Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Broken Angel by Sigmund Brouwer

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Broken Angel
(WaterBrook Press (May 20, 2008)
Sigmund Brouwer


Sigmund Brouwer is the author of eighteen best-selling novels for children and adults. His newest book is Fuse of Armageddon and his novel The Last Disciple was featured in Time magazine and on ABC’s Good Morning America. A champion of literacy, he teaches writing workshops for students in schools from the Arctic Circle to inner city Los Angeles. Sigmund is married to Christian recording artist Cindy Morgan, and they and their two daughters divide their time between homes in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada and Nashville, Tennessee.


Her birth was shrouded in mystery and tragedy.
Her destiny is beyond comprehension.
Her pursuers long to see her broken.
She fights to soar.

A father's love for his daughter…a decision that would change both their lives forever. But who is she really─and why must she now run for her life?

Caitlin's body has made her an outcast, a freak, and the target of vicious bounty hunters. As she begins a perilous journey, she is forced to seek answers for her father's betrayal in the only things she can carry with her─a letter he passes her before forcing her to run, and their shared memories together.

Being hunted forces Caitlyn to partner with two equally lonely companions, one longing to escape the horror of factory life in Appalachia and the others, an unexpected fugitive. Together the three will fight to reach a mysterious group that might be friend or foe, where Caitlyn hopes to uncover the secrets of her past...and the destiny she must fulfill.

In the rough, shadowy hills of Appalachia, a nation carved from the United States following years of government infighting, Caitlyn and her companions are the prey in a terrifying hunt. They must outwit the relentless bounty hunters, skirt an oppressive, ever-watchful society, and find passage over the walls of Appalachia to reveal the dark secrets behind Caitlyn’s existence–and understand her father’s betrayal.

Prepare yourself to experience a chilling America of the very near future, as you discover the unforgettable secret of the Broken Angel.

In this engrossing, lightning-paced story with a post-apocalyptic edge, best-selling author Sigmund Brouwer weaves a heroic, harrowing journey through the path of a treacherous culture only one or two steps removed from our own.

If you would like to read the first chapter, go HERE.


Broken Angel is unlike any book I have ever read. It falls somewhere between fantasy, thriller and suspense. The premise of the book was difficult to grasp initially, but once I understood that the people were living in a closed community dominated by crazy fanatics, I then began to understand who the good guys were and who the bad guys were…I thought. See, no one is who they appear to be in this story. Just about the time you think a bad guy is going to take out a good guy….ooops! He’s not bad he’s good. It’s kind of confusing, but it really keeps you on your toes and moves the story forward.

The main character in the story is a young woman named Caitlyn who suffers from a strange physical malformation that you don’t understand until the very end. Once you understand her problem, it clarifies a lot of things. In the meantime, you are taken on a wild ride through one closed community and into another, more mystical group whose intent for either good or evil depends on who you talk to.

In short, I’m not sure I fully grasped the entire story as I should have. All I know for sure is that the story drew me in, and I didn’t stop reading until I finally reached the end. There are a lot of rather violent scenes in the story, so if you don’t deal well with very twisted thinking, you might not enjoy this book. However, the suspense builds and builds until you grow almost frustrated with the desire to find out how things are going to end.

This is a difficult book for me to talk about, because even though I liked it….when I got to the end, I’m not sure I understood what exactly the author intended. It’s a good read, but it works best for those whose mind goes easily outside the box of common thought. If you like a suspenseful, very different kind of thrill, then this is the book for you! Purchase a copy here today!


Tami said...

I'm with you Kim! This one was a little "out there" for me too. Now I have to figure out how to write my review of it. Hope I can do as good of a job as you did.

Scrambled Dregs said...

You did a good job on your review. I'm glad the interview helped you. It was freaky in several ways and I did have a bit of a struggle jumping in...but I think most of that is genre. I kind of feel challenged when I'm in a place that is not real. I think it's def more sci-fi/fantasy.

So when are you posting a picture of your new hair do?

kalea_kane said...

I think your review has me quite intrigued. It may not be something I normally would pick up, but I do keep a list of books that interest me for when I am at a bookstore and a little unsure of what I want, ebaying, or even at the thrift store...I'll keep my eyes opened. :) Really a great review!