Thursday, April 22, 2010

Review: Wonders Never Cease

Let's face it: I'm a sucker for a book where the good guys triumph, the bad guys get their comeuppance, and all is right with the world again. I love the type of book where the author has the bad guys when each campaign ... each little battle ... but ultimately losing the war!

Wonders Never Cease by Tim Downs is just such a book.  Downs paints a picture of a could-have-been doctor who likes to cut corners and find the easy way ... regardless of who gets in his way.  Kemp McAvoy decides to pretend to be an angel for a past-her-prime actress that is laying in the hospital in a monitored coma. 

McAvoy could care less about the ethics of messing with the actress's medication to bring her to a semi-conscious state; he could care less that in playing an angel he is messing with Divine Intervention.  McAvoy is just hoping to reap the millions of dollar that can be made from a "near-death" experience.  With the help of a few other less-than-desirable characters, McAvoy just about wins the day.

But, as in life, God can make good from any situation -- even the most diabolical. 

Downs has got this type of novel down.  His characters are believable -- the good ones are not over-the-top goody-goodies while the bad ones are just lazy, self-absorbed types that I've met in real life (OK, maybe not as bad as McAvoy ... but close!).  The dialogue is smooth and the cadence of the story is amazing.  This is truly a page-turner with each event falling perfectly in place like toppling dominoes.

This book is not high literature (nor is it catechetically accurate regarding angels and their missions).  That said, the deeper meaning of love and trust, the writing style, the characterizations and the plot itself, are all well-developed and well-delivered.  This is definitely a recommended read for high school age and up ... a fun and exciting summer-time read!

This book was received free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Book Sneeze review program. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I given any payment other than a free copy of the book. All the comments above are my honest reaction to this book.

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