Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Book Review: The Strange Man by Greg Mitchell

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author is:

and the book:

The Strange Man

Realms (February 1, 2011)

***Special thanks to Anna Coelho Silva | Publicity Coordinator, Book Group | Strang Communications for sending me a review copy.***


Greg Mitchell likes monsters. So much, in fact, he has written this trilogy about a small town learning to take a stand on faith and challenge the dark forces creeping in. Greg is a Christian who believes that the Bible is 100 percent true, and he does his best to live his life according to its principles and write things that help teach others about Jesus Christ. Back in 2001, he co-wrote the novel Time Changer, published by White Harvest Books, with his friend and Christian filmmaker, Rich Christiano. In 2002, Time Changer was made into a theatrically released motion picture, and it is now available on DVD. Greg lives with his wife and daughter in Paragould, Arkansas.

Visit the author's website.


Dras Weldon is a twenty-two-year-old unemployed washout. He lives in a world populated by horror movies and comic books, content to hide in the shadow of adolescence. Under the scrutinizing eye of his older brother, Jeff, a pastor, Dras lives a life of professed Christianity with very little observable spirituality. He must change. However, when a demon known only as “the Strange Man” comes to his small town of Greensboro and threatens Dras’s best friend, Rosalyn Myers, Dras discovers that only by putting his faith into action can he save his friend from danger. Suddenly he is thrust into a race against the clock and forced to battle demonic forces in an effort to convince Rosalyn to accept Christ and turn away from the coming evil.

Product Details:

List Price: $13.99
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Realms (February 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616381949
ISBN-13: 978-1616381943


My Take:
I started reading this amazing book and was immediately drawn in starting with the prologue. I read the prologue to a couple of family members who immediately added the book to their "want-to-read" lists. Download and read the sample and you'll see what I mean. The story starts with a simple tale told to children and grows into a story of an unspeakable evil unleashed on an unsuspecting town. People tell tales of a time past when strange things and unexplained disappearances occurred, but no one realizes it's happening again. A struggling pastor, a lukewarm congregation and a back-slidden young man are all be put to the test when evil steps from fairy tale to reality.

I read this one in one day. Once I started, I stopped only when I had to do something important, like change the baby or cook supper. Even then it was done and then I was right back to the book. I even read while waiting for the oven to preheat and while waiting for the timer to go off. I stayed up late to finish and now await the next book by this author. If you like a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat, I recommend you read A Strange Man.

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