What haunting legacy awaits deep beneath the barrios and wealthy enclaves of Southern California?
An idyllic Spanish mission collapses in the eighteenth century atop the supernatural evidence of a shocking crime. Twelve generations later the ground is opened up, the forgotten ruins are disturbed, and rich and poor alike confront the onslaught of resurging hell on earth. Caught up in the catastrophe are…
· A humble shopkeeper compelled to leave her tiny village deep in Mexico to preach in America
· A minister wracked with guilt for loving the wrong woman
· An unimaginably wealthy man, blinded to the consequences of his grand plans
· A devoted father and husband driven to a horrible discovery that changes everything
Will the evil that destroyed the Misión de Santa Dolores rise to overwhelm them? Or will they beat back the terrible desires that led to the mission’s good Franciscan founder’s standing in the midst of flames ignited by his enemies and friends alike more than two centuries ago?
From the high Sierra Madre mountains to the harsh Sonoran desert, from the privileged world of millionaire moguls to the impoverished immigrants who serve them, Athol Dickson once again weaves a gripping story of suspense that spans centuries and cultures to explore the abiding possibility of miracles.
Athol Dickson is an award-winning author of several novels. His Christy Award-winning novel River Rising was name one of the “Top Ten Christian Novel of 2006” by Booklist magazine. He lives in California with his wife.
Dickson’s They Shall See God was a Christy Award finalist. River Rising was selected as one of the Booklist Top Ten Christian Novels of 2006 and was a Christianity Today’s Best Novel of 2006 finalist. Both River Risingand The Cure won Christy Awards for best suspense novel.
His latest novel, Winter Haven was a finalist for the 2009 Christy Award in the suspense category, making four novels in a row to receive that honor.
I’ve not read any book before by Athol so this read was a little hard for me to grasp. Not my typical read and definitely in a different writing style like no other book I’ve read. I did have to go back and read a few chapters over because I got a little lost as the story is full of such depth and jumps from past to future. Other than those thoughts on the matter. I felt like the author did a superb job in captivating his readers in his mysterious tale. The characters felt real and it was a lot of fun trying to figure out who was good, bad, and the in-between. I would suggest Lost Mission to book groups who enjoy discussing stories with a lot of meat. There’s even a section in the back full of discussions questions.
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