Today is the release of Chris and Allan’s first novel, Hunter Brown and the Secret of the Shadow. I read it this last weekend and seriously couldn’t put it down (my sleep suffered because of you Miller Brothers!). What a creative book and a captivating story!
The Secret of the Shadow begins the journey of Hunter Brown, a 9th grade prankster whose life is turned upside down by a book and the world he discovers through its pages. In efforts to flee the scene of his last day of school zenith of pranks, Hunter finds himself off on an adventure far beyond what he ever thought possible. Through the mysterious book that “accidentally” falls into his possession, he is drawn into the fantastic world of Solandria, a place of warriors and creatures, magic and villains. As the story takes us with Hunter on an amazing quest, we watch him being tested and trapped, chased and rescued, seduced, threatened, encouraged, attacked, and through all of this (and more!) Hunter discovers powerful truths about himself and about his world. The thrill ride of Book 1 (this is the first in a series) climaxes with Hunter thrust into a life and death battle with an enemy that is beyond what he (or the reader) imagines. I don’t want to ruin the ending, but I’ll just tell you that the final chapters are worth the price of admission!
Chris and Allan have done a terrific job writing this book. The story moves quickly through its 300 plus pages, the characters are fascinating and rich, and the plot keeps you guessing and thinking. Clearly inspired by christian favorites like Pilgrim’s Progress and the Chronicles of Narnia, the guys continue the tradition of teaching us abstract spiritual truths through powerful and imaginative fiction. The book is aimed at teen readers, but adults will enjoy it for the way it wrestles with serious spiritual issues like God’s sovereignty, sin’s hold on us, and the journey of embracing Christ through faith. I hope many families gather together around the pages of Hunter Brown and use Chris and Allan’s wonderful writing to springboard the conversation to the Cross and the God who saved us there.
Great job, guys! I’m sure the Author is pleased.