Invitation by Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, Bill Myers, Alton Gansky
Baker Publishing group: 4/4/17
eBook review copy; 352 pages
Cycle One of the Harbingers Series
Invitation is a collection of four interconnected stories by
authors Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, Bill Myers, and Alton Gansky. This
volume contains the first four stories in the Harbingers Series, an
ongoing series with additional stories already available that was
created by these Christian authors. In the series a team of four widely
diverse people join together to use their individual skills to solve a
mystery or help someone.
The author's set up two rules for their collaboration:
Rule #1 Each author would write as one of the characters in
the series: Bill Myers's character is Brenda, the street-hustling tattoo
artist who sees images of the future. Frank Peretti's character is the
professor, the atheist ex-priest ruled by logic. Angela Hunt's character
is Andi, the professor’s brilliant but geeky assistant who sees
inexplicable patterns. Alton Gansky's character is Tank, the naïve,
big-hearted jock with a surprising connection to a healing power.
Rule #2 They would write the stories like a TV series with an
overarching storyline. The series part would be their individual
stories, novellas, written from their character’s point of view.
The first four stories in this volume include:
"The Call" by Bill Myers: We are introduced to the characters and their first team effort to
help a student at the Institute for Advanced Psychic
"The Haunted" by
Frank Peretti: The four try to solve a murder mystery centered around a mysterious house.
"The Sentinels" by Angela Hunt: Animals are
mysteriously dying and discovered with their eyes missing.
"The Girl" by Alton Gansky: A young barefoot girl is found
holding a scroll after walking for miles in the snowy countryside.
There is no doubt that the writing is excellent and the individual
stories are compelling; however, there are some pros and cons to the
series. The premise that the stories are written like a TV series, with
each story/author focusing on one character, is unique. This makes it
easy to quickly read one story and know the next one will be a new
adventure from a different character's point-of-view. This is also the
downfall of the series - or at least this first volume. Because it is
written as an ongoing series and this volume is just the first four
stories, there is no concluding resolution and the character growth is
limited. Invitation is only the first four of the sixteen
individual stories already written for the series. In the end the real
questions for readers are: Do you like episodic ongoing stories? How
much time are you willing to invest in an ongoing series?
My review copy was courtesy of the publisher/author.