It begins on a lazy summer day in a small, secluded mountain town named Paradise. But in Paradise, nothing is as it seems. When a stranger named Marsuvees Black appears and announces he's come to bring hope and grace to Paradise, the town isn't sure how to respond. He offers dazzling love, hope, faith, and fun . . . the kind of fun everyone desires but is too timid to pursue. He knows the unspoken secrets of each person's heart - and has the power to grant them. Tucked deep in the nearby canyons is a monastery long hidden from the world. Within its walls is power beyond comprehension. Yet that power is quickly slipping out of control. As dark clouds and sandstorms shut Paradise off from the rest of the world, the unthinkable happens. Readers will be shocked as they discover the true secrets of this sleepy town.
- Really wanted to enjoy this book
I I really wanted to enjoy this book. However, the narrator made it very difficult. The book itself was good, but the reading of it was the worst of any book I’ve listened to. Hardest book to get through to date. Zero stars given to the narrator, 4 to the book. Overall I give this a 2 Star. I Don’t recommend listening to it.
- Good but not Outstanding!
Showdown is a spin off of the original Circle Trilogy. It is a fantasy/thriller. While it maintains suspense and interest, the story line seems more juvenile than Dekker's other work, at least in some respects. Nevertheless, I do recommend reading Showdown after Black, Red and White and prior to his latter installment, Green, in which the character Billy becomes an important component to the story.
It is my opinion that they should be read in the following order: Black, Red, White, Showdown, Green and Forbidden. I have yet to read the Lost Books Series which is connected to The Circle Series. I probably should have listened to them after the trilogy, but I doubt they add anything substantial to the characters and plot.
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