Warrior Christians: Review of John C. Dalglish’s Far From Home

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Set in St Louis and London, Far From Home is a short Christian fantasy work (96 pages on Kindle) that has the feel of a post-apocalyptic world with one religion. If you are told about the faith, you must either accept or essentially be terminated, die. There are chosen people, called chasers that seek out people, runners, who are running from their appointed time with judgment; some of the runners, one in particular that Carter, the protagonist, has been chasing is from the medieval times. The chasers locate the runners. Both runners and chasers have sixth senses that enable them to know when a chaser or a runner is nearby. When a chaser locates a runner, the chaser endeavors to get the runner to see the light and  voluntarily cross over to their place of judgment. I got the feeling that this place is not always heaven. If the runner does not voluntarily go, a fight ensues, usually until either the chaser or runner is vanquished.

Far From Home is number six in the Chaser series. I found out about the series from a Goodreads Review book club. I listened to it on audio and enjoyed it. There were some annoying qualities that would have made a longer book unbearable I suspect. Some of the problems I saw were: the use of cliches, a rapid-fire narrator, odd characteristics of the protagonist that almost made him seem homosexual (e.g., mention of him decorating for one), which to most religions is disfavored, if not outright prohibited as well as the tone and some of the mannerisms of the protagonist that at times made him seem like an immature boy, though he was clearly written to be an adult.

The book could be classified as YA (high school) or adult fantasy.

As far as the narrator for the audiobook, unlike some reviewers, I found was not that bad. He could do British and American accents well, knew the differences between the two languages and gave a good rendition of the personality differences between the British (generally more reserved) and their American counterparts.

The fight scenes were realistic, not too violent, and kept me engaged. The inclusion of scripture and Christian living references and symbols were appropriately done, both in manner and amount as was the use of magic (flash of light, sixth sense, among others). The emphasis on spiritual growth and an overall Christian feel to the narrative was not condescending or boorish.

I will be seeking out the first five books in the series.

*** Copy provided by author

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