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Overview Ex-detective Michael Thorn's discovers a skeleton in his basement, and eventually realizes it is the same sorcerer who fought Moses! Now, to protect his family, Thorn must figure out how a sorcerer from ancient Egypt ended up in America--and how to defeat him before he regains his full power and wreaks havoc on the world.
Publishers Description Ex-detective Michael Thorn has retired from the police force, and is eager to lead a normal life for once. His days of fighting to protect the innocent are over. But his "retirement" isn't going to be the long-deserved rest he expected.His new home in rural New England has many strange stories surrounding it. But those are all just rumorsright? Then he discovers the skeleton in the basement and realizes the rumors are true. But when the skeleton mysteriously disappears, Thorn is faced with an ancient mystery-one that leads to an even more ancient foe: the same sorcerer who fought Moses Now, to protect his family, Thorn must figure out how a sorcerer from ancient Egypt ended up in America and how to defeat him before he regains his full power and wreaks havoc on the world. Thorn has help from a wise professor, a devout priest, and a sect of warriors sworn to protect the church. But will they be enough? In the end, Thorn will face even larger questions--of good and evil, and of God and the devil.
Citations And Professional Reviews Sorcerer by James Byron Huggins has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Retailing - 04/17/2006 page 24
Library Journal - 04/01/2006 page 74
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Studio: Whitaker House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6.34" Height: 1.01" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2006
Publisher WHITAKER #54
ISBN 0883688182 ISBN13 9780883688182 UPC 630809688187
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More About James Byron Huggins
James Byron Huggins is the author of "Cain, Leviathan, The Reckoning, " and "A Wolf Story." A former soldier, cop, and award-winning journalist, he lives in Decatur, Alabama.
James Byron Huggins currently resides in Decatur, in the state of Alabama.
I'm a 15 year old teenager who loves Dekker's books. This was an excellent book and I really enjoyed reading it. It was worth buying and it has a very good story line.
Not quite what I expected.... Sep 12, 2006
From all the good reviews I read about this book, I thought it would at least be as good if not better than "Hunter" my all time favorite of Mr. Huggins' work. Instead, it was a little disappointing. The action was good but it was few and far between. The bad guys were always getting their butts kicked in their few encounters with Thorn and the Assassini. Come on, Mr. Huggins - couldn't you have made this a more even match just to make it more thrilling? Also, Christianspeak was just a bit overwhelming in this book compared to "Hunter". OK, we get it. This is a book about good vs. evil. But, why rub it in over and over?
OK Read Jul 5, 2006
Well, this effort is a little bit better than NIGHTBRINGER if only because of its interesting perspective on spiritual warfare. The two books are VERY similar, and both read like they've been scripted for the movies. Both are about ordinary folks thrown into life and death struggles with evil supernatural forces while trapped in isolated, out of the way settings. And from what I understand, someone IS trying to get NIGHTBRINGER to film. That might be interesting.
Random thoughts about SORCERER: 1. SORCERER is pure evangelical christian yogurt. It reads smoothly but is probably not for everyone. Readers not familiar with christianspeak terminology will either be fascinated by it or turned off. The christian worldview is assumed to be true and the bad guys are Satan and his demonic servants. Personally I kind of liked it. But do not look for any unusual or creative christian perspectives here. The background is strictly traditional pap with with only a slightly different slant on the nature of sorcery and its practitioners.
2. I did not agree with everything Huggins did here. Can sorcerers and demons really influence and control the weak minded to that degree? And the whole 'draining the life-force' thing seemed far out. I also had questions as to why the Catholic church is always involved on a covert level in plots like these (the Assassini). Aren't there any other secret christian covert groups around? :-) Anyway, for this reason I strongly suspect that this book was designed to come out while the Da Vinci Code was still hot.
3. There were some very cool ideas in SORCERER--particularly as it portrays the confusion an ancient sorcerer might have waking up in the 21st century. And Huggins is not fooling around here. This is not Harry Potter or 'Rings' fantasy. He is plainly asserting that the art of sorcery is real and dangerous and possible even in this day and age.
4. The book's characters are well drawn and interesting (with the exception of Thorn's wife). I just wish Huggins could have gone a step further and developed certain ideas, like WHY prayer and faith work against the forces of darkness. It also seems as though the enemy sorcerer obsesses over his ancient enemy (Moses), but is hardly aware of the work of the Son of God (Jesus). That one really stuck in my craw.
Overall, SORCERER is a good effort. The first third of the book is pretty creepy, as the author sets the stage for the conflict to come. The tension and action mounts steadily from there and really explodes at the end. Yes, Huggins does action sequences very well. And he tells a story very well. But do not look for great literature and top shelf writing here. SORCERER is just NOT a classic. Actually, I still like his LEVIATHAN much better (from 10 years ago). ps...For quality christian fantasy writing, see Steven Lawhead.
But this IS a pretty good summer read if you're looking for something light, fast-moving and wholy engaging.
Where's the beef? Jun 8, 2006
Ben Johnson was a New England townsman who had served his time in the Korean War and faced down woodchucks and insect pests and thus, wasn't about to let a stranger to town push him around. But his determination turned to shivering fear when he encountered the "Sorceror" during a right rear tire blowout of his on a country road. Its huge angular jaws draped in black rags, smelling of ancient Egyptian sewage, dragged itself like a golem towards the six-foot hardcase Ben, its cold finger bones pinning down the strong human's wrists. Within a minute or two another death had stained the lovely countryside around Dead Man's Curve. Yes, Ben had died (spoilers). Huggins cleverly writes, "Ben realized it wasn't true; you don't see your life flash before your eyes. All he could sense were clouds of darkness, weeds brushing past him, and the tremendous pressure enclosing his arm."
It's up to ex-op Michael Thorn, the toughest guy when roused in the whole state, to track down the sorceror and kill him with the powers he developed in combat. If you enjoyed THE DA VINCI CODE, this is the book for you, and when I bought this book in the bookstore of a local cathedral, the purple-haired elderly woman who sold me the volume told me that Huggins was a noted Christian author, but after reading the book, I have to say, where's the Christianity? This book is fantasy land! Magic staffs, talismans, potions, charms, mummies, monsters, is not the stuff of Christianity. However, who cares, the book has its thrills that I can compare only to the work of Lovecraft or Stephen King.
The other reviewers who are tearing apart Huggins for his lack of characterization and the endlessly egotistical dialogue are barking up the wrong tree.
An ancient evil awakens and seeks his former power Jun 7, 2006
Michael Thorn, former special forces operative and recently retired LA detective, looks forward to a quiet life in New England with his wife and young children. He has purchased an old Victorian mansion in Cedar Ridge, a village not far from Salem, Massachusetts.
But as he arrives at his new home, his old warrior instincts begin to awaken. A fear he never knew while deployed on his missions seeps into his bones as he traverses his new home.
In the basement, behind a centuries old wall, he discovers a bullet-riddled skeleton. When he returns with the local law enforcement, the skeleton is gone and the only clue is skeletal footprints that lead away from the cave-like tomb.
An old evil, one thought imprisoned forever, walks the earth once again. As the ancient Egyptian sorcerer that once battled Moses seeks to regain his former power, others race to stop him. But will Thorn, a country sheriff, an elderly professor, experienced priest and a shadowy group known as the Assinini be able to stop him?
This book moves, for the most part, at a fast clip toward an uncertain ending. At times slowed by backstory, the author still manages to draw the reader into this chilling story.