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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
The Fifth Trumpet: Fire in the Blood by Mark W Stoub is a powerful story involving conspiracy and a plot to destroy humankind. The townspeople of Shoestring, Texas have told stories for years about odd lights and noises, but most of it was attributed to gossip… until the dragon spat fire, a case of arson in which Lois Myers meets her death. Police Chief Hector Chavez enlists the help of Angus McPherson, a Presbyterian minister who cares for the souls of Shoestring, to help unravel the clues, including a Celtic cross that could be a message from the killer. But what started like a case of arson quickly develops into a conspiracy that targets humanity itself. Can Chavez and Angus put all the pieces together in time to stop one of the deadliest threats against humanity?
Mark W Stoub is a gifted storyteller and I enjoyed the strong narrative voice, alternating between the third and first person, a style that enriches the story and helps in the build up of suspense. The first person voice carries the point of view of one of the key characters, Angus, in a compelling manner. The paragraph breaks are timely, and they combine with the unique and beautiful phraseology to make for an enjoyable read. I enjoyed the drama and the quick pacing of the story. The Fifth Trumpet: Fire in the Blood is well researched and readers will navigate religious themes and terrorism, handled with mastery and unusual skill. The simplicity in prose, the excitement that comes through the dialogues, and the huge conflict are just a few of the many elements that make this novel a must-read. I just became a fan!