Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Company, a novel

Title:  The Company
Author:  Chuck Graham
Pages:  264
Publisher:  Winepress
Year:  2012
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988
                If you were just to glance at the cover of this book and decide not to read it, you would surely miss out on a great work of fiction.  While Chuck Graham has a subtitle on the book “A Parable for Our Time”, let me assure you it goes deeper than you can imagine.  There is an allegory included here and if you know the Scriptures, perhaps there will be parts that will stir your memory of a passage or person mentioned in the Bible.
                You might think this is about the last days or perhaps very gloomy, but consideration should be given to the hope it contains.  There is a meaning the author reveals as to the names of his characters, places, and more shared at the end of the book.  One character of the story is named Sam.  He is a young man, married, with two sons.  He works for a particular company and is inexplicably summoned to a conference never held before, and he isn’t the only one.  Also going along is a man many believed should have retired from the company a long time ago, but he hasn’t.  Three senior managers are summoned as well; they are mysterious for many reasons that are gradually revealed as the conference progresses.  The last one brought to the conference is an elderly lady who has nothing to do with the business.  Why is she going?
                 Davidson picks them up and knows all about them, their stories, life, work history…everything. The structure for the conference center is huge and yet no one can walk about without an escort.  Walls in the building move as particular people approach them.  There is a mystery at this center, but what is it?  Does every person who attends return to where they were summoned from?  Why is there a report from the senior managers plus two of the other three guests compiled from the least experienced among them? 
                As I began reading the story, I was wondering how it would evolve.  As one progresses, each page begins to add up to an ending that will catch you off guard.  Some parts reminded me of different stories, persons, and teachings from both the Old and New Testament.  When I read the last page, I was further enlightened by the author as to his reason for what he wrote as well as what he hoped to convey.  You won’t regret getting a copy and reading this as there are more books to come from this author.
My rating is 5 stars.


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