Dear Reading Friends, I have a book review for you today on a novel that has been added to my favorites list! I hope you enjoy this and maybe give the book a try as well.—David Telbat
Author: Craig Parshall
Review by D.I. Telbat
Genres: Christian Thriller, Spiritual Warfare, Good vs Evil, Detective Story
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Have you ever wondered what spiritual warfare might look like if a human could SEE the demonic forces at play? Author Craig Parshall has given us a unique perspective in his book, The Occupied, a Trevor Black Novel. From the prologue through to the last page, I sat mesmerized by this story of a modern man who is given a special ability to sense demonic beings.
The Occupied is not your standard “demon hunter” type of storyline. This is a Christian author writing a serious and complex story about a subject that is often misunderstood, or even romanticized in our media. But Parshall isn’t interested in what’s been done or told before. He created a whole world around an attorney named Trevor Black—so much so that I KNEW Trevor Black by the end of the book. Telling the story in first person added to the very personal experiences the character was having.
Trevor Black was on top of the world when quite suddenly his life falls apart. But an experience he had as a youth—an evil encounter with spiritual wickedness—rises up, and Trevor Black’s extra-sensory perception to detect demons kicks in. I loved following him from his younger years all the way to adulthood, seeing how profoundly God had molded him for his experiences later in life. The writer gives us such an insightful glimpse into this character that every reader will relate to Trevor Black in some way. His story is our story—from darkness to light, and the struggles that exist in that light.
I was impacted by the rich Christian truth that unfolds throughout Trevor Black’s spiritual journey. His simple faith buds from casual friendships with Christians, but those brief interactions mold Trevor Black’s entire future. And as I read, I was thinking, “That’s just how life is. That’s just how God really orchestrates everything!”
This book has a dark side, for obvious reasons. Parshall deals with the satanic underbelly of our world. It is nothing pretty, for sure, and the author is graphic at times, but not inappropriately so, in an effort to express the realism of these moments.
Because the author confronts situations that many writers don’t, the reader will be subtly impacted in a moral way by reading this book, and not just entertained by the possibilities.
Although this book is fiction, it has heightened my sense of Satan’s agenda around us (to undermine Christ’s finished work on the cross). Praise God that Jesus came and defeated the forces of darkness once and for all. The devil’s days are numbered, and he knows it!
If you’re looking for a great story with excellent character development, and what I will call “real class” from the author, read The Occupied. I won’t forget this book and I’m looking forward to reading another Trevor Black novel.
I give this novel Five Stars! Try it and see if you don’t agree!
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