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The sequel to Future Hope follows Joshua Smith as he is caught up in a cosmic struggle between good and evil.
In the year 2163, seven years after the failed triumph of Major David Sanders’ ITP voyage, Joshua Smith lives a life of anonymity as one of a motley crew that gathers daily at Bar #23 at Monmouth Racetrack. Shunning polite society, he spends his days watching the horses compete, picking winners and trying to escape his past. Years ago, confrontation with the demonic Richard Cosby, minion of evil industrial magnate Aaron Diblonski, has left Joshua looking over his shoulder, waiting for the revenge that he knows is stalking, threatening to overtake him at any moment.
This discreet life is suddenly, rudely interrupted by murder and the appearance of enigmatic Geoffrey O’Donnel, who rescues Joshua from impending obliteration, only to thrust him into the middle of a cosmic confrontation between Good and Evil. Follow Joshua as he confronts one trial after another until he finally faces the greatest challenge of his life.
With the future of humanity hanging in the balance Joshua must take the ultimate gamble as he tries to find a way to save mankind and rid the world of evil forever.
Reviewed by Charline Ratcliff for RebeccasReads (06/10)
I’ve spent the last couple days in Las Vegas which also happens to be where I read “Joshua and Aaron.” After being asked to review this book I did my research and noticed it is listed as religious fiction. I was chatting with a friend of mine shortly thereafter and I jokingly asked if reading a book with religious overtones while in Vegas could be construed as sacrilegious. It’s probably not since I’m sure every hotel in Vegas has the obligatory Bible in the nightstand.
Moving on, “Joshua and Aaron” is the second book in the ITP series by David Gelber. The book’s main character, Joshua Smith, shoulders the burden of having to save mankind from its own excesses. Joshua definitely didn’t ask for this responsibility rather it was unceremoniously dropped in his lap. How’s that for a “hot potato?” Luckily for the world’s population our hero is blessed with amazing luck, intelligence and above all a MacGyver-like ingenuity.
As for the author and his writing skills, David Gelber does a great job of holding the reader’s interest. I don’t normally read religious fiction but Gelber’s descriptions of places and events were very well written and held my attention completely. The interactions between the characters flowed well and his overall writing style made for an enjoyable read.
I would have to say my only complaint was that, at times, certain scenes were too unbelievable; namely the one toward the end of the book which starred Little Bit. I use the name versus the scene so as to not give away the story. Hopefully this allows the author to understand to what I am referring. I realize “Joshua and Aaron” is a work of fiction. However, I also feel that even fiction needs to be believable. Once upon a time writer’s like Asimov challenged the world’s perception of technology and robotics. I’m sure some considered his works unbelievable. Our advancements today are proof that far-fetched fiction can become reality. The scene to which I refer is, to me, completely unbelievable. I can’t picture something like that ever happening; consequently when I read it I was immediately wrenched out of the story.
Keep in mind my last paragraph is directed to the author only and not to his readers. Overall I found “Joshua and Aaron” to be a well written book and a fun read. While it definitely falls into the category of religious fiction the message contained therein was not too over the top. I give this book a solid four stars and feel that anyone who enjoys reading would enjoy this book.
Reviews for "Joshua and Aaron ITP Book Two"
|Reviewed by Readers Favorite (Reader)
|Fans of author David Gelber will be thrilled with Joshua and Aaron the second book in his ITP series. Once again we meet some of our favorite characters as the battle between good and evil continues. Several of our favorites have taken different names to protect them from Diblonski.
We find Joshua contently living a quiet life. He spends his time betting on the horses. His caring nature endears him to the jockeys. Bessie was ill and need help right away. On the way to the hospital Joshua saw a body alongside the road. He carried the body over his should to the ER. Later when he inquired about the man the hospital denied having any record of his existence.
Returning to his home Joshua finds G. O’Donnell (Geoffrey) waiting for him. He urged Joshua to come with him immediately. Joshua’s life depended on it. O’Donnell was connected to Solar Concern. Geoffrey and Joshua barely escape in time. So begins the latest action packed installment in the ITP series.
I’m trying very hard not to give away too much of this fast moving plot. David Gelber has created a niche for himself in the world of Christian Science Fiction. The focus of this book is religion verses science. Man has become so technically advanced that he thinks he has finally achieved the status of God. Man is destroying himself. Gelber stays true to the Christian message in this book. God never changes, He is consistent, He never leaves us, and He never stops loving us. Gelber’s plot is exciting and well developed. The characters are easy to connect with. Gelber has combined action, adventure, science fiction, technology and romance to create a thriller sure to please the most discriminating reader.
|Reviewed by R Hicks (Reader)
|Joshua and Aaron is the sequel to Future Hope,a book I really enjoyed. I loved this second installment in the ITP series. It differed considerably from the first; it was a much darker story, but even more entertaining and just as thought provoking. Future Hope had more of an ensemble of characters, while Joshua and Aaron zeros in on one character, Joshua Smith who suffers through a series of trials brought upon him by the evil Aaron Diblonski. In the end the tables are turned and Diblonski is forced to turn to Joshua as the only person that can save humanity from complete destruction. This leads to a confrontation I will never forget.
I found the story to be imaginative and I was spellbound from page one. It does help a bit to have read the first book in the series, but it is not essential. If you are looking for an imaginative and,I think, unique story pick up Joshua and Aaron.
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