Bobby Roland knows things he shouldn't.
Plagued with premonitions of disaster, he fights to save others’ lives. What Bobby doesn't foresee is that rescuing a stranger from death will place him in the line of fire.
He discovers a world of evil spirits and tormented souls when he becomes entangled in a madman's plot to kill the Servant, a man chosen by God to exorcise demons from the possessed. When Bobby falls under spiritual attack following the encounter, he must choose between saving others and saving himself.
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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite Servant by J.S. Bailey is the first book in The Chronicles of Servitude series. Randy Bellison is an Exorcist (aka: a Servant) working under the guise of being the church handyman. After being shot by his predecessor, Graham Willard, Randy soon returns to his position, seeking out a replacement so he can spend more time with Lupe. Bobby Roland, having just been fired from his job, attends an interview after his roommate, Caleb Young, applies on Bobby’s behalf. Poltergeists make their presence known during the interview, after which Bobby has a premonition of Randy’s death and soon finds the source of the danger – a cut brake line on Randy’s car. Back at home, Bobby discovers the poltergeists have set their sights on him. Returning to Randy’s house for help, Bobby hears screaming coming from inside and finds Randy in the basement with a dead girl. When Randy’s friend, Phil, arrives, Bobby returns home once more, climbs into bed and sleeps well, but the next morning, he discovers that Caleb has vanished. Inquiries reveal that Caleb Young had never existed. Scared and confused, Bobby meets with Randy and Phil at the Safe House, not realising that he is now in Graham Willard’s sights and is marked for death. Bobby needs to figure out who he can and cannot trust in order to survive. J.S. Bailey has created a mystery/thriller with the perfect sprinkle of paranormal into the mix. With every answer supplied to Bobby, more and more questions arose. I was quickly unable to stop reading as I found that I needed answers too. Although Bobby has the gift of premonition, he is still a character who is easy to relate to, being so trusting and carefree, while the other characters are quite complex and take some time to tap into. Servant was an absolute delight to read and gives the perfect start to The Chronicles of Servitude. I will most definitely be seeking out many more books by this author.
Servant is a classic tale of Good vs. Evil. Bobby sees things. Horrible things. His premonitions are filled with disastrous events causing him to save lives. But, after seeing the murderous plot to kill a man choses by God to exorcise demons, knowns as the Servant, Bobby’s own life is in danger. The book starts out strong and keeps going. It’s the type of read that the reader can’t put down for fear of missing something! The author does a fantastic job of weaving a dark tale full of suspense and evil. My gut clenched each time Bobby came upon evil – I think I bit my lip so hard that I have a mark! I really did feel empathy for Bobby and all of the trouble he faced. He couldn’t help that things that he saw and that led him to fearing for his own life or the life of others. The religious and demonic themes were more prevalent than any other relationship in the book. The internal struggle Bobby faced with believing he is good was the main focus. I enjoyed reading this book a lot and loved the writing. I’m looking forward to the next one in the series. I received a complimentary copy of this book for review.