“This omnibus includes THE REVEALING by Bill Myers, INFESTATION by Frank Peretti, INFILTRATION by Angela Hunt, and THE FOG by Alton Gansky. ” (I could not find the official synopsis and it goes under Mosaic on Goodreads).
The Assault by Various Authors is a collection of stories that continue the Harbingers series. It is a sequel that improves on the first novel, Invitation, by further developing its characters and has a tighter, yet more supernatural narrative that keeps the books intriguing throughout.
The trio returns in this sequel and it was a delight to see each of them develop a bit more throughout the collection of stories. Although, I will admit Tank and Brenda seem to develop the least. While I found Tank’s story to be the most compelling, it seems to reaffirm and show characteristics that he has already displayed, not so much further his development. But he does seem to be more aware of how others think of him. Much of Brenda’s time is with Daniel, the special boy the group found in the previous novel. It shows her being more of a mother and really caring for the young boy. The Professor and Andi go through some tough times and I felt they progressed the most. It was nice to see the grumpy, old professor open up more to the other, specifically Tank. The villain varies from story to story and I found them to be pretty forgettable. They are the typical moustache twirling villain and they were predictable and generic.
This novel has a much tighter narrative as each story seems to flow from one to another. While it does seem each story almost requires the other stories to know what is happening, reading the stories back to back really helped fill in the gaps and further develop the plot. The Fog is the one that seems to stand by itself and I found it to be the most engaging. The fog presents a legitimate threat and forces one of the characters to make a difficult decision. I also liked that the stories seem to be more supernatural. It was much more exciting to read the book once it went a bit more out there in terms of plot. Although I found them to be fairly predictable, especially Infiltration with a twist that you can see miles ahead.
The Assault presents a tighter and more developed characters that improves on its predecessor that is sure to satisfy fans of the series.
Rating: Must Buy (for readers of the series, Wait for a sale for newcomers)