I really liked this book. I had never reviewed anything by Richard Sones but a Brush with the Beast is a great read. Writing this review took me at least an additional week because I could not get a handle on how to explain the style and evolution of the story. I like how the book is produced; the white pages give the book a nice look and feel.
When I started reading it, I was unsure if I was going to like it, I felt like the writing was a bit bland, almost cut and dry. For example, the only reason you know this is taking part after the rapture of the church is one small sentence. Then a bit further in there is a major attack on the US oil supply and there is not a lot of details about the aftermath or total chaos this would inflict on us, and then I finally understood the cadence of Richard’s writing style and realized that the character development and interactions was his major focus.
The three main characters in this book are masterfully developed. There is Nick Gooseberry, a very wealth and successful business owner who will literally sell his soul to the devil to get relief from excruciating back pain. Then you have Fayeed Mujammed a radicalized Muslim extremist, as known as Fanak (the fox) a nickname given to him for his prowess against the Americans. Last there is Sarah Johnson; she is a down and out drug addict that has been busted for selling drugs (a true set up of a crime). While incarcerated she becomes a born again Christian, and is pregnant.
The characters in this book get woven together with a very intricate plot line that is so well laid out that by the time you get 3/4 of the way through you don’t want the story to end and you realize that it won’t, this is just the first book in a series. If this first book is any indication then the remaining series is really going to be good. There is a strong Christian message of salvation and redemption.
I was given this book in exchange for my honest review.