Tuesday, June 23, 2009

CSFF: Vanish by Tom Pawlik

Song Stuck on the Brain: Stop by Matchbox 20

This month the CSFF is touring:



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.


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:

Brandon Barr
Justin Boyer
Keanan Brand
Grace Bridges
Karri Compton
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
Karina Fabian
Alex Field
Beth Goddard
Todd Michael Greene
Ryan Heart
Christopher Hopper
Joleen Howell
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Eve Nielsen
John W. Otte
John Ottinger
Donita K. Paul
Epic Rat
Steve Rice
Crista Richey
Hanna Sandvig
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Speculative Faith
Rachel Starr Thomson
Robert Treskillard
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler

1 comment:

Rebecca LuElla Miller said...

They did all agree that it was very suspensful and thought provoking. That's how I'd characterized it too, April. Hope you get a chance to read it soon. Don't read any spoilers until then. ;-)