Monday, January 29, 2018

The Empowered by Craig Parshall Book Review

 Grab a large cup of coffee or some Red Bull because you will need it.

The Empowered by Craig Parshall, a Christian crime drama about Trevor Black an ex-attorney who has the power of seeing demons.  This Travor Black sequel touches heavily on human trafficking.  Black takes on investigating a mysterious death in Washington, DC.  This investigation takes him to New Orleans where he tracks a shadowy Internet-driven child abduction group who has pagan sects of the Old Testament. There he discovers the human trafficking of young girls.  The supernatural catches up with him by creating a carefully staged a murder in his hotel room putting him on the top of the suspect list. Soon after the murder setup, his daughter goes missing. He is running out of time to save his daughter's soul. While trying to rescue his daughter, Heather, he uncovers a human trafficking ring that extends far beyond isolated murders, enslaving scores of innocent children with its head perhaps linked to the highest seats of power. The demons only give him a certain amount of time to save his daughter. 

Craig Parshall isn't new to criminal justice. As a constitutional attorney, Craig currently serves as Special Counsel in Washington DC with the American Center for Law and Justice.  He is also a commentator on issues involving culture, faith, freedom, law, media and technology and frequently debates the most controversial and engaging issues of the day with atheist groups and separation-of-church-state leaders. He has even made appearances on legal and constitutional issues before mainstream media including FOX news, CBS television, CBS radio, CNN, NBC's Today Show, Inside Edition, PBS, NPR, and Court TV among others. His cases have even been featured in major newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, the National Law Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the LA Times, the Boston Herald, Atlanta Constitution, Newsweek, and U.S. News and World Reports. 

I found this book to be very Bible preachy. I felt Parshall wrote this book not to tell a crime drama story, but a way to preach scripture. Every problem Black encountered was quickly and easily fixed within 2-4 chapters. The conflicts didn't last long. Human trafficking and scripture seemed to be Parshall's main themes.  I believe Parshall main theme of this book is if you trust in the Lord everything will come easy and turn out better than planned.  At times, I found this book to be very hard to follow. 

"Rely on the Spirit, that's what. Make room for faith in all this, Trevor. this isn't like improving your golf game, you know."  (p. 333)

My favorite part of the story was when his daughter went missing because I felt drawn into the story. This was an actual conflict happening. I was the suspense of him having to find his daughter in a certain amount of time would last through book and at the end of the book Black would find his daughter, but that did not happen. Sadly it only lasted three chapters. 

"Self-pity is a destroyer. A tool of the enemy. " (p. 333)
My least parts of the book are the Voodoo. Everything in this world seemed to be Voodoo to black. If you aren't on your knees begging for God to bless you then you are Voodoo demon.  Basically, I felt there were too many stories going on in this book. I wish he just stuck with having to find his daughter. I would tell you more, but I don't want to ruin the book for you.

The reason why I said get your coffee or a Red Bull because to me this book was very hard to finish. I was very disappointed in this book. For the life of me, I could not feel connected to these characters. I wouldn't recommend this book unless you are church book club.

Author: Craig Parshall
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Craig Parshall is a fiction writer who has authored or co-authored twelve suspense novels. His fiction work has appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List and on the CBA bestseller list. Craig is a current events columnist and has also co-authored several nonfiction books with his wife Janet, a national syndicated radio talk show host on Moody Radio. He was the founding director of the John Milton Project for Free Speech, a pioneering Internet investigation that brought him into contact with world experts on the dangers of the web. Craig has made appearances on mainstream media such as The Today Show, FOX News, CBS TV and Radio, Inside Edition, and many more. Craig is a cum lade graduate of Carroll College (English/Philosophy/Religion) and Marquette University Law School where he received his J.D. degree. As a constitutional attorney, Craig currently serves as a Special Counsel with the American Center for Law and Justice

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Release Date: January 2018.
ISBN: 978-1-4964-1137-2
Publisher: Tyndale

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