The Faithful

The Faithful

by S. M. Freedman

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ISBN-13: 9781497330009
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/20/2014
Pages: 364
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

About the Author

S.M. Freedman is a member of the WorldWiseWriters group. She lives in Vancouver with her husband, two children and a giant orange cat.

She studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, and spent time as a Private Investigator and business owner.

Inspired by authors of many different genres (favorites include Sue Grafton, Diana Gabaldon, Jodi Picoult, Stephen King, Justin Cronin, Suzanne Collins and Lawrence Hill, to name a few) she eventually turned back to her first love: writing.

The Faithful, an Amazon Bestseller and Quarter Finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, is her debut novel. She's currently working on the sequel.

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The Faithful 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Neesie315 More than 1 year ago
It's hard to categorize a book like "The Faithful". Is it apocalyptic? Is it fantasy? Is it sci-fi? Is a thriller? Well, it's actually a little of all of the above. I didn't like the very beginning of the book. I usually get annoyed when an author starts out after the events of the book with a "prologue" that really isn't. You don't really know who the people were or what was going on in the prologue until the last chapter. I also don't know why the author wrote one chapter of the book from a first person perspective, then the next chapter was from the third person. That being said, the premise of the book was different. Not necessarily original, but put together in an original way. Take a cult of fanatics, throw in psychic kids, kidnappings, mind manipulation, and cataclysmic events that will destroy the human race and you have an idea of what's in store. The writing was pretty good for a first effort, but you did have to keep track of what was going on because the action jumped around a lot. I listened to the Audible version of the book through Amazon Prima and the narrator did a good job. With so many characters, she did manage to vary her voice enough to portray the different people. All in all, it's not great literature, but it was entertaining.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite There has been a slew of kidnapped and missing children that is stumping the FBI. The Faithful by S.M. Freedman is an audio book narrated by Tanya Eby. Dr. Rowan Wilson is beginning to experience some strange dreams that are keeping her off course. She seems to be blacking out and unable to remember things about her current life, but is beginning to remember things about her childhood. She recalls a children’s chant, which means Remember Return. She doesn’t understand what this chant means and why this is happening. Her friendship with Agent Sumner is helping her to recall the past that was once lost to her. Now as Sumner gets deeper into helping Dr. Wilson understand her past, he is beginning to revisit his past as well. Sumner discovers later that the missing children are a part of his past. These kidnapped and missing children are special. These special children are housed at a camp for children with psychic abilities. These psychic abilities are being honed for the world’s destruction. Will Dr. Wilson's and Agent Sumner’s pasts change the course of things? I always enjoy listening to an audio book. The Faithful by S.M. Freedman allowed me to just relax and let the story take over. It was interesting to see how all of the elements of the characters - from the missing children and Agents Metcalf and Sumner to Dr. Wilson - all gelled together. What a small world! While I enjoyed listening to this story, it got a little edgy due to its sexual overtones and choice words, but yet it's a great story. If you want to kick back and listen an audio book that will keep you engrossed and engaged, The Faithful by S.M. Freedman is ideal.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Ryanne Jarvis was seven when she disappeared and Josh had been a rookie on the police force at the time. Rowan worked for MITs Linear Program and Lincoln Near Earth research Program doing large coverage for earth -crossing and main belt asteroids that posed a risk to life on earth. These programs were funded by N A S A and the U S Air Force. Josh had never forgot about Ryanne and now there were 770 plus missing children on his wall of tears and they all had paranormal abilities and were between seven and twelve. Josh was totally obsessed to find answers. Yet no one seems to be able to who is doing this and why. Rowan and josh end up searching for answers together. What was not to love about this story: mystery, suspense, action, adventure, mind control, murder, intense well written, paranormal abilities, missing children, characters are lifelike and a secret society . The characters were great especially Josh who had never given up and rowan who was also determined to find answers right along with Josh and all the twists and turns they went through. I highly recommend. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
mtnhickss More than 1 year ago
I was invited to read The Faithful by S.M. Freedman by inkspand in exchange for an honest review. Ryanne Jervis is missing. Special Agent Josh Metcalf is looking for her. He has been searching for her for years. He has never given up. He has been on the cases where other children have gone missing, no clues, no body, lamb's blood left at the scene. They all hit him hard, but the hardest was Ryanne, his first. During the course of the story he is given the case of Jack, possibly the seven hundred and seventy ninth child between seven and twelve to disappear since 1965 in the same manner as Ryanne. Josh meets the witness of a kidnapping and with her help tries to find where the children have all gone. The witness, Rowan, holds the key to the mystery of not only where the missing children have been going, but where Ryanne has been for the past twenty years. Josh is stunned when he makes this discovery. I got caught up reading this book as soon as I read the first page. The book begins with "After", which is the perfect place to begin. Once the book begins, with Chapter One, it makes sense. This may be a book I'll read again and again. There are surprises at every turn. At first I was a little caught because the stories are all told in first person, but in several views. Once again, the book makes perfect sense, and I liked that I knew what each character was thinking and why they were reacting the way they were. It was really easy to know who was "talking" once the characters were first introduced and their nuances picked up. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in a thought provoking mystery. I would definitely purchase this book if it was offered as an ebook!
megHan-sHena More than 1 year ago
The Faithful "Humankind isn't at war, humankind is war.  They rape and pillage our sacred mother earth, call their own brothers 'enemy' an kill in the name of a God who long ago turned His back.  They are blind to the enemy that walks amongst them, to the deity hiding inside human skin.  They move about our earth like an infestation of cockroaches, oblivious to the coming extermination!  But the time of Judgment is upon them.  The time of Brimstone and Fire.  The time of Extinction.  Day Zero approaches, my children.  We must walk the straight path, and remain faithful." Have you ever read a book that, when you sat down to write the review about it, there was not a single thing you could say?  That is where I am at this very moment, but not for the reason you think. This book was amazing - but everything I want to say about it will potentially give away important information, and I am the last person who would want to ruin a book for someone.  This book was everything I expected it to be and more.  It had mystery, suspense, action, adventure - it had a story that pulled you in and kept you reading, it had characters that were interesting and well written.  It was intense.  I knew, from the synopsis (and, yes, the cover!!), that I would like this book, but love is more like it. Note: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Ralitsa_Ch More than 1 year ago
Let me start by telling you that “The Faithful” is a very unordinary book. Good unordinary. At first I thought: “There it is – another depressing paper…”. I can’t believe how wrong I was and how long it took me to decide whether or not to read this book. The cover is very suitable and catchy. The plot is very tangled and interesting and the knowledge of the author in so many different areas makes it look very realistic and believable. The one thing I did not like, actually it was more like confusing, was the variation of perspectives. I always tend to get easily confused when the point of view is changed so every time I started a new chapter I had to read first a couple of sentences in order to understand in whose “life” I am now and then after I had been adjusted to the correct storyline I used to go back and reread these sentences again. Eventually it got easier I suppose with the further developing of the story. The parallel telling of reality, dreams, visions and past events is also a bit tricky but I’d like to think about that rather as a challenge. This book contains a lot of my favorite features – mystery, supernatural events, a huge crime organization, brain washing, etc.. There are so many questions raised and you can’t stop reading until you find the answers. And I really enjoy that thrill. The one thing I don’t enjoy though is ghost in the mirror and everywhere else. However I’m glad that didn’t stop me from reading this wonderful book. I would recommend it to everyone because it truly can offer something to everybody!  5 stars no doubt and waiting for the sequel!
Glo400 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to anyone. The character development is spot on. Some of the prose and the ways the chapters are laid out even reminded me of Stephen King in some instances. The fact that the book is written from different perspectives really helps to keep it moving forward and shows the extent to which the mystery reaches. The concept behind the book was genius I thought and something that would immediately terrify a lot of people and possibly something that lurks in the back of the human psyche already. There was enough said to terrify but not so much that it was vulgar. My only qualm with the book was some of the treatment to female characters. I found it odd that they seemed normal until an older male character appeared and then in more than one instance they were known to start acting like teenagers. And also the leering and sexualisation of the female characters by the male characters seemed a bit gratuitous and unnecessary. Otherwise I couldn't find anything else wrong with the book. The psychic and supernatural overtones of the book were handled very well and is something that has always interested me. The large scale conspiracy of the plot really kept me interested even further and I can't wait to see what happens next. Overall though the book was thoroughly mind bending and greatly enjoyable to read. I have heard that there will be a sequel to this and you can be sure that I will be buying it.
AndreaDomanski More than 1 year ago
Wow. I started this book a couple of days ago thinking I would read a little bit here and there, but ended up plowing through it. This story is as brilliant as it is original. I don't know where the author got her ideas from but I would really like to spend one day inside her imagination. It must be an amazing place. The characters in the story are so real and life-like, I feel like I know them all personally (some I wish I didn't), and the author's descriptions are breathtaking. I can't say enough about this book. I really do hope there will be another in this series.
Speedymom More than 1 year ago
Author SM Freedman blew me away with this debut novel. Full of twists, deep imagination, and fantastic characters, this book kept me wondering where I was going to end up. When I arrived, I was left in shock. Beautifully well written, with moments of darkness balanced with humor and love, I found Freedman's world entirely believable, in a creepy, fictional way.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite FBI Agent Josh Metcalf is haunted by a little girl who went missing during his first summer on the force. Years later, hundreds of children who had psychic abilities disappeared and their cases went cold. Everything changes when a woman gets injured trying to stop an abduction. NASA’s meteorite hunter Rowan Wilson is struggling with her dark childhood memories – memories that draw her closer to one of the missing children. Highly intriguing, The Faithful by S.M. Freedman is an intricate modern tale revolving around the world of the occult. This is a very gripping story right from the beginning. The plot is complex yet excellently well written, thus eliminating the possibility that readers might be overwhelmed by the multifaceted storyline. Author S.M. Freedman uses a straightforward yet deeply moving literary style at the same time, and I find it an absolute joy to read. The Faithful takes up a dark theme of loss of memories. To be frank, there are some parts of the story that disturb me and are hard to read. However, this is just an issue of my own and this novel is undeniably a great book. Freedman gives a real sense of the perpetual conflict between good and evil. The characters are well-developed, perhaps the best ones that I've read so far. It is easy to be emotionally attached to some of them and deeply detest the others. S.M. Freedman’s The Faithful has a great combination of mystery and supernatural elements that involve psychics and the occult as well as action and adventure. All in all, I look forward to Freedman’s next work.
JD_Faulkner More than 1 year ago
It's hard to write a review, because anything I say just delays you from buying this book. So first- click on the link and buy the book, and then come back and read my review. This book is truly fantastic and one of the best I've read. The writing is beautiful, the characters are wonderfully developed and so human, the story itself- absolutely mind blowing.When I finished reading the last page, I sat stunned by what a complex plot the author had skillfully woven together. The knowledge she has on so many different topics is impressive. Freedman has taken a world we know, and turned it on it's head. What we've been given is a story that seems so real and so absolutely possible, even with the more fantastic elements of the plot. I can't say enough positive things about this story and I CANNOT wait for the sequel. So go buy it, and come back and tell us what you think. I'll be rereading while I wait for you!