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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Amanda G. Stevens: Far and Near

By Kelly Bridgewater

Home is not easy to find. Marcus, Lee, Austin, and Violet are starting over. Texas is supposed to be their sanctuary. But the Constabulary isn't ready to relinquish their worst offenders, legal jurisdiction or not. They've sent agents in undercover, and Marcus is the assigned target of one who has personal reasons to bring him back dead or alive. Marcus and Lee are ready to be whole again, to secure a home here-together. 
But wholeness and home might not mean what they thought. Stopping the Constabulary hunters will require more than Marcus knows how to give, and God is about to use him again in a way he doesn't expect. Enemies, emotions, the past, the future-everything must be faced in the quest for a true haven.

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My Thoughts:

The Haven Seekers by Amanda G. Stevens is a wonderful dystopia series that makes me think about a time when the American government will make the Bible illegal to read and have. The government already wants to brainwash our children, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they try to take the Bible away from every American citizen. But until that day actually comes, Stevens creates a fantasy world that co-exists in our world. I have really enjoyed Seek and Hide, Found and Lost, and Take and Give. There was plenty of action and citizens running for their lives whether they believed in the Bible or not.

In her conclusion to the series, Far and Near, the story focuses more on PTSD and the affect it has on basically every person in the character from Marcus, Violet, and Lee. All of them have issues in their past that have changed their view on their current situation in Texas.  I saw how the remembrance of a horrible event came on in an instant with just a nudge of an event. It gave me more sympathy of the people who come back from the wars and have a huge deal time with normal everyday activities.

While the past three stories dealt more with the character running from the law and trying to free other Christians, Far and Near really doesn’t deal with that much. Yes, there is moments were Marcus is running from one of his captors who tortured him. But all the characters are in Texas, which is a safe haven from the government, so they aren’t really threaten much. The plot did feel much slower, but I wanted to see the ending, so I kept flipping through the pages. I wanted to find a satisfactory ending to a standoff with the Constabulary government, but Stevens didn’t go that way. The ending left me wanting more.

The final book in the Haven Seekers series by Amanda G. Stevens Far and Near felt less exciting the previous three but does show the affect of PTSD on people and the ending left something more to be desired.

I received a complimentary copy of Far and Near from David C. Cook Publishing and the opinions stated are all my own.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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