Invitation: Cycle One of the Harbingers Series

Invitation: Cycle One of the Harbingers Series


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Invitation: Cycle One of the Harbingers Series 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
hes7 5 months ago
Invitation is such a fun and interesting read. Four authors—Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky—teamed up to write a series of interconnected novellas, each author a different character. The stories tell of a group of odd and very different characters, the supernatural events they encounter, and the lengths they must go to survive. It’s unique with its set-up and intriguing with its suspense, though it does lack the character development and resolution I would have liked to see simply because of the ongoing nature of the novella series. Still, I quite enjoyed reading Invitation and look forward to continuing the series. Thanks to Bethany House, I received a complimentary copy of Invitation and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
J_Augustine 9 months ago
The supernatural comes to life... Spooky. Creepy. Eerie. Unearthly. They may all essentially be the same word, but, believe me, they ALL apply to Invitation. I wanted to read this book for two reasons: Frank Peretti and Bill Myers. I grew up on The Cooper Kids and Forbidden Doors so I had something of an inkling what I might be in for. The other two authors, Angela Hunt and Alton Gansky, are new to me, though, I've heard good things about both of them. Yeah, I kinda got what I asked for. A book I couldn't put down. One that I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to finish. And caused me to keep the lights on after I turned that last page as I tried to go to sleep. Anyone who has ever read a Peretti or Myers book knows exactly what I'm talking about. Once you start, you can't stop reading, and Invitation was no exception. The idea of taking four very different characters in four interconnected stories, each one from a different viewpoint penned by four authors was quite interesting and they pulled it off well. I'm curious to see where these four talented authors will be taking this story, and characters, in the future. I know there are a number of episodes already out, and there will be more 4-episode books, so I have some good reading to look forward to.... (I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
Blessed_and_Bewildered More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued by the concept of four well-known, talented, and unique authors writing a series of short stories together. In the introduction, the authors explain that the stories were written independently yet joined together with an overarching storyline in a manner similar to a tv series. I have read novels by all four of the authors and their writing styles are quite distinct. I had no idea that they were friends… fun. With the combined creativity of these authors, it is no surprise to me that they came up with such an ingenious concept. So, while I found myself intrigued I was also dubious. Could the series be cohesive with the distinct writing styles of four different authors? Would it be confusing? I found Invitation to be quite an experience. The story arc is cohesive, flowing naturally from one short story to the next. The reason that it works so well is twofold. First, each author is writing from the point of view (POV) of one character. Each author's personality, creativity, and style shine when you have one character highlighted by one author All good authors can write distinct characters in their novels. This game just took the experience one step further, allowing a more diverse look into a character. Second, just as the characters are given a unique POV, so are the events that occurred in each story. Each authors style and strengths are portrayed, but they play nicely together. This game was well-played! As a reviewer for Bethany House Bloggers, I received a review copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My thanks to Bethany House Publishers and the authors. Review by Zoe at the blessed and bewildered blog (you can find the full copy of this review as well as all of my reviews by searching for blessedandbewildered)
Steve_Doc_Hilton More than 1 year ago
The idea intrigued me. Four stellar authors, collaborating on one . . . book? novella? miniseries? thing? And they did it for fun. Just to answer the question, “What if . . .?” I mean, the questions were numerous: how was this all coming together? would it all come together? what about “creativity clashes?” Well, I’m here to tell you . . . it worked. Each author wrote from the perspective of one of the main characters, maintaining and developing that character’s personality (at times comically, other times quite emotionally), telling one story made up of four. In THE CALL, Bill Myers introduces us to Brenda, a conniving tattoo artist with a satirical streak a mile wide, and a penchant (gift? curse?) for tatting future events. Frank Peretti gives us the Professor in THE HAUNTED. The professor is a former priest turned atheist whose logical bent would win accolades on the planet Vulcan (pardon the Star Trek allusion; I’m dating myself, here!). In THE SENTINELS, Andi is the professor’s obsessive/compulsive assistant with a fascination for numbers. Strangely enough, in this instance, the numbers are far from random. Finally, THE GIRL by Alton Gansky brings us Tank, a naïve, football playing good ol’ boy with the (inconsistent) gift of healing, and an amazing capacity for love. Through a series of orchestrated meetings, these four random strangers have been brought together to help restore order, bring healing – and oh, yes – settle the score with supernatural beings intent on bringing death, destruction, annihilation, and subjugation to the inhabitants of planet earth. You couldn’t make this stuff up. And perhaps these four award-winning authors didn’t. Perhaps, and I’m just going out on a limb here, perhaps they have creatively combined their God-given imaginations to share with us an allegory, perhaps a parable - an earthly story that communicates a spiritual truth in a way that draws us in, instead of driving us away. I’ve made up my mind. Perhaps you ought to get a copy for yourself and draw your own conclusions. Regardless . . . my questions have been answered. It works. All of it works. And I’m looking forward to the next installment. Five Stars for a seamless collaborative effort on the part of four extremely gifted authors!
Snwwht0611 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. It was an easy read, and definitely interesting to read a book writing from 4 character's different perspectives.
mommamia7 More than 1 year ago
I typically read historical fiction, but I decided to branch out and read book one in the Harbingers series, entitled Invitation, a paranormal novel. This series is unique in that it is written by four different authors, each writing from the perspective of one of the four main characters. The authors are well-known in the Christian novel circle: Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky. It is a sci-fi meets spiritual warfare book. The four characters are Brenda (Bill Myers), a street smart tattoo artist who has visions of future events; The Professor (Frank Peretti), a former priest turned atheist professor who sees everything from the lens of logic; Andi (Angela Hunt), the professor’s young assistant who can see patterns in everything, and Tank (Alton Gansky), the college football player who is connected to healing powers. The book is divided into four sections: Brenda’s point of view starts the book, and tells her how the four of them came together because of her vision. Then the group gets caught up in a school for those with “special gifts” and they get caught up with demonic powers. The second section is about the Professor meeting up with the other three under coincidental circumstances, and a mysterious, possessed house intent on and the presence of a mysterious young boy whom Brenda had a vision about. The third section follows Andi, and how she calls the rest of the gang together to investigate the suspicious deaths of birds and fish near her Florida home. The fourth section trails Tank as he meets up with the others to figure out how a young girl with strange gifts plays into their destinies. Invitation was a very interesting book. The best part about the book was the cohesiveness of the characters despite being presented by different authors. Each character stayed true to his or her self, so I felt like the authors did a good job maintaining the personality of each character throughout the entire novel. But, I have to say, all in all, it was a very strange book. I can’t say I’m hooked, but it was pretty entertaining. I just have to warn against reading right before bed–I had nightmares! *I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way. I was not required to write a positive review.
evilqueenbooks More than 1 year ago
Overall this was a very enjoyable book. I had some problems with the speed of the plot but overall I enjoyed. It was just not my cup of tea
GCWineholt More than 1 year ago
INVITATION Harbingers Cycle One By Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt and Alton Cansky Four author, four stories with the same characters in each. Told from a different character view point sharing the same adventure. This book is packed with suspense and mystery. The stories are adventures that are shared by four different people that are somehow drawn together to work as one. They each have a gift that they cannot explain but work together as one to solve the sci-fi type adventures they are drawn together to solve. They cannot agree on some things but they work together to solve the mystery that is assigned to them. The four are joined by a fifth person, a young boy, on their second adventure and he continues with them as they go on to their next mystery. The stories hold your interest and keep you anticipating what will happen next. The fact that each section is written by a different author and the story line hold through till the end. Each section or story has its own surprises and will keep you looking for more. I found the book very entertaining and easy to read and follow. I also found it hard to put down because it held my interest and found I wanted to find out what was going to happen next. I liked the fact that some scripture was added and it had a spiritual overtone. I understand that the publisher has plans of continuing this as a series with more books by the same authors. I received this book free from Bethany House Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
LizzyB27 More than 1 year ago
Four characters, four authors, four different stories that tie together. In the first we meet our characters and they investigate a school for special people. In the second, they spend the night in a haunted house. In the third they discover dead birds and fish. In the fourth, they meet a very special little girl. This was a fantastic read!
NanaNor More than 1 year ago
Four renowned authors weave a story around four different characters, unlikely to ever end up as a team. This story covers everything a good tale has-suspense, aspects of spiritual warfare, parallel universes and beings. I have read and loved many of Frank Peretti's books as well as Angela Hunt's. I am not familiar with Bill Myers or Alton Gansky. I will say the stories pulled me in and it was difficult to put the book down. With that said, I typically stay away from books that center on the paranormal. The characters with authentic and real and again, kept drawing me in. So I had mixed feelings about this book, but I will look for the next one and see whether I feel the same. I received a free copy of this book from the Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing. No review, positive or otherwise was required. All opinions are my own.
LorettaM More than 1 year ago
A real nail biter! Keeps you guessing, and it is full of surprises with every page turned. I couldn't put it down, it kept me up until the wee hours of the morning, when I only meant to read for 15 minutes. Bill, Frank, Angela, and Alton are four of my favorite authors, I was so excited when I saw this book available. I love scary, and mysterious, supernatural thrillers, and each of these particular authors are real pros when it comes to this subject. They write well together, each section is written from each author, from the perspectives of the four main characters, interweaves well. An adrenaline rush for sure! I loved the "atheist" "ex-priest" professor who tried so hard to be logical and make sense of all the supernatural happenings. But all the "gifted" characters each had his or her part to play to solve the mysteries that were thrown at them, and they worked together well. Great read, I highly recommend this book! I received this book from Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. And, there are more novels in this series to come! Awesome!
Teadrinker More than 1 year ago
Invitation is a compilation of four stories in the new Harbingers series. Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt and Alton Gansky each write an "episode" of the book from a different characters point of view. In Invitation, we meet Brenda, the tattoo artist who sees things in the future; The Professor, a former priest turned atheist; Andi, the professor's geeky assistant who has a gift for seeing patterns; and Tank, the football player with a big heart and a gift for healing. Each of these four characters in Invitation share adventures where good is battling evil of some sort. The first story, The Call, involves a weird psychic school. The second story, The Haunted, involves a creepy house that moves around. In the third story, The Sentinels, unexplainable deaths of animals are being reported all over the world. The fourth story, The Girl, revolves around a mysterious tiny, barefoot girl. Supernatural Suspense books aren't my usual genre of books to read. However, I have read books by three out of the four of these authors and enjoyed them so I had to give this book a try. Invitation was a quick read for me and I enjoyed the book. My favorite two stories were the last two because they were a little less creepy. As a whole, Invitation reminded me of the days I spent reading Nancy Drew and watching Scooby Doo. I enjoyed the mystery in these stories. I also found the characters to all be interesting and believable for who they were cast as. I would recommend Invitation to anyone enjoying suspense, mystery and adventure. I am looking forward to the next book. I received Invitation from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
Supernatural suspense is not the genre that I seek out. But the four authors of Invitation are among my favorites so I decided to give it a read. I'm so glad that I did. There is a supernatural element to it and at times it does have that "woo woo" feel but the stories are so well written that I just kept reading. The book is set up into four different novellas that feature a different author writing through the lens of a main character. I was worried that the characters would have changes that stood out as the authors changed. But the four authors obviously worked closely with each other because I didn't find any of that to be a problem. The very first thing in the book is a note from the authors that explain what they wanted to do with this book. They set a couple of rules that included each author writing from the perspective of one of the characters and the writing would be like a TV series. They also said they would continue the series until they had to do something else or they got cancelled. My hope is that it will continue for several more books. If you're looking for something a little different you should give this one a try. As I said I'm not a big fan of supernatural suspense but I really enjoyed it. So if you lean towards that genre you're going to be in for a real treat! I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
Invitation is one of the most creative books I have ever read. You have four characters and each character has their very own author (Christian) can you beat that? I would give this a six if I could. This is part of the Harbinger series - it is the starter set and boy is it a send off. Each book is Supernatural, although it had to be - didn't it - with Alton Gansky and the man himself, Frank Perretti. So much happens in the series, like a house that haunts - crazy things like that - Invitation is like four books in one. The characters - they mee each other in the weirdest of ways and only one of them is aware and uses their special gift that GOD gave them to help others. This book is mysterious, supernatural, adventurous, eclectic, and Spiritual. You will not believe the way this book goes - it is so amazing how this all works together with four different point of views working together. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.