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Who will you trust when dark waters rise?

Eagle's Talon is an architectural marvel — shining residential units afloat in a protected cove of the gorgeous Rondeau River. The project is nearly complete, partially occupied, and ready to make investors rich when a sinkhole gives way. Then torrential rains and a flood leave a ragged collection of builders, investors, and residents stranded in one floating building, cut off from the rest of the world.

They're bitterly divided over what to do next.

Architect Vance Nolan insists they should sit tight and wait for rescue. Developer Tony Dean wants to strike out into the darkness. And single mom Danielle Clement, desperate to protect her young son, Simeon, struggles to hold their motley band together.

Power failure, a pall of unnatural daytime darkness, explosions in the distance, then a murder ratchet tensions to a boiling point. But Danielle's young son, Simeon, has spotted something strange underwater — beautiful, shifting lights in the dark water below.

In this watery world where everyone's secrets will eventually come to light, salvation may mean more than just getting out alive.

Another stunning exploration of the human spirit and supernatural possibilities from best-selling author Erin Healy.

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"Known for her ensemble casts and supernatural undercurrents, Healy (Never Let You Go) launches her newest using a bizarre premise about an unlikely and disparate band of characters who find themselves on a floating house in the middle of a natural (or is it supernatural?) event that strands them all. A greedy politician and the woman he's wrapped around his finger, her perceptive son, the troubled architect with a sad past: all have their own version of what it means to be saved from their predicament. Two deaths bring them all to their knees and wit's end. There's reference to, but not description of, sex in this Christian novel, along with deep faith insights and supernatural armor around some characters. The writing is vivid and smart: 'Vance felt like a tarnished penny tucked into a tall stack of crisp new Benjamins.' Agent: Meredith Smith and Dan Raines, Creative Trust." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"[Healy's] writing is vivid and smart." Publisher's Weekly

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"Healy's story is full of danger, intrigue, and compelling characters. Readers will enjoy the way she intersperses supernatural elements into this action-packed novel." CBA Retailers + Resources

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"I couldn't wait to see what happened next. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Afloat as well as Healy's other books." Inspired By Fiction blog

About the Author

Erin Healy is an award-winning fiction editor who has worked with talented novelists such as James Scott Bell, Melody Carlson, Colleen Coble, Brandilyn Collins, Traci DePree, L. B. Graham, Rene Gutteridge, Michelle McKinney Hammond, Robin Lee Hatcher, Denise Hildreth, Denise Hunter, Randy Ingermanson, Jane Kirkpatrick, Bryan Litfin, Frank Peretti, Lisa Samson, Randy Singer, Robert Whitlow, and many others.

She began working with Ted Dekker in 2002 and edited twelve of his heart-pounding stories before their collaboration on Kiss, the first novel to seat her on "the other side of the desk."

Erin is the owner of WordWright Editorial Services, a consulting firm specializing in fiction book development. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and the Academy of Christian Editors. She lives with her family in Colorado.

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Emma Engel, July 9, 2013 (view all comments by Emma Engel)
It seems like the perfect community. And of course, floating houses are a draw all their own. But Eagle’s Talon had problem long before the work crew hit a sink hole. Now with the world in chaos, unnatural strangers delivering messages from God, and lights shining deep in the water, a small group of people must try to navigate dark waters. And getting out alive doesn’t necessarily equate with survival.

When it comes to the supernatural, it is difficult to find a balance. Here in the US, we tend to spend a lot of time falling into the ditches on both sides of the road and very little time actually on the narrow strip of asphalt. Mostly, it seems that in our imperialistic and capitalistic society it is much too easy to forget about the element of “other.” When we do acknowledge it, it is often in term of either days past or the sort of thing you see other places. And it’s very easy to overcorrect off the other side of the road and attribute the spiritual too much power and reverence. In short, spiritual forces outside the realms of fantasy are a tricky subject.

Which is why I’m coming to enjoy Erin Healy’s books more and more. She weaves the supernatural into our mundane lives very naturally. She allows there to be other forces at work, but the glimpses her character catch of them are always brief and often never fully explained. Often, there is a great variation in how the events are perceived by different people. What is a miracle to one is a stroke of luck to another. In Afloat, it is a child who first sees that they are not alone.

Often supernatural stories take place on a cosmic scale. Afloat brings things much more up close and personal. It takes a small cast, in an isolated area, and adds angels. In fact, I think the story works best because of how removed the little community is. The entire plot rests on the characters’ shoulder, and whether the book sinks or swims depends on the reader’s ability to connect to the people in it. I personally thought the characters were superbly drawn and became very invested even in individuals I didn’t necessarily connect with.

If you’re looking for a summer beach read, Alfoat might not be the best choice. It’s detail driven and if you miss even something small, it can be quite frustrating. However, it’s a definite page turner that only solidifies Erin Healy’s position as one of the best supernatural suspense writers.

My thanks to Booksneeze for providing me a copy of Afloat in return for my honest opinion of the book.
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ISBN:
9781401685522
Author:
Healy, Erin
Publisher:
Thomas Nelson Publishers
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Subject:
Christianity-Christian Fiction
Publication Date:
20130531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English

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Fiction and Poetry » Popular Fiction » Suspense
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Product details pages Thomas Nelson Publishers - English 9781401685522 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Known for her ensemble casts and supernatural undercurrents, Healy (Never Let You Go) launches her newest using a bizarre premise about an unlikely and disparate band of characters who find themselves on a floating house in the middle of a natural (or is it supernatural?) event that strands them all. A greedy politician and the woman he's wrapped around his finger, her perceptive son, the troubled architect with a sad past: all have their own version of what it means to be saved from their predicament. Two deaths bring them all to their knees and wit's end. There's reference to, but not description of, sex in this Christian novel, along with deep faith insights and supernatural armor around some characters. The writing is vivid and smart: 'Vance felt like a tarnished penny tucked into a tall stack of crisp new Benjamins.' Agent: Meredith Smith and Dan Raines, Creative Trust." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "[Healy's] writing is vivid and smart."
"Review" by , "Healy's story is full of danger, intrigue, and compelling characters. Readers will enjoy the way she intersperses supernatural elements into this action-packed novel."
"Review" by , "I couldn't wait to see what happened next. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Afloat as well as Healy's other books."
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