Wednesday, May 7, 2008

"The Warriors" book Review and Giveaway!

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Warriors

(Bethany House April 1, 2008)


Mark Andrew Olsen


MARK ANDREW OLSEN whose novel The Assignment was a Christy Award finalist, also collaborated on bestsellers Hadassah (now the major motion picture: One Night With the King), The Hadassah Covenant, and Rescued. His last novel was the supernatural thriller The Watchers.

The son of missionaries to France, Mark is a Professional Writing graduate of Baylor University. He and his wife, Connie, live in Colorado Springs with their three children.


A failed recon mission deep in the tunnels of Afghanistan has provoked a demonic onslaught that had been brewing for centuries. The mission's sole survivor is reformed black ops assassin Dylan Hatfield, and he once again teams up with Abby Sherman, now at the helm of the Watchers, an ancient spiritual force. Uncovering and preventing a secret wave of death whispered across cyberspace and threatening to be unleash against civilization will require another level of spiritual power and expertise--the Warriors.

Journeying across the Alps of Europe through the multilayered history of warfare in the unseen world, Dylan and Abby uncover an age-old stone engraving that rouses the church's Warriors to action, placing them dead center in one of the fiercest spiritual battles of their time!

And once again they are reminded: This is all part of a vast and perpetual war, a war beyond all human conflicts, one that has engulfed heaven and earth since before the dawn of history....

Abby Sherman is headed back to Israel, where a Watcher, the Sentinel of Jerusalem, lies dying. In her last breaths the old woman tells Abby of an ancient document prophesying humanity's full-scale entry into the ongoing conflict between armies of heaven and fallen angels.

Dylan Hatfield has decided to answer a summons from his old boss and join a secret operation, its mission to reconnoiter the Afghani tunnel complex from which Osama bin Laden escaped in 2001. What he discovers sears his very soul and likely will end his life.

Abby learns of the peril facing Dylan, and she sends out a call for intercession on his behalf. Her frantic email message sets in motion a series of harrowing events, propelling the two on a new mission and quest--one where the stakes are the lives of millions!

The Warriors is packed with high-octane action, featuring exotic international locales, with characters in a clash against spiritual "principalities and powers" with eternal consequences, The Warriors is a story that will enthrall, enlighten, and engage its readers.

If that piques your interest, you can read the first chapter HERE

"Olsen, one of the better writers in this subgenre, delivers powerful, action-packed plots that delve into mystical paranormal worlds."
~Library Journal, Feb. 2008

"Olsen delivers an entertaining thriller likely to be enjoyed especially by fans of the spiritual warfare genre."

My Review:

This is a great book - mystery, some suspense, great characterization and a superbly unique storyline. It's Book #2, but I've never read Book #1 and I still loved this one. Mark does a fantastic job of taking us on a trip all over the country, including some other worldly places, and keeps us hooked from start to finish. This book deals with spiritual warfare in a great way and I would definitely recommend it! If you would like a chance to win it, go ahead and leave a comment with your email address and I'll do a drawing for one lucky winner. If you do not leave an email, you will not be included in the drawing, but I will still love you :-)


windycindy said...

Hello! I have been reading his interviews and book reviews! The book sounds like a few genres all wrapped up in a great story line. This is the kind of book I would sit and read very late in the evening. It would be nice and quiet and I would enjoy hot tea while reading! Please enter me in your drawing. I appreciate it.....

Lora Lease said...

Please enter me in your drawing... thank you!
Lora L

ChristyJan said...

I'm in the mood for a good suspenseful mystery. Please enter me

ReadingRobin said...

Okay, this may stretch my reading genre, but I am game. I need to break my mold...
cmrobin at bellsouth dot net

Anonymous said...

this sounds like a good book! I think my 16 yo son would like it too :)
I'll have to look for the first book too.

Anonymous said...

I am thinking of my son (nearly17)as I enter to win this book for him. He LOVES this genre and will read anything in it! I'd love to encourage him to read more christian authors! Thanks for your review and this opportunity! Jacqui [jpd(at)picknowl(dot)com(dot)au]

anne said...

I enjoyed this interview and would love to read this compelling and unique novel. Thanks for this great giveaway.

ruth said...

Your review has all the necessary components which interest me. This book sounds fascinating and my type of story. Thanks for the glimpse.

ellie said...

Thanks for this special giveaway. Reading your review was a great introduction to this amazing story.

traveler said...

Interesting author whose book intrigues me greatly. The review was helpful and lovely.

Dona Watson said...

Please enter me in the drawing for The Warriors. Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

dl watson [at] verizon dot [net]

Janna said...

And the winner is...