Fooey. I missed the deadline to receive a review copy of Athol Dickson’s Lost Mission, remembered too late to order it online, and struck out at the local bookstores, Christian and otherwise, trying to find a copy. This really irritated me because after visiting the author’s website and reading the marketing blurb on Amazon, I realized this was an author I wanted to know better and a book I definitely wanted to review.
So, I’m reduced to doing another meta-review, summarizing what other people are saying about the book.
Wait! Thank heaven for Google Books! They have a preview version! I’m saved!
Well, sort of. The preview stops at page 256 and skips pages randomly along the way, kind of like a bad cell phone connection. “Can you read me now?” So much for the 3G network. I’ll do my best. Pressing on…
The book jacket text is complete and uncensored. It opens breathlessly:
“An idyllic Spanish mission collapses in the eighteenth century atop the supernatural evidence of a shocking crime. Twelve generations later, the ground is opened up, the forgotten ruins disturbed, and rich and poor alike confront the onslaught of resurging hell on earth.”
And continues even more breathlessly:
“Will the evil that destroyed the Mision de Santa Delores rise to overwhelm them? Or will they beat back the terrible desires that led to the mission’s good Franciscan founder’s standing in the midst of flames ignited by his friends and enemies alike more than two centuries ago?”
Okay, I’m intrigued, even if it sounds like an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. What terrible desires from two centuries ago are creating a hell on earth?
Of course, the book jacket doesn’t come close to telling the whole story, or even capturing the central themes of the story. The reviews on Amazon are laudatory, hinting at a complex tale, with very human characters, that weaves political, religious, and social issues from two very different eras into a story that ultimately leads the reader into profound self-examination.
Okay, I’m more intrigued. Let’s see what I can get out of something less than 256 pages of fragmented text. This may take a while. In the meantime, please visit the other fine sites on the CSFF Blog Tour, hosted by erudite and articulate folks who have actually read Lost Mission.
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