Volume 2

Fiction - Supernatural
220 Pages
Reviewed on 01/12/2014
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Author Biography

Patti lived in multiple cities along the East coast throughout her childhood never staying in any one place for more than seven years. She attained her degrees from the University of South Florida as well as Long Beach State and now resides in North Carolina. She is a Certified Medical Dosimetrist. (Yeah, no one else knows what that is either!)

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tania Staley for Readers' Favorite

Rogue, by P.A. Minyard, is a fascinating blend of historical fiction and fantasy. Daniel joined the Union army in order to make a difference and to protect his land and his family from the threats of the Confederacy, but in a fatal clash on the battlefield he learns that there are hidden dangers even more deadly. Like many soldiers at the battle of Antietam, Daniel died, but death at the hands of a demon allows for choices to be made. Dying from the wound of a demon allows a person of noble heart to become a Beloved, a chosen warrior for God who abolishes demons by absorbing their power and giving it back to the Lord. Daniel agrees to become a Beloved in order to remain with his family and protect them, but little does he know that Benedict, the demon who killed him, has a sinister plan that threatens not only his existence, but will pull his younger brother into the fray as well. Will these brothers be able to win the fight against evil, or will they succumb to Benedict’s dark desires?

P.A. Minyard’s Rogue is an exciting tale unlike any I have ever read. The unique blend of historical fiction, paranormal, romance, and fantasy elements make this a tale that is sure to please a wide fan base. The action scenes are gripping and there were many times I found my breath catching and a lump in my throat as I read, but it is the drama of the Civil War that Minyard has woven throughout the text that makes this tale stand out. While creating a wonderfully fantastical story, the author has also been true to historical elements, such as family bonds and the hardships people faced during this time period. This is a book that I will certainly be urging the readers in my life to check out, and, though this book is a complete tale, it is my sincere hope that Minyard will return to this world again and give readers another treat.

Lorena Sanqui

Daniel didn't die at the hands of the enemy while he was fighting the war; he died in the hands of a demon. But he was given a second chance when Bernard, a guardian, gave him the choice to become a Beloved. Being a Beloved, his job will be to fight demons, like Benedict, the one who killed him. Daniel became reckless and took Benedict’s power long before he was ready, and now his body is possessed by the demon. Daniel’s younger brother can save him but only if he takes the same path Daniel has taken and becomes a Beloved himself. Rogue by P.A. Minyard is the story of Major Daniel Parker, how he became a Beloved, and how he was saved by his brother.

Rogue is the second book in a series, but it can be read as a standalone. This book is suspenseful and really captivated my attention. It was action packed and every page is full of excitement. The story was set in the 1860s and the scenes were written very well. The wars and the fights between demons and Beloveds were described nicely so that it was easy to imagine what was happening, like watching a movie. The story line is unique and the characters were credible. I especially liked Beth, with her wisdom and intelligence. I loved how the author inserted the letters written between the characters at the beginning of some chapters, because it made the characters more genuine and connected to me as a reader.

Faridah Nassozi

Rogue by P.A. Minyard is a story about the life of a family torn apart by war. When Daniel Parker went to join the army, his family prayed for his safe return every day, looking forward to the arrival of the mailman and hoping that there would be a letter from him. Jonathan, Daniel's little brother, was probably the most affected by his brother's departure. When Daniel got fatal wounds on the battlefield, he was brought back to life by the power of the Father, made a Beloved and given powers to fight evil. He was then brought back home to his family where he started his duties as a Beloved. Can Daniel fight evil and hide his powers from the watchful eyes of his parents, his sister, and his admiring young brother? How will all this affect his family, especially the brother who has always looked up to him as a role model.

I enjoyed reading Rogue. I connected with Daniel's family as they went through the day-to-day struggles of life while waiting for him and praying for his safe return. I found myself relating to them, praying with them and hoping with them. But then the story took an interesting twist after Daniel received his superpowers and I found myself filled with suspense and anticipation, turning page after page, eager to find out what the next chapter would bring, where Daniel would go next in his journey as a Beloved. P.A. Minyard delivered a captivating story that kept me interested from start to finish.

Mamta Madhavan

In Rogue (Volume 2) by P. A. Minyard, Major Daniel Parker's life takes a turn when he comes into contact with one of his soldiers. He transforms from a Major and then sees himself getting greedy for more power. His greed for power leads to his damnation at the hands of a demon. Now the only person who can save him is Jonathan, his younger brother. As we read through the book we find ourselves asking, 'Will Jonathan be powerful enough to save his brother or will he also end up being like his brother?' The supernatural theme adds to the suspense, mystery and intrigue of the story.

The story is a compelling one. The reader finds himself going through a lot of emotions like valor, compassion, greed, power, salvation and many more. The author has skillfully woven them into the story, along with the plot and the sub-plots. The characters are good and the pace of the story is fast and action packed. The intrigue and the suspense are gripping and makes it an engaging read. The transformation of Major Daniel Parker to a Beloved is a very thrilling aspect in the story. The greed for power in Daniel blinds his vision and influences his thought process. The characters of Daniel and Jonathan are well sketched to give the story a powerful vibe. The characters of Beth and Gerald give the story a break from its violence with a softer angle. The supernatural theme is thrilling.

Bil Howard

They say that war is hell and perhaps its demons thrive there more than any other place. The thriving of demons in Rogue by P.A. Minyard certainly brings that idea to the front as Major Daniel Parker struggles with the demon who has overtaken him. Having died by the hand of the demon Benedict in the battle at Antietam, Daniel is called upon by “the Father” to be one of the beloved who fight in a different realm between heaven and hell. As his guardian, Bernard, begins to guide him through his new task as a “Beloved,” Daniel is unwittingly possessed by the very same demon who killed him. Daniel’s struggle suddenly goes beyond the battlefield between heaven and hell to a battle that rages inside his own mind and spirit. His only deliverance is to be found in the courage and strength of his brother Jonathan. As Jonathan pursues his rogue brother in order to turn him back toward his noble task, Jonathan must resist the same temptations as Daniel, but does he have the strength to resist the viciousness of the enemy? As the battles of the Civil War rage on in reality, the battle between heaven and hell rages on behind the scenes; a battle which has raged on between demons and the Beloved since the beginning of time.

What goes on behind the scenes of reality has always been a fascinating concept. Rogue by P. A. Minyard brings that fascination to life in such a way that the reader won’t be able to keep from turning pages to discover which force will ultimately victorious. The depth of development of both character and plot make this a thrilling and suspenseful read. Intriguing, suspenseful and captivating, Rogue will put you on the threshold between heaven and hell where the action will take you by the throat and make you uncertain whether the hero will prevail.