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"Worthy of a screenplay"
4 of 5 stars
By M. Dianne Grotius Berry
December 11, 2015
Since paranormal/action adventure genre is not my forte, this book was a slow rouser for me. There were so many characters that initially seemed to topple over one another. Just when I was being introduced to the main cast, out jumped more players from here and there. But as I kept reading, nearly each one developed and so did I
The storyline's plot is held captive by eerie evil antagonists whose ploy was to manifest fear and panic using destructive pranks while also stirring up strife within a small community. A county's sheriff and some law officers, with the guidance of heavenly angels, team up as the avengers who are determined to physically and spiritually stop the demons who eventually succumb to their victorious opponents. But not without a fierce and destroying fight.
Author Don Gladden's personal media background comes into play with his clever move-by-move action scenes as he rolls the camera up close to the "misty faces" of the demons for the reader audience. Some good imagery there!
I was impressed with his detailed descriptive of various weapons and defence strategies used which challenged my knowledge base. The author has an acute command of language. Character dialogue was some of the best ... tight, articulate and refined, although the author had opportunities to heighten emotions in certain scenes, such as when central character Jones' wife is dying. I would have liked to have felt the grief a little deeper instead of reading a few more chapters dousing me back into much detail that I could hardly keep up with. Several other places in the story could have been intensified to increase personal attachment to the host of characters.
I admit that it wasn’t until the last part of the book where I was nearly in tears because of the faith element. The final action scenes were gripping as prayer, the supreme ammunition for life's battle, brought the warmth and vision. As a Christian who understands spiritual warfare, Gladden illustrates a divine bond that extends through the revelation of life and death-- victory and defeat. Results were transparent to the loving Creator and Savior. It is a touching, intimate picture.
In summary, with all the sharp detail, there was an extreme amount of action that would render a more favorable screenplay in my opinion. I thank and congratulate a fellow author for his scholarly approach and creative accomplishment! I'm very glad I read it
I was reminded of ..."This Present Darkness" and "Piercing the Darkness."
"Would make a wonderful movie"
March 3, 2015
I bought the book and finished reading it a few days ago. First I would like to say that it is very easy to read and follow the storyline. When I began reading it, I had planned to read a little at a time as I worked on other projects. However, I soon found myself continually picking up "Jones' Corner" in anticipation of what would happen next. I really enjoyed the story - I love reading and it is sometimes difficult to find this kind of Christian fiction. I love the spiritual warfare aspect. You did a nice job giving the reader insight into the "real" battle (in the spiritual dimension) that ultimately affects what happens in our earthly dimension. When I read "Jones' Corner" I was reminded of my other favorite works in Christian fiction - "This Present Darkness" and "Piercing the Darkness." Your story would make a wonderful movie - I look forward to the sequel!
4 / 5 stars
By Phillip Cole
Two years after his wife dies from an unexplained illness, Jones O'Brian realizes something evil is happening in his town. Helped by his friends and an army of angels, he works to fight its advance and save the town and people. Don C. Gladden tells the story in Jones' Corner.
Having rooted his life in faith, Jones is able to trust in God for help when trouble hits. That doesn't mean everything goes as expected, but he knows that God is sovereign and will prevail. This, and seeing prayers answered, deepens his trust.
Gladden has written a book that does more than provide a good story. He brings to the forefront an issue that we often try to avoid: spiritual warfare. Though there are people causing trouble, they are not the source of the conflict. Jones and his friends are facing spiritual adversaries, just as we do. Even though this is a fictional story, it reminds us that we, too, battle against powers and principalities.
I liked the story, though I think it could be made longer. This isn't really anything against the book or plot, I just think that it would be nice to go a bit deeper in the concept of spiritual warfare. That, and don't like it when books I enjoy end.
I received a free copy of Jones' Corner in exchange for my review as part of the BookCrash program