Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Review: Call to Arms: Nations Fall by Randy Lindsay

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https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OY5YJH43A9c/VaQXsHBC0FI/AAAAAAAAEMk/hpWbbUXjTMw/s400/Call%2Bto%2BArms%2Bcover.jpgJoining the military had seemed like the right thing to do, but when war breaks out in Europe Robert wonders if he hasn’t made the biggest mistake of his life. The Russian juggernaut grinds its way toward Italy, the country Robert has grown to love. As one of a handful of American soldiers in the area, he must find a way to help the ragged remnants of NATO’s forces to prevent any more European nations from falling.

While back home, the rest of the Williams family struggles to protect themselves in the face of an impending civil war. The very fabric of society continues to unravel, threatening the destruction of the Constitution and the American way of life.

As Vice President, Calvin McCord continues to defy both sides of the political divide in order to find a solution to the war in Europe, the ravaging of the United States, and an espionage ring within the White House. 



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https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-AyiFOcJpsNY/VaQXxgiwXEI/AAAAAAAAEMs/jJv5SzE1_wk/s200/Randy1-small.jpgRANDY LINDSAY is a native of Arizona. He lives in Mesa with his wife, five of his nine children, and a hyper-active imagination. His wife calls him the “Storyman” because he sees everything as material for a good story. Randy’s first novel, The Gathering: End’s Beginning, was published in 2014. He has also been published in several anthologies during 2013-2014. If you want to find out more you can check him out at RandyLindsay.net.
  
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Definitely read The Gathering: End's Beginning before reading this one, as it picks up right where Book 1 left off. I've pondered occasionally what the end of the world would be like and this is a very natural and realistic interpretation from an LDS (religious) standpoint. It's scary to think of how easily this could really become our lives in the not-so-distant future. It doesn't start with the gloom and doom, but is gradually leading towards it.

Call to Arms follows a few different perspectives and is well done. The Williams family is the main focus. John, his wife, and all but two of his children, are building up Camp Valiant in the midst of various groups of enemies who are curious and suspicious of their efforts. John is a leader, as head of security, and finds himself handling most of the volatile situations. It would be so hard not to become defensive--to always follow the Spirit and your heart to diffuse intense situations.

Sarah is 19 and chose not to go with the family to build up the camp. She is finally free to live her life the way she's wanted to for a long time--without the pressures and restrictions of religion, but the lessons she learns are very valuable. The media and secular world, at this point, are very against any organized religion and targets people who belong to such groups. The government is very corrupt and seems to target people for no good reason. With her rose colored glasses off, Sarah learns the world isn't the way she hoped and thought it would be.

Robert Williams, the oldest son, was called home early from his LDS mission in the previous book and is now called to serve in the military--right back in Italy and on the front lines. I can't even imagine the terror of a WWIII starting up and being right in the middle of it. He has good intuition and is able to stand up for what he believes to be right. What a strong character!


The reader also gets a glimpse into the life of the Vice President of the US--Calvin McCord--and sees firsthand how the country is being run at this point. He crosses paths with this family and has some surprising turns of events in his life.

Each point of view left me frantically wanting to know more of the story, but then I would get immersed in the one at hand. I can't wait for the next installment!

Content: violence consistent to this type of story, but not overly graphic (death, fighting, etc); suspense and moments of peril; no language or romantic elements; the characters are religious and they base decisions on that, but it's not preachy. Clean!

*I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

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