The OccupiedCraig Parshall
The Occupied is the first book in the Trevor Black series, new from Craig ParshallAs a youth, Trevor Black unleashed spiritual forces he couldn’t comprehend. Years later, Trevor is a high-flying criminal defense lawyer in New York City, with a six-figure Aston Martin and ... Read More
As a youth, Trevor Black unleashed spiritual forces he couldn’t comprehend. Years later, Trevor is a high-flying criminal defense lawyer in New York City, with a six-figure Aston Martin and a trophy wife. But in an extraordinary turn of events, he receives a burdensome gift: the ability to perceive the invisible. And the dark forces he now sees are all gunning for him.
When one of Trevor’s hometown friends is murdered, the MO is eerily similar to a shocking trail of murders that have already crossed the lawyer’s path. So Trevor must return home to find the killer. . . and face not only his own personal demons, but supernatural ones as well.
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Aug 30, 2016
- UPC: 9781496411358
- Height: 1.00
- Width: 5.50
- Length: 8.25
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 448
- Publish Date: Sep 1, 2016
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 100
- Audience Age Minimum: 18
- Audience Gender: Gender Neutral
- BISAC: "FIC031070"
- ISBN: 1496411358
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- They Don't Only Come Out After Dark.... by Becky on 9/22/2016
This is a Christian supernatural thriller! All three of those subjects come together in a very fast-moving and believable story. If the reality of God and the devil aren't acknowledged, they don't have any influence on one's life, right? Once upon a time, that is what Trevor Black thought, as well.
Seemingly, he had it all: he was a successful New York City lawyer, had a beautiful wife, and lots of money. Trevor had never given much thought to good or evil, God or the devil. But then everything came crashing down around him, and in the midst of his loss, he discovered Jesus. But he also uncovers the reality of evil, and that he has been given an unusual gift. He can sense the presence of evil, or horribles as he calls them--he can even smell them.
So begins a very realistic tale of intense spiritual warfare. As a warning, there are some mature themes in this book. However, everything flows together to point the reader to faith in God. Trevor finds he must be ever watchful, because as Peter said, "the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour." But he also discovers as the disciples of long ago said to Jesus--"Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name."
This book is a real page turner, but it will also keep the hair on the back of your neck standing--even more so, because the story is so believable. The author does a great job of tying incidents from decades earlier in Trevor's life to things happening in the present. The characters are interesting and realistic, and the author will keep you on the edge of your seat! Your heart will be racing by the time you get to the last page. This also appears to be a start of a series; I certainly hope so! I highly recommend this 5 plus star book to anyone interested in thrillers with a supernatural twist.
Tyndale House Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of The Occupied, for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
- great read by Mark on 8/22/2016
It has been a long time since I have read a book by Craig Parshall, but I remember liking everything I read by him. That made it an easy decision to request this book for review. And I was not disappointed.
This book is totally different from his other works. It reminded me a lot of Frank Peretti's earliest books with the supernatural and the main character's ability to see demons in people. To be honest, I wasn't sure I was going to like the book at first, but the further I got in the book, the more I liked it.
What I didn't like:
The first person point of view. It isn't a favorite of mine, and I think the third person pov would have worked better for this novel.
What I liked:
The main character. Parshall did a great job on his character of Trevor Black. His internal struggle to do what is right is inspiring, even though the book is fictional.
The suspense. This was a book where I couldn't tell what was going to happen next, and there were a lot of surprises.
The "supporting" characters. The book is full of interesting and colorful characters both good and bad. The dialogue and interactions between them and the main character were done masterfully.
The supernatural aspect. A book like this is a great reminder that there is a spirit world out there fighting Christians and all that is good and right. I felt Parshall did a great job of portraying and describing those beings in the book.
I was surprised at the identity of the main bad guy. The author managed to keep that difficult to figure out.
I found this a very enjoyable read, and am looking forward to more in this series.
I was given a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.