The Call

The CallThe Call by Bill Myers
Series: Harbingers
Genres: Speculative, Suspense
Published by Amaris Media International on February 2, 2015
Pages: 96

 

Brenda is a tattoo artist with a strange gift that she doesn’t fully understand. Often she knows what to tattoo for people before they even walk through the door. So when Tank arrives, she knows immediately the image that she has sketched earlier is for him. Unbeknownst to Brenda, Tank also has a special gift as does the two other people they encounter later that same night, The Professor and Andi. As these four very different, yet gifted individuals come together to help a student from the Institute for Advanced Psychic Studies, there is little doubt that some force greater than coincidence is directing their path. In a very quick, fun read, The Call is an excellent opening to the Harbingers series.

When I saw the idea and writers for the Harbingers series, I knew I had to read it. It would be hard pass on this project given the authors involved—Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky. This is some serious talent coming together for this series of books; no way I want to miss this.

The first book in the series, The Call is written by Bill Myers and is told from Brenda’s perspective. Brenda’s an interesting character and I suspect she’s a lot of fun to write. She has a good balance between not wanting to care and not being able to stop herself from caring. The reader gets a small glimpse into Brenda’s backstory, which is enough to make them want to come back for more. The remaining three members of this unlikely group have also been setup nicely and I look forward to seeing what each author does with their character.

The Call is written such that the story presented feels complete while still leaving plenty of room to expand.

The Harbingers series will consist of several novellas, which means each will be a very short, quick read. The Call can easily be finished in just a couple of settings. However, it’s written such that the story presented feels complete while still leaving plenty of room to expand. So while there is a somewhat cliffhanger, it’s not a total cliffhanger. As a result, I’m much more likely to read these books as they are released rather than waiting for the series to be complete before buying.

There looks to be some good supernatural elements combined with complimentary spiritual themes

It will be very interesting to see how the overarching storyline develops. This first book gives the reader a good glimpse of what is to come and I must say, I like what I see. There looks to be some good supernatural elements combined with complimentary spiritual themes and a group of characters that some we’ll love and others we will love to hate. I look forward to finding out more about each character’s gifts and how those work within the story. Definitely lots more to discover in this series.

For a very short read, The Call has a lot of substance to it.

For a very short read, The Call has a lot of substance to it. A solid groundwork is laid for subsequent novellas and the authors certainly have my attention. The Harbingers looks to be a fun series for readers of all ages. I’m looking forward to The Haunted, which should be available early March.

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