Item description for A Hideous Beauty (Kingdom Wars Series #1) by Jack Cavanaugh...
Overview Seeking out a long-time rival in the hopes of flaunting his recent Pulitzer Prize, Grant Austin experiences a spiritual epiphany that proves the existence of angels and reveals how he has been set up to participate in an assassination plot targeting the president. Original. 20,000 first printing.
Publishers Description 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.
Community Description The world's battles pale when compared to the one waging in the angelic realm---and Pulitzer Prize-winner Grant Austin is about to be drawn into the conflict whether he wants to fight or not! With more than human blood in his veins and his soul at stake, which supernatural side will he join? 384 pages, softcover from Howard.
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Studio: Howard Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.22" Width: 5.82" Height: 0.94" Weight: 0.93 lbs.
Release Date Aug 14, 2007
Publisher Howard Publishing
Series Kingdom Wars
Series Number 1
ISBN 1416543406 ISBN13 9781416543404
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.
Reviews - What do customers think about A Hideous Beauty (Kingdom Wars Series #1)?
Well Written Look Into The Unseen Wars May 28, 2010
"Kingdom Wars: A Hideous Beauty" is my first Jack Cavanaugh book. I came across an interview with him and thought he sounded like an author I'd like to read. I'm not much of historical fiction fan but this book sounded interesting. Spiritual warfare always makes for a good story.
To be honest, the reason why I gave this book four stars is due to Jack's writing skill. The story itself would never have been so good in the hands of the average writer. The dialogue was entertaining to say the least. The storyline was serious but Jack made the thoughts and dialogue in the book creative and at times quite humorous. I wouldn't call the book a page-turner but I will say that it was enjoyable, thought provoking and very unpredictable.
I believe Christian authors should write their fiction with Biblical accuracy. If one writes a book about spiritual warfare then it should line up with God's Word. This can be done with fantasy, sci-fi or any other genre. All I ask is that you get it right. Saying that I did have some issues with "A Hideous Beauty". Some serious and some minor.
1. The Father DOES NOT have a physical body. Colossians 1:15-16 2. Jesus was created BEFORE the angels. He is the firstborn. Colossians 1:15 3. Angels are spirit being and therefore can not die. Luke 20:36 4. Fallen angels and demons are the same thing. No Scriptural proof either way but if you don't believe angels mated with humans there's no other explanation. 5. Angels don't give honor to Lucifer. What was Jack thinking? 6. In order for this story to work for you you'll need to believe that the Nephilim are part human, part angel. I do not, however it makes for a good story. I'd explain it here but it would take all day. If you're curious check out the article on the Answers In Genesis site. 7. If there are those that are half angel, half human, why can't they be saved by Christ? 8. Why would an angel of God treat a Nephilim badly? Since when are we guilty because of our birth? Doesn't seem right.
Overall I enjoyed the book. The writing is what made it really good. As for a spiritual warfare book I say it doesn't do the believer much good because there really isn't any spiritual warfare going on from a Christian's perspective. Read Peretti's "This Present Darkness" and "Piercing The Darkness" if you want real spiritual warfare.
1 Star = Pathetic 2 Stars = Fair 3 Stars = Good 4 Stars = Excellent 5 Stars = Life changing
FANTASTIC ....a witnessing tool that gets results Sep 28, 2009
My 27 year old daughter brought this book to me after she read it. It has inspired her to get back to praying and to God's word. I read the book and was inspired. This is on the order of Perretti, you can actually see what is happening and it is so understandable because it lines up with what the Word says. Amazing and well worth the read, you won't want to put it down. We definately need the #3 book in the series to be written and beyond.
You Must Choose Sides Aug 14, 2009
Grant Austin is a Pulitzer Prize winning author who is widely lauded for his authoritative biography of the sitting President of the United States. But he finds out from a former high school rival (who happens to be a demon incarnate) that much of what he wrote is wrong and that Douglas is not the man he thought he was. Moreover, this world is not what he thought it was, and the forces of evil are plotting to kill the President and use Grant to advance their evil schemes.
Grant refuses to believe at first, but as time goes on, he realizes that there is a spiritual battle happening in the universe, and he must choose sides. Along the way, he learns a great deal about himself, his past, and his destiny. He is helped along the way by some resourceful friends and curious characters.
At first, I thought the story was too weird. But it grew on me as I kept reading, and I even arrived late for an appointment because I couldn't put the flipping book down. Another winner from the pen of Jack Cavanaugh, who makes the transition from historical fiction to thriller fiction quite nicely.
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!