The Force, by Alexandra & Joyce Swann . . . My Review


I have been reading this book for several weeks now, in little snatches of time, since unfortunately, I do not have the luxury of just sitting for hours to finish a good book the way I did when I was young . . . and single . . . and not homeschooling four boys, lol!

Make no mistake, the fact that I took me a while to finish this story does NOT mean I didn’t like it. In fact, it was VERY difficult to put it down each time I had to do so!

Here is a short synopsis of the premise in “The Force”:

“About The Force:
Someone is murdering the world’s most beautiful women—over and over and over. When Jarrod and Joshua Sinclair are called in to consult with the FBI about the Hollywood Starlet murders, they immediately suspect their old nemesis Josef Helmick of creating clones of famous women for a visiting Saudi prince. Wasting no time, they hire retired detective Fred Kowalski and send him to Dubai to uncover Josef’s base of operations and build a case against him for the murders. But Fred soon discovers that Helmick Enterprises is harboring a secret much darker than human trafficking. Fred must stop Helmick before he resurrects an ancient, diabolical Force in order to bring the entire human race under his control.”

This book is as gripping as any sci-fi or political thriller I have ever read, and the bonus is that it has a Christian theme running throughout the story as the Sinclair brothers and Fred Kowalski race to prove their belief of who and what is behind the crimes that are happening.

As I read this book, which is the sequel to the equally gripping book “The Fourth Kingdom” by the same authors, I was struck over and over again by the plausibility of the story. It is no secret to believers that there is, and has been throughout history, a battle between the force of Satan and the power of God.

This book is part of the “Kingdom Chronicles” series. I am so hoping there will be a third book, and even a fourth and beyond, as I really, really enjoyed reading it. Both “The Force” and it’s prequel “The Fourth Kingdom” are thought-provoking, and will make you want to study more on prophesy and history.

Joyce and Alexandra Swann are mother and daughter. Joyce homeschooled her ten children from the first grade through master’s degrees. She is a well-known author and speaker on the subject of homeschooling. For nearly a decade she was a popular columnist for “Practical Homeschooling Magazine”. She now blogs regularly on parenting, homeschooling, and Christian lifestyle issues.

Joyce and Alexandra have co-authored two other novels, The Fourth Kingdom and The Twelfth Juror, both of which were published in 2010.

Joyce’s personal story of her experiences raising and educating her family is chronicled in Looking Backward: My Twenty-Five Years as a Homeschooling Mother, published in February of 2011. Her novel, The Warrior, which tells the story of one woman’s ten year prayer vigil for a man she has never met, was released in May of 2012. She is also the author of two children’s books, “Tales of Pig Isle” and “The McAloons”, which began as stories that she told to entertain her grandchildren.

Alexandra is the author of “No Regrets: How Homeschooling Earned me a Master’s Degree at Age Sixteen” and “Writing for Today”. She has been self-employed for over fourteen years and was the 2011 Chairwoman of the Board of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She writes a regular blog, Paying for Protection, about the consequences of over-regulation and over-reaching government. Her novel “The Planner”, which is the prequel to “The Chosen”, was published in June of 2012.

Over at “Following In His Footsteps“, blogger Wendy has posted a Q & A with authors Alexandra & Joyce Swann.

“The Force” is now available here in paperback for $15.50, and on Kindle for $4.99.

I highly recommend the Swanns as writers of some of my newest favorite books, and I greatly appreciate the fact that they’ve used the King James Bible for all of the scripture used in their novel! Run, don’t walk, and begin reading the “Kingdom Chronicles” now. You’ll not regret it, I promise you!


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Filed under Christian faith, Joyce and Alexandra Swann, The Force, The Fourth Kingdom

2 responses to “The Force, by Alexandra & Joyce Swann . . . My Review

  1. I’m reading the Warrior right now and am not impressed. I expected something quite different from the reviews I read. But I’ll stick it out and hope it improves by the end. I think what bothers me the most is the rigid legalism portrayed by the main character (the prayer warrior) and how it affected her own children. I’m hoping she’ll learn a lesson by the end.

    • I was wondering what you consider legalism to be? I haven’t yet read The Warrior, though it’s next on my list, but my belief is that “legalism” is adding requirements to salvation, things which simply are not required to become saved. I know that many people look at convictions others adhere to, and call that legalism, is that what you mean?

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