Wednesday, August 20, 2008
This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
House Of Wolves
Thomas Nelson (August 12, 2008)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Matt Bronleewe is a recognized producer, songwriter and author. The former member of the band Jars of Clay, has earned numerous awards producing and co-writing albums that have sold a combined total of over 20 million copies. His songs have recently been recorded by Disney pop sensations Aly & AJ, American Idol finalist Kimberley Locke, and more. Bronleewe has worked with Grammy Award-winning artists such as Michael W. Smith, International pop singer Natalie Imbruglia and Heroes star Hayden Panettiere. Born in Dallas, Texas, Bronleewe was raised on a farm in Kansas, where he lived until he left for college in 1992. At Greenville College in Illinois, Bronleewe formed the band Jars of Clay with his dorm roommate and two neighbors, and the group soon found success. Though Bronleewe opted to leave Jars of Clay early on to pursue an academic career, he soon found himself in Nashville, co-writing, producing, and playing music professionally.To add to his list of accomplishments, Bronleewe has expanded his love of story telling beyond music into authorship. He is currently penning a 5 book series for Thomas Nelson Fiction. His first book Illuminated began the adventurous series about rare manuscripts and the mysteries within.Bronleewe currently resides in Brentwood, Tenn., with his wife and three children. He continues to write and produce music, and he also volunteers through his church to help disadvantaged youth in the community. Bronleewe enjoys reading, taste-testing good food and watching sports, as well as indulging his interests in art, architecture, design and science.
ABOUT THE BOOK A mysterious book with a dangerous secret. An evil brotherhood out to conquer the world.One man stands between them . . . with his family in the balance. In the twelfth century, Henry the Lion collected the rarest relics in Christendom. And to protect his most precious acquisitions, he encoded the whereabouts in a gorgeous illuminated manuscript called The Gospels of Henry the Lion. The manuscript has been showing up and disappearing ever since. No one knows where the relic has been hidden . . . or its ultimate power. Only one man holds the key to the mystery. He's carrying it in his briefcase at his son's school for show-and-tell, and he thinks it's a fake. But he's about to find out just how real it is. Because the wolves are rapidly closing in. And if August Adams can't decode the secret in time, the world's balance of power will forever be altered.
MY REVIEW: I waited anxiously for this book to arrive and I read it in a matter of two days. Having read and reviewed the previous book in this series and wanted to see better characterization and more depth to the characters and settings, I wanted to see if Matt Bronleewe would be able to pull it off. I'm happy to say he is moving in the right direction. I got a better sense of who the characters were and what they wanted beyond the immediate dangers that surrounded them. The pace is fast, the stakes high, and the conclusion something worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster.
The character that lacked the most for me was the child, who I didn't think behaved or spoke like a child, even a prodigy. His speech was too mature, as were his reactions to facing death at every turn.
The book reminded me strongly of "The Librarian, Quest for the Spear" starring Noah Wylie. In fact, the book could easily be adapted to a screen-play, and I have to wonder if that wasn't in the author's mind from the outset, to write books that had more in common with movie scripts than novels.
House of Wolves is a fun read, quick-paced, and with lots of surprises. I look forward to the next in the series.
If you would like to read anexcerpt of House Of Wolves, it will be HERE