"And the seven angels, who had the seven trumpets, prepared themselves to sound the trumpet." - Douay-Rheims Bible
Carrie Salo's debut novel is dark and filled with Biblical prophecies, apocalyptic visions, angelic visitations, demonic encounters and intrigues. it takes the reader from New York to the Vatican and finally to Israel where the fate of the whole world would be decided.
Catholicism is featured heavily in this book but the practices and other facts about the Catholic religion did not sound preachy at all. they only served as a background and provided information which fueled the writer's creativity.
as a Catholic, the only thing which did not sit well with me was not the descriptions of the growing attraction between Father Chris and Elise but the idea of the Pope and the College of Cardinals approving the murder of one person to save humanity.
the concept of free will, God's intervention and their bearing on the end times are also explored here. i have to admit that i found these elements (as used in the story) a bit heavy and confusing at times but i could not stop myself from reading until the last page.
overall, this novel is an ambitious and compelling read. it is well-written, entertaining and comes highly recommended.
*The Sounding is available at Amazon (paperback, Kindle) and Barnes and Noble. for more information about Carrie Salo and her work, please visit http://www.carriesalo.com/ and follow her on Facebook.
my personal rating is:
The Sounding contains material not suitable for younger readers 15 and under.
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