The Calling

The Calling

by David Mack
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The Calling 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Sawyer, Pennsylvania, Tom Nash is gifted or cursed depending on your perspective with the ability to hear telepathically someone's prayers. He feels a need that borders on obsession to follow-up on the call for help. Thus he drops whatever he is doing and goes to the person in need.--------------- When he hears an eleven year old girl in New York City begging God to save her from her kidnappers, Tom knows he must find and rescue her. He leaves his pregnant wife and his job behind and travels to the Big Apple though he is unsure where the child is being held. Though some would say dumb luck, Tom believes he has been guided to a poster of missing Phaedra Doyle. This leads him to Phaedra's despondent wealthy mom, the widow Anna in Brooklyn. He explains how he found her and she trusts him to help save her daughter while telling him she has been warned to keep law enforcement out or else. . ---------------- This is an interesting paranormal thriller starring an intriguing intrepid lead character who "hears" voices of prayers. The story line is fast-paced as Tom terrific courageously does what he believes is his calling in life when he just wants to stay in Pennsylvania with his family. The lack of explanation as to how the champion chooses his involvement and mutes the zillion prayers for divine intervention to keep from going certifiable (think of Rogue of the X-Men without the need to touch someone) detracts from an otherwise super thriller.--------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
seems as though "guardian angels" have been around a long time and the concept of the "super hero" swooping in to save the day almost as long...this takes the idea to a whole new level. i'm looking forward to getting more involved in this world where someone really is there to protect the good ones.
sinbibleophobic More than 1 year ago
While this book has a promising story line, I don't think that the author took full advantage. The calling is a pleasant read, and it's especially great for an easy read. It's one of those books that you can pick up and enjoy without feeling overwhelmed with ideas or stray thoughts.
theoriginalpurpledragon More than 1 year ago
The Calling by David Mack An ordinary guy hears other peoples prayers and tries to answer them. This is an unlikely premise that works surprisingly well until Tom Nash hears a prayer more frightening and sinister than he has ever heard before. Nash's response, his experiences and the surprising things he discovers about himself comprise the gist of the book. The clear portrait painted of Tom Nash, depicts an ordinary guy trying to do extraordinary tasks. The clarity of the portrait helps to add credence to the unlikely premise of hearing other's prayers. The introduction to a previously unknown sub-culture is met with a realistically cynical response. Mack did a nice job with the characters, including the feisty but terrified, young victim. The storyline flowed well, the gaps were filled in and the plot provided enough mystery to intrigue and motivate continued reading. I enjoyed the book, I recommend it. It is pretty obvious it will be followed by a sequel which I will make every effort to read as well.
Linda-Mai-Ellen More than 1 year ago
This story is filled with action, purpose, and there's one bad ass lady. Some scenes should not be read by the faint of heart. Tom is your average guy, thrust into the darker part of the world. Erin is a looker, but she is smart and with a sense of humour. She knows how this world works in the darkness and she has a good idea about the people in it too. Sounds like a good student and teacher relationship, with a twist and with Tom graduating pretty quickly if he wants to survive. Even though the author takes care in describing the setting, giving a good sense of the where and when, The Calling is fast-paced and spell-binding. The author delivers a satisfying end with room for what may be another Tom Nash story. There's still quite a bit left to learn about this darker world. I can see this story turned into a movie. For some reason though, I have mixed feelings about the cover art.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could hardly put it down. Good plot and characters. Left so much open for more books so I really hope there's more to come. This was my first experience with this authors books and hope he continues with this series of good vs evil through answered prayers. I like the idea that God has prayer soldiers on this side of things. Kinda like guardian angels.... Recommened reading!
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Ryan_G More than 1 year ago
No one would guess by looking at Tom Nash that he's extraordinary, and that's just fine with him. A tall, broad-shouldered jack-of-all-trades from Sawyer, Pennsylvania. Tom has a knack for fixing things. He also hides a secret talent: he hears people's prayers. Stranger still, he answers them. Maybe it's because he's a handyman, but Tom feels compelled to fix people's problems. Which is all well and good-until the soul-shattering plea of a terrified girl sends him on the darkest journey of his life... Heeding the call and leaving his home for New York City. Tom discovers a secret world beyond the range of mortal perception-a world of angels and demons and those who serve them. With the guidance of a knowing stranger named Erin, Tom learns that he himself is one of The Called, born with a divine purpose and a daunting task: to help the powers of Heaven in the war against the agents of Hell, an army of fallen angels known as the Scorned. Thrust into an epic battle of the sacred and the profane, Tom Nash must find the girl who prayed for his help-because her fate will determine whether humanity deserves to be saved, or damned for all eternity.... Pretty good synopsis, right? I agree, the back cover makes this book sound like an epic battle of good vs. evil, which I can never turn down. For the most part, the book lives up to it's potential, there were only a few issues I had with it. I'll start with what I really did enjoy about the book, which is Tom himself. Tom is that guy that lives on your block who is always willing to give you a hand and never asks for anything in return. He is the all-American good guy who tries to do the right by people. He has one of those faces and smiles that you instantly trust and like. Were a lot of people would run away from such a gift, not wanting to get involved in the problems of others, Tom feels a strong sense of purpose to help those who's prayers he hears. Now that I got that out of the way I will let you know the first "problem" I had with this book. I understand that a book like this should be a little violent at times, actually I would be dissapointed if it hadn't of been. I don't even have a problem with the level of violence in the book itself. My issue is with how Tom ends up reacting to the violence. There is one segment where Tom is being chased, plus doing some chasing of his own, through the subway system. There was supposed to be a ransom drop off but it goes horribly wrong. Police officers, national guardsmen, and innocent bystanders who just happen to be in the way get blown away by the bad guys. I lost count of how many people die in this segment but I think it would be safe to say that it would be in the mid double digits. Some of those people die because Tom is running from the bad guys and since they are obviously really bad shots they end up shooting everyone else but Tom. A guy like Tom, at least the guy we've gotten to know throughout most of the book, would be racked by guilt or at the least feel a real sense of responsibility for all those deaths, even if he wasn't the one who pulled the trigger. Other than a few words sprinkled throughout the scene you really don't feel that Tom is really caring all that much for the innocent llifes being lost. Now you could chalk that up to being in the heat of the moment, running for your life, so you may not really have time to care. I could accept that actually, but what I couldn't acce
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