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The Canary List: A Novel by Sigmund Brouwer
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The Canary List: A Novel

by Sigmund Brouwer

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I really couldn't get into this book because I don't know much about the Catholic church and so I couldn't follow what was going on. Now that being said it was a good book and I know that if I knew more about that religion that I would have loved the book. I was really well written and easy to follow. I was organized well and I found all of the characters very relate able. I fell in love with the little girl and was so glad that it did turn out well. I also had a rough time staying interested and it took me awhile to read the book which is not usual for me. I think it you know about the Catholic religion then you maybe able to get interested and love this book.
FTC-I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review ( )
  mattidw | Dec 17, 2013 |
Pretty decent suspense novel featuring a Vatican conspiracy with supernatural elements. Starts off lively and fast paced, gets a bit too pleased with itself for its convolutions of plot, but overall decent. I don't think I've read more than a scant handful of Christian novels, so I thought I'd branch out.

Teacher and surfer Crockett Grey (our hero, with that name, you know he'll be a rugged individualist) is having his once a year Scotch whiskey drunk fest at home on the anniversary of his young daughter's death. He's shocked to see what appears to be his daughter's face at the window, but it turns out to be his 12 year old student Jaimie. She's afraid to go back to her foster home, because a man is there whom she can sense is evil. She can sense darkness in people. Crockett has the werewithal to bring Jaimie over to his elderly neighbor's, and neighbor Nana drives them to the foster home, which they find burned down and surrounded by cops. When Crockett is framed and falsely accused of viewing child pornography, he has to find out what's going on. It all gets rather complicated from there; suffice to say that priests, psychologists, Satan worshippers, a Vatican conspiracy, DNA research, witches, pedophilia, child abuse, and demons feature. It's not graphic. The author leaves the demon/witch thing up to interpretation and the reader could take the psychological interpretation. I'd recommend it to the Christian fiction suspense fans, but maybe not devout Catholics. More on the Evangelical side, probably. ( )
  amanderson | Mar 31, 2013 |
The Canary List is a religious suspense thriller in the vein of Dan Brown. I had mixed feelings about this book. I wasn't sure if Mr. Brouwer meant for it to be YA or adult fiction. I felt that the subject of the story and the focus on the actions of the adult characters seemed to indicate that it was for more mature audiences, but the style of the novel felt more YA. I also felt like a lot of the drama around the occurrences in Crockett's life bordered on the unrealistic - I spent much of the novel thinking, "Really? I don't think they would react like that!" Nevertheless, I was intrigued by the subject, and the action and drama carried me along to the (somewhat expected) slap-in-the-face ending.

I also was intrigued by the meaning behind the title of the book - which I cannot reveal here for risk of spoiling the story.

All in all, a good afternoon read if you're a fan of Dan Brown.

I received a free review copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. ( )
  Jennisis | Apr 1, 2012 |
Demons. Evil. Childhood abuse. Satanic Rituals. Perfect possession. Vatican City. In the end, you’re still not sure what side of the fence you’re on –even if you believe in angels and demons. I mean, at least I wasn’t. Either it’s all real or it’s the most elaborate scam that anyone has ever attempted. As far as the book goes, I am not sure that it matters which story you choose to believe. You’re pulled into the story right at the beginning, and Brouwer doesn’t realize you until well after the book has ended. Maybe things wouldn’t have played out the way that they did if Crockett wasn’t already vulnerable, if he wasn’t “that type of a guy”. Maybe it’s not only the abused that have cracks in their psyche that gives the devil room to play.
This is not your typical good conquers evil story. In the end, good isn’t all that good. It’s just not evil. While some readers may take this to be commentary about the Catholic Church, I believe that it speaks more to the depravity of the human condition. I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to be any of the characters, and I honestly wouldn’t want to know. But the characters were real and relatable. I think everyone would hope that they would have the strength and determination to fight the way that Crockett did, but those that came to his assistance is not available to everyone.
It’s hard to mention the abuse that’s been meted out by the hands of Catholic Priests and not have a reaction. Brouwer does an amazing job of playing on the fear of the far reaches of the Vatican. The reaction to the abuse is intensely stronger when on thinks that the Catholic Church is a breeding ground for pedophiles and an institution with enough reach to cover it up.
There was one spot that I didn’t like, the writing confused me. It was at the end of Chapter 63 when the Cardinal comes into the picture. But other than this part, I thoroughly enjoyed the suspense in the book. This is the first book that I’ve read by Brouwer, but it’s not the first that I’ve heard of him. I know that I will definitely be reading more of him.

I received a copy of this book free in exchange for my honest review. ( )
  StarrK | Jan 16, 2012 |
I had a love-hate relationship with this book. I really enjoyed the 1st half of the book, the second half not so much. I kept getting confused and the political plots left me lost as time went on. I gave this book 3 stars only because I did get absorbed in the beginning. It's too bad the second half lost the emotional connection that I had with the characters because when that happened, the book just went BLAH. ( )
  justablondemoment | Oct 11, 2011 |
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Protected by the dark of night, Jaimie Piper runs. But is anywhere safe when Evil is hunting you? Her teacher, Crockett Grey wants to mark the anniversary of his daughter's death-- alone. A tangled web of bizarre events sends them both spiraling toward destruction, and to a dark conspiracy of secrets guarded by the highest seat of power in the world-- the Vatican.… (more)

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