Monday - It is our great pleasure to have Frank Creed back with us again. War of Attrition is his sequel to Flashpoint, which we toured several years ago and remains a favorite among those who reviewed it. The one thing new readers may have with War of Attrition is it dives right into the story, assuming the reader has already read Flashpoint. So if you haven't read Flashpoint, now is a good time to get it. Both books are quick reads and unlike anything you've ever read.
Okay, let's get to it. In War of Attrition I think the best way to describe it is we are following Alice down the rabbit hole again, only deeper this time. You won't find Alice or a rabbit, Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts or the other characters in Alice in Wonderland. It's not that kind of a story. We are in the near future, members of the Body of Christ (BoC) trying to oppose the One State government while trying to stay alive as well. Frank adds some wonderful quirks and twists, which if you'd read Flashpoint you'd be privy too. Some of them are Brain Wave technology, (Mindware) which the BoC has interfaced with the Holy Spirit. I'm not sure about the Biblical basis of this, but we're talking speculative fiction, not writing a book on doctrine here.
You begin to think things are going south when David's partner, oh, yeah, David Williams' street name is Calamity Kid, anyhow, his partner seems a bit suicidal. Barren is taking chances that Calamity Kid doesn't think he should take. The real problem is when Calamity Kid come in contact with someone from his past, someone who either bested him or was his equal in the gaming world. Only this isn't a game and Heartbreaker is from the other side. From there things start getting more complicated.
One thing I like about this is it gives some kind of picture of the spiritual war we are in. We get up close and personal with people who are in all walks of life. Some of them are on the same side as we are, but they tend to rub us the wrong way. Others are on the other side, but they aren't really the enemy. It's like it says in Ephesians 6:12, "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." The war, as physical as it may look, is really spiritual, and that tends to throw us. We tend to focus on the person as the enemy, but they aren't the enemy. In the words of my pastor, "The enemy is the spirit behind them." And that's one of the things we get to see in War of Attrition. So as you are reading this beautiful book, try to remember that if you've signed up with Jesus, you are at war. You have this big old Bullseye painted on your back, but don't be afraid. As long as you walk in obedience to the Lord, Jesus has your back, and your front and everything else. If you read Ephesians 6:10-18 you'll see what our armor really is, and trust me, it's better than BW technology.
Be sure to visit Frank Creed at his blog. He's a really interesting and complex guy. You can find him HERE.
Or visit THE UNDERGROUND (but I don't think it's been kept up as good as his blog)
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This is where I'm supposed to tell you that I'm doing this review in exchange for a free copy of his book. Well, if that were the case it wouldn't make his book any less compelling. The fact is I'm trying to do these reviews from an e-copy of his book because I haven't received his in the mail yet. I don't review garbage. If I have to I'll send the book back. In this case I'm doing the review with nothing but a e-file of the book. So you be the judge. Am I really doing this to get a free book? Or perhaps am I doing this because I want others to learn about the grace and love of Jesus Christ?