I just finished reading The Force by Alexandra and Joyce Swann, and I can tell you that none of it unfolded the way I thought it would! The Force explores the stories of four men and the forces that drive them. Jarrod and Joshua Sinclair and Fred Kowalski believe that the power of God will triumph over any evil and that good will come out of the darkest of tragedies. Josef Helmick chooses to worship no god but himself, and in so doing, worships the force that wages war against God and the good He works in the lives of men. The Force is also a story of murder, of mysterious cults, and about the desire to rule the world.
I’m not generally a reader of thrillers. I can only read them if I have complete confidence that good will triumph over evil in the end. I knew from the beginning of this book that good would win. Still, I began the book with a bit of nervousness and trepidation. How could a story that begins with someone murdering the world’s most beautiful women over and over again also show truth triumphing? Within only a few chapters, I was completely reeled in. I needed to know what would happen next, and I kept turning page after page to find out. In the end good does indeed win, though it is not without cost. Fred and the Sinclairs battle not only external threats but internal conflicts as well.
What I liked about The Force: an incredible beginning, the truth of God and His Presence woven into the book, and the fact that the story was set in the near future. The heroes were people I wanted to know more about and spend time with.
What I wasn’t passionate about: At times, I felt like evil held center stage for too long. I wanted to know what the “good guys” were doing in more detail, and I wanted to be reminded that the Light was still shining. At times the story seemed to move too quickly between characters’ points of view, and there was a large number of minor characters whose stories did not continue throughout the book. I felt like I was just getting to know them when their part in the story was ended.
I thought The Force was a good story, and I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to be a part of Alexandra and Joyce Swann’s launch team for this novel. And in case you are wondering, the ending does leave room for a sequel . . .
About the Authors:
Joyce and Alexandra Swann are mother and daughter. Joyce homeschooled her ten children from the first grade through master’s degrees. She is a well-known author and speaker on the subject of homeschooling. For nearly a decade she was a popular column-ist for Practical Homeschooling Magazine. She now blogs regularly on parenting, homeschooling, and Christian lifestyle issues.
Joyce and Alexandra have co-authored two other novels, The Fourth Kingdom and The Twelfth Juror, both of which were published in 2010. Joyce’s personal story of her experiences raising and educating her family is chronicled in Looking Backward: My Twenty-Five Years as a Homeschooling Mother, published in February of 2011. Her novel, The Warrior, which tells the story of one woman’s ten year prayer vigil for a man she has never met, was released in May of 2012. She is also the author of two children’s books, Tales of Pig Isle and The McAloons, which began as stories that she told to entertain her grandchildren.
Alexandra is author of No Regrets: How Homeschooling Earned me a Master’s Degree at Age Sixteen and Writing for Today. She has been self-employed for over fourteen years and was the 2011 Chairwoman of the Board of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She writes a regular blog, Paying for Protection, about the consequences of over-regulation and over-reaching government. Her novel The Planner, which is the prequel to The Chosen, was published in June of 2012.