The Assault: Cycle Two of the Harbingers Series
by Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, Bill Myers, Alton Gansky
Baker Publishing Group: 8/1/17
eBook review copy; 368 pages
The Assault: Cycle Two of the Harbingers Series by Frank Peretti, Angela
Hunt, Bill Myers, Alton Gansky is a highly recommended second
installment of the group-story.
volume contains the second collection of four interconnected stories in the Harbingers Series that started with Invitation. This is an
created by these Christian authors with additional stories already available. In the series a team of four widely
diverse people join together to use their individual skills.
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 stories in Cycle 2 of the Harbingers series continues the story of
four gifted strangers brought together to fight a growing darkness. From
Bill Myers's "The Revealing," the team finds themselves in Rome trying
to retrieve the mystical spear Hitler once owned--the very spear that
pierced Christ's side. This task will take them from hidden chambers
inside the Vatican to a mysterious seaside cave with powers they could
Frank Peretti's "Infestation" unleashes a
microscopic evil on the world that deceives, blinds, kills, then
spreads. The Harbingers team must confront a monster bent on seducing
and destroying mankind.
In "Infiltration" by Angela Hunt, the team
is wounded and barely holding together. Forced to split up, they
realize their investigations have led them into dangerous waters.
Gansky's "The Fog" unleashes a supernatural mist unlike any other.
There are vicious things in the fog that kill whatever they find. One
team member realizes that the ultimate sacrifice may have to be made.
I enjoyed this second installment of the series a bit more than the
first, probably due simply to knowing the characters already and what
they are facing and also understanding what how the authors are
collaborating on the series. Additionally, I also felt that this cycle
of stories was stronger than the first, but, again, they are building on
the previous stories.
As I noted before there are pros and cons to this collaboration. Since
these are four individual short stories are written like a TV series
with the same characters, each story stands alone while also working
with the others to create a larger overwhelming story arch. This makes
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. Because it is
written as an ongoing series there is no concluding resolution and the
character growth is
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? I'm not even
sure about my answer to these two questions. So far I do like the series
and the stories. On the other hand I am also growing weary of authors
making an ongoing series that lasts too long and reading books with no
real conclusion. I have liked the first two, but I do wonder how many I
am willing to read to reach the end. (I am positive the number is much
small than it used to be due to the abuse of making an ongoing series by
some authors in the past.)
My review copy was courtesy of the Baker Publishing Group