How do you catch a thief who could be anywhere in time? The Chase, the newest installment of the Truth Chronicles by Tim Chaffey and Joe Westbrook, following the time travelling adventures of four teens from Silicaon Valley Prep, seeks to answer that very question. Without giving any spoilers, I can say that the cliffhanger from #4: The Thief is definitely resolved. We do discover the identity of those who stole the time as well as why they did it.
Of course, that’s only half the story. This time, the gang find themselves in the post-Flood world, within a few generations of the Flood itself. They must not only chase down their beloved time machine without disrupting the space-time continuum [andlet’s face it: the more you engage the past, the more difficult that becomes], but escape velociraptors, a carnotaurus and [my fave] a sabertooth big cat. Like #4, this one ends on a cliffhanger. The cover of #6: The Discovery, included as the final page of this book, pretty much gives away what the foursome find in their time travelling adventures, but I’m trying to limit spoilers anyway so you’ll just have to read the book for yourself.
We find out a bit more about Mickey’s past in this book, as well as why she’s so resistant to Christianity. We also see JT’s humanity nearly get in the way of her witness, which rounds out her character a bit. This book is lighter on addressing apologetic issues than any of the the previous four. We do see the problems with dino-bird evolution and the issue of Christians [and folks who call themselves Christians and may even have convinced themselves of this label] who do grossly hypocritical and/or sinful things addressed.
The series is once again illustrated by Christian manga artist Melissa mathis, aka Inkhana. I showed one of my boys the illustration on page 34 (involving a horse, a rider and a big mouth full of teeth) and he pretty much snatched the book out of my hands and tried to take off with it. I got it back. [This book is called The Chase…] The only complaint I have [and this may be my first ever of the series] is that the illustration for Chapter Two, while just stinking awesome in its own right, doesn’t at all match the content of that chapter. It’s more of an extra illustration for Chapter Three.
I should also mention that the wraparound gets a bit dark in this one. For those of you who are new to the series, the first trilogy included an prologue and epilogue to each book that had seemingly nothing to do with the story. It was almost like Chaffey and Westbrook were telling a mini-tale across their books… and, well, they were. That tale had to do with Jax’ kidnapped father and how he came to be rescued. This wraparound, which began in #4, deals with Pastor Rich, the youth pastor from the first trilogy, who has gone oversees to smuggle Bible into an Islamic country. Their story ends with a harrowing cliffhanger!
For action-packed fiction filled with Biblical truth and solid Christian characters without making caricatures of them, pick up a copy of The Chase today! And, once again, be sure to Like the Truth Chronicles Facebook page.
-Rev Tony Breeden
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