Conner Hayden is certain he survived his near-death experience for a reason. He thinks it's to save the life-and soul-of Mitch Kent. Mitch's body remains on life support while his spirit is trapped with the old farmer Howard Bristol in the Interworld-a strange and dangerous dimension that Conner narrowly escaped during his brush with death in Pawlik's award-winning debut novel, Vanish. Meanwhile, in the Interworld, Mitch receives a warning from a mysterious stranger: Howard is not who he appears to be, and Mitch must flee immediately. Pursued by Howard and a terrifying creature, Mitch soon learns the truth about what happened to him and that his only hope of survival lies at the very edge of the Interworld.
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Review 1 for Valley of the Shadow - eBook
Has great story telling
Date:June 2, 2012
Could not put it down . Had to fine out want was next.
Building upon the story begun in Vanish, Tom Pawlik surprised me by coming up with much more to write set in the otherworldly setting he so eerily created there. Vanish worked well as a stand-alone novel, and I wasn’t sure what else could be added to the work that he completed there, but Valley of the Shadow proved to be even better written and more compelling than the original.
Characters from the original novel (reading it first is recommended) meet again in the land ‘in-between’ spaces to struggle for the soul of one who is trapped between eternal destinies. Physical danger in the land of the living is juxtaposed against a stunning fight in the spiritual.
The pace is very fast, and Pawlik somehow avoids the clumsiness of the prose that Vanish opened with; it’s straight into the action, straight into the fray. If you liked the premise but were a bit turned-off by the writing (as I was), you should find Valley of the Shadow far more readable, and therefore, more enjoyable!
This book is a creepy, eerie, masterful piece of work. I was completely fascinated by Pawlik's haunting narrative. He has an imagination that helped stretch mine. His descriptions of what he calls the Interworld and it's inhabitants had me leaving the lights on while I slept.This is not a horror story though, not in the Friday the 13th kind of way. It's not a slasher kind of novel. Rather, the closest comparison that I can think of is a Frank Peretti novel because of the spiritual world aspects to the story.I have yet to read the first novel in the series, Vanish, which I am sure would enhance the reading of this novel, but it's not necessary. You'll want to though, just as I do. I will be on a sharp lookout for other books by Tom Pawlik.
Tom Pawliks Valley of the Shadow takes off at a full-out run! This uber-exciting suspense read gripped me from the first few words and held my attention captive even better than its predecessor, Vanish. Ill be sure to keep one eye open at all times from now on and may never sleep again! (At least until I get a couple of humorous chick-lit reads completed)Tom Pawlik is climbing my list of all-time favorite suspense authors. This is a wonderfully captivating sequel that deserves the same acclaim that is given to such storytellers as Ted Dekker, Frank Peretti and Stephen King. I know that I compared Tom to these other authors in my previous review of his book "Vanish", but the comparison is valid and begs to be repeated. I have never breathed so hard while reading
Tom Pawlik has a very creative imagination and an exciting writing style that keeps you turning the pages to see what hes created for you to experience next. Tom gives you a glimpse into a universeinterworldbeyond the physical, into heavenly realms and beyond. I havent read anything this creative, refreshing and eye opening since Frank Peretti hit the book world with This Present Darkness. Tom Pawlik has a gift of lifting the veil for us so he can give us a peek into the spiritual struggle we cant see here on earth. The main characters thought of Eternity. It was serious business after all. Eternity. Conner was surprisedand saddenedat how little thought most people seemed to give the topic. Death was the one thing they could be certain of, yet they acted as if ignorance would make them live forever. This author also has a good sense of humor, Conner, youve gone from being a hard-core agnostic to the apostle Paul in a matter of weeks. Didnt you think that might be a little disconcerting to some of your friends? This book is not for the faint of heart. Although there is a very powerful spiritual thread throughout the entire story the author reveals the evil side of this world and that of the next. It may make you feel uncomfortable, but it does make you think. There are haunting situations that are woven in the middle of some spiritually amazing scenes. Tom Pawlik stays away from being totally gruesome; I wouldnt have been able to read this book if he wouldve gone over the edge. I think Tom Pawlik has a good balance of good and evil portrayed in this novel. Please push through the parts that make you go Hmmm, my friend, because this author also takes you to the mountain tops and your spirit will soar! It will give you hope, and a new perspective of just how much the Lord cares for you. You wont stop thinking about this story after youve finished. You can count on it!!Book Club Servant Leaderwww.psalm516.blogspot.com
Tom Pawlik has proven he is not a one-hit wonder. With this sequel to his award-winning book, Vanish, the author takes the reader on a harrowing journey through the Interworld where souls sometimes pass through on their way from this earthly realm to their eternal destinations. Conner narrowly escaped his brush with death during Pawliks first book. He subsequently finds a life of faith. Through an encounter with a former client, Jim Malone, who saves the life of Devon Marshall, a boy who was with Conner at the Bristol Farm while Conner was in limbo. Conner knows there is someone in the Interworld he must assist. He believes that person is Mitch Kent who remains on life support while his spirit is trapped. His quest to help Mitch brings him too close to another death experience. Tom Pawlik takes the reader on an emotional journey as well. He deftly demonstrates Satans wiles, and how the master of deceit will parade as an angel of light to keep us tricked and away from Gods mercy. The book also demonstrates the power of God to break through barriers to win the soul of man, even a comatose victim whose life hangs in the balance. The author brings the characters to life. And the reader feels the authors created environment. One identifies with Nathan who is sent to help Mitch escape Howard Bristols clutches. The weave between this current world and the Interworld is masterfully done There are shadows, and monsters, and light and darkness. An edge of your seat read and keep the pages turning.
This sequel to Vanish was just GREAT! Both are superb reading. I also finished this in a day. Have not read anything so good in many a year. What a great writer, what a great mind. He had me going to the very end. Have never read anything like this. A book (both) to be read again. It really gets you to thinging.