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Review: American Omens

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Review: American Omens

American Omens by Travis Thrasher
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Thriller, Dystopian
Publisher: Waterbrook-Multnomah
Publication Date: February 12, 2019

A United States where Christianity is banned as hate speech? Where everyone has a chip implanted in their brain, that communicates with whoever they want, or searches what passes as the internet for information? Where cell phones are virtually obsolete, as are computers?

Set in the year 2038, American Omens presents a world where no Christian is safe. An elite hit team operates under the auspices of the FBI, taking out any vocal, influential Christian, resorting to murder when they can’t simply discredit them. Think about that for just a minute, then consider some of the things that are happening already today. This book’s setting is only 19 years into the future. Could this really be where today’s America is headed?

Cheyenne Burke is a tech architect for Acatour, the most powerful tech giant in the world. One day she’s at the top of the world, the next, her father disappears and she’s escorted from her office in the Incen Tower and confined to her apartment in the same building. When a voice breaks into her Synapsys, a virtual impossibility, telling her to pack a small bag and leave, she obeys. Full of questions and hoping to find her father, Chy obeys, finding herself in an underground network led by someone called ‘The Reckoner.’ A modern-day prophet, The Reckoner is predicting the fall of Chicago – which has become the unofficial capitol of the US – and even more specifically, the fall of Acatour, in a cleansing reminiscent of Sodom and Gomorrah.

While this book is billed as a “taut thriller”, it’s setting also puts it in a dystopian future. What I found most chilling was the complete plausibility of Thrasher’s whole concept. More and more today, we are seeing instances where Christians are silenced, and beliefs are slammed as hateful. It’s not a far stretch to believe that the day may come where professing belief in Jesus becomes not only ridiculed, but demonized. 2038? That’s within my lifetime, and certainly within my children and grandchildren’s lifetimes.

Readers who enjoy dystopian, futuristic novels, will enjoy American Omens. This story is told from a Christian perspective, so ultimately, there is the knowledge that God wins, even though He “loses” a few skirmishes. This was eye-opening to me, as I read today’s headlines, and see the attacks on Christianity, in both subtle and overt ways.

Rated PG: Christians are found murdered, simply for being vocal about their faith.

Reviewer’s copy was provided by the Publisher. Thank you!

 

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