It is a cliché to describe a book as a page-turner, but that was exactly my reaction to this fast-paced, supernatural thriller. And despite being formally classified as aimed at young adults – a demographic I left some decades ago – it will surely appeal to older generations as well.
The action begins quickly. Shale, the teenage heroine of the story, is berated by her schoolteacher for bringing her Christian faith into a classroom science debate. Abruptly some kind of strange UFO-like aircraft lands outside in the school football field. School officials claim it is connected to the military. But is it really?
More unexpected events occur. Shale’s estranged father summons her to Washington. He wants her to fly to Israel in search of some ancient scrolls. And then, before we know it, the whole world is engulfed in war.
In Israel Shale meets up with her beloved Daniel, and is thrilled to learn that he is now a follower of Yeshua (Jesus). But Daniel is still seeking for his father. Together they fly out to look for him.
In the previous book, Daniel witnessed the trial and crucifixion of Yeshua. This time he – with Shale – encounters something vastly more sinister. I will not reveal the dramatic ending, though if you are familiar with your Bible you know it already.
As in her previous books, Lorilyn Roberts describes all these events with a riveting intensity. Her characters are strong and believable. We live the drama with them.
And some good news. I had thought “The City” was the final book in this exciting and innovative series. It seems I was wrong. I look forward eagerly to the next.