This month the CSFF is touring:
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Three strangers each encounter the same mysterious storm and awake the next day to find that everyone else has vanished. There's Conner Hayden, a successful but unscrupulous trial lawyer who has forsaken his family for his career; Helen Krause, a middle-aged model struggling to come to grips with her fading beauty; and Mitch Kent, an enterprising young mechanic unable to escape a past that still haunts him. Afraid and desperate for answers, their paths eventually cross and they discover they are being watched. Elusive and obscured in shadows, the "observers" are apparently forcing them to relive vivid hallucinations of events from their past. They discover a mute homeless boy in tattered clothing and believe he may hold the key to the mystery, but the "observers" soon become aggressive and the four are forced to flee. When the boy disappears, the four decide to head from Chicago to Washington, D.C., in search of answers...and more survivors.
Winner of the 2006 operation first novel contest, Vanish is a nonstop suspense thriller in the vein of Ted Dekker.
Read the first chapter HERE
Also, be sure to look for the sequel, Valley of the Shadow.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tom has a BA in Communication and has been active in Christian music, teaching, and youth work for over 20 years. His first novel, Vanish, won the 2006 Operation First Novel Contest, sponsored by the Christian Writers Guild and Tyndale Publishers. The exciting sequel, Valley of the Shadow, will be released by Tyndale in June 2009.
In addition to fiction, Tom is also an accomplished songwriter, having written over 150 songs. Tom and his wife Colette live in Ohio with their four children and one large dog.
For more about Tom, please visit his blog.
To be honest, I have not read this one yet. My parents and sister all read it before I had the chance to read it for the review. They all said it was an intriguing point of view on the topic of life and death, but not one they completely agreed with. I'm sure, as with all books, you have to take it with a grain of salt... it is fiction after all. They did all agree that it was very suspensful and thought provoking.
If you've read Vanish, let me know what your thoughts are on the book.
To see what other reviewers are saying, visit one of the tour members blogs below:
CSFF Blog Tour
D. G. D. Davidson
Todd Michael Greene
Rebecca LuElla Miller
John W. Otte
Donita K. Paul
Rachel Starr Thomson