Item description for A Hideous Beauty (Kingdom Wars Series #1) by Jack Cavanaugh...
This isn't the world you think it is...
Every day they slip across our borders to infiltrate our government, our schools, our neighborhoods.
Homeland security can't stop them.
The armed forces are no threat to them.
Powerful and unseen, they cannot be stopped.
They have been doing this for millennia.
On what should have been the best day of his life, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Grant Austin learns of a plan to assassinate the president of the United States. Every attempt to sound the alarm is thwarted, and Grant soon finds himself at the center of an even greater battle that predates time as he stands alone against ancient powers and unspeakable evil -- evil that can only be described as a hideous beauty.
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Studio: Howard Books
Release Date Jun 30, 2009
Publisher Howard Books
ISBN 1582296286 ISBN13 9781582296289
Availability 0 units.
More About Jack Cavanaugh
Jack Cavanaugh is a popular historical fiction author. He has fifteen published novels which have received numerous Christian and secular awards. His novels "While Mortals Sleep" and "His Watchful Eye" won Christy Awards for excellence in Christian Fiction. "The Puritans", from the American Portrait series, won an ECPA Silver Medallion Award.
Jack Cavanaugh currently resides in the state of California. Jack Cavanaugh was born in 1952 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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Hideously Wonderful Mar 11, 2008
Kingdom Wars I - A Hideous Beauty - Jack Cavanaugh
Grant Austin is back in school with a Pulitzer to rub in the face of his High School nemesis Myles Shepherd. Problem is, Myles Shepherd is not really Myles Shepherd and Grant Austin has become the invisible man to everyone he used to know.
"A hideous beauty. Wondrously alluring. Incredibly evil." "Dedicated insidious soldiers" from a supernatural realm have infiltrated the American boarders, and their current intent is to kill the President. Despite his own experiences, Austin has a hard time buying into the whole idea of an invisible war and continues for some time to work by his own efforts to undo the plot. He is foiled each time by his now-dead old friend, Shepherd. To top it all off, Austin is himself the tool by which this hideous beauty will accomplish its task - using his Pulitzer winning Presidential biography and the President himself.
Why Austin? Why his book? Why now? Why this President? Those questions are raised and some tantalizingly answered, building anticipation for the next installment of the Kingdom Wars series. As for the opener in the Kingdom Wars, it is a great rollicking suspenseful action thriller full of fascinating, unexpected characters who may or may not be who they appear. Bus loads of children teetering precariously from a bridge, daring helicopter rescues and possessed fighter pilots round out the white-knuckle climax as Austin learns that he is a threat to the spiritual world that they can not ignore. In the end, he must choose whom he will serve - even when there is no salvation available to him.
Cavanaugh is at his best with Kingdom Wars I. This is a don't-miss-it series with a remarkable opener! An angel, a wheelchair bound professor, and three very angry but capable women join Austin at the heart of this effort to frustrate spiritual influence over human history. The battle between good and evil has not ended and is only gaining momentum in Cavanaugh's don't-blink-can't-put-it-down series opener.
Great book! Dec 8, 2007
I bought this book solely because I like other stuff written by this author. I wasn't disappointed!
Fantastic Nov 19, 2007
Do you like Frank Perreti, Ted Dekker, and yes, Tolkien? Well, this book is for you. Fast paced, well written, and theologically intriging only begin to discribe how I view this story. I don't want to overinflate expectations, but I can't wait to read the next volume coming in the spring. It is certainly rare for me to not be able to put a book down. If you enjoy novels, like I do, please, do yourself a favor, and purchase this book.
Outta This World... Sep 25, 2007
If you are a Jack Cavanaugh fan, you are in for a treat. A different kind of a treat, though, Jack's new series is a Spiritual Warfare/Fantasy. Proving that a good, respected-in-his-genre storyteller can cross into another genre and do it right, too.
My husband and I read Hideous Beauty over the weekend while we drove to Minnesota and back home. We both loved it. I struggled with the first several pages, trying to figure out exactly what was going on, but my hubby didn't. We both loved the main character, Grant Austin, who narrates with sarcastic humor and experiences a wild story full of intriguing friends and enemies. Several times, we found ourselves laughing out loud as Grant encountered one issue after another with witty thoughts and comments. The feel is very lad lit, complete with some serious relationship mess-ups.
Another small issue was a bit of tweaking with our theology. Both of us wondered a time or two if we agreed with the possibility of this or that event playing out quite like it did in the book. But this is fantasy fiction. I hope no one bases their theology on something they read in fiction. If you don't struggle with differing opinions of the faith, then you shouldn't get hung up on...well...on speculative differing opinions.
Hideous Beauty is going to appeal to Hines, Liparulo and Wells fans, as well as Cavanaugh's faithful readers. If you love Spiritual Warfare, Fantasy, and great stories, you might want to get your hands on a copy.
A fast-paced thrill ride Aug 23, 2007
This inspirational thriller will keep you on your toes the whole way through!
Grant Austin finally has it all together. His recent bestseller - a presidential biography - has just won the Pulitzer Prize. He's just given a successful speech to his high school alma mater, and he's flying high.
But things take a turn for the worse when he decides to visit his high school rival, who morphs into an angelic being before his very eyes. Semyazah, a fallen angel, declares that he is the one who has given Grant all of his earthly success, and threatens Grant with the fact that his book contains a veiled threat to the President, warning of his assassination.
When Grant awakens from his angelic encounter, groggy and unsure how he got on the classroom floor, he only knows one thing: he has to notify his ex-girlfriend, Christina, a White House assistant. But instead of the welcome he assumed he would get, she brushes him off.
With time working against him, Grant does the thing he knows to do best: research. A lead points him to a local university where he meets a professor who changes his whole perspective.
Can Grant stop the assassination planned by fallen angels? Or is he destined to become one of them?
Cavanaugh keeps the reader on the edge of their seat in the fast-paced thriller. Snappy, sarcastic dialogue seems to be the forte of his hero, Grant Austin, and it works for him. Dazzling imagery plus unexpected twists complete this great novel. Recommended!