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Gedden's Armor
by Tom Bazow   

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Action/Thriller

Publisher:  Mountain View ISBN-10:  1936127105 Type: 
Pages: 

190

Copyright:  Dec 10, 2009 ISBN-13:  9781936127108
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Faith based supernatural thriller.

When demon-possessed security guard, Victor Boone, tricks four teens into an ultimate game of hide and seek, best friends Michael and Samantha discover they must learn to trust one another if they are to outwit their pursuer.

But as their nightmare unfolds, the game is taken to a new level as the minions of the museum take control. Now forced to face their greatest fears each player must battle to save not only their lives, but their very souls.

As both hero and heroine Michael and Sam discover that sometimes it takes more than a weapon to level the playing field, especially when it involves a battle of spiritual warfare. Combating fear, exhaustion and a relentless pursuit through hidden labyrinths, the teens desperately search for the answer. Tapping into their faith and utilizing the objects around them may be all the armor they need.

Excerpt
Leaping away from the rail, Michael swung across the chasm praying the rope would hold, on Sam’s side. Crashing abruptly against the wall below Sam, he held on for dear life. He was now a good twenty feet under Sam, but Victor was closing the gap.
“My God, Michael, what did ya do?” Sam peered below her and saw Michael hanging from the rope.
“I had to, Sam. Now climb down toward me. Hurry!”
Michael glanced down at the floor below him. It was still about fifteen feet to the bottom. If they had to they would fall and hope for the best, although that wasn’t part of his plan.
Sam started to climb down the rope when she felt a tug from the top. Victor had reached the door where the rope was attached, and tried shaking her off.
“Michael, he’s right above me…I think he’s trying to shake us off.”
Victor laughed once again, then spoke. “Why would I do that, when I can simply cut it?”
Sam gazed upward and saw the glistening steel in Victor’s hand.
“He’s cutting the rope,” Sam screamed at the top of her lungs.
Michael grasped at the door handle before him, desperately trying to get it to open. Realizing it was locked, he climbed higher, while Sam hung on, unable to move.
Yanking at the handle of the next door, which was barely within reach, Michael called out. “Ya gotta climb toward me, Sam. Come on,” he urged.
He flung the door open. Victor shrieked in anger.
“No you don’t,” Victor shouted. He sliced at the rope, hacking at the few remaining strands.
Sam was still frozen in fear as Michael frantically urged her to move, but she couldn’t. An intense chill crept down her spine. If she opened her eyes she would see them, the dark creatures. She couldn’t bear to see those beings again.
Instinctively Michael pulled at the end of the rope that dangled below him. Climbing into the open door he quickly scooted in a 360 turn and gazed up at Sam. Several feet above her he saw Victor cutting away at the rope. Without a moment to spare Michael wrapped his end of the cord around the hinges of the door, watching in horror as Sam plummeted toward the floor.
“God, no!”


Professional Reviews

Melissa Willis with “thechristianmanifesto”
Fourteen year old Michael Gedden was having a weird Friday. From seeing a yellow truck at the bus stop (which no one else saw), to a threatening text message from a complete stranger, Michael’s day seemed to be about as bizarre as it could get. As it turned out, as crazy as his day seemed, it was nothing compared to his adventure at St. Louis’ City Museum that night. After several hours of fun exploring, Michael and his best friend Samantha, find themselves, along with two strangers, in a twisted game of hide and seek with a demon possessed security guard. The rules to the game are simple, make it through the night alive and win. In this battle of good versus evil, with their lives at stake, they have only one weapon—prayer.

I’m not sure Bazow could have picked a more perfect setting for Gedden’s Armor. From the caves to the stairs, this real life museum is the place for this story to unfold. Bazow does a nice job of taking this wonderful environment and using it for his story. With a good balance of intrigue and creepiness, he keeps the story interesting and a bit unsettled. It’s a great choice of location and well used throughout the book.

Bazow did include some surprising twists in the book. I loved the story of Michael’s brother. That was a great piece of background information and is good for both kids and their parents to read. The ending also had a nice little turn which I could see used in future books.

According to the publisher’s site, the book’s audience is 12-17. I think kids as young as ten could probably enjoy it. While it has some tense moments, I would not object to my eleven year old reading it (nor would I have seen a problem with him reading it last year).

Gedden’s Armor is a good book. The setting is excellent and for the most part, the plot is well developed. I enjoyed these characters and feel like we’ll be seeing them again in future books.


Josh Olds with The Christian Critic
Someone—or something—is out to get Michael Gedden. The 14 year old has had a weird day, and the church trip to St. Louis City Museum will either be a break from the weirdness…or a continuation. From a mysterious bus that nearly runs him over that nobody else notices to an IM from a mysterious stranger, Michael isn’t quite sure what to make of what’s going on.

He meets up with his best friend Samantha and the two go off to explore this unique and interactive museum. At first, the museum seemed too good to be true. From caves, a circus, a gigantic ball pit…what kind of museum is this? As it turns out, Bazow based this museum directly on the St. Louis City Museum, which makes me want to visit this place if I ever get out to see the Gateway of the West. But something that may make me stay away? Bazow’s depiction of demon-possessed security guard Victor Boone.

Michael and Sam find themselves unwitting players in Boone’s sadistic game. The rules are simple: survive until dawn. Michael and Sam must do what they can to survive, and use the only power they have—the power of prayer.

With a great location-based plot and interesting characters, it will appeal to kids mostly under the age of 14. That’s just my opinion. Probably my favorite part of the book was what turned out to be a brief aside regarding an incident in Michael’s past.

Gedden’s Armor tells an interesting story set in a great-location and the plot, is solid overall.


Rick Shelton, Founder/Senior Pastor- Life Church, St. Louis
“Teens today desperately need something that is captivating yet good for the soul. Something that can compete with the fast pace, fast action their minds are accustomed to yet filled with a belief system of the one true God. That is why I feel Tom Bazow has a passion and a calling from God to reach our youth through exciting fictional stories like, Gedden’s Armor.”


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