Gideon's Chariot

A Chronical of the final days

Fiction - Thriller - General
320 Pages
Reviewed on 05/19/2013
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Author Biography

Harlan Wygant was born in Santa Paula, California, during the early days of the depression. He was the youngest of 10 children, most of whom were adults by the time he came along. His father died when Harlan was five.
His family moved to Ojai, California, where he attended school and graduated in 1950. He served 3 years in the Army Security Agency, with 2 years spent in Tokyo, Japan.
The next 40 years were spent working in the banking field. He retired at age 60.
He has spent his retirement years in writing, photography and hobbies such as golf, building miniature doll houses and polishing rocks.
He was a widower for five years until he married again at age 80.
Gideon is his third published book. The first one was Junkyard Dog and the second was Samurai Conspiracy. All three feature the same group of characters. A fourth book,

    Book Review

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!

Kathryn Bennett

Gideon's Chariot by Harlan Wygant is a book that will take you through several layers as it grows. It gives you a healthy dose of crime, science fiction and also a healthy dose of theology. This is the third book in the series and it makes sure to give you every punch that it can to refer you to the first books of the series.

While the book is of course, a series book you can find your way in Gideon's Chariot without having read the first two books. The detail is well founded and given to you as you read. Like any well written book which tackles deep topics, it will make you ask questions of yourself.
No matter where your faith lies, be it Christian, Jewish or pagan, there are many things that can be asked, especially when it comes to the end of days. Deep-layered characters pepper the landscape and make you interested in what they are doing and of course you are lead on to ask who they are...Angel or Alien. The prime example is Gideon. There are many persons who say that Angels or Gods are aliens anyway. It is a long held theory in some corners of Egypt and the Mayan culture that they had aliens among their leaders. Why couldn't Gideon be like that? Of course to get more details you're going to have to read the book and enjoy the turns it takes.

Harlan Wygant has done a fantastic job with this piece and the only complaint I can find is that for me, the beginning started off a little slow. Other than that it is a perfect read for anyone.