Mojave Rock

Book 3 of the ArcPoint Series

Christian - Fiction
330 Pages
Reviewed on 06/04/2024
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Mojave Rock is the third book in the ArcPoint Series by JW Gilbert. Arcon was going back home after living with Elaina for some time. He was excited to share his experiences with his people and show them what the outside world had to offer. However, ArcPoint was still a little rigid, a little tense, and very much stuck in their old ways. But they were willing to change if the right person instigated it. The opportunity revealed itself when Arcon discovered that Jesus was ruling the outside world from Jerusalem. He decided to go there and ask Jesus to help ArcPoint become part of the rest of the society. Joining him on this final journey are Ranger Dan, Roberto, and, of course, his beloved Elaina. But will they succeed? Can ArcPoint let go of its old traditions and accept this new change? Was there a future for Elaina and Acron?

The series finale was everything I wished it to be and more. I thought reading the finale would be bittersweet, but it was so much more entertaining. I loved Acron’s journey and his character development the most. He was a changed man, and I enjoyed how he was more open about his feelings. His emotions were clearer now, and Elaina was a great companion for him. They complemented each other a lot, and I felt very pleased with how their relationship developed. As always, author JW Gilbert made sure the descriptions and imagery were as vivid as possible. I felt like I was part of the story and enjoyed each moment. The pace was fast, the action was there, and the characters were wonderful. I highly recommend this book!

Divine Zape

In Mojave Rock: Book 3 of the ArcPoint Series by JW Gilbert, Arcon returns to ArcPoint and sets off a chain of events that challenge the community's beliefs and hope for its future. Readers are drawn into intrigue and uncertainty as Arcon reconnects with his companions and faces his past. He brings news of what is happening in the world outside, what the ostracized community hasn’t known for 100 years. Jesus is ruling the world. And Arcon Franklin has seen the best of that world. However, their community is still in a restricted area, and only Jesus can lift that restriction. Arcon, Elaina, Roger Dan, and Roberto must travel to Jerusalem to seek support and help integrate this community into the New World. Will they find favor with the Central Authority?

Mojave Rock is a wonderfully crafted science fiction novel with strong hints of fantasy, dystopia, drama, adventure, and religious underpinnings. The world-building is impeccable, with a world resurrecting from chaos and following new leadership. The apocalyptic atmosphere is ingeniously showcased by skillful writing. From thrilling forest exploration to heartfelt moments of introspection, the narrative features a captivating tale of personal growth and community dynamics. The author develops relationships well amongst the characters, from Roberts's relationship with his daughter to the deepening bond between Elaina and Arcon. JW Gilbert excels at crafting dialogues that entertain and move the story forward. From page to page, the reader is transported into an imaginary world that feels so real. A must-read for fans of the genre.

Romuald Dzemo

JW Gilbert’s Mojave Rock: Book 3 of the ArcPoint Series melds science fiction, fantasy, and dystopian elements to offer a thrilling read. In the climactic finale of the series, the narrative presents a post-apocalyptic world where the community of ArcPoint lives secluded from the outside world. Everything changes when Arcon Franklin returns to the community, bringing information about outside events. The community learns the news of Jesus ruling the world. After being isolated in the Mojave Forest for a century, they are filled with anticipation. Arcon embarks on a daring journey to Jerusalem alongside Elaina, Ranger Dan, and Roberto. They aim to meet the formidable Central Authority and negotiate to lift ArcPoint's restrictions, traversing the globe through tube trains.

JW Gilbert expertly blends science fiction with humor, romance, and adventure, weaving a tale that explores themes of integration, resilience, and the quest for world peace. This is a work of great imagination. The author ensures the world-building is fully drawn and includes fascinating details. Readers will be thrilled to follow the characters as they explore the forest, think about their options, and look toward the future. The ties that bind this community together are fragile, yet they aspire to belong to a world that offers hope. The writing is gorgeous, and the dialogue superbly conveys the drama that characterizes it. I enjoyed the characters, especially the author’s ability to build relationships. The tension builds up through each page, and the reader will be excited to discover what happens next. Mojave Rock promises an exhilarating conclusion to an epic saga of survival and transformation, with intriguing and well-fleshed-out characters.

Pikasho Deka

Set in a post-apocalyptic future, Mojave Rock is a survival drama by J.W. Gilbert. For the past hundred years, the ArcPoint people have been living in the Mojave Forest as a secluded colony, closed off from the rest of the world with no contact. But now, one of their own, Arcon Franklin, has returned from the outside world, bringing news of Jesus Christ's resurrection. Jesus rules the world from Jerusalem through his faithful disciples in Central Authority. Meanwhile, Arcon introduces his girlfriend, Elaina Gonzales, and his friend, Victor Merrick, to the ArcPoint community. Arcon and his friends work together toward integrating the ArcPoint people with the rest of humanity. But first, Arcon, Elaina, and Ranger Dan Wilson must travel on tube trains through multiple continents to reach Jerusalem and meet with Central Authority.

Mojave Rock is an engaging survival drama, with love, hope, and faith being the key thematic components of the narrative. J.W. Gilbert presents a believable post-apocalyptic world featuring retro-futuristic technology that might remind you of some of the 1970s/80s era science fiction novels. With a cast of likable characters, Gilbert crafts an immersive narrative layered with biblical lore and allegory. This is primarily a theme-driven narrative, and, as such, the plot is somewhat of a slow burn. But the characters are very compelling, and their inter-relationship dynamics keep you glued to the pages. Apart from Arcon, Elaina, and Ranger Dan, I also enjoyed the burgeoning romance between Victor and Brina. In conclusion, this book is tailor-made for readers who enjoy slice-of-life dramas with Christian themes.

K.C. Finn

Mojave Rock is a work of fiction in the Christian, post-apocalyptic adventure, and interpersonal drama genres, and is the final book in the ArcPoint trilogy. Penned by author JW Gilbert, this post-apocalyptic tale is set in the Mojave Forest, where the ArcPoint people discover that Jesus is now ruling Earth. Arcon Franklin returns from the outside world, eager to share his experiences and integrate ArcPoint with society, but their home remains restricted. Only Jesus can lift the restriction, prompting Arcon, Elaina, Ranger Dan, and Roberto to embark on a global journey via tube trains to meet with Central Authority in Jerusalem and discuss integration plans. The novel delves deeper into post-apocalyptic science fiction while maintaining the trilogy's humor, romance, and adventure.

Author JW Gilbert brings a lot of different influences and ideas to the table in this thought-provoking exploration of humanity's quest for world peace and global harmony. I enjoyed the pace of the plot, which was filled with adventure, strong characters, and plenty of drama, whilst the structure allowed the underlying themes of hope, redemption, and the trials of societal integration to slowly bubble up the surface more and more. The journey across the world via tube trains was credible as part of Gilbert’s detailed worldbuilding, and it emphasized the interconnectedness of humanity and the importance of collaboration in rebuilding civilization on any scale. Amidst the suspenseful plot twists and vivid world-building, Gilbert infuses well-timed moments of humor and romance with great dialogue touches and unique parlance for every central character. Overall, Mojave Rock is a work I’d highly recommend to fans of the existing series. I’d recommend the series in general for readers seeking a detailed, confident, and accomplished author of modern Christian adventure novels.