Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Prodigals by Clark Rich Burbidge - REVIEWED

About the Book:
A great shadow over the land threatens to overwhelm not only the people but a thousand years of Giant service and perhaps the Giants themselves. The future of the land depends on three young prodigals and an aging hero. Their personal struggles must be set aside, for they are the land’s only true hope. Book Two of the Giants Trilogy follows Thomas, as a much older man now serving as the Land’s Forest Ward, and two of his grandchildren (seventeen-year-old Tommy and thirteen-year-old Rose). They are unexpectedly caught up in a struggle for the survival of their people and their way of life. A sudden tragic change shocks them from a complacent and distracted life. Thomas, Tommy, and a band of lost prodigals are placed on a dangerous path toward destiny or destruction. Though they are unprepared, they are all that stands between hope for the future and loss of all they hold dear.

My Thoughts:

As long as there is life there is hope, Tom.  Let’s keep that hope alive with every breath left!”  (p.151)

When Thomas says these words to his grandson, many, many things have happened to lead up to the battle that gives them opportunity to fight side by side.  The second book in Giants in the Land series, The Prodigals, is a story of redemption on many levels.  The redemption of a generational gap of understanding, the redemption of the relationship between townfolk and giants, the redemption of a town that has been overcome with an insidious evil. I would consider this series a classic series of stories that should be read aloud to the younger generation – and give families the opportunity to discuss faith using the tool of fiction.

I have come to care deeply for Thomas and all of his family.  I don’t know whether I will see them again in n another tale or not, but I must applaud Clark Burbidge for creating a fictional world that accurately mirrors the spiritual challenges faced by both young and old alike. This is a series that draws you in, entertains you, and leaves you true issues of worth to ponder in your mind and heart.

I am happy to recommend the Giants in the Land series to everyone!! It is a fabulous series! 

About the Author:
Clark Burbidge's path to becoming an award winning author had distant beginnings. He received an MBA degree from the University of Southern California and a BS Degree in finance from the University of Utah. His career spans 31 years in banking, project finance, investment banking and more recently as Chief Financial Officer of three separate companies. 

He has been actively involved in community and church service, including lay youth and adult ministry, for over 35 years. It has been his long-term dream to write and publish several works that have been kicking around in his mind for many years. His first book, Life on the Narrow Path: A Mountain Biker's Guide to Spiritual Growth in Troubled Times was released nationally in March 2011. His second book A Piece of Silver was published in July 2011 and is currently entering its 2nd edition. Clark enjoys life in the foothills of the Rockies with his wife, children and three grandchildren. He looks forward to this next phase of life's wonderful adventures.

Learn more about the author's other books at the following websites: 

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