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The Girl (Harbingers): Episode 4
     

The Girl (Harbingers): Episode 4

4.4 17
by Alton Gansky
 

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When a small, barefoot girl is found holding a tiny scroll in the snowy Oregon mountains, Tank, a big-hearted jock with an affinity for healing, and the rest of the Harbingers team have an impossible mystery on their hands. She is sweet, innocent--apparently not of this world--and something wants to kill her.

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When a small, barefoot girl is found holding a tiny scroll in the snowy Oregon mountains, Tank, a big-hearted jock with an affinity for healing, and the rest of the Harbingers team have an impossible mystery on their hands. She is sweet, innocent--apparently not of this world--and something wants to kill her.

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ISBN-13:
9781441231345
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/11/2017
Series:
Harbingers
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
240,904
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Alton Gansky is the author of twenty-four novels and eight nonfiction books. He is a Carol Award winner and an Angel Award winner, and has been a Christy Award finalist. He holds a BA and an MA in biblical studies and has been awarded a Doctor of Literature degree. Director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, Gansky also serves as an editor and collaborative writer for top tier authors. He lives in California.

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Invitation: Cycle One of the Harbingers Series 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Blessed_and_Bewildered 6 days 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 15 days 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!
Anonymous 28 days ago
Awesome short read!
Stacie Olson 3 months ago
If I were to ask you the name of a book that changed your life, would you be able to recall the title? For me, there’s more than one. Daughter of a Thousand Years and In the Shadow of the Storm are two recent books that hit me soul-deep. The very first books, however, to shift my world were by Frank Peretti. They are This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness, and they are my very first loves. To this very day, I remember the names of the angels and the main characters, their storylines and how I felt when I read through the books. So when I was offered the opportunity to read and review The Invitation, I very quickly picked up on Frank Peretti’s name amongst the authors. Bill Myers, Angela Hunt and Alton Gansky are new to me, so I was really excited to read their work. This book is so flippin’ good, and completely different than anything I’ve read. The four authors didn’t write the story together as a whole, but instead, tried something a little different. There are four characters in the book…Brenda, The Professor, Andi and Tank…and each author chose a character and wrote from that character’s perspective. The book is laid out like a television series. It’s literally brilliant. For example, the book begins with Bill Myer’s contribution. He writes from the perspective of Brenda (a tattoo artist who sees images of the future). We get 12 chapters of the events from Brenda’s view, including how she feels about the other characters as she meets them. It’s like an entire television episode devoted to Brenda and her awesome abilities. That section closes with it’s own Epilogue, and then we begin the “episode” written from The Professor’s perspective. All the characters are still there, except the circumstances are now different and we see things through The Professor’s eyes. Everything that happens seems increasingly supernatural, with the characters coming together as a team to tackle each mystery using his or her unique abilities. Isn’t that so cool?? I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the way that it was written. I look forward to getting my hands on the other books in the series, as I really loved the characters! (Especially Tank. I might have a crush on Tank. I think it’s pretty likely. It’s highly probable. Although I still have a crush on Sonnung from Daughter of a Thousand Years and Adam from In the Shadow of the Storm. So, there’s that.) Bottom Line: If you enjoy supernatural suspense, with relatable characters who come to realize just how bada*s they are individually, as a team and with God’s help…then you will love this book! **Thank you Bethany House for the opportunity to read and review this book!
Snwwht0611 5 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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.
Laundry_Whispers 8 months ago
I was a little bit excited to be able to read Invitation through NetGalley. It promised to be different, engaging, yet manageable in small bits. It was all those things and a few others as well. Each story within the book is a continuation of the previous from a different character's point of view. Brenda starts us out with 'The Call' and ultimately bringing most of the group together. She can sometimes see things, premonitions of people that will later become important to the story. We also meet most of the group with their own special talents. The Professor takes over from there with 'The Haunted' where the final member of the group meets up with them. The Professor is all logic all the time. Everything can be explained by science and logic. Even when he can't figure out at way he still tries. Andi takes over in 'The Sentinels' where they all come back together again. Andi sees the world in patterns and number sequences. Seriously, the girl can look at a pattern in the carpet and figure out exactly how often the pattern repeats in a set area. Finally we hear from Tank and the girl that can appear and disappear at will. Tank has a foundation in faith and in Christ, the only on of the bunch that does. Tank also has an ability to heal things, sometimes. He's OK with sometimes though because he feels that it happens when it's God's will and not just because it's his will. While I knew this book was going to be something different there were aspects that I didn't 'get' right away and aspects I didn't expect. I get it, a harbinger is something that brings forth something else. Perhaps I'm more obtuse than I thought because I just didn't get it. I kept waiting to figure out what was coming, what was going to happen, something. Finally about the third story I realized it's all harbingers, every story is a harbinger of something more to come. By the end though I still don't know what's coming. I know that there are more books, more episodes, to come but I'm still feeling lost. The other things that threw me off a bit was how deeply supernatural it all was. I mean, I should have clued in during story one at a school for the 'gifted' (and they don't mean super smart) that was built over a well to somewhere else. I should have clued in as the special talents of the cast were put into play. Yup, kinda clueless here. That aside, I really really liked this book. When I say I will literally read almost anything it's the truth. Faith - got it but it was a bit downplayed in this book and not as forward as I expected from this cast of authors. Supernatural - got it, and done well. Mystery - yup, at least for me since I totally missed the harbinger play on words and all. I would recommend this book to anyone who is open and likes the supernatural aspect of the world and storytelling. In this book the faith was subtle and therefore I don't feel would be a deterrent for someone who doesn't look for that in a book. I can't wait to be able to read the next episodes. As mentioned before, I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
Fitzysmom 8 months 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.
SheTreadsSoftly 9 months ago
Invitation is a collection of four interconnected stories by authors Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, Bill Myers, and Alton Gansky. This volume contains the first four stories in the Harbingers Series, an ongoing series with additional stories already available that was created by these Christian authors. In the series a team of four widely diverse people join together to use their individual skills to solve a mystery or help someone. The author's set up two rules for their collaboration: Rule #1 Each author would write as one of the characters in the series: Bill Myers's character is Brenda, the street-hustling tattoo artist who sees images of the future. Frank Peretti's character is the professor, the atheist ex-priest ruled by logic. Angela Hunt's character is Andi, the professor’s brilliant but geeky assistant who sees inexplicable patterns. Alton Gansky's character is Tank, the naïve, big-hearted jock with a surprising connection to a healing power. Rule #2 They would write the stories like a TV series with an overarching storyline. The series part would be their individual stories, novellas, written from their character’s point of view. The first four stories in this volume include: "The Call" by Bill Myers: We are introduced to the characters and their first team effort to help a student at the Institute for Advanced Psychic Studies. "The Haunted" by Frank Peretti: The four try to solve a murder mystery centered around a mysterious house. "The Sentinels" by Angela Hunt: Animals are mysteriously dying and discovered with their eyes missing. "The Girl" by Alton Gansky: A young barefoot girl is found holding a sbingers series croll after walking for miles in the snowy countryside. There is no doubt that the writing is excellent and the individual stories are compelling; however, there are some pros and cons to the series. The premise that the stories are written like a TV series, with each story/author focusing on one character, is unique. This makes it easy to quickly read one story and know the next one will be a new adventure from a different character's point-of-view. This is also the downfall of the series - or at least this first volume. Because it is written as an ongoing series and this volume is just the first four stories, there is no concluding resolution and the character growth is limited. Invitation is only the first four of the sixteen individual stories already written for the series. In the end the real questions for readers are: Do you like episodic ongoing stories? How much time are you willing to invest in an ongoing series? Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of the publisher/author.
Heart2Heart 9 months ago
Harbinger: (noun). A person or thing that announces or signals the approach of another; a forerunner of something. A crazy school in Southern California with a well that reaches to the spiritual world; a house that haunts instead of being haunted; birds and other animals dying with their eyes missing; a young deserted girl who can appear and disappear at will. These are the harbingers in cycle one of the Harbingers Series of novels by Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt and Alton Gansky. Think of it like a Christian version of the Twilight Zone and each author takes their turn at one of four characters from their perspective and spins their own unique spin on this unusual pairing of people in episode after episode. Bill Myers tells the story from Brenda's perspective, a street hustling tattoo artist who sees images of the future. Frank Peretti writes as the professor, the atheist ex-priest ruled by logic, Angela Hunt writes as Andi, the professor's brilliant but geeky assistant who sees inexplicable patterns and Alton Gansky writes as Tank, the naive, big-hearted jock with a surprising connection to a healing power. The Call from Bill Myers sets the stage, followed by Frank Peretti's The Haunted, Angela Hunt's The Sentinels and Alton Gansky's The Girl. These are all coupled in one book known as the Invitation even though you could pick these up one at a time, I was completely glued to each of them. Each novella offers a bit of the unusual supernatural as only these masters of Christian speculative fiction can weave. These team of rag-tag individuals have been pulled together for some reason yet unknown. Is it a calling on their lives from God or something more sinister and dark. I've been a huge literary fan of each of these authors in their own right and love the collaboration to put something together that I would LOVE to see on a television series. Nothing is ever solved but in each, the characters are tasked to perform each of their unique gifts along with a young boy named Daniel they meet in The Haunted. I don't want to give too much away, but if you love the creepy, suspenseful, dark and supernatural, you will WANT to pick this one up. Readers even get a sneak peek at The Revealing, the 5th installment in the series. I received Invitation by Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt and Alton Gansky compliments of Bethany House Publishers and Net Galley. This collection is due out in April of 2017 and trust me, you WILL want them all. For me, this was an easy 5 out of 5 stars and held me on the edge of my seat by these talented and gifted authors. Now I am off to find the rest of the series!
joyful334209 10 months 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.