Fred Hurr, United Kingdom bible scholar, philosopher and art historian turns to the supernatural for his debut contemporary fantasy, Light of the Wicked. With an account of spiritual warfare that portrays the unseen struggle of angels and demons in a narrative wrapped in murder, one man’s fall from grace and another’s crisis of faith suggestive of C.S. Lewis’s Screwtape Letters.
The modern-day fable takes place in the Welsh seaside village of Penrhos Bay, northwest of the largest British Christian revival ever recorded—Evan Roberts and the 1904 Welsh Revival and Christmas Revival 1904.
Readers join the story Halloween night as hooded thief Jonas Silth slips inside the narthex of Saint David’s church unaware of the angel in training high above or the demons hidden in the gargoyles mouth. Once inside Jonas stealthily creeps through the sanctuary to the donation box mounted on a nearby stone column, a box he intends to shatter with his “well-used metal jimmy.”
Seconds later Jonas grabs the wad of notes from the splintered box at his feet, turns, makes a “comic bow” of thanks to God and then runs for the door. The unseen angel couldn’t help but intervene and he struck terror in the heart of the insensitive thief, yet his actions alerted the demons to his presence, something he’d been warned against.
Thus begins a realistic contemporary fantasy of spiritual warfare where angels and demons fight for the souls of unsuspecting, deceived victims. In addition to angel-in-training Samuel, known for “all talent and no discipline” and his mentor, captain of the Lord’s Guard, Bezalel, add demons Gathan and Jusach, evil Lord Rimmon’s underlings responsible for the death of the church clergyman on the outer church steps.
That’s the body of Maynard Jones, Saint David’s curate. He’d been unable to sleep or pray for weeks because of “nightmarish manifestations” that terrorized his soul, unaware of the demons that caused them. Then there’s Inspector Paul Stewart, a detective who relies on instincts and knows something about the body spread out before him is “strangely wrong” yet isn’t sure what or why.
The author parts the veil between the world we know and the supernatural realm of spiritual warfare where a “desperate and furious” battle is fought for the souls of humankind. Credible and fast paced, Hurr delivers a well-crafted, quality Christian themed narrative not often seen from a debut author. With a story that satisfies the natural curiosity we all have about the unknown.
Beside a unique evangelistic tool, fans of Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness, The Oath and The Visitation will enjoy this author.
Light of the Wicked, Light Trilogy #1, by Frederick Hurr (B&H Books, 2013, Paperback 352 Pages, $14.99) 9781433678790
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