Genre: Fantasy (Christian Elements)
Daniel Stein is having the worst day of his life. The last day of his life, in fact. And things are only going to get worse for him tomorrow.
Death is only the beginning for Dan. Waking up to find that his wife, Joanna, has also been killed is bad enough, but then Dan also finds a sword shoved into his hand, and is told that the only way he's ever going to get to Jo—and Heaven—is if he does as God tells him and fights against the forces ofSatan's army.
But demons are the least of Dan's problems in the afterlife. There's also his hatred of God to contend with.
And Dan is pretty sure that God hates him right back.
The Book of Daniel written by Mat Ridley crafts a wonderful world where Christian mythology is involved. Personally, this concept of angels and demons appeals to both myself being a Christian and the fact that I write in the same genre. Even if you are not a Christian, I believe that you would get a thrill from reading this.
Dan is a happily married man with a beautiful wife. He is an ex-soldier that works in a warehouse and expecting his first child. Things for Dan become complicated when men searching for a particular package invade his workplace. Dan dies soon after. As complicated things go, Dan does not stay dead for long. He awakens in Purgatory and is expected to fight alongside angels against their nemesis, the demons. Humans that are in Purgatory must do this until God can judge them.
What Ridley does is craft a story that gives a neat twist to the concept of Purgatory and the idea of salvation. The character of Daniel is a strong protagonist that you keep rooting for throughout the story. I highly recommend giving this title a read.
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