Item description for Faith of the Unforgotten (Foundations of Hope Trilogy) by Leathel Grody...
Overview Lethal Publishing Corporation For four hundred years, the Great Pulse Storms have made it impossible for electricity to exist on Earth. Now fifteen-year-old Rebekah Ann Smith has been placed at the forefront of a battle against an attacking lizard species. Can the Gifts given by God save them from the impending human desolation?
Publishers Description * EPPIE 2006 Winner(Children/Young Adult/Tween)* Christian 3D Online Game based on series(www.FoundationsOfHope.com)* Special $4.99 retail price to promote the series and game For four hundred years, the Great Pulse Storms have made it impossible for electricity to exist on Earth. Now fifteen-year-old Rebekah Ann Smith has been placed at the forefront of a battle against an attacking lizard species. Can the Gifts given by God save them from the impending human desolation?
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Studio: Lethal Publishing Corporation
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.17" Width: 6.31" Height: 1.13" Weight: 1.22 lbs.
Release Date May 9, 2007
Publisher LETHAL PUBLISHING CORP.
Series Foundations Of Hope Trilogy
Series Number 1
ISBN 1597870005 ISBN13 9781597870009
Reviews - What do customers think about Faith of the Unforgotten (Foundations of Hope Trilogy)?
Great ideas, slightly insubstantial Sep 30, 2008
I received this book as a gift for Christmas several years ago, and read through it before the day was over. Grody clearly has a vivid imagination, and I thoroughly enjoyed the unique ideas presented in his book, such as the electric storms. The book is fast-paced, though I think there are some cliche moments and not quite enough plot development in some areas. Of course, being a troll (live under The Bridge, for those unaquainted with the slang) myself, I was enthralled with the Kingdom of Rembelshem (I personally live 15 miles outside of Cadillac, with grandparents in Kalkaska). The heroine is personable and charismatic, and as a Christian, I love how God is intertwined throughout the book. I would recommend it to anyone.
New age elements Jun 24, 2008
Leathel Grody is a promising writer. He builds a compelling story. However I would not put this title under the Christian catagory. The main character is encouraged to build her ability to read minds and speak into other's minds and such. Revelation tells us these types of abilities will become more prevelent during the latter days. Anytime we try to exercise powers outside ourselves without looking to God we are in deep danger. For more information on that danger please read "The Latent Power of the Soul" by Watchman Nee. Its an excellent little book. I hope Leathel reads it - its a great eye opener to the pitfalls of the sometimes subtle dangers of the new age.
4.5 stars heroic book clean with a thought stimulating moral under-current. Apr 22, 2008
Solid story with good descriptions of fight scenes. It a is a good start for a trilogy and that may lead to some endearing characters. Worth the read and looking forward to seeing where the rest of the story goes.
An enjoyable book. Aug 14, 2006
This is an enjoyable story and worth reading but nothing truly profound. The story was clean and had some good themes and interesting ideas. However, I didn't appreciate that it ends with so much still hanging. Ending like that with a cliffhanger made me feel that the author didn't think his writing was good enough to keep his readers interested and wanting to buy a second book.
Faith is NOT boring Jan 22, 2006
This book translates believable people into a world that is changing in unpredictable ways. It is a real wake up call to folks who want to believe in something besides the techno-plastic world that most suburban folks dwell - including myself. Few books besides this one have I read in a single 24 hour period - The Hobbit being the other one I recall off hand. Good thing I found it on a weekend!
The main reason I read fantasy in the past is because my school days were otherwise unchallenging and boring. My most memorable teachers were Tolkien, Piers Anthony, Heinlein, Asimov, C.S. Lewis, etc read discretely beneath my desk. When I graduated to the world of work, I could read them on my cell phone during equally boring meetings. Now my kids want to play them on PS2 / XBox / Nintendo. So I preview all my kids' books - "it's for the children" I tell my wife. Like Raising Dragons and Dragonspell, Faith of the Unforgotten is a handful of books I can trust to by kids, and not have to be driven to insanity by the drivel that passes for quality fiction currently on the market.
The end result of reading should be to change the way you think about problems in the real world, not escape it.
As for the content, I am pleased that it expands the expectations of both literature and end user experience. I am a computer guy by trade, so reading (and occasionally writing) technical material requires stimulating the creative side frequently. The writing is pointedly simple while allowing for profound revelations. This is a great kid's book for adults who wish to stay young at heart.
As many works in the fantasy genre, there are several requisite activities: solving puzzles and fighting. They are expertly intertwined in Faith. Common wisdom for putting a puzzle together is 1) get the box top, and 2) find the edges, then 3) build big chunks. This book builds on that heritage by quickly putting the characters in context, push their limitations to work together, while leaving room for the unexpected.
The opening vignette has profound implications throughout the rest of the book, and prepared me for the many character interactions that were initially deemed inconsequential. The planned festival was interrupted by war, just like the real world, and people's reactions were telling. A favorite quote in the news today is "The best peace time leaders make the worst war time heroes", and this book pointedly demonstrates that. To clarify further, sometimes is the common folk realizing that the peace time leader is a real turkey, and it took a war to clearly demonstrate their ineptitude.
On the subject of war, there is more to fighting that either gory swordplay or dark destruction. How and why you fight is more revealing of your values than perhaps any morality survey. Economics is another mirror of values, and Faith shows the inexorable linkage when society is optimized on the wrong variables.
Addressing the "out of the box" experience, I have read both eBooks and paper versions of many books. This is the first time I did both at the same time. - (...). I was able to get a better understanding of what the author meant. Now the graphics are included in the book, but I liked to be able to see many pictures in whatever part of the book I'm in for context - like visual bookmarks.
In the inevitable metamorphosis of any good book to movie / videogame / toy miniatures, sometimes the author's vision is compromised in the multimedia version. The painful memory of the half cartoon / half live action version of Lord of the Rings of many years past was only exorcised by Peter Jackson's rendition.
Likewise, the excellent Narnia version by Disney was somewhat lacking the video game version - mostly because it was a hack and slash forced fit, instead of a explore and fight game, like the Xbox version of the Hobbit.
With the author overseeing both the story line and graphics, this is the first book that was designed for animation, but stands on it's own in print.
In summary, buy the book, put the game on your wish list, and spread the good word!