Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Use and Misuse of an Unusual Gift

Frank House, born Franz Haus, has a remarkable gift. He can often see what will happen in the future. During WWII he used this gift to help General Berg win engagements, but as he watched the barbarity of some of the Nazi troops, he regretted his part in the killing. After the death of his family, he escaped to Switzerland and then to the United States.

Parker House, Frank's grandson, is a fledgling attorney in a low level firm. His gift, which is the same as his grandfathers, is starting to show making him an object of interest to a more prestigious law firm. As Parker struggles with career decisions and a new romance, Frank is experiencing deep regret for his WWII actions, and now an outside group seems interested in finding him.

The theme of this book is how God's gifts can be used and misused. Frank and Parker are good people, but at times the pressure to use a talent for evil is too great to withstand. We see both men struggling with this and learning to use their talent responsibly.

Although billed as a thriller, this book has none of the action associated with that genre until the end. However, it is a satisfying read. The story is told in the alternating voices of Frank and Parker and moves from WWII to the present. I enjoyed both characters and thought the author did an excellent job moving between characters and time periods.

I received this book from BookLook Bloggers for this review.