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Posted December 28, 2013
"The Oldest Enemy" by Michael J. Webb is NOT for the faint of heart, or for the chicken-hearted! Exorcism, spiritual warfare, Israel and the supernatural are all tackled in this very ambitious and well-written novel.
Investigative reporter turned pastor, David Lighthouse attends the funeral for a member of his congregation, certain that he should have done more, been more, and sheltered her more than he did. Memories of his past are stirred, and they are not of the pleasant nature. Will he ever truly be forgiven, or forever carry the burden? Lauren Barkley, the deceased's sister, isn't certain she likes, much less trusts David. After all, according to him, he allowed her sister to die. But she wants answers, and she's going to need help in order to find them. A reluctant partnership is formed...but will it lead to more...or will it lead to trouble?
Michael transitions from scenes involving Lauren and David to some mysterious gathering centered around a rather unlikable fellow named Eric Reinhardt. He seeks to stop David and Lauren at all costs, and he has the power to do so at his disposal. What--or who--gives him that power? The reader will find out as the book progresses. Also thrown into the mix are scenes from Israel as Moshe and his companions battle both a visible and invisible enemy. Be warned: this isn't like any 'end-time' novel you've ever read. Twists and turns abound, but Michael succeeds in demonstrating just who our read enemy truly is. The two stories come together in an explosive and ending that I did not see coming. An ending that, while unexpected, is very satisfying. Truthfully, I almost didn't read this one. Some of the scenes had the hair on the back of my neck at attention...I didn't dare read at night. Nope, this was a 'daytime only' novel!
Because of that, I don't feel comfortable recommending it to all readers. The supernatural scenes are powerful, and very vivid. If you are a fan of stories that can make you jump and think, pick this one up. But if your taste runs to lighter fare...you are advised to give this one a pass.
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Posted November 8, 2013
"The Oldest Enemy" by Michael Webb is rich in historical content, presents a complex plot, raises significant spiritual questions, and covers several continents with many characters. In today's world of fluff and shallowness, I found it refreshing to read a well-researched book that presented a thought-provoking concept.
The best books, in my opinion, are those that stretch you mentally and philosophically while telling a great story. I had no idea how all the pieces would fit together until the end, which kept me turning the pages. The integration of the plot was fascinating with the spiritual undertones. I hope that Michael Webb plans to write a sequel to this story as I could see the possibility of another book.
As a Christian, I also found the world events as presented in "The Oldest Enemy" to line up with Scripture, presenting a plethora of insights for those who like to entertain prophecy. "The Oldest Enemy" is a great read and a spellbinding thriller.
Posted November 8, 2012
My Thoughts On This Book
The Oldest Enemy is a perfect title for this book because it is just that, about the oldest and absolute worst enemy we all face every day, and that enemy is satan and his demons. And in his new book, author Michael Webb pens a story that will grip your heart and mind in unique way and not let go until long after you finish reading.
I usually don’t read books that deal with supernatural events, but this one was really awesome, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The cast of characters are well created and developed, and really make you feel as though you are living the story with them. As I read the story, and the different characters and situations were introduced, I kept wondering how all of the event would work out in the end, but the author weaves everything together beautifully and awesome and creates and ending that is sure thrilling and will stick with you.
It is clear the knowledge Michael Webb has for WW II, Hitler and the Nazis, and the Bible because it is all woven together throughout this story in vivid details. I appreciate the way Michael weaves the characters together with living the Christian life in everyday situations, just as it should be.
I highly recommend The Oldest Enemy for another to read. If you are a Christian thriller buff, then you MUST read this book! And if the reviews of this book has peaked your interest, pick up a copy and see for yourself. You will not be disappointed.
A copy of this book was provided by the author, Michael J. Webb for me to read and review. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.
Posted May 22, 2013
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