Thursday, April 25, 2013

Ace Collin's Latest: Darkness Before Dawn

Title:  Darkness Before Dawn
Author:  Ace Collins
Pages:  352
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Abingdon Press
                Darkness Before Dawn presents a compelling tale of tragedy experienced, grief endured and questions asked, ending with hope.  I found it quite ironic that as I was reading a work of fiction, our nation suffered another tragedy.  Ace Collins wrote with a theme that everyone is familiar with, more like a question, and it involves suffering and God.  In the work of fiction, it isn’t the seeker wrestling with God and suffering, but a believer.  No matter what words are used, the basis of the question is, “If God loves us, how can He allow this suffering?  Why does God hurt us?  If He is so potent and all knowing, why didn’t He stop the action before people suffered?”  Any of these questions sound familiar?
                These are the questions that several characters ask and the reality we all face in these days.  I loved how transparent Ace had the characters be, not presenting deep heartache with trite answers.  Meg is, in my opinion, accurately written to show the depth of pain and the way she handles it is real.  Meg believes the only way to get through her pain or find resolve is through vengeance.  Barbara, her mother, is a believer who thinks she has all the answers and it is quite apparent that Meg can’t believe the answers her mother gives.  Through others, Meg travels a road from deep soul-wrenching pain to a journey of learning to live each day without her husband.  Where is Meg going to find the answers to the questions her soul and heart ask?
                The work of fiction was, at first, hard for me to read because of Boston’s event occurring at the same time.  While the tale written by Ace Collins is completely fictional, there is much to think about as we travel through the pages.  How would our faith be impacted like Meg’s was in the book?  I have read other Ace Collins writings and enjoyed them because of the suspense, mystery, action and exceptional writing.  Please continue to pray for those directly affected by the Boston heartache as well as pray for our nation.
                My rating is 5+ stars.
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  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at

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