Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Book Review: The Falling Away


This may surprise you: I don't just read Christian romance. Or just general Christian fiction. I like a good suspense story, and that is the reason I chose to read The Falling Away by T.L. Hines. I'd never heard of Mr. Hines, but knowing it fell under the genre of suspense was enough for me. I've long been a huge fan of Ted Dekker, and thought I'd give this author a whirl.

The Falling Away joins Native American Dylan Runs Away as he tries to piece his life back together after getting his leg nearly blown off in Iraq. Unfortunately he's not doing such a good job, as he finds himself in the middle of trouble. He's purposefully avoided his family and his people, and is haunted by the memory of his missing sister. On top of that, people keep telling him that he's "chosen," and he wants to run from that too. However, he is chosen, and because of that, people on both sides of good and evil want him. Dylan soon finds himself having to face the supernatural, whether he wants to or not.

This book was not as suspenseful as I would have liked it. T.L. Hines has a very disjointed writing style, which I found to take away from the suspense. Almost like he kept having to go back and tell you why something was happening in the middle of the story, rather than just letting the story play out. It was a good enough read that I wanted to finish it, but I wouldn't call it amazing. I would, however, be interested to read something else of his. I'd recommend it if there was nothing else available, or if you simply needed something to pass the time.

Thomas Nelson Publishers provided me with a free copy of this book as a part of their blogger program called BookSneeze.

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