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02 November 2009

Lost Mission by Athol Dickson: Book Tour and Review

Title: Lost Mission
Author: Athol Dickson
Publisher: Howard Books
Publication Date: September 15,2009
Paperback: 368 pages
ISBN: 978-1416583479
Genre: Christian Fiction

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Synopsis:

What haunting legacy awaits deep beneath the barrios and wealthy enclaves of Southern California?

A billionaire driven mad by grief.

A pastor in love with the wrong woman.

An illegal immigrant desperate to feed his family.

Only Lupe de la Garza can save them from the ancient evil lurking in a lost mission's ruins, but it will take an act of faith beyond all human power.

An idyllic Spanish mission collapses in the eighteenth century atop the supernatural evidence of a shocking crime. Twelve generations later the ground is opened up, the forgotten ruins are disturbed, and rich and poor alike confront the onslaught of resurging hell on earth. Caught up in the catastrophe are...
· A humble shopkeeper compelled to leave her tiny village deep in Mexico to preach in America
· A minister wracked with guilt for loving the wrong woman
· An unimaginably wealthy man, blinded to the consequences of his grand plans
· A devoted father and husband driven to a horrible discovery that changes everything

Will the evil that destroyed the Misión de Santa Dolores rise to overwhelm them? Or will they beat back the terrible desires that led to the mission's good Franciscan founder's standing in the midst of flames ignited by his enemies and friends alike more than two centuries ago?

From the high Sierra Madre mountains to the harsh Sonoran desert, from the privileged world of millionaire moguls to the impoverished immigrants who serve them, Athol Dickson once again weaves a gripping story of suspense that spans centuries and cultures to explore the abiding possibility of miracles.


My review:

Lost Mission by Athol Dickson is a rather unique twist on the age-old theme of good verses evil. Dickson begins his tale in 17 century Spain and procedes to weave together the lives of four strangers and their individual struggles, be they good or evil. Dickson's writing style flows beautifully, his narrative is crisp and his characters are vivid and real. The shift in time and place took a little adjustment period as Dickson's time or place transitions quite rapidly, yet fluidly from one sentence to the next, rather than with more tradition chapter breaks. His tale is so masterfully told, the lands are brilliantly detailed and the struggle of good verses evil keeps the reader guessing and thinking making this novel a delightful page-turner. I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys an excellent story line, even if Christian Fiction is not at the top of a readers genre list, Dickson is that brilliant a storyteller.

About the author:

Athol Dickson is an award-winning author of several novels. His Christy Award-winning novel River Rising was name one of the "Top Ten Christian Novel of 2006" by Booklist magazine. He lives in California with his wife. Find out more about Athol and his books by visiting his website.

  • Books can be purchased here.
  • There is a contest for those who are interested. The rules are: Tweet this and be entered to win signed copies of Athol’s award winning books: Tweet 4 words that describe Athol Dickson’s #LostMission along with this link: http://tr.im/BPD1 Or Athol Dickson’s redemptive tale #LostMission is a MUST read! Gripping story about mistakes and miracles! http://tr.im/BPD1 (To be clear – to be entered into the contest your tweet must have these 2 elements 1. Athol Dickson’s #LostMission 2. this link: http://tr.im/BPD1).
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I received a copy of Lost Mission by Athol Dickson from Litfuse Publicity Group as part of the tour. Receiving a copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.

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2 comments:

fredamans said...

I would totally love to win this book. I tweeted it:
http://twitter.com/fredalicious/status/5365379976

I hope I did it right!

freda.mans[at]sympatico.ca

Farrah from The Book Faery Reviews said...

Definitely sounds like a must read for me. Thanks for sharing and of course I tweeted this. How could I not?!