Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Flight of Shadows by Sigmund Brouwer

If you are in to futuristic thrillers this book is one you want to choose for your collection of reads. It is a  fast paced  thriller that is a  quick read. Flight of Shadows is the sequel to Broken Angel. I think it would be helpful to read Broken Angel first. Although Flight of Shadows can stand alone, if beginning with Broken Angel you would get a better grasp of the characters and story line. I must admit I found myself lost at some parts having a feeling there was more to the story.  This is a dark read that many will enjoy. It takes us into the dark world of the future where everything has changed and genetic codes have been broken. Caitlyn Brown is on the run. She has been hiding, but now those who have been seeking her know just where she is. Caitlyn carries secrets within her body and with those secrets comes power. As she on the run there are few she can trust.  With her unique DNA, everyone wants a piece of Caitlyn, whether for research or their own personal gain, she is running out of places to go. Caitlyn finds herself having to make a choice between those she loves and her own freedom. Something she has never really had at all.
Whether you like futuristic thrillers or not, Sigmund Brouwer is an amazing writer. There is not a Christian theme to this book that leads you in faith, but you do find a journey that leads to freedom.  The writing of this book was outstanding. Within each page you were taken inside the dark life of Caitlyn Brown. You feel her emotion and you find yourself turning the page to see what is next.  It made me see that that we all have secrets. We hold things within us that others would judge us for. Some would do anything to seek those out for their own good. Finding freedom is letting go of the shadows that haunt us and embracing who we truly are.

This book was a gift from WaterBrook Press for it's review.

Sigmund Brouwer:
Whether writing youth or adult fiction, Sigmund Brouwer is a best-selling author of more than 40 fast-paced novels. Some of his works encourage young reluctant readers into the world of books, and others provide adults with riveting tales. His youth series include Mars Diaries; Short Cuts Extreme Sports; Lightning on Ice; CyberQuest; The Winds of Light; Dr. Drabble: Genius Inventor; and The Accidental Detectives. His adult fiction titles include "Out of the Shadows," "Morning Star," "Thunder Voice," "Double Helix," and "Blood Ties."

Sigmund's diverse background surfaces in the characters of his books as he inspires kids to get excited about reading. He grew up in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, and developed an early interest in sports like hockey, racquetball, and biking. His poor performance in high school English classes led him to receive a degree in commerce from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and not to pursue writing. When a professor in his undergraduate English course encouraged him to write, Sigmund did, and he eventually received a degree in journalism from Carleton College in Ottawa. After publishing several articles for U.S. and Canadian magazines, he turned to writing books for kids reluctant to read.

In 1993, he cofounded The Young Writers' Institute with home education expert and author Debra Bell and conducts writing camps and seminars for more than 10,000 children every year. His commitment to his faith is an integral part of his creative goals, and Sigmund cites C. S. Lewis as one of his greatest writing influences. Although there is no overt Christian agenda in his novels, the deliberate underpinning of morality and redemption make his books more than tools of escape. He quotes C. S. Lewis, "There is no Christian way to write, just as there is no Christian way to boil an egg."

Sigmund is married to Christian recording artist Cindy Morgan; the couple has two daughters. He writes five pages per day on his laptop, whether he is in an airport, hotel, or dividing his time between family homes in Red Deer and Nashville.


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