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I have been an avid reader from as early as I can remember. Since becoming a Christian in my early 20s, my passion for reading led to specifically Christian fiction and this has developed into reviewing them on this blog. I love reading new author's novels or author's who have not had many reviews or exposure and giving them much needed encouragement where appropriate.   
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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Nasty Leftovers by Guy L. Pace


Reality is back on track, but the world is devastated with only a remnant of humanity left. On a mission to restore Washington, D.C., Paul Shannon and Amy Grossman must face a sinister presence left behind by Satan. 

In the ensuing battle, physical and spiritual warfare is waged against the possessed, hellhounds, and even the evil presence itself.

In this fast-paced sequel to Sudden Mission, can Paul, Amy, and their army of faithful triumph against such impossible odds? 

The Guru's Review:
I was asked by the author and given a pre-release electronic copy  free of charge to review before its release date on the 15th March, 2016. 

This is a great sequel to Sudden Mission. It follows very well from this first instalment on all levels, characters, plot, flow and spiritual themes and it really makes this instalment a worthy sequel. We all know of the rut that sequels of books and movies can fall into, but Pace has avoided this and this instalment should act as a good springboard for the furtherance of this series and his craft for that matter.

I said in my review of Sudden Mission that Pace seems to have found his niche in writing for the teen/young adult market and genre. Further proof is found in this instalment. The plot is tighter, characters further developed and more relational, especially Paul and Amy, not only as a spiritual warrior team established from the previous novel but as a deepening relationship as well. Pace has added a further layer of developing romance between Paul and Amy and this seems to add a stronger foundation for them as a spiritual warrior team fighting the satanic forces in this novel. It will be good to see how this develops in the next installment. 

It is the aftermath of the events at the end of Sudden Mission that forms the basis of this novel. The world has been devastated and decimated on every level and Paul and his church seek to help the survivors improve their situation. They travel to the capital and not only do they find survivors but these people have become demonically possessed and oppressed by a fallen angel still present from the satanic rising in Sudden Mission. It is here that this novel takes off, with a faster pace, suspense and spiritual warfare.

The rest of this story is all about caring for these survivors on every level especially the spiritual. Pace accounts very well how the Church group delivered these survivors from this demonic possession/oppression and it is very much spiritual warfare in the biblical sense. I really appreciated Pace not just depicting that they had become saved or delivered but actually showing the deliverance and the salvation account together with its prayer of repentance and follow up. This shows Pace is not just concerned with entertaining his readers but investing spiritual truths and showing the power of the Gospel and Jesus' victory over sin and death and all things demonic and satanic. This is especially important to have in such detail for the teen/young adult reader audience to know these truths and practices.

Pace outlines this in much more detail with the final spiritual warfare battle both in a physical sense and spiritual. Pace has accounted in more detail in this novel the final spiritual battle than he did in Sudden Mission and it is here that he shines again in both keeping true to biblical principles of spiritual warfare and in creating action and suspense. Young readers (and any that are older!) should see the encouragement that Pace has included here, that youth (or any age for that matter) does not mean an inability to use these biblical principles of spiritual warfare to confront the demonic/satanic or sinful influences/entities that we will encounter in our lives. Pace has depicted Paul as flawed but has a confidence through his faith and relationship in Christ to defeat not only the fallen angel but also the hellhounds that this fallen angel uses to entrap the survivors to hell using the power of Jesus' name and the authority given to him by being born again and having a relationship with Jesus.

I was curious why Pace used salt as a deterrent to the hellhounds and demonic influence. I wondered if there was any spiritual/biblical basis for this. I contacted the author and this is what he replied, 

Actually, I stole the idea from the TV series Supernatural. And, some of my research has salt used in protection from demons and evil. Mostly, I was grasping for some way to contain the hellhounds, since nothing else seems to be effective. Some folklore uses salt on thresholds and window frames to protect from evil spirits. I just took it a little further and hope it provides a symbolic barrier. It also can be blown away, rained away and disturbed by other animals, so it isn't perfect protection.
I googled this and came up with similar answers as well. Spiritual/biblical basis or not, this certainly added another layer of suspense to the battle that Paul and Amy had against the hellhounds and the rest of their Christian community, it also enhances the spiritual warfare aspects of this battle without detracting from the biblical principles and practice of spiritual warfare. Nice use of poetic license. 

As an adult, when I read such compelling, well written and constructed novels while not only entertaining but educating in biblical truths and application while also spiritually uplifting and improving my relationship with God, I really wish I had these type of novels when I accepted Christ at 19yrs of age. I applaud authors such as Pace for ministering to this age groups as these are our future and need to be prepared spiritually for the future. 

I look forward to more of this spirit-filled fiction from Guy L. Pace. His commitment to providing fiction that is bible based, honors God and leads his readers to the Gospel and Saviour.

Highly Recommended. 


World building 5/5

Characters 5/5

Story 5/5

Spiritual level 5/5

Spiritual Enemy Level 5/5

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