“Title: Times of Trouble
This book is the work of the author's imagination even though there is Scripture in it. Some of the book really made you stop and imagine how it would be if things were to really happen as the author wrote. Once you've read a few pages, you don't want to stop. The main character, Brian and the book is written as his point of view.Brian is married with two children and a third on the way. He works for the FBI and got a promotion to the secret service detail.Brian is quite excited with his new job. He was privy to the inner workings of the American government. The excitement didn't last long and he knows he won't last very long with the administration. He was also excited about his new son's arrival. The new baby has Downs Syndrome.Even though the parent's are against it, the government wants to put the child in a facility.I felt for Brian. He had the government, a family, a new baby and a wife that has cancer. What a load for anyone. The story captures your attention and holds it. It may put a little fear in you as you begin to wonder what could happen if we continue to let the government have more and more control over things.According to the government making decisions for us is to "keep us safe." The author did a good job of having current events lead into the end of times. The author included prayers in this novel. I found at different points in time I could actually relate to the characters and some of the situations they were in. I would recommend this book as a good read to anyone, believers or not. It might hit home that we need to keep the faith and not give up. You may also wonder "is this happening now" or "could this actually happen?" You decide.
I would give this book 3 STARS.
I was given a complimentary copy of TIMES OF TROUBLE from the author, Cliff Ball for this honest review.
“Title: Times of Trouble
Author: Cliff Ball
The subtitle is End Times Novel, so when reading this please remember it is a work of fiction and though it does contain Scripture, it is the work of the author’s imagination. I spent a Sunday afternoon just reading the book from cover to cover and I enjoyed the time doing so. For one thing, reading it all at once helped me to follow the story all the way through. As I read, I was reminded of other novels I had read with the theme of end times as well as some of the movies I have seen.
There were parts in the story that were hard to read, not because it was gross just imagining if it were to happen as written. The point of view is first person by the lead male character named Brian who works for the FBI and is married with a third child being born as the story begins. In time, Brian receives a promotion to become part of the secret service detail, a position that places him in a position to hear and see the inner workings of the American government. Brian, at first, is quite excited about the promotion, plus the birth of his son until he begins to discern what is happening in the spiritual world.
Of course, there is more to the novel than these few sentences can encompass. I hope you too will take advantage of an afternoon to read the book. You may or may not agree with Rapture theology; however, the story is quite captivating and intriguing no matter your belief. Sometimes when we read what a writer produces we can use that to communicate our thoughts to others as well as the author. I wrote Cliff while I was reading with questions about the novel’s content. He responded right away and was thankful to hear from me. Should you read Times of Trouble, please take time to converse with the author via FaceBook or Twitter as he loves to hear peoples’ feedback whether they are questions, comments or suggestions.
My rating is 4 ½ stars.
Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/. Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
“Good Story Line
Brian Atwood life is changing drastically with the birth of his third child and his work as a field agent for the FBI. When the child is born with Down’s syndrome, the current government procedure is to remove the child to a facility against the parent’s wishes, then Atwood and his family move to DC to work for the president. Immediately, Atwood realizes that he probably will not last long with this administration. After only a few months, the US begins to fall apart and the current president takes full control.
The first person point of view helps to keep this story from being a smooth read. When major things happen the main character shows little emotion, giving the book a stale feeling. The storyline is excellent, but Ball could have built more on the theme to create a better story.