#BookReview “Consuming Fire (The Reprobation Series Book 2)” by Catherine Fearns

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5/5 Stars!

When the opening scene includes spontaneous human combustion, you know you’re in for a wild ride.

And that’s exactly what Consuming Fire is.

As law enforcement and first responders (shadowed by bureaucrats) investigate first the burning of animals… and then humans, DI Darren Swift can’t ignore his gut feeling there’s something else in play and contacts former Calvinist nun, Helen Hope.

Scarred by his cultish, religious upbringing, Darren is still surprised at the peace and comfort he finds in Helen’s presence, and the willingness with which he believes in the supernatural and occult implications connected to his investigation.

Unfortunately, he can’t share his supernatural theory with his team, lest they think him insane, or with fiancé, Matt, who believes in nothing connected to religion.

Consuming Fire weaves the biblical and mythological story of Adramalech, servant of Satan, who plotted to raise himself above Satan… and God into the mysterious deaths by fire at the center of the story.

Is he real or mythology? Is he the god of fire, demanding those who serve him to sacrifice all to fire?

If he isn’t real why does someone appear to be trying to bring about his prophecy? Where are those voices on the phone coming from?

Darren’s job is hindered by his life crisis—does he want to continue in law enforcement, and crisis of conscious—is he rushing into marriage?

Helen Hope, still teaching, is re-discovering life and the things she missed the last ten years she spent behind the doors of the convent.

She also has thoughts—okay, lots of thoughts—about Mikko, but alas, our favorite death metal musician doesn’t appear in this story.

There is more character development of Darren’s team—Collette, Dave, and Baz, and maybe… just maybe, Cantor (Darren’s boss) isn’t the witchy bureaucrat she seems to be.

After finishing this read, I sat for nearly an hour thinking about all I’d read.

Wow. Just… wow. Mind blown.

Detailed and well-written, Consuming Fire may make you consider the possibilities of the supernatural and occult, regardless of which side of the theological line you fall on, but it will definitely scare the hell out of you.

But you won’t stop reading.

Don’t expect this read to end in justice with a neatly tied bow. There is frustration and sadness as someone won’t make it to book 3, but you will… in search of the reason behind the Lumina 2 fire, and the ritual Justine performs.

There has to be a logical explanation, right?

Get ready for book 3 and download this smart read today.

Enjoy!

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coverWhat Has Been Seen Cannot Be Unseen…

Liverpool is in the grip of an intense heatwave, and strange things are happening.

A woman dies in an apparent case of Spontaneous Human Combustion; a truck explodes on the dock road; the charred corpses of pets litter the city; forest fires ravage the pinewoods…and there are birds everywhere, silent flocks drawing in ominously.

Detective Inspector Darren Swift thinks there are connections, and his investigation delves into the worlds of football, nightclubs and organised crime. But is he imagining things?

Dr. Helen Hope doesn’t think so. And she believes the key lies in a mysterious seventeenth-century occult book which has gone missing from Liverpool Library.

In the blistering sequel to Reprobation, DI Swift is forced to confront some inconvenient ghosts from his past, as a terrifying shadow lies over his city’s reality….

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#BookReview “Reprobation (The Reprobation Series Book 1)” by Catherine Fearns

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4/5 stars!

Science and religion have a tenuous relationship in real life and it doesn’t get any better in fiction.

When a murdered young man is found tied to a cross, the suspect list is wide open. A religious fanatic? Crazed serial killer? Unpaid drug dealers?

DI Darren Swift—leading his first major case—and DC Colette Quinn are two sharp investigators that put together a stellar team and dig deep to break the case, but it’s the unlikely pairing of a conflicted, Calvinist nun and a jaded, cynical, foul-mouthed, metal musician that keeps this read moving.

Even before Helen Hope’s tragic history was revealed, I liked her. Pragmatic and practical, the eschatologist was able to see a bigger picture than her life as a nun and question her own actions and judgment.

And the woman thought nothing of taking a risk.

After Swift and Quinn question Helen about the religious implications of the murder site, Helen searches on her own and finds startling similarities between what the police told her about the crime scene and Total Depravity, a Norwegian metal band led by Mikko Kristensen.

When Helen and Mikko team up to find answers, each of their belief systems is challenged leaving both to wonder if they know themselves at all.

Swift is intent on following a drug angle in the murder case, but Helen finds someone is mixing the concept of predestination with junk DNA and genetic markings—does it get any better than that?

Reprobation is spot on with religious detail and the hard science of gene therapy without being high-brow and boring. Characters are well-developed and memorable and will put you firmly on the side of good… or evil. Mikko is my favorite character because he will say anything to anyone. Not for shock value–okay, mostly not for shock value–but, because that’s who he is.

Plot twists are well-planned, perfectly timed… and foreshadowed. Pay attention!

As much as I enjoyed this read and the details, it loses a star because, for me, there were times it was too detailed.

Most chapters end with a situation, plight, or dilemma that had me in a hurry to get to the next page only to be met by deep, detailed descriptions of the locale and/or the historical references connected to it before getting back to the story. Extremely frustrating and took me out of the story each time.

Still, despite that, this is a smart read with a fresh plot that will challenge readers on several levels.

The ending is satisfying but wide and vague, leaving the door open for another adventure with Helen and Mikko?

I hope so, and soon!

Enjoy!

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Dr. Helen Hope is a lecturer in eschatology – the study of death, judgement, and the destiny of humankind. She is also a Calvinist nun, her life devoted to atoning for a secret crime.

When a body is found crucified on a Liverpool beach, she forms an unlikely alliance with suspect Mikko Kristensen, lead guitarist in death metal band Total Depravity. Together, they go on the trail of a rogue geneticist who they believe holds the key – not just to the murder, but to something much darker.

Also on the trail is cynical Scouse detective Darren Swift. In his first murder case, he must confront his own lack of faith as a series of horrific crimes drag the city of two cathedrals to the gates of hell.

Science meets religious belief in this gripping murder mystery.

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#BlogTour “Reprobation (The Reprobation Series Book 1)” by Catherine Fearns

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Are you one of the elect?Reprobation cover

Dr. Helen Hope is a lecturer in eschatology – the study of death, judgement, and the destiny of humankind. She is also a Calvinist nun, her life devoted to atoning for a secret crime.

When a body is found crucified on a Liverpool beach, she forms an unlikely alliance with suspect Mikko Kristensen, lead guitarist in death metal band Total Depravity. Together, they go on the trail of a rogue geneticist who they believe holds the key – not just to the murder, but to something much darker.

Also on the trail is cynical Scouse detective Darren Swift. In his first murder case, he must confront his own lack of faith as a series of horrific crimes drag the city of two cathedrals to the gates of hell.

Science meets religious belief in this gripping murder mystery.

Purchase Link: mybook.to/reprobation

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Author Bio

Fearns

Catherine Fearns is a writer from Liverpool. Her novels Reprobation (2018) and Consuming Fire (2019) are published by Crooked Cat and are both Amazon bestsellers. As a music journalist Catherine has written for Pure Grain Audio, Broken Amp and Noisey. Her short fiction and non-fiction has appeared in Toasted Cheese, Succubus, Here Comes Everyone, Offshoots and Metal Music Studies. She lives in Geneva with her husband and four children, and when she’s not writing or parenting, she plays guitar in a heavy metal band.

Social Media Links – Twitter: @metalmamawrites

Facebook: Catherine Fearns

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“Sophie Washington: Secret Santa” by Tonya Duncan Ellis

Sophie Washington Secret Santa

Sophie Washington: Secret Santa

by Tonya Duncan Ellis

Genre: Children/Geography & Cultures/Religious Fiction/Multicultural/Celebrations & Holidays/African-American

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Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Christmas is three weeks away and a mysterious “Santa” has been mailing presents to sixth grader Sophie Washington in this adorable, illustrated chapter book for middle grade readers. There is no secret Santa gift exchange going on at her school, so she can’t imagine who it could be. Sophie’s best friends, Chloe, Valentina, and Mariama guess the gift giver is either Nathan Jones or Toby Johnson, two boys in Sophie’s class who have liked her in the past, but she’s not so sure.
The Big Reveal
Sophie uncovers clues to find her secret Santa and the final reveal is bigger than any package she’s opened on Christmas morning. It’s a holiday surprise she’ll never forget!

This is the seventh book in the Readers’ Favorite five star rated Sophie Washington book series that includes:
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