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Monday, August 10, 2009

Blog Tour: The Calling by David Mack

About David Mack
David Mack is the national bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including Wildfire, Harbinger, Reap the Whirlwind, Road of Bones, and the Star Trek Destiny trilogy -- Gods of Night, Mere Mortals, and Lost Souls. His first original novel, the supernatural thriller The Calling, debuted in July 2009 to critical acclaim. In addition to novels, Mack's diverse writing credits span several media, including television (for episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), film, short fiction, magazines, newspapers, comic books, computer games, radio, and the Internet. Upcoming novels in 2009 by David Mack include The 4400: Promises Broken, Star Trek Vanguard: Precipice, and an expanded edition of his Mirror Universe tale The Sorrows of Empire. Coming in 2010 are More Beautiful Than Death, an adventure inspired by the 2009 feature film Star Trek; and Zero Sum Game, the second book of the Star Trek: Typhon Pact miniseries. Mack has been to shows in every Rush concert tour since 1982, and he finally met two-thirds of the band in 2007. He currently resides in New York City with his wife, Kara. If you want to learn more about David Mack, you can visit his website.

About The Calling

Near the start of this uneven supernatural thriller from Mack (Kabuki: The Alchemy), Tom Nash, who can hear long-distance prayers that oblige him to respond, leaves his near-term pregnant wife and his handyman job in Sawyer, Pa., after receiving a telepathic plea for help from a kidnapped 11-year-old girl somewhere in New York City. Luckily, Nash soon comes across a poster depicting the missing girl, Phaedra Doyle, and manages to talk his way into the Brooklyn townhouse of her wealthy widowed mother, Anna. While the kidnappers have warned Anna not to go to the FBI or police, Anna trusts Nash enough to authorize him to do what he can to recover her daughter. While Erin Sanchez, a supportive local who shares his gift, tells Nash its source, Mack never adequately explains such issues as why Nash isn't overwhelmed by prayers or why he should hear ones far away but not closer by.

My opinion of The Calling so far

So far, I am halfway through The Calling and I am really enjoying the book. The story is fast paced, but full of detail and exciting. Mack hangs just enough mystery above you to compel you to keep reading for answers. The characters are varied, but not cardboard cut outs that make them hard to distinguish from others. The storyline is very creative-- Mack designed a world of his own, but made it realistic enough that one could almost believe that underneath the realism we live under, there just might be other forces at work. From what I can tell so far, this is a book that is going to demand you read it from front to back. So far, I give this book a thumbs up.

Participating Sites:

Sci-Fi Guy: http://www.scifiguy.ca/ 
A Journey of Books: http://ajourneyofbooks.blogspot.com/ 
Simply Vamptastic: http://www.simplyvamptastic.com/ 
Booksie’s Blog: http://booksiesblog.blogspot.com/ 
Readaholic: http://bridget3420.blogspot.com/ 
Patricia’s Vampire Notes: http://patricias-vampire-notes.blogspot.com/ 
My Friend Amy: http://www.myfriendamysblog.com/ 
Morbid Romantic: http://www.morbid-romantic.net/ 
Must Read Faster: http://mustreadfaster.blogspot.com/ 
All About {n}: http://www.bookwormygirl.blogspot.com/ 
Bambi Reads: http://bambireads.blogspot.com/ 
Eclectic Book Lover: http://www.eclecticbooklover.com 
Temple Library Reviews: http://templelibraryreviews.blogspot.com/ 
Jeanne’s Ramblings: http://jeannesgifts.blogspot.com/ 
Beth’s Book Review Blog: http://bethsbookreviewblog.blogspot.com/ 
My Guilty Pleasures: http://www.mgpblog.com/ 
Jenn’s Book Shelf: http://jennsbookshelf.blogspot.com/ 
Park Avenue Princess: http://aparkavenueprincess.blogspot.com/ 
Wendy’s Minding Spot: http://mindingspot.blogspot.com/ 
Fantasy Freak: http://fantastyfreak.blogspot.com/

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