I received this ebook free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. When I read the blurb about the ebook, I thought the story would be very much like a couple of Frank Peretti’s well-know books, but it turned out to be quite different than I thought it would be. Vengeance is a short story about spiritual warfare. It is told in a very interesting way, moving back and forth between our known world where a man is struggling over the death of his son, and the spiritual realm where the angels and demons battle for the man’s soul, so to speak.
I enjoyed the story, though it moved more quickly than I liked, but, of course, that’s to be expected to create a short story. In the beginning it was difficult to route for the main character. It took quite a while for me to care enough about the main character to route for him. The battle between angels and demons is impressive. I always struggle, though, when angels are described as having wings because the Bible doesn’t say that the angels have wings. It speaks about angels appearing to people in the Old Testament, but wings are not mentioned in any of those passages. It mentions heavenly host appearing to the shepherds in the fields, and, I guess because they are in the air, we assume they have wings, but only cherubim and seraphim are described as having wings, and yes, they are technically angels, but they are a certain type of angels.
I did like the story. I cared about the angels from the very start and cheered for them, although I knew they couldn’t lose. I did finally begin to care about the human man in the story and want him to do the right thing as well. I really liked the ending and the way Cody Clark wrote the ending and brought it all together. The story was very moving and inspirational. It also challenged me, personally, in my faith and in my thoughts and attitudes toward others, especially someone who may have caused me pain. I recommend this story to anyone who enjoys a good, inspirational story, and to anyone who may be struggling with the idea of forgiveness. This story has a powerful message of forgiveness.
I am always amazed when a writer can create a great short story because good story elements require good characters and a good plot line with conflict, and to pull all of that off in a short story takes a lot of talent and hard work. Congratulations Cody Clark on writing a good short story that includes the required elements of story. I look forward to reading something written by you in the future.