Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Chains of Prophecy Jason P. Crawford (Samuel Buckland Chronicles #1)

Chains of Prophecy
by Jason P. Crawford

My rating: 4.5 stars

Series: Sam Buckland Chronicles - Book 1
Publication Date: May 31, 2013
Publisher: Epitome Press
Genre: Scifi | Fantasy
Print Length: 339 pages
My Rating 4.5 Stars
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:

Samuel Buckland is a young man who has it all and is planning for the future. Gregory Caitlin is a businessman and politician. He has designs to bring hope back to a world in need...and he'll be damned if anyone gets in his way!

When the two cross paths, even the angels tremble.

An ancient magic has been rediscovered. Sam must overcome his lack of faith and accept his destiny, or the world he knows will suffer the consequences.
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A skeptic who must harness the powers of demons and genies. A zealot who has begun to walk a darker path. Bound together by a stolen secret.

Can any of them escape the Chains of Prophecy?


My Review
Chains of Prophecy Jason P. Crawford

Samuel Buckland’s world changed the day his beliefs, or lack of them were challenged when he discovered an ancient family secret and the pivotal role he must play in the heavenly battle of good versus evil. Evil was much closer to home than Samuel realized when a prominent political figure seeks power through magic, an angelic captive and an ancient tome that holds the secrets of powerful mysteries and magic. It’s up to Samuel to keep the tome safe, but is his fledgling faith strong enough? Is he hearing voices, having hallucinations or is he really talking with angelic beings in the guise of anything but an angel? Demons, genies and angels can be controlled by the Seals of Solomon, but shouldn’t this power be given to one who had strong faith?
The angel Gabriel is being held prisoner and Sam must free her, but how? What tools has the book given him? As he alternating dodges evil and hunts for Gabriel, a visitor from his past is there to aid him, every step of the way, but the final issue of truly having FAITH is up to Sam or surely he will fail.

Chains of Prophecy by Jason P. Crawford takes a few pages to settle into, but once you do, the trip is fascinating as Mr. Crawford shares his rapidfire imagination with us, with a creative plot, heavily relying on religious faith, treating followers of Islam, Judaism and Christianity with equal respect. There is intrigue, doubt, a twisted path to follow with a great unknown at the end. Our hero, Samuel is about as unlikely as can be, but he shows signs of growing and learning with a touch of an investigator’s flare. Cast as the “bad guy” by accident, the politician smiles for the crowds while he utilizes evil to his advantage. (Hmm, a stab at type-casting?)

Enjoyable, riding the edge of fiction’s fast lane, definitely recommended for a fresh change of pace!

I received this copy from Jason P. Crawford in exchange for my honest review.

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