Monday, 26 September 2016

Book Review: He Comes in Fire

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He Comes In Fire 
He Comes In Fire 

I liked this novel. It is based on actual circumstances from the late 1990's. An arsonist had been setting fires for months, burning down southern, rural, African-American churches.  Too many of our news reports involve such mysteries. Fires have been in the news. Sadly,
ABC says, in Florida, the State Fire Marshal's Office says they solve 31% of arson cases. The US national average is 18%. 
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Aaron R. Even

We are led astray by simple TV shows who solve such mysteries in an hour. Too often, I believe, there is a push by the public and media to solve a case, negating the long, difficult leg work necessary to find the perpetrator. In the rush to solve a case, many individuals are sucked into the vortex of anger, blaming and shaming. The innocent become victims. This novel illustrates this dilemma.

This is a rich setting, it has depth, colour, and spirit. I've been binge-watching OWNs Greenleaf, and it all hits home. There is corruption in religion. It's not all glory and light. It is in the ferreting out of the truth that we find answers and healing. Peering into the darkness, the author resolves the truth. I prefer resolution!

The author, Aaron R. Even, has a pedigree. He has written for National Geographic, Discovery, Smithsonian Channels, and his debut novel, Bloodroot, won the Associated Writing Programs (AWP) Novel Award in 2000. This is impressive!


He Comes In Fire explores how the search for answers can lead to false accusations and tragic judgment calls. In a town of corrupt preachers, criminals, and lost souls, anyone can make the suspect list. Readers describe He Comes In Fire as an eerie, crime-ridden drama that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

5 comments:

B"e"th "E"dwards from Virginia said...

oh, i love reading. thanks for the info. i will go see what it costs on amazon. i was trying kindle unlimited for a trial. seeing if it is good or whatnot before i jump all in. we will see??! i need to go to see what happened to the mouse below. i am curious now. have a great week, hope you & your husband are well. ( :

Kay said...

I've never heard of this book, but it sounds very interesting. I just got done with My Grandmother Told Me to Tell You She's Sorry.

DUTA said...

It sounds a very relevant book as there are, unfortunately, quite a number of cases where fire is set by individuals with a mania for fire and its destructive force.
Ye, there is corruption in religion, more precisely in organized religion. I try to keep away from it, and practice 'direct link' to God through my heart and soul.

Anvilcloud said...

Sounds interesting but the description of the town also sounds very frustrating.

William Kendall said...

Thanks for pointing the book out!