Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky. The Assault. Bethany House, 2017. See here to buy the book.
The Assault is the second volume of the “Harbingers” series. As in the first volume, authors Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky each contribute a section, from the perspective of a main character. Bill Myers conveys the perspective of Brenda, a tough tattoo artist who has premonitions of the future. Frank Peretti contributes the perspective of the professor, an atheist ex-priest. Angela Hunt writes from the point-of-view of Andi, the professor’s assistant, who is Jewish. And Alton Gansky shares the viewpoint of Tank, a lovable ex-jock, who is probably the most Christian character in the book. Another character is Daniel, who hears from invisible people. Brenda is a mother-figure to him.
The second volume is better than the first volume. There was a greater educational element in the second volume, in that the first section talked about the Spear of Destiny, the spear that supposedly killed Christ, which Hitler wanted when he was alive. There was also more intrigue. The Harbingers were contending against the Gate, which was like the Illuminati (as many modern conspiracy theorists portray it), but was from another dimension (or so I understood).
Like the previous volume, this volume was somewhat difficult to follow. The prose was simple, but putting together the big picture from the dialogue and the action and horror scenes was a challenge. This volume was a step up from the previous volume, however, because this volume presented the characters summing up what came before, on occasion, and Tank offered his impressions of the other characters.
The characters are likable. The professor is crusty and misanthropic, but he has some level of affection for the other characters. The Harbingers fight evil, even though not all of them are Christians, which is interesting, for a Christian novel. The professor remains an atheist. My favorite part of this book was when an ascended spirit being claiming to be a god was telling the professor that he (the professor) was God, and the professor replied, “That would mean I don’t believe in me, which is absurd!”
I would have liked more information about the Gate, but that may come out in a subsequent volume.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My review is honest!