In this taut thriller that depicts a future where belief is dangerous, faith is deemed hatred, and a group of powerful elite keeps watch, the Reckoner has come to wake up America.
The year is 2038 and Cheyenne Burne is a brilliant young programmer working for Acatour, the world's top technology firm. Her father converts to Christianity, and he suddenly disappears without a trace. When a stranger hands Cheyenne a coded message that sends her on a collision course with a clandestine group of believers, she must put her life in the hands of those following a man known only as the Reckoner. He claims he wants to bring back true faith in Christ to America and also reveal the forces behind the disappearances of the many renowned people who publicly declared their Christian faith.
Operating in the shadows and living off the grid, this mysterious prophet assembles a ragtag teamincluding a former bookseller whose store was shut down for selling prohibited booksto help him take the battle for transparency to the top. With a ruthless FBI agent closing in, can Cheyenne and the others expose the truth and lead a return to God in America before it's too late?
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About the Author
Best-selling author TRAVIS THRASHER has written over fifty books, spanning genres in fiction, nonfiction and children's literature. His inspirational stories have included collaborations with musicians like American Idol winner Scotty McCreery and reality TV stars Bill Klein and Jen Arnold from TLC's The Little Couple. Upcoming projects continue to expand Thrasher's profile including the book, Olympic Pride, American Prejudice about the lives of the other 17 American black athletes who competed in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, and Baby Don't Hurt Me about comedian Chris Kattan's life and time on Saturday Night Live. Travis lives with his wife and three young daughters in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area.
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It took only two hundred dollars to bribe the bored and pimply-faced kid behind the front desk to give him a room number. A simple direct exchange, or DE, that took two seconds. Dowland could have shown his FBI credentials, but he never did that. If anybody came around asking, which wasn’t likely here of all places, he didn’t want the FBI to be a part of any conversation. Only a few people knew what Dowland was doing, and nobody knew his present location. If he was arrested or shot dead for some reason, no one could find anything on his SYNAPSYS. It’d be blank, requiring official approval to exorcise the personal data.
He found the door on the second story, stood there for a moment to look and listen for anybody nearby or in the parking lot below, then took out his customized Beretta just before kicking down the door. They no longer made doors with locks that got old and could be so easily broken, but in this run-down motel built decades ago, Dowland felt like the star of an eighties action movie. Sure enough, nobody was in bed asleep. The covers looked untouched, with an assortment of files and papers spread out on them. The man traveling under a handful of aliases was sitting in a chair next to the table with a laptop computer open beside another set of file folders. It had been a while since Dowland had seen anybody working on one of those archaic devices.
Aiming the firearm directly at the man, Dowland nudged the door back to close it, and when it wouldn’t stay put, he took the other chair and propped it against the door. The man in the motel room held his hands up, his fingers outstretched and his eyes open wide. One corner of the glasses he wore was held together with masking tape.
“No, no, no. Hold on, just wait, just wait a minute!” he shouted to Dowland.
The target was out of breath and looked as if he hadn’t slept in a week. He started to stand up, but Dowland shook his head to make the man stay put.
“Please, I’m not armed. I can’t do anything,” he said.
“You can mow a man down on the side of the road, can’t you?”
Along with his black eye, bruised jaw, and cut lip, Dowland nursed a shoulder injury from diving for cover to avoid the car yesterday. Good thing the mostly useless arm was his left arm, the one he didn’t need to shoot his gun.
A quick scan of all the papers confirmed what Dowland already knew. This was indeed the man he’d been hunting all this time.
“Clemente on,” Dowland said, stating the name to turn on the man’s SYNAPSYS as he held the barrels of the Beretta against his head. “Contact info.”
The customized box the size of his hand appeared to his right. The information on the augmented interface was further proof.
Robert Vasquez. I’ve finally found you.
The SYNAPSYS showed the various code names this nutjob had used during the last few years. Dowland knew the background on Vasquez—from his resignation three years ago as an Arizona senator amid allegations of sexual misconduct and fraud to his incarceration last year for vandalizing a town hall with graffiti. The latter offense had been Vasquez’s own doing, but the controversy that had ended his career in Congress was orchestrated by the same group paying Dowland’s salary. Vasquez had never shied away from his personal faith, and after years of being told to remain quiet, he eventually had pushed things too far.
No one could have imagined that he was the Reckoner, the one responsible for creating a group to deliver lies and spin stories and incite trouble in the name of Christianity. Dowland had been tracking down members of this group for the last two years and had been ordered a few months ago to take out their leader. Finally, two days ago he got a golden tip about where the man was hiding.
“You don’t have to point that at me,” Vasquez said. “I’m not dangerous.”
“So why are you calling yourself the Reckoner?” Dowland asked.
Vasquez didn’t flinch at the mention of the name. He merely shook his head. “That’s not me.”
“Of course not. And you don’t have any connections to all these operations in your files, right? Like Operation Bulls on Parade, where you created chaos in downtown Chicago by unleashing those cows. Or Operation Panic. Or how about Operation Black Waters?”
“I didn’t say I had nothing to do with those,” Vasquez stated. “But I’m not the Reckoner.”
Robert Vasquez was a typical fifty-two-year-old man in every way. He was one of the last guys anybody could imagine suddenly abandoning a successful career in politics to start being vocal about his views on Christianity.
Nobody rises from the dead, buddy. You’re going to learn that soon enough.
“Who knows you’re here?” Dowland’s eyes scanned the walls and the contents of the room.
“Nobody. Not a single soul.”
“None of your little frat brothers and sisters? Nobody in your playgroup?”
“It was better for no one to know I’m here.”
For the first time since Dowland had stepped over the state line into Indiana, something didn’t seem quite right. The way Vasquez was claiming he wasn’t the Reckoner and the few items he had in the room with him…
“I’ve been trying to find you for months,” Dowland said, the gun now at his side but still ready for any surprise. “How’d you elude me in Philadelphia?”
“That wasn’t me.”
Once again Vasquez’s demeanor made him seem believable.
This man has made telling lies a life mission. He’s mastered it.
“You’ve been waiting for someone,” Dowland said. “Who?”
Vasquez gave him a solemn smile. “You, Mr. Dowland. I knew you’d find me eventually.”
Staying in this motel so close to where Dowland had found him last night… His SYNAPSYS still on and easily accessed… Nothing in his files with more information on the Reckoner…
For a second Dowland caught a glimpse of himself in the mirror on the wall facing the bed. He resembled a boxer after a fight.
“Just tell me,” Dowland said as he let out a tired sigh. “Are you the one behind everything? We’re going to find out soon enough after we scour all your data.”
“I just told you I’m not.”
“Okay, fine. Get your science project together and come with me.” Dowland aimed the gun at him again. “We’re heading back to Chicago.”
“You’re being controlled. And you’re as expendable to them as the rest of us are.”
“Nobody controls me.”
“There is freedom in letting go,” Vasquez said, “in finally admitting you can’t do everything on your own.”
“You guys never turn off the switch, do you? Meeting in secret and delivering your clandestine messages.”
“We’re not the only ones who meet in secret, Mr. Dowland.”
He didn’t like hearing this guy mutter his name. Dowland stepped closer to the man, close enough to press the Beretta to his temple again.
“I know one thing about control in this world,” Dowland said. “I have it in my hand right now.”
“The Lord’s prophet is warning the rest of us. There is still time but not much. You must listen to me. Hear me out—”
“I had a grandmother who talked crazy just like you. Nobody could tell whether it was the religion or the senility talking. I think it was the vodka she had stashed away.”
Sweat covered Vasquez’s forehead, and his body odor was strong from spending a week running and hiding.
“I know you think I’m crazy, and that’s fine, but you’re holding a gun to the head of a normal, decent American who’s done nothing wrong. Do you think that maybe—possibly—you didn’t happen to find me, but rather you were led out here for a reason?”
“And what reason is that?”
“The Reckoner wants you. You have a specific purpose. That’s what he’s been told.”
Dowland gritted his teeth, then chuckled the same way he might curse. “I want you to tell me right now, this very instant. What are you doing all the way out here? And where’s the Reckoner?”
“We’ve done this to ourselves,” the shaky voice said. “We’ve turned our backs on God, and He’s had enough.”
Dowland jammed the gun even harder against the idiot’s skull. “There’s only one god in your life, and he’s standing right in front of you. But you’re right about one thing. He has had enough.”
Dowland fired the shot without further thought. This was going to be done either on the side of an Indiana country road or in this room. It didn’t matter. He’d heard enough from this guy. Now it was done. Two more shots made sure of that.
With the body crumpled on the floor beside him, Dowland leaned over and picked up a series of large photographs. After looking at half a dozen, he felt his stomach twist.
There’s no way they know all this.
He knew he couldn’t leave anything behind in this room. He also knew that things were much worse than any of them had imagined.
Apparently the Reckoner hadn’t been lying at his last public announcement when he declared, “All will be revealed soon.” The faces of the men and women in those pictures were the revelations he was talking about. Dowland needed to know how much proof they had.
And whether or not this corpse was indeed the Reckoner.
While he was piling the belongings onto the bed, a handwritten note slipped out of a stack of papers. Dowland scanned it.
Abraham approached him and said, “Will you sweep away both the righteous and the wicked?” —Genesis 18:23
He let the piece of paper gently drop down onto the dead man. Dowland could only shake his head and curse as he thought about his father. Vasquez had been as deluded as his grandmother, thinking this world still contained both the righteous and the wicked.
The only righteous thing left in this world was being honest about its absence.
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AMERICAN OMENS: THE COMING FIGHT FOR FAITH may turn out to be the most important fiction book published in recent years that a Christian needs to read and deserves to be the must-read book of 2019. Set twenty years in the future but based in part on present-day happenings, the novel comes across as prophetic --especially if the devaluation of Christianity in America continues. AMERICAN OMENS is intensely compelling and will grab readers with its strong characters, plot, and uncompromising view that God is still God and He is still ultimately in control in a world where technology seemingly rules and privacy is violated by an "elite" few. Love those pop-up ads you see while surfing the Internet? On his blog, author Travis Thrasher had this to say about algorithms: "I’ve spent many hours researching technology and the advancements being made in all sorts of areas. Algorithms are something I’ve studied quite intensely, and honestly, the more I know the more terrified I become." (http://www.thejourneyiseverything.com...) After reading AMERICAN OMENS, I'm more terrified as well. I rarely quote from the advance reader copy of a book as things may change between release if the ARC and publication. However, this quote hit me hard when I read it: There’s a war going on out there. You know it now from experience— how they forced you to close after selling some Christian materials . It’s gone that far in this country. First you couldn’t speak out about issues like homosexuality or abortion or refugees or a better understanding of racial equality, with everybody on social media slamming those they deemed on the wrong side. The condemnation became so extreme, and now our culture is attacking everything— churches, gatherings, literature, and the arts. Everything. Christianity has been eradicated, and most of the country has sat back and done nothing to stop it.” I'm not saying that events are going to unfold the way that Thrasher's fertile imagination has them laid out in AMERICAN OMENS, but I'm saying it is scary just how plausible the scenario is. I have already started a list of friends, family, and church family who I think should read this book. That's how excited I am for AMERICAN OMENS. 5 Stars. Highly recommended!!! I received a copy from Multnomah through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
This book was very interesting how it touched on some of the issues we are facing right now in this society. Issues of control and manipulation of those of the Christian faith. Labeling the Gospel as hateful and intolerant. If you as the reader of this review do not see that, then read this book. It shows how these issues if ignored, could escalate into something devastating. It is very challenging to be bolder in my faith and encouraging to others of like faith. The book itself was a bit difficult to get into at first. I enjoyed how things were brought around in the end, but there does seem to be an open-endedness for future books. I liked the future aspects of the book. The scenarios were believable and not fanciful. I would recommend this book to someone based on the challenges it poses. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
I was attracted to this book by the blending of spirituality, Christianity and a dystopian novel. It kind of works and the characters kept me reading to the end but it never satisfies fully in any of these areas.
@WaterBrookMultnomah #Partner. This suspense, thriller is set in 2038. The weird part of the novel is that it is also tied into 2019 as well. Thomas Thrasher is an excellent writer. The characters are so well written that I found myself having a strong dislike for one while hoping and cheering for others. I usually do not read this type of book, but after reading this book, I have decided to read any future books Thomas Thrasher writes. I have given one to 2 of my children already. Some of my children will not choose to read it but I have a plan. I am going to take them for coffee at their favorite bookshop and hand them one to read while I am there. Bet they do not leave without purchasing one. I am so passionate that my children and grandchildren read this book because of the underling message throughout the book. If you are wondering if the book is for you, simply read the first chapter or two.
The Coming Fight for Faith AMERICAN OMENS by Travis Thrasher If you read any of the Left Behind series 20+ years ago this book will remind you of those books. This is a thriller novel of “what ifs” set in the year 2038. “What if” it was dangerous to believe or have faith and “what if” a group of powerful elite kept watch! This novel is about the Reckoner who has come to wake up America. The story of Cheyenne and her wake-up call and journey to discover her beliefs. How Cheyenne as a young programmer is living the life until…. Her father disappears without a trace when he converts to Christianity. Cheyenne discovers she must also disappear to find her father and go on a journey with a muddled group of other people to discover truth. This group must live off the grid and work to expose the truth and become leaders in a return to God in America before it is too late. The author provides much in adventure, suspense and tension as he writes and imagines a future without belief in God. How that future might look with a “big brother” constantly monitoring everything. This book was provided to me by the publisher, WaterbrookMultnomah in exchange for an honest review. #waterbrookmultnomah, #TravisThrasher, #FictionChristianFutureistic, #cannotputitdown
In 2038 America, technology reigns. Cars drive themselves. Algorithms make is so the simplest tasks, such as picking out your own clothes, never cross your mind. Cheyenne Burne is a programmer who works for the leading tech firm. When her father converts to Christianity, he disappears. As do many other Christians, many never to be seen again. The day a stranger hands her a coded message, her life completely changes. Going off the grid, she finds herself mixed up with an underground group of Christians, led by a man called The Reckoner. Thrasher doesn't seem to be too far off here. The USA is on a path to Christianity becoming illegal, as it is in so many countries. This novel, however, misses the mark. In terms of the state of government control, the novel sounds more like a collection of conspiracy theories than probable scenarios; from Kennedy's second shooter to 9/11 being an inside job. There are definitely things in the book that we can see traces of now, but some of it felt off. In terms of the writing, the story felt very disjointed and slow. The chapters jump between characters. Within the chapters, there are short, numbered sections that break up scenes, and the scenes themselves sometimes feel unconnected. It felt as if there was no transition. The premise had lots of potential (just look at today's news), but I can't say that I enjoyed it. I was given a complimentary advanced copy of this novel from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for a review.
This was a very realistic-feeling view of what may very well be the future. We see this strangely familiar world through the eyes of three characters. One is a woman who works for the tech company that has led to everyone getting special computer type things in their heads (creepy, I know) and whose father has disappeared- and that pulls her unwillingly into this world. I liked Cheyenne, except for one stupid decision she made that really threw me off- because trusting random men to drive you to meet strangers in the dead of night is never a good idea. The second character is sweet old Will, the book seller who has his shop closed down by the powers-that-be as he stumbles through life. Until he comes into contact with the Reckoner. And the Reckoner is the man that FBI agent Dowland is ruthlessly on the hunt for. Dowland is obviously one of the bad guys, but I couldn't help but feel bad and kind of like him. Plus, his middle name and a certain kind of weapon that was alluded to makes me wonder if he's going to have a certain Biblical story arc in the sequel (there had better be a sequel!)... This tale was more than just a bunch of characters in a realistic almost-dystopian world, though. It's a warning. And, we can only pray, not as prophetic as it feels... I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
I found the book surreal in the technological advances purported to be in place twenty years in the future. But then.... where were we with technology 20 years in the past. So much is possible and we shouldn't be surprised at what advances actually might happen. Reading thoughts? Hearing other voices speak in our heads? Far fetched? Perhaps. I dread the possibility that these things could happen. Yes, chips can be implanted and activities traced. But some other technological advances are science fiction. What is not science fiction is the very real possibility that Christianity will not be looked favorably upon. And in American Omens that is definitely the situation. People are manipulated. Cars are automated. One can speak into thin air and receive a spoken answer, or an answer in one's head, or pictures appear to hang in the air in front of you. The future of technology? Perhaps. But the future is also one of control either using technology or sheer force. In American Omens, the main, yet shadow, character is The Reckoner. I fully expected this to be some sort of avenging angel or representative of God in an end-times scenario. That doesn't seem to be the case. But that might be different if this story line plays out in more books along this line if Mr. Thrasher pursues it as a series. This story is, after all, about the downfall or decline of Christianity in America and we have the whole World in which we can look for prophetic or end-times stories. A good book. A good story. A good premise. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and are freely given.
American Omens was an intriguing novel about the future of America in 2038. Just twenty years in the future, imagine life where Christianity is under attack combined with the existance of highly advanced technology. This novel was filled with anticipation, danger, and conflict that will keep the readers eagerly wanting to read more. Readers will see some parallels with things that are happening in society today and wonder if something similar could happen in the future as society seems to be focused on being politically correct and non-offensive to various groups of people. I received a complimentary copy of this book from WaterBrook & Multnomah through NetGalley and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.
To me, this can be the scariest kind of “scary book” because the things that occur in this book are likely to happen in the very near future. Set in 2038, the story shows a world where Christianity is no longer tolerated and Christians are mysteriously disappearing. There is a man who is known as The Reckoner, who is working to spread the true message of Christ and to “wake people up to the truth”. I really found the world in this book interesting. It is a world ruled by technology and artificial intelligence. It is not a big leap to imagine our world today being in that world in 20 years. The characters were realistic and gritty (some of them). I enjoyed following them around the country and seeing their development. Overall, the story was full of action and surprises but at times it felt a bit rushed. I would love to see a sequel to this story. My Rating 4 stars I received this book from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
A United States where Christianity is banned as hate speech? Where everyone has a chip implanted in their brain that communicates with whoever they want to, or searches what passes as the internet for information? Cell phones are virtually obsolete, as are computers. Set in the year 2038, American Omens presents a world where no Christian is safe. An elite hit team operates under the auspices of the FBI, taking out any vocal, influential Christian, resorting to murder when they can't simply discredit them. Think about that for just a minute, then consider some of the things that are happening already today. This book's setting is only 19 years into the future. Could this really be where today's America is headed?? Cheyenne Burke is a tech architect for Acatour, the most powerful tech giant in the world. One day she's at the top of the world, the next, her father disappears and she's escorted from her office in the Incen Tower and confined to her apartment in the same building. When a voice breaks into her Synapsys, a virtual impossibility, telling her to pack a small bag and leave, she obeys. Full of questions and hoping to find her father, Chy obeys, finding herself in an underground network led by someone called, The Reckoner. A modern-day prophet, The Reckoner is predicting the fall of Chicago - which has become the unofficial capitol of the US - and even more specifically, the fall of Acatour, in a cleansing reminiscent of Sodom and Gomorrah. While this book is billed as a "taut thriller", it's setting also puts it in a dystopian future. What I found most chilling was the complete plausibility of Thrasher's whole concept. More and more today, we are seeing instances where Christians are silenced, and beliefs are slammed as hateful. It's not a far stretch to believe that the day may come where professing belief in Jesus becomes not only ridiculed, but demonized. 2038? That's within my lifetime, and certainly within my children and grandchildren's lifetimes. Readers who enjoy dystopian, futuristic novels, will enjoy American Omens. This story is told from a Christian perspective, so ultimately, there is the knowledge that God wins, even though He "loses" a few skirmishes. This was eye-opening to me, as I read today's headlines, and see the attacks on Christianity, in both subtle and overt ways.
** “That was the great mystery she had been working hard to uncover — the magical components of people that computers couldn’t detect. Perhaps there were more ways of figuring out someone’s true wants and needs, the wants and needs of a soul? To find not only logical and smart choices for them but also to fill in the holes they had inside.” “Believing wasn’t the issue, nor was knowing the truth. It was following and obeying and getting with the program and not having this awful uncertainty ...” ** Travis Thrasher brings a shockingly realistic future look into the United States in “American Omens,” a foreshadowing novel that reveals what could happen to our society if we allow it. Set in 2038, political and corporate America has made Christianity a crime. As more and more vocal Christians mysteriously disappear, never to be heard from again, a man calling himself the Reckoner steps forward to warn the world that judgement is coming. The perspective in “American Omens” switches between three main characters and the people the come in contact with — Cheyenne Burne, a top algorithm specialist at the company founded by trillionaire Jackson Heyford that oversees the digital identity system everyone is tied into, and whose father has mysteriously disappeared; Will Stewart, a former bookstore owner and believer struggling to survive, and who may have a surprising connection to Heyford; and Jon Dowland, an FBI agent sourced to find and eliminate the Reckoner. As Cheyenne and Will’s paths cross with intriguing characters like a saved-by-grace rapper and a man who warns of God’s impending plan, they each must decide if they have the faith to follow God or man. “American Omens” is an eerily telling tale of the road America could easily take if we aren’t careful. Thrasher also does an incredible job of building his characters — he gives them a depth and reality that most can relate to. His characters always face very real decisions, battling very real flaws and crises. And I wonder if he may have inserted a bit of himself into the character of Will. While reminding us that the “day of the Lord” is near (see Zephaniah 1:14), it reminds us of the dangers of having a world where everything is so inclusive and intrusive. A society where everything is tucked away in the clouds isn’t necessarily a safe society. Thrasher takes on several themes throughout his latest novel, including worry, manipulation, doubt, and thinking for oneself. But the two major themes, which go hand-in-hand, are faith and belief. This story makes us question how far are we willing to go for our faith, especially when the world is battling against us? And just what ... or who ... do we believe? As Cheyenne and her rapper friend Jazz discuss: “ ‘You make it sound so easy,’ she said. ‘What?’ ‘Believing in something you can’t see.’ ‘Nah,’ he said to her. ‘That’s not the hard part. It’s having to live in this world with faith while you see everybody else around you living without it.’ ” This novel will definitely convict you ... to decide where you stand in your faith, and what you’re willing to do to defend it. I believe Thrasher wrote this story with the hope that it will continue in a series, but that it could also be a standalone if needed. I seriously HOPE we will see a second novel! (Hint, hint Multnomah). Five stars out of five. Multnomah provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
You don’t have to look too hard to see that we live in a day and age where Christianity is under attack by a manipulative concept known as “tolerance.” Thrasher has created a world 20 years in the future at a point where technology has taken over and Christianity has been outlawed. I thoroughly enjoyed this story but I would describe it a bit differently than what is written on the back cover. While Christianity is clearly under attack, I would argue that the bigger plot is over the technology of the day and it’s manipulation of the people. Although faith is mentioned often, you see people run into trouble when they rebel against technology and the people who control it instead of for faith reasons. It’s still a highly engaging story, but not quite what I was expecting from the back cover. At least at this time it doesn’t appear that this book is going to be a part of a series but I hope that there is at least one more book. Ever see 20 pages left in a book and think there’s no way all the loose ends can be tied in that time? That’s how the ending felt for this one. What was left out of the conclusion could easily be a full book in itself, so I’m hoping that’s what happens. Sorry for being vague, but I don’t want to spoil anything. It’s still worth the read! I’m not anti-technology but I’ll admit I struggle with how much it has taken over our world. In a lot of ways people have traded in vital relational connections for technological addictions. American Omens is haunting in it’s ability to predict what the future could be like if that doesn’t change. It’s a real eye-opener that’s for sure! When new technology comes out many people get excited to have the “latest and greatest” but how often do they look at the ramifications of what that could mean for their privacy and protection? It’s seriously some scary stuff! For people who enjoy dystopian and end-times stories this is one I’d highly recommend. It’s loaded with suspense and paints a scary portrait of what the world could be like 20 years from now after several booms in technology. *I received a copy of this book from Waterbook & Multnomah. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
Have you ever read a book that made you think this really could happen? It challenges your way of thinking? American Omens, The Coming Fight for Faith, is exactly like that. This 352 page thriller made me think what might be in the future if things do not change. This is the first book I have read by author Travis Thrasher. His style of writing kept me on the edge of my seat and turning the pages. The story played out like a movie before my eyes. It was easy to imagine the chaos, drama, conflict and characters. Set in the future this imaginative, exciting novel had me on the edge of my seat as I turned the pages. Technology was much more advanced (anyone want a self making bed?!) but Christianity was something that could get one killed. Are we far from that now? The characters, both primary and secondary, were well defined. I felt like I knew each one. Cheyenne and I became friends. Her emotions transferred to me. I was anxious, afraid, determined, and felt part of her adventure. There was plenty of dialogue and it was penned smoothly. The conversations seemed real and not just thrown in. They were not ackward but realistic. The author has intricately woven characters, plots, and twists into his well planned thought provoking tale. It took me a while to read this because it is very suspenseful and packs a punch. Sometimes I needed to take a break or soak in what I had read, but then I needed to get back reading to know what was happening. This is no piece of fluff. It is heavy reading and I kept saying “what if this really happens in America?” The way things seem to be going, this isn’t so far fetched. I was tense while reading this, even scared at some point. Thrasher is a gifted author to do that. I definitely recommend this thrilling, hard hitting book. Fans of Christian contemporary, prophecy, action, intrigue, and end times will love this. I cannot express how good this is because it is so plausible. Hopefully it will be a call to action for our Nation to turn back to God before things do become this bad. My rating is 5 out of 5 stars. A copy was provided by the publisher but I was under no obligation to write a review.
This was a truly fascinating book. It took me awhile to even start, with the great misconception that it wouldn't hook me in. But it did. All it took was starting on the first chapter and I was captivated. I didn't want to stop reading and when I came to the end of the book, my reaction was more or less, WHAT!? The story is essentially about Cheyenne Burne who is a programmer in the year 2038. She works for a notable technology firm, but her father has been missing for over a year after he converted to Christianity. A note handed to Cheyenne brings into into the underground network of people trying to bring Christianity back to to the world. Again, this telling of the story is quite frightening when you think about everything that is going on today versus how the author wove it into the story. It makes you think about the Alexa's of the day and how we are losing so much of our autonomy in the realm of progress. The generations coming up will be losing so much as they grow into this new normal. I would definitely recommend reading this book. For me, I continue to think about it even as the days grow longer after finishing the book. The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy.
This book is about 20 years into the future. I can see us heading this way. Christianity is outlawed and people have implants to do everything for them. Everyone can be tracked. The storyline is great as is the writing. I was expecting a lot more action and less dialogue. That is my only disappointment.
American Omens: The Coming Fight for Faith by Travis Thrasher is as advertised a 'taut thriller'. Set in the future by just twenty years, readers will quickly be drawn into a world of almost unimaginable technological advances (I'd love a bed that remakes itself!), and a world where being a believer in Christ can be dangerous and even deadly. A world where privacy, one's most valuable commodity, has surreptitiously been stolen from the masses. Thrasher has created a story about people from different walks of life and at different levels of understanding of the mission who are chosen to help bring about an awakening. Who is this prophet who is known by a number of names and yet one stands out, The Reckoner? Can he be silenced before he completes his mission? A mission to help people wake up and see the lies and manipulations, to hear the truth. The riveting characters are well-defined and relatable and are expertly crafted to evoke strong emotional connections with and reactions from the reader. The story flows well at a driving pace and has edge-of-the-seat action that keeps interest high. It is frightening to think of a time where the faith of our founders is forbidden and yet despite the bleak outlook, the murders, and suppression of God's Word, the author depicts a hope, hope that God is in control and we can trust Him to work in the difficult times of our lives. I enjoyed this thought-provoking book and am hoping there is more to come for the characters introduced in American Omens. I received a complimentary copy of the book from Multnomah Press and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.
3.5 stars Starting this book was like finding oneself on a high-speed chase for answers with no place to hide. The speed of the game stays consistent with every page-turn, until finally you drive over the edge and hold your breath, suspended on air and waiting to see...what's next? Thought-provoking in a new and gripping way, let this novel be the startling wake-up call to what's already happening in the technological society around us. My official rating is a bit lower because I started to get uncomfortable with the frequent promotion of rock music, alcohol, and even one language instance, among the Christian characters. While the message of the story is for everyone, some material may not be for sensitive or younger readers. I could understand and even appreciate the author's ability to present the future in a realistic way, but it often feels dark and gritty. I was glad to be able to "breathe again" when it was over. I'm interested in finding out whether this will become the first in a series. A wild, rough ride; but again, very thought-provoking. [I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone. ]
Do you want a book that will suck you in, sweep you off your feet, and knock you down, then pick you up and do it all over again through the book? Then look no further than this best selling author's new book, American Omens. It's fantastically phenomenal, and one that you absolutely do not want to miss. Now, that said, I'll be honest and tell you that had I come across this book in the bookstore and read the blurb first, I probably wouldn't have picked it up. I'm not be on the furturistic style stories. They just don't appeal to me. But, after reading this one, I would have been missing out on something so incredible. This book is powerful. It's about coming into your Faith and understanding what that big little word means. The plot line is one that may get to some. Much like we are starting to see today, this book about people being sought out for their different feelings, or beliefs, will really move you. The characters of the book are chiseled perfectly. I could feel their pain, their suffering, their emotions, as if they were my own. I love that! This book is definitely getting 4.5 stars from me. I sat down, started reading it at 6:30 pm and was done by 11:00 pm. I just could not put it down. Each page turn convicted me with something new, each turn of the page brought me closer to an ending I wasn't sure I wanted to reach. But, it was worth it in the end! Grab it now and see what I'm talking about. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook & Multnomah and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
A Future Where Christianity is Under Attack It’s 2038 and America is filled with high tech automation. People have implanted devices, the SYNAPSYS, that let them communicate without cell phones, and retrieve pictures and books. But the SYNAPSYS can also be used to track individuals and program them. It’s also a time when Christianity is under attack. Being a Christian or selling Christian literature is dangerous. People have been killed and made to disappear to keep them from spreading the Christian influence. The story is told from three different view points. Cheyenne Burne is a tech whiz who works for the corporation behind the mind control of SYNAPSYS. She isn’t happy with the way the corporation treats people so when she receives a note that gives her directions to contact her missing father who has converted to Christianity, she walks out of her job in search of him. Jon Dowland is an FBI agent assigned to assassinate influential Christians. Will Stewart is a failed bookseller. He loved real books and sold Christian books. Now his shop is closed. A mysterious strangers makes him think, and he joins the movement of the Reckoner, the driving force behind Christians who are fighting back. This is a thriller, but it also raises questions about the present and the way our country is heading away from Christianity into a society where technology rules and is used to control the way people think and to spy on them. I found the action while fast paced in the early chapters dragged a bit at times. However, the issues Thrasher presents are ones that Christians should be thinking about. I hope people will read this book. The thriller makes the reading easy, but the real payoff is in the issues presented. I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah for this review.
I am so glad that I did not let my initial reaction to this story keep me from reading on. I went from thinking it was a far-fetched futuristic tale to believing that this, or something like it, could truly be in our country's future, if not in our lifetime, then our children's. Thrasher has created a future United States in which hate speech laws have been used to silence Christians, and social media has been eliminated after becoming a tool for spreading hate. Instead we see a society largely void of God and made up of people with implanted chips in their brains rather than smart phones in their hands, a society manipulated by technology and those behind it. Within this society is a group of people led by someone who goes by the name of Reckoner among other code names. Few have seen Reckoner, and many have not met one another, but they are working toward a common goal: to awaken Americans to the ways in which they are being manipulated and to the coming wrath of God as well as the reality of His grace to those who truly believe in Jesus Christ. Thrasher is a very talented writer, one with a deep and worthwhile message. Prepare to have your world rocked! I am grateful to have received a copy of American Omens from Multnomah via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to write a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
I usually don't read futuristic fiction but this book is published by Multonomah and the subject matter and my respect for this publisher prompted me to give it a try. American Omens is set in 2038 and Christian believers are being targeted for their faith. As I read this I couldn't help but compare our current situation with the events being portrayed thirty years from now. Yes, it is fiction and yes, it may cause some people to cry "Paranoia" but I consider it possible and even prophetic. We Americans are becoming complacent and more accepting of values that once would have been considered very unacceptable. I enjoy technology but this book suggests that it is being used to control all of us who use it so freely. Every social media post that we make and every statement that is available for public viewing may also be used as a way to challenge our freedoms and our beliefs in God. This book won't be for everyone and every reader won't agree with the premises being offered but it is certainly a book that deserves to be discussed among fellow believers. There are some very believable situations where the Christian believers are accused, tortured and even killed for their beliefs. Near the end of American Omens the author offers a statement that I plan to keep in my personal journal. A newly converted Christian, whose unexplained absence a year ago is the basis of this story, leaves a letter for his brilliant computer programmer daughter. He tells her that "I want you to see the power of faith. It's not fantasy. It's not scientific, and it's not computer generated. There won't be algorithms in Heaven. God doesn't need them." This quote is from an uncorrected proof so it may be changed in the published copy but I love the deep meaning. I also like that author Travis Thrasher uses Bible scripture throughout the story and that he allows his characters to learn to trust one another and to experience growth in their faith. I also appreciate that among all of the warnings there is also hope and encouragement! This book is Christian futuristic but it also has mystery and suspense for readers who enjoy those genres. I received this complimentary book from WaterBook and Multnomah Book Launch Team but I was under no obligation to review it. #americanomens #travisthrasher #futuristictechnochristiannovel
American Omen by Travis Thrasher is a book that makes one think about the way the world is becoming. It’s a thinking book, one that will stay with you long after you turn the last page. It’s a book that makes you question your beliefs, why you believe what you believe and how important it is to continue to share with others the importance of one’s faith. This book is one I’m glad I read and will be talking about with many people for weeks, months to come. It’s also a book that fills me with hope knowing the ending of our story lies in the hands of God and we don’t have to worry about all the ‘what ifs’ as a result. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.
“I want to help wake people up. To show them the lies they’re being fed. To show how every single person out there is being manipulated. And I want them to hear the truth. To at least hear God’s truth,” Cheyenne is told in Travis Thrasher’s novel, American Omens: The Coming Fight for Faith. ~ What ~ At three-hundred-and-fifty-two-pages, this gripping paperback targets those who enjoy futuristic Christian fiction regarding America’s faith in God or growing lack of it. Using several versions of the Holy Bible, it is a story of Christians standing up for their faith and beliefs while dealing with demeaningness, deception, danger, and dying. Using the word hell once, topics of torture, murder, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. Set in 2038, young Cheyenne Burne loves her job as a programming genius at the well-known mega-tech company in Chicago. When she receives a note about her missing father who has converted to Christianity, she is forced to quit her job and go off the grid to find him. After learning about the Reckoner, a strange prophet who challenges her past company’s owner and plans to tell the world the truth, the woman teams up with a quirky ex-coworker and rogue rock star to find her father while becoming a part of something that will hopefully change millions of minds about God. ~ Why ~ This riveting tale may make you question your privacy using everyday electronics, social media, and artificial intelligence. The realistic characters who face making a decision for Christ are a call to action of readers who want to make a difference. I loved the feasible and believable scenarios of what our future may hold in regard to Christians being accused, tortured, and killed for “hate crimes,” interactive touch-screens that manipulate decisions, security watching robots, and personal mind-engaging assistants. Without becoming paranoid, I came away wondering who was recording my latest smartphone conversation, if our Alexa should be disconnected, or what governmental flags were popping up due to my blog postings due to my relationship with Jesus Christ. Linking the 1960-70s rock bands to the story was entertaining. ~ Why Not ~ Those who do not believe in God and have no faith in Him may not be interested in this book, but it could be life-altering if the Holy Spirit is pricking the reader’s soul. Some may wish the ending was not anti-climatic, making them consider this could be the first book in a series due to many unanswered questions. Others may be unsure where the author stands on the Biblical rapture being imminent as it is not mentioned. ~ Wish ~ Including a list of characters might be helpful since the chapters jump around a bit. I wish the capitalization of all pronouns of God for reverence were consistent throughout the book. ~ Want ~ If you are questioning your faith in God or want to be one to stand up for Him, this tale puts the topic of faith and trust in the Almighty in the forefront. Although we know God is in control of all, the fast-reading story will grasp your spiritual attention as it shows how America may further try to degrade, dismiss, and deter believers in Him in the near future. Rated: 4.5 of 5 Stars Thanks to WaterBook and Multnomah Book Launch Team for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.