rest he expected.His new home in rural New England has many strange stories surrounding it. But those are all just rumors?right? Then he discovers the skeleton in the basement and realizes the rumors are true. But when the skeleton mysteriously disappears, Thorn is faced with an ancient mystery-one...
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Overview

Ex-detective Michael Thorn has retired from the police force, and is eager to lead a normal life for once. His days of fighting to protect the innocent are over. But his "retirement" isn't going to be the long-deserved rest he expected.His new home in rural New England has many strange stories surrounding it. But those are all just rumors?right? Then he discovers the skeleton in the basement and realizes the rumors are true. But when the skeleton mysteriously disappears, Thorn is faced with an ancient mystery-one that leads to an even more ancient foe: the same sorcerer who fought Moses!Now, to protect his family, Thorn must figure out how a sorcerer from ancient Egypt ended up in America and how to defeat him before he regains his full power and wreaks havoc on the world. Thorn has help from a wise professor, a devout priest, and a sect of warriors sworn to protect the church. But will they be enough? In the end, Thorn will face even larger questions--of good and evil, and of God and the devil.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780883688182
  • Publisher: Whitaker House
  • Publication date: 3/29/2006
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

A veteran novelist, James Byron Huggins' life story reads more like fiction than fact. After working as a newspaper reporter, Huggins left journalism to help persecuted Christians in eastern Europe. From Texas, he worked with the Christian underground in the Iron Curtain, spending his life savings and becoming homeless. Huggins left America to offer assistance to Romanian Christians. He often remained hidden for days at a time in order to survive. After returning home, Huggins again worked as a journalist before becoming a policeman. Huggins then left law enforcement to pursue full-time writing.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2006

    page turner!

    Sorcerer is well written, keeping you on the edge of your seat through out. The characters are full of life and you feel you really know them. Huggins shows you how the devil really works, and how his evil can work to penetrate the human mind.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2006

    Great book!

    This one is a must read. It grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let go.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2006

    An ancient evil seeks to regain his former power

    Michael Thorn, former special forces operative and recently retired LA detective, looks forward to a quiet life in New England with his wife and young children. He has purchased an old Victorian mansion in Cedar Ridge, a village not far from Salem, Massachusetts. But as he arrives at his new home, his old warrior instincts begin to awaken. A fear he never knew while deployed on his missions seeps into his bones as he traverses his new home. In the basement, behind a centuries old wall, he discovers a bullet-riddled skeleton. When he returns with the local law enforcement, the skeleton is gone and the only clue is skeletal footprints that lead away from the cave-like tomb. An old evil, one thought imprisoned forever, walks the earth once again. As the ancient Egyptian sorcerer that once battled Moses seeks to regain his former power, others race to stop him. But will Thorn, a country sheriff, an elderly professor, experienced priest and a shadowy group known as the Assinini be able to stop him? This book moves, for the most part, at a fast clip toward an uncertain ending. At times slowed by backstory, the author still manages to draw the reader into this chilling story.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Fantastic

    After almost a quarter of a century as a Special Forces Officer and a police detective, Michael Thorn takes an early retirement to spend his time with his family. He buys a mansion in Cedar Ridge, Massachusetts thirty miles from Salem but on his very first night in their new home, Thorn hears a funny noise in the basement.------ When he knocks down the wall where the noise is coming from Thorn finds a skeleton with silver manacles around his hands and writing on them. When the police arrive the skeleton is missing. The local priest feels that something evil was here and soon they figure out that the skeleton was that of Jannes, the magician of Egypt defeated by Moses. The sorcerer made a pact eons ago with a demon of immense power and now that he is free, he intends to rule just like he did in Ancient Egypt. Priests, nuns, the Assassini warriors of the church and Thorn work together to defeat this evil but are the faith of God¿s warriors strong enough to defeat this undead sorcerer?------ This novel is a fantastic supernatural good vs. evil thriller in which the antagonist uses dark magic while the heroes counter with the power of prayer. Thorn is an amazing protagonist who calmly accepts the fact that he will have to fight a supernatural evil that has seen many civilizations rise and fall. There are plenty of battle scenes but the best part of SORCERER is the characters. The humans are very realistic and portrayed as ordinary people called to do something that could get them killed yet all are willing to do so in order that evil doesn¿t gain a stronger foothold on earth than it already has. James Byron Huggins¿ message to his readers, cleverly imbued in the storyline, is that with faith all things are possible----- Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

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    "Sorcerer" is Chilling and Thrilling

    "Sorcerer" is another brilliant work of JBH. The story begins with M. Thorn, an ex detective looking to retire early and enjoy some much deserved time with his family. He buys an old Victorian mansion near Salem, MA thinking he's put in his time fighting, sacrificing and so on. Well, not to be. He & his family move in only to find the local people consider the house taboo and perilously haunted. It has a grisly history of its owners going missing and mysteriously winding up dead. So, Thorn is not long in finding that while there's no skeleton in the closet per se, he DOES find one in an ancient tomb in the basement. He calls the police only to bring them back to the cave,...w/ said skeleton gone. From their things quickly spiral into a mad race to stop this skeleton, (whom we discover to be Jannes, the formidable Sorcerer from Egypt who faced off against Moses eons past) and his dread followers from regaining their powers and destroying/enslaving mankind.
    The Sorcerer, for being and undead foe, actually is an amazingly well developed villain. Yes, he is the archetype in the sense that he weaves evil spells, kills people and relishes in terrifying his victims to death and so forth, but you also get inside his head, hearing his thoughts and seeing his recollections of his life, and it adds another dimension to his character. Thorn is interesting and likable as the unwilling hero. He has deep reservations about trusting an invisible God and it takes a secret society of warrior priests, the Assisni, showing up on his doorstep to help him fight the Sorcerer to get his faith going. The Assisni are formidable warriors and it's thrilling and inspiring to see them call upon God in prayer for the supernatural power to fight the Sorcerer and his undead followers. The battles are great, the messages of faith and the reality of evil and the factualness of sorcery and the real dangers it does present to mankind are tangible and drive the point home I think. As an ex Wiccan/satanic witch/psychic I'm glad that Huggins had the courage to address this very important issue. He shows that while dark magic is a reality and one that DOES still exist today, we can fight off satan's attacks in all their forms with the power of God because His power is greater. Anyways, this is a brilliant book. The characters are all complex and believable, the plot interesting and heart pounding, the tensions paramount. It has a chilling factor too, when the Sorcerer awakens and summons his followers. You SEE the powers of good and evil war against each other, and everything (the world) that is at stake. The warrior priests are brave, the head priest faithful and wise and the professor steady and insightful. They all play an important role, and the final confrontation between Thorn and the Sorcerer (and Thorn w/ his own doubts) is fantastic. Get this high adreniline read by JBH, this is for Christian and non-Christian alike.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2006

    Huge Huggins Letdown

    Let me make this clear. I have enjoyed every other book by JBH that I have read - from 'The Reckoning' to 'Nightbringer' even though each one is basically the same formula told over and over again (hero with questionable faith vs. an unstoppable killer/creature). But he has always been able to breath a life into these characters that separated them enough from the previous book to make it enjoyable. He does not do this with 'The Sorcerer'. It's ho-hum from the beginning and only gets worse as it goes on. I know that JBH has always been a Christian fiction writer, but this book really drowns you in it. For the first time ever, I skipped pages because it just went on about God and Moses and blah, blah, blah. And the action sequences? They pale in comparison to previous books. It seems like he had to slap something together to make his deadline and 'The Sorcerer' is the end result. Am I being too harsh - no. I think that JBH is a good writer with a great ability for producing Christian themed stories that don't resort to clubbing you over the head with the fact that they are Christian. I am disappointed. I truly hope that this is not the road that his future releases will travel.

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