Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Review - Warriors of the Cross by TR Graves

Warriors of the Cross by T. R. Graves
Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
Source: Smashwords
Genre: Adult Christian Romance Suspense

Book DescriptionAllison La Crosse, beginning a challenging family medicine residency, leaves the protection of her family. With the transfer, her worst nightmares come true. Her closely guarded mystical talents – those which seldom appeared before the move – unleash themselves from her confinement and reveal their presence with very little provocation. 

Allison’s most terrifying power is her compulsion to cure the dying with her touch. Given her career, this gift would be valuable if she were not drawn like a magnet to the ailing person's every symptom. Some of which are fatal. 

At the hospital and surrounded by life-and-death emergencies, Allison’s inability to manage her impulse turns deadly. When it does, her mentor, Brody, rescues her from her own demise. His resuscitation ignites an exciting and tempestuous bond between them. 

Desperate for a cure, they join forces and embark upon a journey to uncover the origins of Allison’s lethal curse. In the midst of their adventure, Allison exposes a secret pursued by many…known by few. 

Colleen's Thoughts: This book was a Christian Romantic-Suspense novel.  While the plot was a creative and interesting idea, I found myself getting lost in the extreme details of the medical jargon; the result being that the scary or romantic parts were not as intense as the author intended.  There were a great deal of cryptic allusions in the characters' described emotional responses and dialogue.  It was often frustrating to read that Brody looked at Allie in a strange way, but never explained why.  Of course, when the plot unravels toward the end, we realize why everything happened the way it did.  It just seemed like a bit much to me.  It was a basic good vs. evil plot, but the references to Satan and his followers was disturbing to me.  I suppose it is understandable, considering the fact that this is a Christian novel.  However, if this was truly a Christian novel, why were there so many religious exclamations?  There were also some rather bold innuendos, that although they were not explained, were blatant enough that they did not need to be.  This is most definitely not a book I would recommend to a teenager.  

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