Of all the stupidity, of all the rank, gross, crawling, jelly-mouthed stupidity! He had never seen the like of it in his life! Bringing the children up without so much as an ounce of imagination! Where was the fun in being children if you didn't imagine things?
-Pillar of Fire, by Ray Bradbury
. . .the dark morning sky lay frozen in cold starlight. A breeze sped through the pale woods, weaving through trunk and bramble till it spilled out upon the open countryside. It hugged the exposed land, charging over rolling hills, unopposed. The willow leaves shook above Mikel�s home, scratching against the tin siding.
A memory, cold and powerful mounted in the distance, its shadow swallowing entire villages in two heartbeats. Closer and closer it came.
-Mikel's Hope, by Brandon Barr
A family torn apart, a country under siege from within, terrorist plots that will shake society to its core, and it�s all coming to a head in a quiet little town in Iowa...
...At eighteen, Tania Peters still carries deep scars from her mother�s tragic death, and when she�s betrayed by someone close, pain and confusion threaten to swallow her whole. But underneath all the hurt, she senses the hand of purpose on her life and finds hope in an exciting new political movement.
But not everyone sees the movement as good. Tania�s own father fears that this promised �unity� is a threat to Christian churches across the country.
Pitted between the Party�s utopian promises and the Christian friends and families who soon find themselves on the outside of this new American dream, Tania must choose between her long dormant faith in God and her future with the Party...But that one decision could cost her everything --even her life.
"From Page One to The End, novelists Brandon Barr and Mike Lynch capture the readers� attention and holds them spellbound! American Midnight is a gripping, beautifully-written story that will sometimes (literally!) leave you breathless. I�m adding this one to my �Keepers� shelf!"
--Loree Lough, author of 74 award-winning novels, including the recently-released Tales of the Heart and Prevailing Love
Two linguists follow a trail of clues described in an 800-year old letter which purports to reveal the final resting place of Jesus� cross, only to find themselves battling againsttime, hired mercenaries, and each other.
They soon discover that the most important struggle of their lives is not around them, but from within, testing their beliefs, their ethics, and their growing love for one another.
After The Cross