19 July 2011

The Canary List: A Novel by Sigmund Brouwer


In this blisteringly-paced novel certain to attract thriller fans who love exploring the corners where spiritual conspiracy intersects with scientific reality, The Canary List uncovers the fine—and fatal—line between the physical and spiritual worlds.

Protected by the dark of night, Jaimie Piper runs. But is anywhere safe when Evil is hunting you?

She's just a twelve year-old girl, bumped around between foster homes and relegated to school classes for challenged kids, those lagging in their test scores or with behavioral issues. But her real problem is that she can sense something the other kids can't-something dark. Something compelling her to run for her life.

All Crockett Grey wants is to mark the anniversary of his daughter's death alone.

But when his student Jaimie comes to him, terrified, her need for protection collides with his grief, and a tangled web of bizarre events sends them both spiraling toward destruction.

Crockett's one hope of getting his life back is to uncover the mysterious secrets of Jaimie's past and her strange gift. It isn't long before his discoveries lead him to a darker conspiracy, secrets guarded by the highest seat of power in the world-the Vatican.

I couldn't put this book down.  Mr. Brouwer weaves a perfectly paced suspense filled mystery that will leave the reader breathless and turning pages well into the night.  It is a classic tale of light versus dark told in the modern era and centered on the Holy Catholic Church.  Dan Brown fans are sure to be pleased.  This reviewer truly enjoyed reading "The Canary List" and must say that with a few exceptions it has been my most enjoyable read this summer.  Perfect reading for the beach or poolside and while it is a book ideal for distraction Mr. Brouwer writes with a conscience and never forgets that his audience is intelligent and not shy about tackling thought-provoking questions about faith and science.  

The Canary List begs the reader to ask themselves whether demons are real, or if they can be explained away by modern psychology. And if we decide that demons don't exist, how much of the gospels must we reject in order to rationalize the frequent mention of demons and miracles?*  Thought provoking, indeed, especially when taken in the context of the modern day Church that rarely if ever mentions the existence of the evil one. 
“I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review”.

Sigmund Brouwer is the bestselling author of Broken Angel and nineteen other novels, with close to three million books in print. His work has appeared in Time, The Tennessean, on Good Morning America and other media. Sigmund is married to recording artist Cindy Morgan and has two young daughters.

The Canary List by Sigmund Brouwer (Chapter 1)


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