4 out of 4 stars
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Picture a not-too-distant future; the government has replaced many employees with robots, and "bit-card" currency is necessary to survive. Now imagine your entire family is murdered, and you are being hunted as a suspect. This is the scenario that David Browning faces in Fingerprints of Faith: A Journey to Redemption by Daniel Fulton.
David memorized the whole Bible at five, graduated MIT at fifteen, and created the sophisticated blockchain technology that revolutionized the banking industry. Raised in a family of Christian missionaries, David possessed technological expertise that both opened doors and made powerful enemies--the kind that murdered his family. Suspecting that he was the intended victim of the explosion in his home, David was frightened, devastated, and determined to seek revenge. To protect himself, he created a new identity: Elias Tobias Montague. As the story unfolds, he learns more about his family's legacy and the true meaning of redemption.
This multilayered Christian fiction features an interesting blend of genres: suspense, romance, and even a little sci-fi. Fulton keeps the story engaging by skillfully weaving themes of family, loss, anger, resentment, faith, and redemption throughout its pages.
I most liked Fulton's realistic portrayal of David/Elias as a young man who didn't initially accept the faith of his family. Although he was respectful of their Christian beliefs, he needed to seek answers for himself. The waves of grief and guilt he experienced after their deaths were poignant and relatable. I enjoyed watching Elias's transformation as he matured and gained a new appreciation for things he once took for granted.
Another example of Fulton's strong character development is exhibited in Abby, a young single mother who attracts Elias's attention. She is hardworking, utterly devoted to her children, and compassionate.
Detectives Bolker and Peters investigate the crime scene of the Browning family home. David/Elias and the detectives don't actually meet, but it is implied that they will be allies in solving the murders. Although two different chapters in the first half of the book are devoted to the detectives, they don't resurface until close to the end of the book. I don't want to reveal any spoilers, but I dislike that their portion of the story seems incomplete.
However, this is a minor inconsistency in an otherwise engaging story. The book is professionally edited and contains no profanity or sexual content. I rate it 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend it primarily to readers who enjoy Christian fiction. However, due to the blending of genres, it may also appeal to fans of romance, sci-fi, and futuristic technology.
Fingerprints of Faith
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