April CSFF Blog Tour Day 2: The Strange Man, by Greg Mitchell

Day 2 of our CSFF Blog Tour of Greg Mitchell’s The Strange Man, and I’m on the road for work. Where am I going? I could tell you, but I’d have to…well, you know.

Robot, or me? You decide.

Anyhow, there’s no way for you to know whether I’m frantically typing this at the airport, or if I had this in the can two weeks ago and my loyal posting bot just pushed the big red button for me. How’s that for strange?

Getting back to Greg’s book…I went through about a dozen reviews from various sources on the ‘net until they started repeating themselves. What I discovered was shocking. Shocking!

1. Most reviewers liked The Strange Man. The book, not the character. Whether they were fans of paranormal horror or not, everybody seemed to agree it’s a good read. Several reviewers appreciated the absence of vulgarity, profanity, and explicit sexual content. If you dislike violence, however, you might want to choose a different book.

2. Best word to describe The Strange Man: Gripping. With minor variations, most people said, “I couldn’t put it down.” They liked the fast pacing and exciting subject matter.

3. It’s scary! One reviewer said they had to resort to pulling the covers over their head and reading by flashlight. Hmm. I’d expect that would make it even scarier, but I don’t hold with the belief that supernatural creatures are deflected by wool or linen.

4. It’s not perfect. Several reviewers thought that shredding a character who asked for God’s help sent the wrong message. A few also thought the transformation of main character Dras from alienated slacker to steely-eyed spiritual warrior was a little too easy. Some thought the characters were two-dimensional and the plot was too linear and predictable. Though Mitchell’s work was favorably compared with Frank Peretti’s, people noted that they followed pretty much the same formula.

Here are links to some of the reviews I reviewed:

http://ruthkaup.wordpress.com/2011/02/09/the-strange-man-by-greg-mitchell-book-review/

http://bookfoolery.blogspot.com/2011/01/strange-man-by-greg-mitchell-review.html

http://bookwomanjoan.blogspot.com/2011/02/strange-man-by-greg-mitchell.html

http://www.amazon.com/Strange-Man-Coming-Evil/product-reviews/1616381949/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

http://www.titletrakk.com/book-reviews/strange-man-review-mitchell.htm

http://www.thechristianmanifesto.com/index.php/2011/01/06/book-review-the-strange-man-greg-mitchell/

http://thoughtsofasojourner.blogspot.com/2011/03/strange-man-by-greg-mitchell.html

http://www.downwarden.com/Nick%20Reads%20&%20Reviewspage21.htm

So much for the wider world. Tomorrow, I’ll take a look at what our own Tourists are saying about The Strange Man. Of course, you can check them out right now!

Greg Mitchell’s web site –  http://thecomingevil.blogspot.com/

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