4 out of 4 stars
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Spearheaded by a contemporary religious movement named the Call, possibly the biggest Christian recruitment ever seen is occurring. Young people are rushing to join in droves, and political leaders are taking notice. Not everyone is thrilled because of the movement’s religious stance against partial-birth abortion, same-sex marriage, embryonic stem-cell research, regenerative medicine, and therapeutic cloning.
Pharmaceutical companies have a lot to lose if the Call gains more momentum. Therefore, a secret society hired an assassin named Nicolai Virshenko (Niki) to eliminate the leaders of the movement. They are led by a man who calls himself Prometheus. Fear is almost palpable as more leaders and one entire family are executed; however, the Call continues to grow.
Andrew Morrison and his family, as well as his friend Trevor Haas, have been chosen as the next targets. Unknown to them, God has sent several heavenly spirits to watch over Andrew and his family.
Prometheus has decided to try a different technique to halt the movement since their methods are failing at this point. Hence, Niki is to kidnap Andrew and his family and force him to discontinue his involvement in the Call. If that doesn’t work, then they will be slain. Niki comes for them, and Andrew is kidnapped. Thankfully, his family has already been sent to safer quarters, and they remain free for now.
Can Andrew get free? Will his family remain safe? How can they take down this group of murderers?
The Shaft was written by Scott B. Delaney, who believes in God and the struggle between good and evil. He says, “I remain confident there is a power beyond our understanding at work every day on this planet.” At 322 pages, the book is broken up into 79 chapters with a prologue. The author’s writing is descriptive and easy to understand. The story is told in third person unless it concerns Andrew; at that time, it is told from his viewpoint. A newspaper article informing of the murders and the response from the leaders of the movement is in the prologue. Following that, the author gives us a background on Niki, Andrew, and Trevor. Then, the action picks up as Andrew is kidnapped, and the assassin’s search begins for his family. A thrilling roller-coaster ride ensues, which makes the book difficult to put down. The suspense is my favorite aspect of the book.
The leading characters are well developed. Andrew and Trevor are both likable and relatable. Andrew is a man who believes in God and has faith but is frightened for himself and his family. Despite his fears, he will put himself in harm’s way to protect his family and the church. Trevor also is a man of faith and endangers his life for his beliefs. Niki, the assassin, is evil personified. He does not seem to have a conscience, and even the people who hired him grow to fear him. He cherishes the thrill of killing as well as the money it provides.
I feel the beginning is a little too slow and includes very little dialogue, which represents my least favorite aspect of the book. The author uses that time to provide the reader with the background and describe the protagonist, antagonist, and the setting. I love that the characters and settings are well described. However, I prefer they be worked into the story, along with some dialogue, rather than utilizing the first few chapters for this purpose. The novel is quite suspenseful once you get past those chapters. Therefore, as this is just my own preference, it does not warrant subtracting a star from the rating.
This book was probably professionally edited as only three errors were found throughout the entire story.
I genuinely loved reading The Shaft as it was exciting and well written. Therefore, it receives a rating of 4 out of 4 stars.
Readers who like thrillers and crime dramas will appreciate this book if they don’t mind a little supernatural undertone mixed in. People of Christian faith will also likely enjoy it. Those who are not Christians might want to avoid it. No cursing or sex is encountered in the book; however, because of the violence, I think it is unsuitable for small children.
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