Monday, June 22, 2009

Book Review: Vanish by Tom Pawlik

Today is the first of three days on tour for Vanish, by Tom Pawlik. This blog tour is sponsored by the Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Tour. I'm really excited about this tour because it is my first and hopefully not my last one!!

Already a fan of Vanish like I am? The sequel Valley of the Shadow is already available!

Tom Pawlik
List Price: $12.99
Binding: Softcover
Page Count: 384
Trim Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
ISBN: 978-1-4143-1893-6
CPC Sub Category: Suspense
Release Date: July 2008
Three strangers each encounter the same mysterious storm and awake the next day to find that everyone else has vanished. There's Conner Hayden, a successful but unscrupulous trial lawyer who has forsaken his family for his career; Helen Krause, a middle-aged model struggling to come to grips with her fading beauty; and Mitch Kent, an enterprising young mechanic unable to escape a past that still haunts him. Afraid and desperate for answers, their paths eventually cross and they discover they are being watched. Elusive and obscured in shadows, the "observers" are apparently forcing them to relive vivid hallucinations of events from their past. They discover a mute homeless boy in tattered clothing and believe he may hold the key to the mystery, but the "observers" soon become aggressive and the four are forced to flee. When the boy disappears, the four decide to head from Chicago to Washington, D.C., in search of answers...and more survivors. Winner of the 2006 operation first novel contest, Vanish is a nonstop suspense thriller in the vein of Ted Dekker.

Valley of the Shadow
Tom Pawlik
List Price: $12.99
Binding: Softcover
Page Count: 432
Trim Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
ISBN: 978-1-4143-2679-5
CPC Sub Category: Suspense
Release Date: June 2009
Conner Hayden is certain he survived his near-death experience for a reason. He thinks it’s to save the life—and soul—of Mitch Kent. Mitch’s body remains on life support while his spirit is trapped with the old farmer Howard Bristol in the Interworld—a strange and dangerous dimension that Conner narrowly escaped during his brush with death in Pawlik’s award-winning debut novel, Vanish. Meanwhile, in the Interworld, Mitch receives a warning from a mysterious stranger: Howard is not who he appears to be, and Mitch must flee immediately. Pursued by Howard and a terrifying creature, Mitch soon learns the truth about what happened to him and that his only hope of survival lies at the very edge of the Interworld.

Back Cover Copy

Conner fought his way through the woods. Tendrils of mist curled around his legs like serpents seeking to pull him to the ground. But he had to keep going.
He had been here before.
He heard no voices this time. No ghostly whispers from the dark, save one. One single, moaning plea.
Help me!

A shadowy world between life and death, where your worst fears can become reality.
One man lingers on the threshold.
Another has escaped, but he didn’t come back alone.
And a third searches for answers as his nightmares draw him back.
Sometimes, to get to the truth, you have to walk through the valley.

I hope you will take a minute or two and tour with more CSFF reviewers:

Brandon Barr
Justin Boyer
Keanan Brand
Grace Bridges
Karri Compton
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Alex Field
Beth Goddard
Todd Michael Greene
Ryan Heart
Christopher Hopper
Joleen Howell
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Eve Nielsen
John W. Otte
John Ottinger
Donita K. Paul
Epic Rat
Steve Rice
Crista Richey
Hanna Sandvig
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Speculative Faith
Rachel Starr Thomson
Robert Treskillard
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler

Tomorrow I'll discuss my thoughts on the book and Wednesday I'll let you have a sneak peak of the first chapter of both books, along with some background information on Tom Pawlik. Please be sure to visit all three days!

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1 comment:

  1. I'm hoping that, when I do get to read the sequel, there are still a lot of questions -- mysteries, secrets -- that keep the pages turning. Although I guessed the big twist early on in Vanish, that didn't ruin my enjoyment because 1) a guess is not a certainty, and 2) there were other questions that kept me reading.