Sunday, January 1, 2012

Review of The Sounding by Carrie Salo - 5 stars





Author: Carrie Salo

Title: The Sounding
Release date: 23rd of September 2011
Published by: 23 House
Reading level: FICTION – Adult: Religion, Thriller
URL: http://www.23house.com/
Pages: 478 pages in paperback
Source: Received from the author for reviewing

Summary from Goodreads:



In the Book of Revelation, a man named John has a prophetic dream. He dreams of the final prophecies that will come to pass - and the seven archangels that guard them. Each angel waits to sound their trumpet at God's appointed time, preparing humanity to fight and win the final battle.


2,000 years later, Father Chris Mognahan is a member of the Hetairia Melchizedek, a secret society within the Catholic Church that studies Biblical omens. The society asks Chris to investigate an unusually grotesque crime - a murder on a college campus where the killer's hand literally burned off the victim's face. While the killing seems isolated at first, the society ties the murder to the final Biblical prophecy and a terrifying omen that the order of the prophecies is about to be disrupted. The final battle is coming too soon - long before humanity is prepared to win it.


Suddenly, Chris finds himself fighting against time and hell to keep the prophecies in order and stop an early Armageddon. He is joined by a band of unlikely allies, and together they find themselves in Rome above the Vatican Necropolis - the city of the dead - where the future is revealed to them in ancient texts.


They are not alone, however; an evil as old as time itself hunts them. As they travel across continents on their mission, the demonic force follows relentlessly, waiting in every shadowed corner, and every dark place. As Armageddon descends, Father Chris finds that his only hope lies in a young woman within the group who has a secret gift - and their belief that God Himself may have sent her to keep the final angelic trumpet from sounding out the early end of the Earth.

My review:

The Sounding by Carrie Salo was a fascinating book. It was quite difficult read in that sense that it had a lot of biblical referrals and referrals to Catholic Church. It was a book which took me almost a week to read, because I had to really concentrate to understand all the details of the story. And details were very important in the book. It was well written, interesting book.

Regarding the plot:

The story is based on Book of Revelation from Bible, it’s about prophecy of seven angels which will bring the world as we know it to the end. The Seventh angel is the last to blow her trumpet. The story is brought into contemporary world, where Catholic Church’s secret society is checking up on the omens. Father Chris who is a member of the society is sent to a university campus to check a murder of a young student who is killed in a mysterious way. The story brings him to a young student Elise Moore, who is believed to be the seventh angel – Remiel, an angel who can save the world from ending. Elise has some scary skills and she is haunted by an evil demon, so she decides to seek protection from the church – from Father Chris.

Chris and another society member, monk Francis bring Elise to Adam, who is also a priest from the society. Adam starts to train Elise to use her abilities for the full range.

Elise’s way to religion is hard; she has not been brought up as religious girl, but Adam is pushing her to keep trying to reach her limits – both when it comes to her beliefs and also her skills.

When the story develops, Elise finds herself in Vatican and meets the higher officials of the Catholic Church, amongst others also the Pope who will together with Chris and Francis reveal Elise her ultimate task – to assassin the person who is from David’s blood and who will be coroneted as the King of Israel.

I liked to story. I loved the fact that The Book of Revelations was brought into contemporary settings. The book had many interesting facts about the Vatican and Catholic Church and the story about Elise and Remiel was fitted into the Book of Revelation quite nicely. I also enjoyed reading Elise’s dreams – they were a thrilling read.

There were also things what I disliked. When the Other was in its demon form, it seemed unbelievable to me. It was too close to the demons in movies. The Other was very scary and spooky when it was not described exactly, and I liked that much more than claws and sharp teeth. The second thing which I had difficulties with was how quickly Elise turned to believer. I would have wanted to see more internal conflicts in the middle of the book – just like at the end of the book.

The ending of The Sounding was brilliant!

Regarding the characters:

The main characters were well-written. I enjoyed both Elise and Chris. I liked the tension, friendship and forbidden love what grew between them. It was interestingly written how they learned to trust and rely upon each other. The supporting characters like Alan, Francis, Lorenzo were captivating.

I think religion as such was also one of the characters and so was Vatican as an institution. I enjoyed reading about both and it was made very interesting by the author.

Generally:

The Sounding by Carrie Salo was a thrilling read! It’s a must read for people who enjoy good thrillers with religious aspect and good characters. I loved it!




5 Flowers!
5 stars.

1 comment:

  1. This reminds me of that series from several years ago 'The Left Behind' and a little of 'Angels and Demons'. Sounds pretty exciting!

    Thanks for the review!

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