Title: The Sounding
Author: Carrie Salo
Publisher: 23 House
Publication Date: September 2011
Genre: Adult Fiction
Hello and welcome to our first Guest Book Review! I’d like to welcome Carrie who was kind enough to read this title for The Windy Pages.
Take it away Carrie!
The Sounding revolves around the end of the world as prophesied in the Book of Revelation. You don’t have to be well versed in the Bible to follow this fast-paced thriller.
Elise is just an average college student when a peculiar murder on campus changes her life forever. This murder catches the attention of Father Chris, who has been researching strange phenomenon for the Catholic church in hopes of finding The One who will stop Armageddon. There is an ancient evil who wants to bring an early end to all of humanity. Father Chris reveals that Elise is The One. Elise must travel the world to prepare for her final battle with The Other, a creature so evil and terrifying, it will scare you. This creature is so incredibly strong, one can’t help but think of a final boss battle from a video game, where it seems impossible to defeat.
Salo references several passages from the Bible to set-up certain scenes, but does so in a way that benefits the story, not to preach anything to the reader. It is interesting that even the layout of the book resembles the Bible. I liked the pace of the story and the locations, from a small college campus in the United States to the Holy Land, Salo takes the reader on an international adventure full of suspense and tension.
For a debut novel, Salo really did a great job creating a complex yet fascinating story. I don’t recall reading anything like this before. The monster was truly horrifying! I just couldn’t put this book down.
Rating 8 Cookie Worthy