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Reviewed by Ellen Hogan for Readers' Favorite
James and Maria Cooper decided that city life was not for them. The couple and their daughter Liza moves to the small community of Walker's Vale. Almost as soon as they move into their house strange things start happening. Jim suspects that Reverend Walker is behind it all. An FBI agent warns Jim that Reverend Walker was under investigation. Jim believes that the Reverend is evil personified, but Maria can't go along with that because he saved Liza's life the day they met him. Liza is kidnapped and Jim goes to the Reverend's church and apartment searching for her. She is tied to a chair and then Jim realizes that the Reverend had only been trying to warn him of a great evil that was coming for their daughter. Jim's faith wavers back and forth throughout the book. However, Maria's faith is strong and she keeps telling Jim that she trusts her God to protect her and her family. In the Bible it says that we fight battles everyday with unseen evil forces. Jim has to fight them first hand and in doing so his faith grows.
Zelenski points out that evil is very real in our world and we have to be vigilant and alert at all times. This is an entertaining read. The characters are realistic and the plot is suspenseful. "Walker's Vale" is a quick, easy read about good versus evil. John J Zelenski is a talented author. I look forward to reading more of his art.