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Friday, February 26, 2010

Review: Powers by John B. Olson

“Bury me standing.
I must be buried standing.”

Powers, the follow-up to John Olson’s Shade (“a must-read for those who enjoy Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti” —Publishers Weekly), introduces a sheltered Gypsy girl named Mariutza. Her grandfather utters a mysterious last request before dying in her arms after being shot by ten cloaked men.Those same men die before her eyes, but strange powers continue to pursue Mari through the swamps of southern Louisiana where she has always hidden from “the Badness.”The whole world seems to join in the chase—helicopters, soldiers, government agents, and the police are all trying to kill her. Mari’s only hope of survival is to find Jaazaniah the Prophet, the mythical hero of her grandfather’s bedtime stories. But she has never been outside the swamp or known other humans besides her grandfather and one teacher. How can this lone girl survive the bewildering world of men long enough to find a prophet who might not even exist?

I have really struggled with this review. I've started it over and over again and I'm not exactly sure why. The book was interesting but it was also confusing. The early chapters jumped into the action as Mari's grandfather died in her arms and she is forced to go on the run. She had been sheltered her whole life and never lived outside the swamps but now she must find Jaazaniah the Prophet. He is the hero of the bedtime stories that she listened to as a child. Jazz is a musician who plays his music wherever he can earn a paycheck. He has no idea that he in the mysterious prophet.

As more characters are introduced the chapters are told from their points of view. Again, there is plenty of action and suspense but it felt like the story splintered with each narrator and they weren't fully developed. It was an interesting plot but not very cohesive. I still had questions at the end but perhaps that was to allow for a sequel.

I also didn't realize this was Christian fiction which may have led to some of my confusion as well. I wasn't familiar with all of the references and bible passages although I thought they were incorporated into the story well and faith was one of the most important elements. Overall this was an intriguing story, it just wasn't for me.

Thank you to LibraryThing Early Reviewers who provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Release date: 12/1/09
Pages: 400
Price/format: $14.99/paperback
Type: supernatural thriller/Christian fiction


  1. Too bad that this one didn't live up to expectations. Some books are a struggle to get through never mind then having to write a review on them. I hope your next one is a 5 star read!

  2. O I struggled with this one too! It never really jived for me.

  3. Christian fiction can go either way for me. Too bad this didn't quite work out.

  4. Oh, whew! I wasn't just me! I received a copy of this same title through them as well...yeah, definitely not what I thought it was going to be. Hat to say it, but it was a struggle. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Happy reading!

  5. Thanks for your review - I think I'll skip this one.

  6. I think I'll skip also. Sounds like the book needed a good editor

  7. I had trouble with this one too and never finished. It just didn't come together for me.


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