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|Black Storm Rising
by D. Shane Burton
Published by Xulon Press, 2003
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Highly Recommended by: Jamie Beck
This is the best book I've read in quite some time! It is very unique and exciting. I think it has everything! There are assassins, air fights, space ships, sword fights, advanced technologies, robots, dragons, and ancient quests. The people are just cool. I don't want to ruin too many surprises about the characters, but I have to say that Tumult, with his blue skin is the coolest!
Even more important than all the fascinating people and action filled moments are the Christian and spiritual aspects of the story. The Christian characters pray a lot and really have a relationship with the Lord, yet they are not perfect. Jesus is discussed throughout the book without shame, and D. Shane Burton did a wonderful job showing the involvement of Angels and Demons in the events of the story.
There is a lot of violence, but it does not go overboard. It is well placed and is always necessary to the plot. The villains are well written, and I am very picky about villains.
The premise behind the whole series is basically that portals connected Earth and the planets of the Orianus star system at different times in history. Many people came through, so that races now extinct on Earth are thriving on the planets of Orianus. The plot possibilities are endless!
Mr. Burton has a great sense of humor that can be seen several times in the book. I enjoyed Black Storm Rising immensely, and it is one that I will want to read again one day. I very highly recommend it! (June, 2005)
Black Storm Rising is the first book in the Orianus Creation series, which continues with When Worlds Rage.
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