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90 Days

by Sam Yarney

90 Days by Sam Yarney

 

90 Days



  • 90 Days by Sam Yarney (Victor Newman Books, distributed in the US by Faith Works)

    Synopsis

    Cyrus Anderson is a free-lance journalist because it's the best way he can think of to get paid for his wanderlust. In dire financial straits, he rents out a room of his house to a fellow traveler who turns out to be one of the richest (and soon to be most powerful) men in Europe. All is not well, though, as he finds that his roommate Alain Saint-Claire (wish they had provided a pronunciation key on that first name) is on the run from more than a job he doesn't want and telling Cyrus about this has apparently put Cyrus's life in danger.

    Through dealing with Alain, and Alain's adversary's, Cyrus comes in contact with powers whose very existence he would have previously denied.

    Thematic Review

    "90 Days" is a great story in the vein of Frank Peretti's earlier works. While focusing more on this side of the curtain, the story accepts that the other side of the spiritual divide is just as real as what we see. While a little slow to get going (see below), once this story gets rolling it moves at a fast pace and keeps the reader's attention until the end.

    The novel's greatest strength is in it's telling of an international conspiracy, because this is what will keep the reader engaged. What the reader will remember most, though, is the powerful tale of prayer. The cover seemed to be engaging in hyperbole by proclaiming "If you have not prayed, you will now . . . " but having read the novel, I think the cover's right!

    Yarney is a very good story teller, the kind that makes you think it'd be fun to sit around a fire with him and "yarn away" as we say in America. (I say that because Yarney's tale--and grammar--are British. This is a plus, for it added a flavor to the writing that made it even more intriguing to this American reviewer.)

    Literary Review

    The story-telling is top-notch and engaging, but there were (to my mind) a couple weaknesses.

    Liddy, once Cyrus's love interest and now a confirmed Christian, doesn't speak like a real person. Cyrus accuses other Christians of speaking in cliches, but in Liddy's case the accusation sticks.

    Early in the book (and I lay this at the feet of the publisher and editor more than the writer) there are rapid changes in Point of View but there is not the accompanying double paragraph break as occurs with POV changes later in the book (really, from about the third chapter on everything's fine). This makes the beginning a little hard to get into because the brain keeps having to back up a step or two and try to figure out who is being written about.

    I won't go into any details here, but I thought the book would have been much better served had the final two sentences been left off entirely. Not a big knock, but it was like eating a great meal, then accidentally biting your tongue on the last bite of the dessert.

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