This post is part of the Enchanted Book Tour’s tour for Counterpoint. I received a copy of Counterpoint free for an honest review.
Author: Daniel Rafferty
Morality Rating: PG
Readability Rating: 3.5 stars
Buy it: Amazon
Move over “War of the Worlds,” we’ve got bigger issues to deal with now! In author Daniel Rafferty’s “Counterpoint,” things aren’t always as they seem—but what, exactly, does that mean? Is it time for the fight to the end between good and evil, Heaven and Hell? Is it the beginning of Armageddon and the end of time?
It all starts out innocently enough when 12-year-old Mary asks her father where he’s off to, which happens to be one of mankind’s worst endeavours, a World War. But the story quickly moves beyond earthly boundaries, with angels, demons, the devil, archangels and even humans with supernatural powers, coming together to fight a battle between right and wrong, good and evil. And the powers-that-be are acting on God’s behalf, but is he just watching from a distance to see what happens? What’s God’s role in all of this—and will he be back to save the day—does he even still exist?
You may think you know the storyline, with so many familiar biblical names being thrown about like fresh holy water; however, there are strange twists and turns that’ll leave you wondering who the good guys and bad guys really are. Is Lucifer actually the devil incarnate or do we humans have it all wrong? Is Archangel Michael really who we think he is? Can all angels be trusted and are some demons good? It’s a mixed up dimension of space and time when you’re dealing with supernatural entities and human beings—and whose to be trusted?
Beyond the clear symbolism of names such as Mary, Gabriel, David, Ariel and others, what role does the Bassett family play and why does everyone seem to have plans for them? Why have they been chosen among all other families on earth to do what they do? What have they been selected to do? Will they realize their roles in time to save the planet and the universe as we know it or are they just pawns in a much bigger scheme?
This epic tale takes places from Liverpool to London, to the Scottish and Welsh highlands and over to Dublin—but the end-game results will either be salvation or total destruction of the entire world—and the outcome is still not certain. Is God’s human experiment over—or will we continue for another millennium? To find out, you must stop what you’re doing right now and read the pages of this exciting story! Say your prayers and hope someone’s listening!
This modern fantasy book is based on many classic religious themes and offers a new prospective on what the battle between good, evil, and the human race might be all about. I liked the plot, but the writing was a little odd in spots- perhaps because the author is not American.
Plot: The plot was my favorite part about this book. I liked the idea of another epic battle between heaven and hell in a desperate attempt to save or destroy humanity. I like fatalist stories, so this one was right up my alley.
Characters: I liked the characters in this book. The grandmother, Mary was my favorite, but I also liked all the different personalities of the angels. I thought Rafferty did a good job creating likeable angels that still wern’t quite human.
Setting: I wasn’t sure where this story was taking place (or when) at first, but part is set in the modern-day world and some is set in heaven, and some is set in hell. I particularly liked the author’s new take on hell.
Writing: The writing in this book was passable. Some of the phrases came across as odd. I don’t know if the author maybe had English as a second language, or maybe phrases things differently because he is from another country, but for whatever reason, every now and then an odd phrase interrupts the flow of the story. It kept me from being able to get into the story quite as much as I would have liked, but overall, it was decent. I’ve definitely read worse.
This book has an exciting plot and a thrilling conclusion, but the writing getting there is difficult to get past at some points. But, if you like fatalist fantasy and biblical-inspired stories like I do, then you should enjoy this book.
About the Author
Daniel Rafferty currently lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is actively engaged in writing the epic Counterpoint Trilogy Series and is also working on different pieces of writing outside this genre. This includes the upcoming sci-fi thriller Destiny: Illusions. Always intrigued with epic dramas and grand questions, which have been asked throughout the history of civilisation, he aims to incorporate dramatic stories around these questions. This provides a large tapestry in which his writing is sewn.