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by Lis Wiehl, read by Devon O'Day
Brilliance Audio, September 2013
Unabridged pages
ISBN: 1480545627

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In Lis Wiehl's FATAL TIDE, demons walk among us every day. But so do angels. The final book of her East Salem trilogy brings to a conclusion a battle of good and evil: a small group of chosen people, with the help of some angels, have taken on demonic forces in order to save the world.

Two of those people are Tommy Gunderson, a former football star who now uses his riches for good, and his girlfriend, the brainy Dani Harris. The chosen have discovered a hellish prophecy unfolding. Demonic creatures straight out of a painting Hieronymus Bosch's "Garden of Earthly Delights," circa 1500 have come alive, there's a conspiracy to taint the world's water supply with drugs that will turn children into an army of killers, and the clock is ticking toward Christmas Eve, when the full apocalypse will be unleashed.

At the heart of all of this is St. Adrian's Academy, a boarding school whose population has a perplexingly large number of twins. One of those students, 17-year-old Reese Stratton, has escaped from the school. However, his escape from the country has been thwarted by the demonic creatures, so he too is holed up in Tommy's home.

While the characters are interesting, the authors seem to have thrown all their research into the book, making for long, technical passages that slow the story down and sap it of tension. Even with demons roaming just outside Tommy's home, we're just not very scared. Tommy is equipped with night goggles, camera-equipped drones and enough firepower to take care of the monsters.

The stories are marketed as Christian books. There are a few mentions of faith (and those angels, again). But, for the most part, that part of the book doesn't overwhelm the story. However, it would be a good idea to read the first two books in the series, WAKING HOURS and DARKNESS RISING. Without reading those, this third one is a bit hard to follow.

Lourdes Venard is a newspaper editor in Long Island, N.Y.

Reviewed by Lourdes Venard, October 2013

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