Daniel Paradine is a man of education and reason, devoted to his wife and son, and dedicated to leading them safely to Oregon. But, when their wagon train is led into a treacherous mountain detour and horrifying attacks begin to pick apart the small group, Paradine must confront the beast responsible for the nightmare...a creature that defies all logic and spares the teacher only to accomplish its most sinister desire.More
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Create tension and suspense for the Western adventure promised. This was supposed to be a wagon train ambushed on the way to Oregon, remember.
Classify as a religious story of challenge and salvation. The religion is overbearing, complete with the crucifixion of Christ, Mary at his feet, mentions Samson...........
When a character crosses terrain, duress caused by pursuit, threat or physical pain and exhaustion are brought to life by the author. Paradine crosses barren land where totem poles stand tall and proud, a tribute to their maker, he then goes through a narrow wood and that's it! Not that we're asking for this to be bulked out with description and clever adjectives.
Most people think that 'Robinson Crusoe' was a story about a man on a desert island. That was because the main story line was focal throughout. The classic was actually about god. Trust in providence and he will provide, food, shelter, strength and even a companion 'Man Friday'. Shane Johnson is no Daniel Defoe.
He gives all the characters (especially the demonic ones) exaggerated voices, that don't come across well.
Not really. Without being a horror story, it revolves around demonic possession.
Thanks to the previous review, warning of the Christian aspect, I found on Wiki a link to Christian Review's synopsis, where this is #76. It claimed that Shane J can hold together the promised story within a christian theme, a remarkable literary feat. Not put off by the Christianity, it sounded different and a potentially enjoyable novel with some interesting christian insights. Have listened twice for any missed interpretation, but it is just boring.