Monday, April 12, 2010
CSFF Tour - Lost Mission Day 1
Are you ready to get Lost?
This month the CSFF Tour is featuring an intriguing book, Lost Mission. It is the latest book by Athol Dickson, who has written some memorable books in the CBA market over the last few years. I recall on the old blog faith*in*fiction that his book River Rising was highly touted. I read his last book, Winter Haven in '09, and came away feeling that it was a good enough book, but it didn't really live up to my expectations from prior publicity.
Does Lost Mission rise to the level of his reputation?
Before I answer that, I need to address some context...
What would a Mexican housekeeper, a minister running a shelter ministry, a grief-stricken billionaire, and an illegal immigrant working in construction have in common with an ugly Franscican friar from the 1700's? As smoke from different little conflagurations can swirl together before it becomes a gigantic flame, so these disparate people are drawn together in a dramatic repeat of the doom of the Mission de Santa Dolores, the Spanish mission where Fray Alejandro met the flames so many years ago. Will they succumb to the same evil, or will faith rise above the fire?
Lost Mission is being marketed as "magical realism", as smoke from a fire in the 1700's helps guide one of the main characters, Lupe de la Garza even in the present time. There's a lot to dig into with this book - enough that it deserves a couple more posts to delve into the mysteries.
But if you can't wait, check out my compatriots below or visit Athol Dickson's blog. Just be sure to follow the smoke back here tomorrow, winds permitting...
CSFF Blog Tour
D. G. D. Davidson
Rebecca LuElla Miller
New Authors Fellowship
John W. Otte
Donita K. Paul
In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.