Tuesday, October 30, 2012

"Save the Lemmings" by Kai Strand

Our thoughts:  Natalie Edwards is known as a NICE girl in her school.  Natalie is also a young inventor.  Her life changes forever when her latest invention, the Texty-Talky, is a national sensation.  Natalie travels all around the country doing radio interviews, talk shows, and photo shoots. Her fame starts to get to her friends Soon even her closest friends are ignoring her. The bad part is, Natalie doesn’t even know why they are mad. A reporter decides to crush her reputation as the NICE girl when he reports an incident involving graffiti.  When all of her fame turns bad, even her most admired teacher believes all of the horrible rumors. Natalie is faced with overcoming the lies being spread about her.   Will she lose her friends forever?    

I truly enjoyed this Kai Strand book and look forward to reading more of her books. (Reviewed by M.Ingram)

Author Website: www.kaistrand.com
Twitter URL: @KaiStrand
 DISCLOSURE: A complimentary softcover copy of  Save the Lemmings  was provided by World Of Ink Network on behalf of the author and publisher.

Monday, October 29, 2012

The Orphan King (Book 1 Merlin's Immortals) by Sigmund Brouwer

About the book:  The future of the Immortals is in the hands of an orphan

My greatest fear was that they would find us and make of us a sacrifice beneath a full moon. Now you, Thomas, must help us destroy the circle of evil.

The last words of a dying woman would change the life of young Thomas. Raised behind monastery walls, he knows nothing of his mysterious past or imminent destiny. But now, in the heart of medieval England, a darkness threatens to strangle truth. An ancient order tightens their ghostly grip on power, creating fear and exiling those who would oppose them. Thomas is determined fulfill his calling and bring light into the mysterious world of the Druids and leaves the monastery on an important quest.

Thomas quickly finds himself in unfamiliar territory, as he must put his faith in unusual companions—a cryptic knight, a child thief, and the beautiful, silent woman whom may not be all she seems.  From the solitary life of an orphan, Thomas now finds himself tangled in the roots of both comradery and suspicion.

Can he trust those who would join his battle…or will his fears force him to go on alone?
Read an excerpt:  http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?work=216906

My thoughts: This story jumps right into the action and while there are flashbacks which explain the back ground, to me as the reader, I felt lost or as if I was missing some pieces.  The question of who the immortals are and their mission maybe answered in a sequel or have been answered in a prequel.

The story line is intriguing and one wants to continue reading to find our more.  However, some of the details for which I was searching were not found.  The story involves several fascinating characters which are thrown together on a quest.   I would enjoy getting to know them in greater detail. (reviewed by A.Freeman)

About the author:  Sigmund Brouwer is the author of eighteen novels with nearly three million copies in print. His recent novel The Last Disciple was featured in Time magazine and on ABC's Good Morning America.
DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of The Orphan King was provided in order to facilitate our honest review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer and there was no obligation for a positive review.

When Love Comes My Way by Lori Copeland

ISBN: 978-0-7369-3021-5
When Love Comes My Way is a Christian love story that keeps you turning the pages.  The story takes place in Michigan during the late 1800s.  The author gives us a glimpse of how lumberjacks lived in the old logging towns.  Reading this book gives you a better understanding for the courageous men who did that kind of life-threatening work.  You will enjoy the way this book describes an era of long ago while the reader can only imagine a 19th century way of life.  You can almost feel the bitter cold and smell the pine trees as the author introduces you to the main characters.

One of the main characters, Tess Wakefield, discovers she lost her memory after a horrible wagon accident on her way to sell her Timber Company.  She is the only heir to the profitable company, but her interests are back East in her new fashion business.  In the midst of losing her identity, she begins to lose her heart to the man that may know who she is and why she was headed to his town.

This man, Jake Lannigan, puts his interest first and conveniently allows Tess to believe she is the new school teacher the town has been desperately waiting for.  Jake secretly begins to see Tess as a very special person in his life and begins to feel badly about not being honest with everyone regarding Tess' real identity.  Tess settles into her new life well and eventually gains the respect of the townspeople and her unruly students.  Will God help these two main characters discover that through forgiveness and His guidance they can truly be happy?

This book is a wonderful story and would be a great addition to anyone's library. (reviewed by M.Hicks)

About the author: Lori Copeland is the author of more than 90 titles, both historical and contemporary fiction. With more than 3 million copies of her books in print, she has developed a loyal following among her rapidly growing fans in the inspirational market. She has been honored with the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award, The Holt Medallion, and Walden Books' Best Seller award. In 2000, Lori was inducted into the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame.

DISCLOSURE:  Harvest House Publishers provided a complimentary copy of When Love Comes My Way on behalf of the author for the purpose of our rendering an honest review.  Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Wishing Well: another Weaver Tale by Kai Strand

"The Wishing Well" is the second book in a series of books about the people in the village of The Wales written by Kai Strand. The storyline is built on the Cinderella premise and will probably be more enjoyable to girls than boys. Molly Minstrel is an 11-year old girl who is a servant in her own home. Just like Cinderella, Molly has to do all the chores and is constantly told she has done nothing right by her mother Greta and her two older sisters, Eva & Hannah. The only "chore" that Greta, Eva & Hannah are interested in doing is "finding husbands for Eva & Hannah." The only relief in Molly’s life is her dear friend, Riddle. Every day once Molly’s mother & sisters leave the house, Riddle comes and helps Molly with the chores so they can go out and play with the other children from the village.

One such day, Molly has a chance encounter with a blue, elf-like character named Unwanted. Molly remembers the stories that Mary Wordsmith (The Weaver) had "weaved" about Unwanted and about how he granted her wish to "weave a yarn as beautiful as her mother." Before Molly can ask Unwanted any further questions, they are interrupted by the other children and Unwanted disappears.

Will Molly get another chance to talk with Unwanted? Such an opportunity does arise outside Molly’s house at the well. Her wish is that her family would be nice to her, but her actual words, "I wish my Mom and my sisters would just say what they mean." Is Molly’s wish granted the way she wants? Will her mother and sisters eventually treat her with kindness?

Anyone who enjoys Cinderella will also enjoy this book. "The Wishing Well" is a good book about how we should be careful with our words and the use of them. It also can generate great conversations between parents and their children about how words can hurt and once they are said you can’t take they back.

There is one chapter in the book, however, that I feel is not appropriate for the younger end of targeted age group of 8-12 year olds. Chapter 17 describes Molly "weaving" a tale about her older sister Eva that can actually give the impression that it’s okay to lie if the end justifies the means. More importantly, she "weaves" a story with a very sexual implication. There is also a mention of wine & beer being served at dinner in an earlier chapter. I would advise parents to read this book themselves to decide if it is appropriate before giving it to their children to read.

Overall, the book is good. I did not enjoy it as much as Ms. Strand’s first book, "The Weaver." However, if given the opportunity, I will read the other books in her series. (reviewed by P.Howard)

About The Wishing Well: Molly Minstrel is treated worse than Cinderella by her mom and sisters. When Molly meets the magical creature, Unwanted, she wishes her problems away. However, you must first understand what you need before knowing what to ask for. Molly will have to look within for the solution to her troubles.

Book info: Guardian Angel Publishing ISBN Number(s): hardcover 978-1616333010  Softcover 978-1616333027  Publication Date: July 24, 2012  Genre: Juvenile Fantasy

Author Website: www.kaistrand.com
Twitter URL: @KaiStrand
Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/kai.strand.9
Facebook Fan Page URL: https://www.facebook.com/KaiStrandAuthor?ref=hl

DISCLOSURE: A complimentary softcover copy of The Weaver was provided by World Of Ink Network on behalf of the author and publisher.

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Weaver by Kai Strand

"The Weaver" is a wonderful story of a young girl who struggles to find her "gift" of weaving words. Mary Wordsmith is an 11-year old girl living in the village of The Tales. Her mother Abigail is a master word weaver and Mary worries that she will never be as good as her mother at story telling. Even the 8-year olds in school can weave better stories than Mary, or so she thinks.

One day, on her way home from getting milk from the local dairy, Mary slips and drops the "shiny milk bottles". In her attempts to recover the "shiny milk bottles," she meets a blue-colored creature named Unwanted. This chance encounter changes her life forever. Mary discovers that Unwanted can grant wishes and she trades the shiny milk bottles for one wish. Mary’s wish – to "weave a yarn as beautiful as her mother." Her wish is granted, but Mary sees it as bringing more trouble to her word weaving. Along the journey, Mary discovers that how she views herself and her ability to "word weave" is very different from her mother’s view. Mary also discovers that one’s gift grows as they mature and one must learn to accept themselves first.

Kai Strand, the author, has woven a captivating tale, completely appropriate for 9-12 year olds. It is a book that even the "young at heart" can enjoy reading to their children or grandchildren. The chapters are short and flow easily into the next. "The Weaver" is Strand’s first book in a series. I look forward to reading her future "word weaving" stories. (Reviewed by P. Howard)

About the book:  In a town of word weavers, Mary suffers through her third year of Novice Word Weaving. Mary thinks her troubles are over when she meets a gnome-elf who grants her a wish. But instead of weaving a better story, she's weaving strange yarn charms to accompany her still pathetic tales.Suggested age for readers: 9-12
Author Website: www.kaistrand.com
Twitter URL: @KaiStrand
Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/kai.strand.9
Facebook Fan Page URL: https://www.facebook.com/KaiStrandAuthor?ref=hl
 DISCLOSURE: A complimentary softcover copy of The Weaver was provided by World Of Ink Network on behalf of the author and publisher.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Borders of the Heart by Chris Fabry

Borders of the Heart by Chris Fabry is an amazing adventure. It is set in Tucson, near the Mexican border. The story line is one that could be a newspaper headline. It deals with the problem of border patrol and the Mexican drug cartel.

J.D. Jessup has had some hard experiences. He was a singer in Nashville with a beautiful wife. Tragedy struck home and J. D. suffered a traumatic loss. Fleeing from his pain, he finds himself working on an organic farm in Tucson. One morning he makes a gruesome discovery that leads him down a path to God’s love and healing. Maria, a beautiful young woman, is left for dead in the desert. Thinking she is dead, J.D. starts to call border patrol. At that moment, Maria moves. J.D.’s heart cannot let him turn her in. He decides to get her the medical help she needs.

This simple act of kindness starts a deadly pursuit. Both J.D. and Maria have secrets. Throughout their journey, Maria keeps her faith in God. She teaches J.D. that God’s love is more powerful than any fear. J.D. is very bitter and resentful toward God. As he and Maria draw closer and their lives are threatened, he realizes that God does have a plan for his life. He does all that he can to save Maria and learns to let go of his past.

This is the first Chris Fabry novel that I have read but it surely will not be the last. It is fast paced and well written. (reviewed by C.Ingram)

About the author: Chris Fabry is an award-winning author and radio personality who hosts the daily program Chris Fabry Live! on Moody Radio. He is also heard on Love Worth Finding, Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, and other radio programs. A 1982 graduate of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism at Marshall University and a native of West Virginia, Chris and his wife, Andrea, now live in Arizona and are the parents of nine children.

 DISCLOSURE: We were provided a complimentary copy of Borders of the Heart by Chris Fabry in exchange for a review with our honest opinion. All opinions expressed are those of the reviewer.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Fifth Codex by Robert Bresloff

The Fifth Codex by Robert Bresloff is the first in a series of archeological finds.  Take a journey with the Spanish as they discover the Mayan people and their culture or race through the streets of the Yucatan Peninsula with only a hundred year old journal as your guide. 

Bresloff’s story doesn’t lack for adventure, however the language, themes, and the graphic nature of the Mayan ceremonies are borderline for the target audience with references “shots of tequila”, the use of phrase “you son of a _____” and “What the_____.”  Leaving blanks for the students to fill in with their own imaginations, which at times can much worse than the entire phrase. 

The Mayan ceremonies described at the end of the book reference human sacrifice and demon possession.  Neither of these themes would be appropriate for a Christian school or a young reader. 

The story is told very well, but perhaps for an older audience. (reviewed by M.Free)
DISCLOSURE: A copy of The Fifth Codex was provided to us by the author for the purpose of a review. Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer. NOTE: This book will not in the ACS Library.

Friday, October 12, 2012

She Sang Promise The Story of Betty Mae Jumper, Seminole Tribal Leader By Jan Godown Annino Illustrated by Lisa Desimini

This reader has read very few biographies that were as interesting and enjoyable as She Sang Promise by Jan Godown Annimo.  What a delightful and inspiring story of Betty Mae Jumper, a Seminole child “Tribal Elders wanted to throw away in the swamp” who grew to be the leader of her tribe during the 1960’s when few women of any culture were in permitted into positions of leadership.  How hardworking, committed, unwavering in her convictions was Betty Mae Jumper, a woman ahead of her time. 

As a tribal leader, Betty Mae Jumper became a voice for her people blazing a trail for education, healthy medical practices and the preservation of her people.  Readers both young and old will find this book to be interesting, inspirational and informative as well as beautifully illustrated in the vivid colors and patterns that have been representative of the beautiful people of the Seminole tribe of Florida.   (reviewed by J.La Tour)

Published by: National Geographic Society. National Geographic Childen's Books. Visit the author's website at:  Lisa Desimini

DISCLOSURE:  The author provided ACS a complimentary copy for the library in exchange for an honest review of the book.  Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer.  

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Legend of Captain McFinn and Friends Captain McFinn and Friends Meet Coral Rose Captain McFinn and Friends Rock Created by Phyllis Cafaro

This trilogy about the magical world of Captain McFinn and Friends was created by the author Phyllis Cafaro to “enrich the lives of children by teaching them to respect themselves, others and the world around them.”   

Captain McFinn was a shark who was the meanest of the Bully Bunker, a group of fish who bullied and tormented all the other creatures of the sea.  But when McFinn is rescued by the very fish he has been bullying, he is transformed into a very different fish. McFinn’s new Finn Power helps all those who come under its great energy to have the courage to make right choices and be the best they can be. These tales will encourage children to make a difference by doing their very best and taking responsibility for their own actions and for the world around them.  Children will find these books brightly illustrated and will be challenged to think about the choices they make in life. (reviewed by J.LaTour)

Child friendly site "Captain McFinn" for children's fun activities.
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DISCLOSURE:  We were provided copies of Captain McFinn books so that we could provide an honest review.  Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Life with Lily (Book One) The Adventures of Lily Lapp by Mary Ann Kinsinger & Suzanne Woods Fisher

ISBN:  978-0-8007-2132-9
Life with Lily by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne woods Fisher is the first to be released in a series called "The Adventures of Lily Lapp."  The story is told through the eyes of Lily, a five-year old Amish child who shares her thoughts about the daily activities and joys of their simple lifestyle.  Lily and Joseph, her younger brother, share in the work of the household and farm as well as the enjoyable times of play that their parents plan for them.  Mama works especially hard to turn mudane tasks into family memories. 
Each chapter can stand alone, making it a perfect read-aloud book for lower elementary teachers or a bedtime novel.  I would recommend it for first through fourth graders because of the age of Lily at the beginning of the series.  Some older girls may enjoy reading it on their own. 
Some of the experiences related through Lily's eyes include getting accustomed to a new sibling in the house, mama's surprise birthday gift from Lily's grandpa of a milk cow, a barn raising and being the youngest in a one-room school.  Lily's curiosity sometimes gets her into trouble with her parents, but will endear her to the reader. 
For older readers it will bring to mind the lost generation of grandparents who lived in much the same way as the Amish still do.  Word pictures of canned goods in the basement, milk cows as family pets and wringer washers used only on Mondays will make us all take a look at a simpler time in history.   
Readers will look forward to the next book in the series after finishing this one! (reviewed by C.Karns)
Disclosure: A complimentary copy of Life with Lily, Book One was provided to ACS by Litfuse Publicity group on behalf of the publisher, Revell, and the authors for the purpose of review.  Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer and there was no obligation to render a positive review.

Go Away, Dark Night By Liz Curtis Higgs Illustrated by Nancy Munger

ISBN: 9781578561292

Do you have any fears?  Maybe of the dark?  Griffin did.  Yes, the dark is a very scary place for Griffin.  The only way to scare away his fears is to put on every light he can find; Flick! Snap! Click!   

When the lights went out Griffin could only hide and shiver until he was sure his mother would hear his bones rattling all the way downstairs.  What a wise mother God had given Griffin for she reminds Griffin that there is Someone very big right there in Griffin’s room. “God?!” says Griffin.  “Can God fit in my bedroom?”  What a wonderful reminder to all of us that God is always present, always with us, and it is He who will keep us safe and grant peace. 

Such a beautifully illustrated book by best-selling author Liz Curtis Higgs who shares this timeless truth of God’s loving care that “drives away all fear” will be a favorite to any child who reads or listens to this delightful tale. (reviewed by J.LaTour)

About the author: Liz Curtis Higgs is the author of nearly 30 books, with more than 3 million copies in print. Her popular nonfiction books include Bad Girls of the Bible, Really Bad Girls of the Bible, Unveiling Mary Magdalene, Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible, Rise and Shine, and Embrace Grace. She’s also a best-selling novelist, creating both contemporary and historical fiction, including her latest award-winning novels, Here Burns My Candle and Mine Is the Night. And she’s written five books for young children, including Go Away, Dark Night.

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DISCLOSURE: ACS was provided a complimentary copy of Go Away, Dark Night by Blogging for Books on behalf of the publisher and author so that we could render an honest review. Opinions expressed are those solely of the reviewer. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Donkey That No One Could Ride by Anthony DeStefano

Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0-7369-4851-7
This delightful piece of children’s literature introduces the young reader or listener to the donkey that Jesus rode during his triumphal entry into Jerusalem prior to his crucifixion.   

This humble little donkey is portrayed as “young, weak and small”, unable to be ridden by anyone.  But then he meets the Man, so kind and wise, who reminds the small beast of burden, “My help is enough.”  Indeed the Master’s help was enough for the frail little donkey who is no longer frail and weak, but carries the King through the gates of the city to shouts and cheers of hosannas and praise. 
This book is beautifully illustrated and a delightful retell of the Lord’s triumphal entry that will be enjoyed by any reader, whether young or young at heart.  It is also a wonderful reminder that Jesus can use and make profitable any of his creatures no matter how frail or useless; even we who are frail humans and in much need of the Master’s help. (reviewed by J.La Tour)

About the author: Anthony DeStefano is the bestselling author of Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To, A Travel Guide to Heaven, This Little Prayer of Mine, and Little Star. He has received prestigious awards from religious organizations worldwide for his efforts to advance Christian beliefs in modern culture.
About the illustrator: Richard Cowdrey is the talented and well-known illustrator of numerous children’s books, including Bad Dog, Marley! and Marley Goes to School. He has worked with such distinguished clients as Bantam Books, National Football League, and World Wildlife Federation. Desiring to honor God with his work and with his life, Richard lives in Ohio with his wife and children. 
 DISCLOSURE:  A complimentary  of The Donkey That No One Could Ride was provided to ACS for the purpose of rendering our honest review.  Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer solely.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Weaverworld: Grimsnipe’s Revenge by Julia K. Rohan

ISBN-13: 9781469700311

Jack Fisher is an 11 year old boy having a difficult time. He is failing his classes in school and is planning on going to skateboard camp for the summer.   Instead of going to skateboard camp, he is going to summer school.  He decides to run away to go to camp but he falls asleep in the park and gets grounded for the summer.

He attends a family gathering at his Grandma’s house.  There he discovers a whole new world.  The characters in Weaverworld are very charming.  Jack will soon learn that  the people in Weaverworld have a gift – the ability to use their imagination to create things.  This gift must only be used for doing good.  There is an evil force in Weaverworld that Jack must find the courage to destroy. 

Weaverworld was vividly and creatively described.  It has secrets, action, danger, and a lot of fantasy characters.  I enjoyed the book.  It has all of the elements of fantasy.  It will appeal to both boys and girls.  It is comparable to The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.  (--reviewed by C.Ingram)

Book Description: Jack Fisher is a boy in trouble. Disobedient and rebellious, he fights with his sister Jillian, challenges his parents' authority and fails his classes at school. But when temptation overpowers his better judgment during the annual family reunion the consequences are more drastic than anyone could have imagined. Ignoring his grandmother's warning to stay out, Jack goes up to the attic and tries on his grandfather's old bomber jacket and boots. Suddenly transported to a world called Weaverworld, Jack must quickly adjust to his new reality. Weaverworld is a mystical place and the longer he's there the more willing he is to let go of the rules from his life in the Realworld. But not everything is as enchanting as it seems. Jack soon learns that Weaverworld can also be a dangerous and terrifying place as the vengeful Grimsnipe enmeshes him in an ever more dangerous web of intrigue. With his new friends at his side, Jack must find a way to fight this evil force before it succeeds in destroying both his family and the Weaver way of life.

About the author: From the time Ms. Rohan could put pencil to paper she began escaping the Realworld through drawings and stories. As a teenager her creative energy turned to music. As an adult she returned to school and earned an Honours English Literature degree. Weaverworld: Grimsnipe's Revenge is her first novel. Married with one grown son, Ms. Rohan's motto is: "Where there's a will, there's a way". 

DISCLOSURE: A copy of Weaverworld was provided for the purpose of rendering our honest review.  Opinions expressed are those of the reviewer.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Muskie Attack: An Up North Adventure by G.M. Moore

ISBN:  978-1-936236-30-5
Paperback $11.95

Muskie Attack is a book set in Northern Wisconsin.  Eleven year old Corebett is a city boy who is sent up North to visit for the summer with his Uncle.  He makes friends with Pike, a real outdoors boy.  He and Pike have numerous adventures at Whispering Pines which Corbett’s uncle manages.  In the course of their adventures Corbett discovers he loves fishing.  This is quite amazing for a boy who cannot stand bugs when he arrives.  There is a bit of mystery in the story as sightings of a huge Muskie,  entice the boys into entering the fishing contest.  The contest was initiated  to try and catch this monstrous beast.  Numerous fishermen are injured in the contest but the boys are determined to  enter and risk their lives in the process.

This is a great boy adventure book.  It is a heart warming story about Corbett whose one longing and desired is to be noticed by his recently divorced and very busy parents.  His character is well developed and it is pleasing to see the growth he makes in the course of the story. 

I think this is a good choice for middle school students.  It is not a long book and may even interest some who love to fish.  It is set in today’s world and I think it would appeal to many students. (---reviewed by A.Freeman)

About the author: G.M. Moore is a former newspaper writer and editor.  The author grew up exploring the lakes of northern Wisconsin and currently resides in Illinois.

Website for Up North Adventures:  http://upnorthadventure-series.com  There are two other books in the Up North Adventure Series:  Ancient Elk Hunt and Snakehead Invasion.
FREE DOWNLOAD AVAILABLE:  October 23, 24, 25, 2012  you may get a FREE Kindle download at Amazon.com.  Links are: Muskie Attack, Ancient Elk Hunt, Snakehead Invasion

Monday, October 1, 2012

"8 Minutes to ... Digital Winter" by Mark Hitchcock & Alton Gansky

About the book:  Prophecy expert Mark Hitchcock and award-winning novelist Alton Gansky provide a suspenseful and fast-moving story of life after a massive cyber attack.

Twenty-two-year-old savant Donny Elton can’t tie his shoes, but his computer skills are unsurpassed. Egged on by a shadowy figure only he can see and hear, Donny creates an evolving computer virus that knocks out satellites, power grids, and communication systems. The world is thrown back into a lifestyle it hasn’t known for a hundred years. Surgeons find themselves operating without electricity. The military can’t use its computers…

This gripping story of darkness and heroism highlights prophetic themes and the very real danger of a cyber attack.

Review:  This is a story of a digital or cyber attack on the east coast of the United States.  Cars and all other forms of transportation come to a stand still.  People are hurt and killed during this breakdown. The one company that is in charge of finding out the problem is USCYBERCOM.  Eventually, the problem results in power outage for all of North America in only 8 minutes.  Only one household retained power.  This was the household of a Godly man and his family.  God uses this man's mentally challenged son to find the answer to fix the problem and get the person responsible for the chaos punished. 

But do they catch the person? This seems to be a continued story.

Suitable for grades 7 and up and entails mystery and puzzle solving as the reader delves into the story.
(--reviewed by L.Barker)

About the authors: 
Mark Hitchcock is the author of nearly 20 books related to end-time Bible prophecy, including the bestselling 2012, the Bible, and the End of the World. He earned a ThM and PhD from Dallas Theological Seminary and is the senior pastor of Faith Bible Church in Edmond, Oklahoma. He has worked as an adjunct professor at DTS, and he and his wife, Cheryl, have two sons.

Alton Gansky is the author of 30 books—24 of them novels, including the Angel Award winner Terminal Justice and Christy Award finalist A Ship Possessed. A frequent speaker at writing conferences, he holds BA and MA degrees in biblical studies. Alton and his wife reside in Southern California.

DISCLOSURE:  A complimentary copy of "8 Minutes to... Digital Winter" was provided by Harvest House Publishing on behalf of the authors for the purpose of an honest review.  Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer.