The Maze

The Maze

by Jason Brannon

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Overview

A near death experience transports Jamie Burroughs into The Maze, a realm every bit as peculiar as Lewis Caroll's Wonderland, yet engineered with the moral intent of C.S. Lewis' Narnia. Built by angels and demons and filled with traps and riddles, The Maze gives whoever enters a face-to-face encounter with their sins. For Jamie, The Maze becomes a terrifying journey through a world of darkness where his soul and the lives of those he loves hangs in the balance. With his family in danger and his soul in peril, Jamie is forced to reevaluate the kind of man he truly is as he struggles to escape The Maze before it s too late.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938499579
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Publication date: 06/24/2013
Pages: 186
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)

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The Maze 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Dinithi More than 1 year ago
A brilliant plot and a theme......... The moment I read the summary of the book I was quite eager to read this. The concept of a Maze was quite a novel idea for me and not being a Christian myself I wasn’t sure what to expect from the story and whether I would like it or not. After finish reading, I’m glad that I came across this book as it had been one of the best writings I have ever come across. If at all you have faith on God and believes in good and evil, this would be a nice read regardless what religion you would belong to. The protagonist, Jaime gives life to a very realistic character. One which is quite common in the society nowadays and many could relate with their own lives. A happy husband and a father who has committed few sins somewhere or other along the journey of his life, Jaime is not so troubled with his past and lives a respectable life until the things go over the limit. One thing he could always assure his wife was that he hasn’t cheated on her. All of a sudden he comes to an abrupt halt where his path is forked and he was to choose either the happy married life or try infidelity with his ex-girlfriend. He wanted to be faithful but partially he had second thoughts.  “…other part of me was excited about the fact that the line was there to be crossed.” The author has taken the full advantage of a rich vocabulary. Words were perfectly entwined with each other giving the best and appropriate outcome to each sentence. The fine descriptions never failed to give me the mental picture of the surroundings and feel the intensity of each moment.  “Gradually, my trip hammering pulse slowed to a moderate gallop and then a trot.” In my opinion, the whole idea of the Maze was brilliant. It was even well formed and defined with each turn of page. The Architect and the fair share of both demons and angels have in the Maze makes it more balanced and complex. The way he has described the structure and the objective of the Maze, its obvious that the author had a very clear mental picture about what his plot would be based upon. Lines like following were more than enough for me to picture and feel the Maze just as I was alive (or rather say trapped) inside it. “Bricks were laid using grief as a mortar. Walls were cemented into place with sorrow. Lights were forsaken in favor of darkness. Crude agonizing designs were etched into the floors, and the history of one man’s sin was scrawled in painstaking detail on every inch of the dreadful place.” The Piper fits into the plot very well. It certainly reminded me of the Piper in an old fairy tale I have read long back. The Piper here has a similar role in this story, playing a flute but only to cause destruction no any good. “He delighted in symphonies of wailing and gnashing of teeth. Operas of agony were his music of choice. Nothing sounded any sweeter to The Piper than the hopeless weeping of the lost.” The story is quite a lot more than just another fiction. Its not a book you could simply read and put aside but will make you wonder about your all your actions all down the memory line. Just as Jaime was trapped in a Maze to try shape up his life, we would be trapped in the story to have a self realization.  “A man shapes the course of his life by the decisions he makes, and you will write your destiny inside the walls of this maze.” If you are a diehard atheist, you may not like the book and would even criticize the story. Hence, I would not recommend this to you. But, for any other who believe upon God and faith would find this a very enlightening story. This would certainly provoke you to look back at the things and urge you to correct the mistakes so far committed and be careful with your actions in future. Ending the note with few lines I found very thoughtful mesmerizing. “I’d heard it said before that there were no true deathbed atheists, and the wisdom in that statement was more apparent now than it had ever been. I wasn’t an atheist. Despite all my shortcomings, I believed in God, but now, faced with the unbelievable, I regretted not living a more devout life. There wasn’t time, however, to make amends for that mistake.”
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
"From the sound of it, a maze was being constructed, and he knew what that meant: someone stood at a moral crossroads, about the make a life-changing decision. The Piper had to act quickly. Bricks were laid using grief as a mortar. Walls were cemented in place with sorrow. Lights were forsaken in favor of darkness. Crude agonizing designs were etched into the floors, and the history of one man's sin was scrawled in painstaking detail on every inch of the dreadful place." In the novel, The Maze - The Lost Labyrinth, Jason Brannon takes an interesting spin on the consequences of our moral life-changing decisions and shows us what happens when we are literally on the verge of life and death. In this fantastic and wonderful written novel, we follow Jamie Burroughs, a successful businessman, husband and father who is about to stand at the threshold of a life altering choice. When his wife, Amy, confronts him about a recent bank withdrawl, she questions Jamie's intent. Is he planning on using the money as a cash payment on a hotel room to have an affair and destroy their marriage like their friends did? Jamie understands how following the clues from someone else's choice can make his wife question his choices even though that is not what he intends to do EVER. He reassures her that his vows to her are rock solid and that introduces us to the Piper, who begins to play his tempting tune to entice Jamie along another road. One that manifests during a business lunch in which his ex-girlfriend, Karen is there waitress. Soon Jamie finds himself drawn to her in a way he cannot explain much like the rats did for the Piped Piper of Hamlin. In this interesting look at what happens in the course of our lives suddenly is transformed when Jamie literally hovers on the brink of death after attempting to follow his quest to know "What if." Jamie finds himself literally in a maze designed by all the choices and decisions he has made over his life. It was designed by The Architect and will test his ability to view his life in a completely different way. The choice he has made not necessarily with his actions, but also his thoughts and words. He will be challenged by the race against the Minotaur who feeds on the sins present in his life. "Think of this maze as one big example of cause and effect. Everything you do has a consequence here. Getting here was a consequence of intent. This place is a manifestation of your entire life. Your deeds are sewn into the fabric of this maze. Your sins are the mortar that holds these walls in place. This game is just like everything else in your life. You're blessed more than most people, and you can't see all the good things in front of you. All you see are the problems, the trials, the tribulations, the darkness. All you see is what you don't have." This is such a fabulous novel that speaks to the heart and soul of the reader. It makes you take a hard line approach at your own life and question things you have done. It really takes you into the deepest, darkest places of your own life and teaches us all what it really means to repent and accept Christ as our Savior. Nothing else will save us in the end. I found myself with pages of notes from this novel that I intend to apply as a measuring stick in my own life. No one is perfect and this novel takes you into the seemingly innocent things we do every single day and the consequences it has on our soul. I'd rate The Maze, The Lost Labyrinth by Jason Brannon a 5 out of 5 stars and look forward to digging a bit deeper into his literary works to find even more surprises tucked inside. I received this novel as a self purchase and received no monetary compensation for a favorable review. For those of you that wonder just how innocent your lives are, I'd encourage you to check this one and and re-evaluate what you find inside.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Jamie Burroughs is a normal, family man that has everything going for him. Then one day at lunch he runs into a beautiful ex-girlfriend and things go wrong. With that little temptation he finds himself in a maze. This maze is created from the darkness we find inside ourselves. From the little fibs to the large lies that we tell throughout our lives and our beliefs help mold the maze. And if that is not enough, there is a Minotaur that devours that darkness. Jamie is in a race to get through the maze without being devoured by the Minotaur. This is literally a race for life and death. This story has a rough start. I admit that I was a little lost trying to figure out what is going on. But once Jamie got into the maze, things took off and it was easier for me to figure out what was going on. I loved how this was a blend of Christianity and mythology. The maze was created solely for Jamie and it is his battle to make it through. Although the beginning is a bit rough, once the story gets going it will keep you turning the pages. This is a great story and I will definitely be looking for more books from Jason Brannon. I received this book for free from The Book Rooster program in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written and had made me search my soul with all the "what ifs" running through jy mind as I read through this novel