Saturday, November 2, 2013
Dark Eyes, Deep Eyes, by T Neal Tarver is the best book of its kind (sort of a spiritually-themed science fiction) since the Left Behind series. I ordinarily approach this type of book with a little bit of caution, as I never know quite what to expect, but I couldn't have been more pleasantly surprised. I could not put it down! I read the whole thing nearly in one sitting.
Dark Eyes, Deep Eyes tells two parallel - and eventually intertwining - stories..... one of a pastor who dies of a heart attack and finds himself in heaven, and another of a young man who's in a tragic car accident and ends up descending into hell. Both of these stories are told in an alternating fashion, switching back and forth from each point of view with every other chapter. This was a great plan on Tarver's part, as it keeps the suspense building and pages turning, from chapter to chapter.
T Neal Tarver is a master story teller. His vivid descriptions of hell in particular are unlike anything I've ever read. The imagery he uses invokes all the senses, leaving you feeling like you're actually experiencing the pain and the agony and the stench of hell right along with the character of Nick. And just when you think you can't take it anymore, you're in heaven with Wayne... full of beauty, laughter, and love.
This was truly a great book, both for its thought-provoking message, and for its thrill-ride of a story. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up.
I received this book for free from the BookSneeze program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.