Item description for Evil Among Us by Matthew W. Vaughn...
Overview Evil moves among us in a constant search for prey. Though we often believe it is readily avoidable, sometimes evil can unsuspectingly creep into our lives through the mundane and commonplace. Jason Shepard discovered that evil had found him. With his family's lives hanging in the balance and no sense of who he could trust, Jason has to rely on his faith in God to help him fight back and protect all he holds dear.
Publishers Description Evil moves among us in a constant search for prey. Jason Shepard must rely on his faith in God to help him fight back and protect all he holds dear.
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Ingram Advance - 08/01/2005 page 101
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Studio: Xulon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.42" Width: 5.7" Height: 0.68" Weight: 0.83 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2006
Publisher Xulon Press
ISBN 1597812625 ISBN13 9781597812627
Availability 122 units. Availability accurate as of Oct 25, 2016 08:13.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Evil Among Us?
When is Mr. Vaughn's next book coming out? Jul 18, 2005
This book was completely captivating! Suspenseful, intriguing and full of faith, I could not put it down. Mr. Vaughn's storytelling is quite impressive, especially considering this is his first attempt. Anyone who has ever felt that they were being taken over by that "evil among us", should read this novel. Mr. Vaughn shows us through his characters, with all their fears and worries, that the Lord is faithful to our fight. Thank you, Mr. Vaughn. I just started reading this book for a second time and it is just as good this time around. I'm looking forward to your next great story!
Suspense, Drama, and Intrigue! New Author On The Playground.... Jul 11, 2005
Matthew W. Vaughn's first novel has a little bit of suspense, drama, and intrigue in between the covers. And what amazing covers they are. The front cover of "EVIL AMONG US" is one of the most eye-catching covers I have come across. On the back cover is a synopsis that is just too good to put back on the shelf:
"Evil moves among us in a never-ending search for prey. Most of us believe we can protect ourselves because of our ability to tell the difference between good and evil. Sometimes, however, evil unsuspectingly creeps into our lives through the routine, the usual, and the commonplace.
That was the case for Jason Shepard. Evil found him through the Internet, but he had no idea it was there - and no way to stop it now that it had chosen him. Unaware of the horror and suffering about to enter his world, Jason finds himself engaged in a battle with a powerful but unknown enemy. With his family's lives hanging in the balance and no sense of who he can trust, Jason must quickly determine his next course of action. With help from unlikely sources and armed with his faith in God, he begins his terrifying quest."
I purchased this novel at a new Christian bookstore in St. John, Indiana. The owner was unpacking his latest shipment of books when I noticed that Xulon Press publishes this book. One of my favorite authors (D. Shane Burton) has published his novels with Xulon, so I was aware of the company's good reputation. I'm glad I made the purchase. I breezed through the novel in only a couple of days. It was a fun read. As I said earlier, this is Vaughn's first novel. Writing a novel is not an easy task. And self-publishing is a scary venture that only someone with a real passion for writing usually considers. It is obvious that Vaughn loves writing and is completely dedicated to using his craft to glorify the One who gave him the gift of writing.
I do not believe a professional edit was done on this manuscript, but who really cares? Most editors I know couldn't create a good work of fiction if their lives depended on it. And I was able to enjoy the story even with the minor amount of errors in the grammar. There are a few places where "dividers" or "gaps" could have been used to make sure the reader understood that the "character views" were shifting or that third-person to first-person jumps were being made. But the story was so interesting, the action and suspense moving at a good enough speed that any editing shortfalls can easily be ignored by a reader who's not obsessed by the Chicago Style Edit demons.
The wild thing about "EVIL AMONG US" is that Vaughn's writing seems to get better and better with each chapter. There are some really cool twist and turns in the story, and the reader gets to see the story develop from the viewpoint of many different characters. I really like that about the novel. I also like the way Vaughn painted (with words of course) a clear picture of the battle between good and evil. In a world where that line is constantly being erased in the name of tolerance, it is refreshing to see an author who will not relinquish his Christ-centered beliefs just to pen a possibly more popular novel. Faith-based fiction demonstrates how God can work in our lives when we let Him. It reminds us that the God of the Bible is here with us today - the same God that talked to Moses.
"EVIL AMONG US" is a 282-page creation by a new author, a man with a clear dedication to his work. For a first novel, I think it's worth the money. At no point does the story drag, and there are a few places where I found myself so into the story that I almost forgot this was a work of fiction.
I'll end this review by posting Matthew W. Vaughn's "author profile", which I found quite interesting:
"Matthew Vaughn resides in the beautiful state of Washington with his loving wife of 24 years. After serving in law enforcement for many years and a successful career in business, he rediscovered the once-buried desire of his youth: his passion for storytelling. That passion, which had lain dormant through his early adult years, reawakened with his undertaking of Evil Among Us, the first fruits of his career as a writer. When he is not touring the country on his Harley, Matthew finds joy in creating stories, exploring those sometimes dark, sometimes humorous, and often hidden places where many fear to tread."
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Evil Among Us Jul 10, 2005
I truly enjoyed reading this book! The characters were dimensional and likeable, very real. The storyline moved and flowed effortlessly, drawing the reader in completely. It was a page turner for me...As stated before, it's hard to believe this is the authors' first novel, but I eagerly await more from him. Bravo Matt!
A Captivating Novel !!! Couldn't Put It Down !!! Jun 24, 2005
You'll note by the name, my brother wrote this book. I therefore simply had to read it, and was greatly rewarded in doing so! No...I'm not getting payed for this!!
I was quite impressed. I found the storyline so interesting that I literally couldn't put it down until I finished reading. A twist and turn around every corner, with characters so interesting that I couldn't wait to see what would happen next.
My only regret is that I'm done reading it. I can't wait for the next one!!!
A great read Jun 1, 2005
Hard to believe this is the authors' first novel. The characters are so alive... and the plot is outstanding. It is by far one of the best books I have ever read in the realm of Christian fiction. Evil among us is a well-written, hard to put down story; it seemed to provide just the right amounts of suspense. I loved every word. I eagerly await the release of the next book by this author.