Invitation by Various Authors Review

“Four Bestselling Authors Team Up for Thrilling Supernatural Suspense – Gathering four stories from four bestselling author friends, Invitation is the first collection in the ongoing Harbingers series. 

In “The Call” by Bill Myers, four strangers are drawn together to help a student at the mysterious Institute for Advanced Psychic Studies. His gifts are supposedly being honed to assist world leaders . . . but there are some very disturbing strings attached. 

Frank Peretti’s “The Haunted” confronts a supernatural mystery, a case of murder, and an exploration into the darkness of the human heart, all centering around a mysterious house. 

In Angela Hunt’s “The Sentinels,” animals around the world are mysteriously dying. What could it mean? When the tragedy begins to touch Andi’s dreams, she discovers a terrifying theory. 

“The Girl” by Alton Gansky is a gripping tale of a young barefoot girl found holding a scroll in the snowy Oregon mountains. She is sweet, innocent–apparently not of this world–and something wants to kill her.”

   Invitation by various authors (a bit lazy to list them, but you can see their names on the picture) was a solid book that thrives due to its four well-written characters. 
  

  Invitation is a bit unique as it is essentially a collection of four short stories created by four different authors with each story coming from the perspective of each character. In essence, the author’s are writing as if they were that character. It is a bit like an TV episode-like format. It starts on one character, something happens that causes them to join together, etc. As a result, it is a bit formulaic and the plot can be a bit predictable. The TV episode-like format, in my opinion, hurts each of the stories’ plot. It seems that just as things are picking up, the story just ends like a cliffhanger except it happens three times in a row. The only one that felt like it ended was The Girl which was my favorite. The overarching plot of sorts was a bit weak in that besides the firsr story, the other stories did not touch up on it. Although, as I write this review, many TV shows do this. I guess you can look at these four stories as the first four episodes of a TV show. The overarching villain of sorts does seem interesting and I hope to see them expand the villain well in future books. 

   What Invitation does well is developing its four main protagonists. By using this format, each main character is given the chance to shine. My favorite is Tank as he is such a polite and good-natured person that it’s really hard to hate him. Each author does a great job of writing how eacj character would react in certain situations and it feels that they actually are that character. The four authors have their own writing styles and I found all of the stories to be well-written.

   Invitation was a fun little read. While there is not much there yet in terms of plot, the four main characters elevate this book from mediocrity.

Rating: Check it out

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