The Turning by Davis Bunn

From the Amazon description:

A voice resonated from a distance and somehow from within.  Against all earthly logic, it carried a divine command.  And five very different people knew they were summoned to obey.

Their actions were demanding, but not particularly grand.  Only later would they see a pattern emerge – one that links their tasks together and comes to challenge the cultural direction of the nation.  They realize that one small personal response unveiled a new realm of moral responsibility.  And this affirmation of everyday hope captures the attention of millions.

But power and money are at stake.  Malicious elements soon align themselves to counter the trend.  To succeed they must also undermine its source.  Can we really believe that God speaks to people today?  Surely this must be dismissed as superstition or delusion.  These well-intentioned but misguided individuals should not be allowed to cast our society back into the Dark Ages.

The public debate and media frenzy place an unprecedented spotlight on knowing and doing God’s will.  The five encounter threats, but try to remain steadfast in their faith.  Had God indeed imparted wisdom on selected individuals?  Is this sweep of events part of his divine purpose?

My review:

I was lost at the beginning of the book.  Within the first two chapters, the author takes readers through four or five different cities and introduces them to several different characters.  The rapidly shifting scenes and number of characters introduced in a short time made it difficult for me to get hooked at the beginning.  However, the story line was interesting, so I kept reading and it paid off by the end.

Despite the slow beginning of the book, I have a profound appreciation for Bunn’s pacing of the plot.  There is a continual acceleration of the plot that draws readers in to the story.  Looking back over the beginning of the story, I appreciate even more the slow pace at the beginning, especially in regards to the number of characters in the book, because it allows readers to get to know each character.  Masterful characterization by the author.

I think what makes the plot so interesting is that it could be a story happening right now in America.  It is very relevant.  Everything in the book I can visualize happening in America today.  The flash mobs, the negative themes of movies or video games, the backlash against anyone who dares to speak out against mainstream media, all of these things are happening.  However, Bunn cleverly writes in a way that readers can think about these things, but from a different perspective.

If you are a fan of contemporary fiction, you will enjoy this book.  I think you will particularly enjoy this book if you enjoy keeping up to date on current events and social trends.  I’m hoping to see a follow-up book at some point in the future.  I want to know what Bunn sees as the next step for Jacobs and his crew.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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