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Imogene's Message: A Thriller of Extreme Prejudice

by Christine Sherborne

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This ‘thriller of extreme prejudice’ begins as soon as the reader opens the book. It is extreme; it is ugly; and it’s not for the faint-hearted. Xantara Pembroke, the protagonist, has been captured because she is different. Xantara means “protector of the earth.” She was one of eight Energy Guardians; she was a healer for the ancient order. Their location is a village called Avebury Circle which is very near to Stonehenge. Several zealous fundamentalist sects (people referred to them as ‘fundos’) thought Xantara’s actions made her a witch. They determined that it was God’s will for them to eliminate as many sinners as possible. So they captured, tortured, and sometimes killed people because they would not repent. While she was in their prison, Xantara watched in horror as they brutally whipped and cut a young man they assumed to be a homosexual.

Just prior to her capture, Xantara’s daughter, Imogene, had died in an accident on a school outing. She felt her daughter’s gentle presence while she was imprisoned. In the meantime, Braeden, Xantara’s husband, was fighting spiritual battles of his own. Having been an atheist most of his life, he went to Ezekiel’s group for comfort following his daughter’s death. He bought into the deception and even OK’d them to imprison Xantara. Upon seeing their brutality first hand, he starts to second guess his actions. But, has he waited too long; is he too late to save Xantara?

This was a different read for me. Many scenes were hard to take. The difference between the Fundos and the Guardians is as far as east is from west. The Guardians and the Light Beings were beautiful and displayed beautiful wills and actions. The Fundos were ugly, brutal, and deceived themselves into thinking they were doing God’s will. This book held a few too many characters with some new ones being introduced even as late as the last 25% of the book. This felt to be a bit preachy to me; a book with a message which basically said stand up for good before man’s goodness disappears altogether. It started out fast-paced and engaging but the last 20% slowed and the end was not a complete end as it will be continued in Imogene’s Past Lives: A Thriller of Extreme Consequences (published Sep 8, 2014). I rated the novel at 3 out of 5.

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