Speaking of novels featured in the CSFF blog tours:
While SHADE by John Olson had some flaws, notably in the characterization of the principal females, I still enjoyed the novel and want to read the follow-up, POWERS. (I like this cover better than SHADE's, with the nice swirl of colors and creepy bayou-hooded figure thing.) Doesn't look like our homeless hero shows up as per the blurb (unless he's the prophet). We shall see. I liked Melchi.
It releases in December, so says amazon.
Anyone else gonna read this?
Here's the blurb from the publisher's site, and if you go there, you can watch a short promo video and read a chapter:
“Bury me standing. I must be buried standing.”
Powers, the follow-up to John Olson’s Shade (“a must-read for those who enjoy Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti” —Publishers Weekly), introduces a sheltered Gypsy girl named Mariutza. Her grandfather utters a mysterious last request before dying in her arms after being shot by ten cloaked men.
Those same men die before her eyes, but strange powers continue to pursue Mari through the swamps of southern Louisiana where she has always hidden from “the Badness.”
The whole world seems to join in the chase—helicopters, soldiers, government agents, and the police are all trying to kill her. Mari’s only hope of survival is to find Jaazaniah the Prophet, the mythical hero of her grandfather’s bedtime stories. But she has never been outside the swamp or known other humans besides her grandfather and one teacher. How can this lone girl survive the bewildering world of men long enough to find a prophet who might not even exist?
That's got my interest piqued!