Conlan Brown has done it again!
The thing I really hate about Conlan Brown’s books is that they’re virtually impossible to put down once you start reading them.
The author was never going to match his first novel, The Firstborn (read my review here), which, in my opinion, is one of the greatest pieces of Christian fiction ever penned but in this, the sequel (and hopefully just one of many more to come in the series), he comes close to matching it as he skilfully continues the exciting story of the people known as the Firstborn.
The Overseer picks up the stories of Devin Bathurst, Hannah Rice and John Temple as they attempt to rescue three girls kidnapped by a human smuggling ring and at the same time thwart the assassination of a US Senator. The two events may or may not be related and as the story careers towards its conclusion, the reader is held in agonizing suspense as to whether or not the events are related and whether our heroes will get there in time to save the four victims. Add in the mysterious Angelo who appears as if from nowhere and seems bent on stopping them in their quest and the stage is set for a fast-paced, roller coaster ride of intrigue, crime, action, betrayal and heroism which you’re sure to enjoy.
There were a couple of scenes which I felt were too wordy or choppy but the book moves at such a fast pace that they were gone again as fast as they appeared and so didn’t detract from the overall quality of the novel.
I tried to read The Overseer as if I had not read its predecessor and I feel it holds it own as a complete work. Too many times I have read the second or third novel in a series and have felt that there was too much I didn’t understand or know because I hadn’t read the earlier books but I don’t believe The Overseer has that problem. Of course, I completely recommend buying and reading The Firstborn first because it is such an excellent book!
Once again, coming to the end of the last page left me hungry for more and I hope that Conlan Brown and his publisher, Realms do not make me us wait too long for the next book in the series.
The Overseer, book two in the Firstborn series was written by Conlan Brown and published by Realms.
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5 Reply to “The Overseer by Conlan Brown – Book Review”
Never heard of the author.
Adding him to my wishlist. 🙂 Thanks!
Can you comment on what is specifically "Christian" about the book?
First off, you have to remember that this series of books is a fantasy/sci-fi fiction series – some people actually get offended by that but I have no problem with it.
The books are about a group of people, gifted by God, called The Firstborn, who are split into three sections, those who can see the past, those who can see things which are happening in the present and people who can see the future.
The Firstborn understand that their gifts are from God and are to be used for his purposes although, of course, there is always some abuse of power.
The three groups are quite distrustful of each other. It's hard working with someone who can see what you've done in the past or what is going to happen in the future but the thrust of the novels is that they must come together and work together to be as effective as God wants them to be.
They rely heavily on prayer and the books frequently note its unifying effect and also talk about how the people pray etc.
Although this is fiction and not allegorical, the themes and messages in the books teach, inspire and encourage effective Christian living.
hm, now I'm interested…