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Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
"Gideon's Chariot" opens with the mysterious death in Langston, California, of Homicide Captain Brad Logan's brother-in-law, Jerry, who meets an unexplained and gruesome death. This is followed by the disappearance of Marshal Gordan, who reported having confronted an alien. The plot thickens when Jerry's autopsy is released and it is found that he died from decompression sickness -- a condition that is caused by exposure to drastic pressure change, as in deep sea diving or outer space travel. Meanwhile, in Grissom, New Mexico, Sarah Griffin makes a desperate call to Reverend MacKenzie Cochran, claiming to have had a vision. According to her, Gideon has appeared to her, telling her that she is among the chosen who will survive when the world comes to an end. Sarah then disappears and natural calamities start to occur all over the world. These strange events are just portents of worse things to happen to the world.
Harlan Wygant is a gifted story teller who knows how to mix the right amout of suspense and action from the moment you start reading his book, until you put it down. And, as the story progresses, the build-up of thrill and suspense will certainly hook the reader. This is the kind of story that has many subplots so that the characters are colorful and varied. It is very interesting how the author merges all these characters and back stories together and comes up with a very well-defined plot. Brad Logan's character is perhaps the most complex in the story, as he is faced with one perplexing event after the other. His dilemma on what is really happening to the world, is very palpable to the reader. As science continues to develop to new heights, faith in religion has diminished. This novel can make us wonder again if Gideon's Chariot will, one day, really descend on earth to warn us about the Second Coming. It is a very entertaining read!