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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Roses are Red

During the course of my daily adventures online, I discovered a quaint little jewelry shop called Roses are Red. On entering the rose themed online shop, the intricate nature of the pieces caught my curiosity.  Each item themed with a story to tell, jumped from the page, begging to stir the imagination. Before long I had a few too many items in the shopping cart. With pangs on anguish, I hit the remove button to bring the contents back to a more acceptable level.

In the end, I settled for the below two delicate pieces, which my daughter adores.  And as I thought they would, they take her dreams to new inspiring places.







Thursday, July 03, 2014

Conversations With A Christian - Available Now



Take a seat and listen in on conversations with a Christian. Five short discussions around 1000 words each take the reader through faith and doubt, suffering, moral based business decisions, faith in everyday life and signs a person is struggling.

The reader will be uplifted and empowered by the results of each conversation and leave them with valuable
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Monday, June 09, 2014

12 Years A Slave.

Tough movie to watch. To witness the shear brutality humans can delivery to other humans is, to me, difficult to comprehend.  What possesses a person to commit such evil acts, and then in twisted divisive ways use God to justify their actions? Truly warped.

Brad Pitt plays an significant role by the name of Bass in the movie, although very brief, talking to Epps about the inequality of slavery.  Important words. Here is the transcript from that brief part. 

“I tell you what it is Epps,” said Bass, “it’s all wrong—all wrong, sir—there’s no justice nor righteousness in it. I wouldn’t own a slave if I was rich as Croesus, which I am not, as is perfectly well understood, more particularly among my creditors… But this question of Slavery; what right have you to your niggers when you come down to the point?”

“Sophia – The missing years (working title)”


“Sophia – The missing years (working title)”, my fourth novel in the Elijah Hael series opens with a chapter leaving those with a relationship with Christ flooded with endorphins. An experience takes place between the main protagonist, Sophia, and Jesus Christ. A situation so personal, some describe, holds the potential to carry the reader into the presence of Christ.

Throughout the novel Sophia walks by Jesus’s side who manifests himself as an unlikely character. This creates a personal relationship, a bond, between Christ and Sophia which the reader can share.

The story unfolds God’s own aching heart for fallen Angels, the catalyst for Shadows, and continues to reveal God’s own personal struggles as He watches sections of humanity consumed by sin.

Bold, daring, and personal this novel goes beyond adventuress bringing to life the true God given potential of Sophia. A capacity we all share.

Prepare yourself to walk by Christ’s side with Sophia and Michael in a novel that will lighten your world.


Saturday, June 07, 2014

Wolfenstien - The New Order (I Believe)

I believe.  The ending song to the Video Game Wolfenstein The New Order.  A game set in an alternate world where Germany won the world and is run by the Nazi’s.

This game certainly pushes the boundaries of the R18+ rating in regards to graphic nature of warfare.  In many ways it reminded me of the movie Saving Private Ryan.  Some games have gore simply for the effect, this game though appears to of implemented it more in the line of the way Saving Private Ryan did.  To demonstrate the horrific nature of war.  When the protagonist slits an enemy’s throat with a dagger you experience the impact and desperation the action has, and in many ways sense the aggression behind the willingness to want to do it.  All due to the situation the setting has put the gamer inside.

Mixed amongst the story is a love story of sorts haltering on the dream of living a normal life.  Behind this tier of narration there is an underlying theme demonstrating the struggle of faith.  Belief in God. How can God allow a world in which they find themselves in.  While subtle, those that understands the concept of God and suffering will relate to the experience on a different level than the average gamer.  The writers involved in the creation of the story no doubt understand belief to some degree.  This is also demonstrated in another scene where a scientist talks about creating stuff for God as a way to recognise God’s ultimate power.  The portrayal of God, and belief, or lack their off, in the various scenes was very interesting and well done.  At the end of the game, the closing song “I believe” written by Chris Isaak and sung by Melissa Hollick tops off the story.

A line that sticks with me is “I believe the Angels listens, God hears us pray, and I believe in a beautiful day.”
And, “Yeah, I believe it is going to work out ok, but not for me, and not for you.”

The game in many ways reminded me of the struggles in my novels “Elijah Hael – The Last Judgement”, “Elijah Hael – The Genetic Code” and "The Angelic Gene".  The song I believe suits them.

I believe the stars keep shining all through the night.
I believe if we just keep trying it will be alright.
I believe that someday we're gonna find our way.
And I believe in a beautiful day.

I believe in lovers walking side by side.
I believe that someday we'll be satisfied.
I believe the angels listen god hears us pray.
And I believe in a beautiful day.

Yeah I believe it's gonna work out ok.
But not for me, and not for you.
I believe, I believe, I believe.
I believe, I believe, I believe.

I believe there's an answer waiting when the day is done.
I believe if you just keep searching you'll find someone.
I believe that you and I just lost our way.
And I believe in a beautiful day.

I still believe in a beautiful day.
But not for me, and not for you.

I know your tried, and I tried to.
Sometime all our dreams just don't come true.

I believe, I believe, I believe.
I believe, I believe, I believe.
Oh...Oh...Beautiful day

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Really interesting and a new spin on how Angels are formed.

"I found Elijah Hael - The Last Judgement really interesting and a new spin on how Angels are formed. And that no matter how dark you think things are, that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. That maybe there is hope for everybody.

I would read this book again and I would recommend it to other readers."

Caryolyn - via Goodreads

Thursday, April 03, 2014

An Edge Of Your Seat Adventure

"Sophia was raised in an orphanage and had no idea how special she truly was. Her best friend Anne came to the orphanage when they were both 4 years old. Little did Sophia know that she was written about in a prophecy that would take the girls on an amazing adventure across England.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I found out that this is the backstory to Steve Goodwin's Elijah Hael series. Although I haven't read the other novels, my interest has certainly been peaked. I loved how realistic the interaction among the characters were. The bond between Michael, Sophia, and Anne was unbreakable. The things I loved most about the story were the Christian values that it repeatedly taught and the fact that they were backed up with scripture. This was a fantastic tale about faith, love, and God's plan for our lives. A must read for Christians young and old!"

Review for The Angelic Gene by Simone Lilly-Egerter via Amazon US

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Indie Music Artists

I must admit, I'm a fan of the many Indie Music Artists on YouTube producing all kinds of brilliant music.

This video by Kina Grannis, brings together some of my favorite faces with the backing on a upbeat, funky, catchy song.

If you follow the various talents you'll certainly recognize some of the faces in the video.

Friday, March 28, 2014

99 Balloons



Eliot was born with an undeveloped lung, a heart with a hole in it and DNA that placed faulty information into each and every cell of his body. However, that could not stop the living God from proclaiming Himself through this boy who never uttered a word.

See more at http://www.99balloons.org 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Captivating and thrilling

"Once again Goodwin created a great read. The twists and turns in every direction keeping the flow of the story intriguing."

Rhonda Umphrey
Review for "The Angelic Gene" via Amazon US

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sandra Tibbets reviews on my novels

On "Elijah Hael - The Last Judgement - A Thoughtful story

"Rated Elijah Hael and the Last Judgement 5 stars because it is thoughtfully composed and a really different kind of fiction. Glad I found Goodwin's books"

On "Elijah Hael - The Genetic Code" - Steve Goodwin really surprised me

"I will recommend this book to my family & friends. It is a good book on Christian living and a super new interpretation of angels."

On "The Angelic Gene" - Great easy read

"Though fiction it was a thoughtful look at angels. I would recommend this book to anyone . Made me happy & sad at the same time."

Sandra R. Tibbetts, via Amazon U.S.

Thanks Sandra, appreciate the feedback.  Glad you enjoyed all three.

Snippets from a collection of reviews for one of my novels "The Angelic Gene".

Snippets from some "The Angelic Gene" reviews on Amazon US

"I enjoyed The Angelic Code very much, the story line was very catching I did not want to put it down, i really like the way Steve Goodwin writes it's very easy to lose your self in his writing, can't wait for his next book, or better still the movie version would be wonderful" - Irene Dyer

"The book is enjoyable and broaches myriad topics of the spiritual realm. It also pulls on the heartstrings more than once. The characters are appealing -- who wouldn't love a monk who is like a ninja warrior?" - C Stephans

"Goodwin has stated that The Angelic Gene has a special place in his heart and I can understand why, I can say the same for me as well. Won't forget this one in a hurry. I would love to see this made into a movie!! It would be a ripper!" - Peter Younghusband

"I've read the first two books in the series and enjoyed them immensely! The 3rd offering in the series wasn't a let down either! It jumps the gate and starts down the hill like a steamroller chasing an avalanche!" - C.M. Sinned

"I am wary when reading a book by an author I haven't heard of. I don't know whether I will like the book, or will have wasted my time. In this case, it was the former. The Angelic Gene kept my attention throughout the story, and I didn't get lost from a bunch of different plot points. Though two sides of the story unfolded simultaneously, both came together in the end, with a twist here and there." - Phillip Cole

"What a strange and uttering entertaining tale this is. This is so far out of the realm of books I normally read that I was surprised that I got caught up." - MikiHope

"I've read the outstanding first two books in this series and have finished the excellent third. The entire series is a winner and I hope that Goodwin has more coming down the pike." - K. Bolas

A Creative Novel Shining a Light on the Spiritual Realm

"The Angelic Gene imagines a cadre of angels who long ago volunteered to enter the human race and create offspring who would carry their angelic genes for the good of humanity. Unfortunately, dark forces of the underworld became aware of this line of gifted and spiritually attuned humans. The dark forces, one evil persona in particular, began tracking them and killing them off. One person remains carrying the angelic gene, and she is unaware of her angelic pedigree. It will be up to her and a troupe of highly trained monks to destroy the evil forces that have been raised to end the angelic gene.

The narrative occurs in late 19th Century Great Britain and involves one of the most infamous killers of history who serves his dark master by murder.

Goodwin's The Angelic Gene is a prequel to two previously published books in the series. It is an intriguing set of characters and plot to want to follow. Since this is the first that I have read, reading the other two appeals to me. Readers who have read the other books in the series may better appreciate getting the back story of Sophia and learning how she has developed and matured. It seems that Goodwin assumed some prior knowledge among readers and didn't fully elaborate on characters and plot in a way he would have if this was the first book written in the series.

The story moves along at a steady pace except for a few areas that seemed to bog down and could have been trimmed. This could have been better developed to give readers a better feel for the historical, cultural and geographic settings of the book.

Goodwin inserts some discussions of Christianity into the story. These subjects are relevant to the story and characters. Some of the spiritual interactions are Biblical and some involve imaginative creativity by the author.

A few times the author seems to write some historical inconsistencies that interrupt the development and flow of the book's setting. For example, he has a baptism scene in which the two teen girls are baptized in a pond or river. Both girls spent their childhoods in a Roman Catholic orphanage and attended Mass at a Catholic Church. There is practically no way they would not have been baptized as infants in such a setting.

Other than a few inconsistencies like that, the book is enjoyable and broaches myriad topics of the spiritual realm. It also pulls on the heartstrings more than once. The characters are appealing -- who wouldn't love a monk who is like a ninja warrior? The Angelic Gene carrier begins the battle she will apparently continue through the series of fighting the shadows that have entered our world from the underworld."

- C. Stephans - via Amazon US

Best book I have read since Steve Goodwin's last one

"I enjoyed The Angelic Gene very much, the story line was very catching I did not want to put it down, i really like the way Steve Goodwin writes it's very easy to lose your self in his writing, can't wait for his next book, or better still the movie version would be wonderful."

Irene Dyer, via Amazon US

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

C.M. Sinned on "The Angelic Gene"

"I've read the first two books in the series and enjoyed them immensely! The 3rd offering in the series wasn't a let down either! It jumps the gate and starts down the hill like a steamroller chasing an avalanche! The story is fast paced and contains very miniscule lulls in the activity. Mr. Goodwin's character development and writing style continues to grow in depth and scope as he brings "The world of Elijah Hael" to life and furthers the series. I particularly enjoy how the author conveys spirituality throughout his books without coming across as "preachy." I look forward to the next installment from Mr. Goodwin!"

C.M. Sinned reivew of "The Angelic Gene" - via Amazon US

Friday, February 07, 2014

"This Here Blog" thoughts on "The Angelic Gene"

An orphanage is the only home Sophia has ever known. The sisters that run it, the orphans, and her "sister" Anne are the only family she has. When she is forced to leave, and face someone that is trying to kill her, she has no idea why. Steve Goodwin weaves her story in The Angelic Gene.

Sophia has to learn about herself, but she also has to learn to trust people that want to help her. She maintains a strong trust in God, even when she doesn't understand His ways. Being caught in a struggle to protect herself, her family, and the world in general forces her to mature quickly.

There are several spiritual themes in the book, besides the obvious nuns and monks. Putting the needs of others before your own is prominent, and faith is spoken of freely by the characters.

I am wary when reading a book by an author I haven't heard of. I don't know whether I will like the book, or will have wasted my time. In this case, it was the former. The Angelic Gene kept my attention throughout the story, and I didn't get lost from a bunch of different plot points. Though two sides of the story unfolded simultaneously, both came together in the end, with a twist here and there.

Via Amazon US and "This Here Blog Random, maybe useful, thoughts."

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Miki's Hope review of "The Angelic Gene"

"What a strange and uttering entertaining tale this is. This is so far out of the realm of books I normally read that I was surprised that I got caught up. It definitely has a religious bent, ultimate good vs ultimate evil and all the shades in-between. This is the third book in the Elijah Hael Series. I did not read the first two but this can definitely be read as a stand alone with no problem. The journey through life that Sophia is destined to follow is not an easy one but the light follows her and her traveling companions until the very end and then beyond. I believe that teens would enjoy this book as well as their parents."  

A review from Miki's Hope for The Angelic Gene, also appears on Amazon US and Goodreads.


Monday, February 03, 2014

Elijah Hael - The Last Judgement App

Elijah Hael - The Last Judgement App for Windows Phone hit 500 downloads today.

For an audio book on a phone this is a good achievement in the early days of the application life cycle.  The download pace has picked up considerably over the last couple of months. I expect to see 1000 downloads in the not too distant future.

All my Apps in the Windows Phone store combined are nearing 60,000 downloads!

Elijah Hael and The Last Judgement is a bestselling novel by Steve Goodwin.  This audible version includes all fifty five chapters narrated by the talented voice artist Markham Anderson, unique artwork for each chapter and five musical interludes, one vocal, four instrumental, at specific points during the narrated chapters.

A thought provoking Christian story of love, life and death, the afterlife, and spiritual warfare.

I am dead. This is my funeral.

Elijah turned to look at Castiel who looked back at him and nodded gently.

And in that instant everything changed, in ways that Elijah Hael and those who read his story could never anticipate or imagine.

Enter a world of intrigue, suspense, wonder and living energy where our souls are battled over, unseen by many but experienced by all.

Don’t miss the opportunity to join Elijah Hael on his spellbinding, dazzling and unforgettable journey through his life to his destiny. An adventure, infused with Christian values, you’ll never forget. Those who enjoy an uplifting, challenging, touching story will adore this novel.

See ElijahHael.com for more details.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Drawing strength

"Drawing strength from faith in Christ empowers a person to go beyond their deemed limits."


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

In the arms of the angel

Writing dialog for Society 713 brought back memories of Nya in Elijah Hael - The Genetic Code, which inspired the creation of the attached artwork.



There’s always some reason
To feel not good enough,
And it’s hard, at the end of the day.
I need some distraction

Oh, beautiful release.
Memories seep from my veins.
Let me be empty,
Oh, and weightless,
And maybe I’ll find some peace tonight.
In the arms of the angel, Fly away from here.

extract from “In the Arms of an Angel” by Sarah McLaughin

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Run

Completed a 6km run yesterday with my ten year old daughter Jessica. Sometimes the simplest things in life are the most memorable.  We have done shorter runs together in the past, around 3km.  Double the distance was going to be a challenge. She made it though, pushed herself to her limits right to the end.

"Intellectual Assurance"

I must admit I'm a fan of Rosalind Picard.  Not just for her renown work in Affective Computing but also her brilliant talks on science and faith.

Professor Rosalind W. Picard, Sc.D. is founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab and co-director of the Things That Think Consortium, the largest industrial sponsorship organization at the lab. She is also co-founder of Affectiva, Inc., delivering technology to help measure and communicate emotion.

Read her impressive BIO here http://web.media.mit.edu/~picard/index.php

As you would of seen in her BIO, Rosalind is well educated, a deep thinker, and like myself doesn't come to believing in something without solid evidence.

Below is a talk Rosalind gave. The transcript resonates to me. Many of the things she discussed I come across daily, or have come across in the past.

A 15 minute invited talk on the subject "Intellectual Assurance Christianity is Sound"

Prof. R. W. Picard

I grew up thinking that all religious people had basically thrown their brains out the window. I thought they had concocted their faith out of some kind of intellectual weakness. Or, perhaps they liked ritual for its own sake, or believed what they believed to please their parents. Perhaps religion was some kind of comforting deception. I prided myself on being tolerant of their beliefs, but I was not interested in religion for me. Who needed it? I thought "I am doing quite fine in life without it."

Although I might have attended a talk on religion I would probably not have been a good listener. Because of my closed-mindedness against religion, it would be hard to be objective. I thought my atheism was scientific, and therefore the best way to be. What it took me a while to realize was that my belief that there was no God was as unprovable as the religious beliefs I assumed were wrong. I had to face up to the fact that I really had not carefully considered the issues.

Perhaps some of you have negative thoughts and feelings about religion in general, or Christianity in particular: Isn't it outdated? Isn't religion subjective? Wasn't Jesus just a good teacher? And Professor Picard, well, she spent a lot of years down south in the "Bible belt," so we will be tolerant and say that's fine for her to believe.

Some of you have brought negative biases here, and will have to work hard to accurately hear what I will say. Consequently, I take the risk of being misclassified as a religious lunatic, lumped with televangelists, fundamentalists, and all those with whom I least want to be associated. I also don't have tenure yet, and could conceivably risk my job for professing religious beliefs -- "how can she believe THAT?"


Sunday, January 19, 2014

Society 713

A sneak peak at the blurb for the new stories I’ve began working on. These writings will be released as short chronicles.  Similar to a television series each story will be independent but with interconnecting links and characters.

Society 713 (Working title)

Across the world, a group of questioners unknown to each other, disillusioned with life prayed to see beyond the hidden veils surrounding humanity. Their prayers were answered through harrowing experiences none of them anticipated. Some made the journey, some didn't. The ones who did were left with spiritual gifts.

The survivors were drawn together by an invisible force and formed Society 713.

“Are their more of us?” Williams asked.

“Possibly. We will find them.” Davidson replied.

Together, stripped of their old ways they stepped through the strait gate onto the narrow, difficult, path only a few find.


These are their stories.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Angelic Gene - CBM Christian Author Press Release

CBM Christian Author Press Release

January 12, 2014

The Angelic Gene by multi-published novelist Steve Goodwin is the long awaited third book in the Elijah Hael Series exploring faith, love, doubt and fear.

Set in England during the 1860’s, beginning with Sophia’s birth, the reader will find themselves on an exciting adventure between life and death. Sophia as an orphaned girl, with a difficult birth and childhood, does not understand why a man wants her dead. She carries secrets unknowingly and will, in her life, experience humanity.

Goodwin takes the readers back to England in an age that has long since passed, yet still gives relevance of the human condition and the existence of the invisible spiritual realm. This novel is the first book in the beginning of the Elijah Hael novels and is recommended as to be read first in the series, but can also be read as the third book in the series.

Goodwin writes with ease, excitement and fast-paced dialogue giving the readers a sense of being there as the story unfolds. Historically accurate, The Angelic Gene, encapsulates the culture and era of 19th century England. Uplifting, exciting and heart-warming, Goodwin gives the readers “something special” in this novel that they will not soon forget. With well-developed characters, intrigue and suspense, this novel will keep the reader longing to protect orphan Sophia while giving a glimpse of what evil that lurks within the shadows of humanity. Fascinating and awing!

You may get your copy of The Angelic Gene at Amazon, in Kindle Edition and at other fine online bookstores. Be sure to visit Steve Goodwin at The Angelic Gene, at Elijah Hael Novels and at Steve Goodwin's Blog where you can find out more about the author and his books.

A CBM Christian Author Press Release, sharing great reads with the world.

Friday, January 10, 2014

2014 - Writing, Business and Faith

2014, 10 days in, and a brilliant year it is.  I don’t get wound up in New Year resolutions. I’m the sort of person to wind myself up every day.  I see each moment as an opportunity to grow, and, being as impatient as I am, want to see the growth as soon as possible. Not wait until a year is over. Life is short!

2013 in many ways brought about large changes in my life due to releasing my first full length novel, Elijah Hael – The Last Judgement to the public in late 2012.  Since then I’ve been fortunate enough to find the time to diligently write Elijah Hael – The Genetic Code released in mid-2013.  Without pausing, I moved onto the third novel The Angelic Gene released a couple of weeks ago.  The novels have brought about new acquaintances, some of which are blossoming into rewarding friendships across the world. Today’s technology, as one of my readers Wendy pointed out is amazing in that it allows someone on the other side of the world to read one of my works, then send feedback, and from that establish a friendship over time. Wendy’s daughter, Jennifer, as a result was chosen for the model for the front cover of The Angelic Gene.  No doubt in the future I’ll plan a world tour and meet these wonderful people.

Business, my company Software Development Pty Ltd, is moving on with some exciting projects in 2014.  The most notable is the expansion of Aeropower’s Asset Management System to version 5.0 bringing about many new functions.  The software is used in major power companies across Australia and will shortly be introduced to other industry sectors.  Another exciting project we are working on for a client is MagMan which is launching this year and will change the way mine sites control their inventories utilising ultra-modern technology integrated with the cloud.

oneFlow™ has taken off with a flying start satisfying the accounting needs of individual entrepreneurs. Some great things are planned for oneFlow™ this year which will be announced in the coming months.

On a business note, I’m a strong believer in faith and how faith can empower a person to greatness. A book I refer to for the scientific fact behind that is “How God Changes Your Brain – Breakthrough findings from leading Neuroscientists” 

In 2013 I wrote a couple of articles for Faith DrivenBusiness, article 1, article 2, an organisation that specialises at helping people incorporate faith into their business. Faith is a powerful asset, which cannot be purchased, but can be received for those who are willing to pursue truth with an open heart and mind.


2014, here I come, all guns blazing, moving forward to new, exciting, and wonderful opportunities.


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Monday, January 06, 2014

Peter Younghusband's review of "The Angelic Gene"

Peter Younghusband, pro blogger, and Christian Fiction Review Guru , review of "The Angelic Gene"

This is the long anticipated third book in the Elijah Hael series, however it can read as standalone without having read the previous two books. Having said that, this is a great introduction to this series, and I would encourage any reader new to the Elijah Hael series to start with this one. It definitely gives the background to Sophia, and you will understand her better in the Elijah Hael books from reading this one. The other advantage is that the reader should pick up some connections from this book to the previous two, so Goodwin states and is quite proud of this fact. He throws it out there to see who picks up these connections. I must confess, I am still working on this as it is within 4 months since reading the previous two. I have mentioned this to the author, and he has allowed me to mention that "....The crucifix Anne gives to Michael is the same one that Seth uses in The Genetic Code".

Goodwin has stated that The Angelic Gene is different from Elijah Hael books and after reading this, I would agree. Set in a much earlier time than the previous two, Sophia is much younger, her age spans from birth to age 16 years in this novel compared to a much older and mature age in the other two books. In this novel she is human and in the other two in another form. You will have to read these novels to know what I mean by that statement. No spoilers!

I really loved this novel! One of my favourites! It really is a beautiful story. There is a gentleness in Goodwin's writing but a firmness or solidness in its delivery. It flows well, and Goodwin has, without too much detail, transported the reader into the 1870s. Some of these are done well by adding historical events such as who the character of Jack really is other than Memphis' pawn and what he is known for in history is connected to Memphis' plans.

I have a soft spot for Jack. Despite his infamy in recorded history, the background Goodwin provides for this character encouraged me to see him as a lost soul caught in desperation of his condition and a slave of his fear of dying and of the afterlife. This develops in him a hatred of God and of Christians, but it is this that actually enables him to consider over the course of this book, that these Christians have the peace and freedom that he so desperately desires and that God might just be who He says He is. Memphis, who hates God with his entire being, actually unknowingly and unwittingly gives Jack a clue to this revelation. And it is this that gives him the motivation to make divisive action against his master. I did admire him for this but was heart broken that despite this, his outcome and end was the same as if he had not done this action. I consider Jack one of Goodwin best developed characters.

Another event recorded in history is that of Kate Kibble, one of 37 women, banned from Birmingham pubs for being habitually drunk and yes she did have one eye! I thought the inclusion here of Kate's demise while Jack was contemplating his situation in the pub and to have to attend to Kate was well done and strengthened my affection for him! Yet another, was the reference to William Booth, who we know as the founder of The Salvation Army. All these events have added credibility to the era that Goodwin has successfully transported the reader to.

Goodwin has depicted Anne and Sophia as very realistic children of their age groups throughout the novel. Developing their characters right from the beginning, their innocence, vulnerability and frailty due to be orphaned is well done and endears you to these two. You cannot do anything else except feel for them, support them and want to protect them and Goodwin's development of Michael as guide, protector and mentor helps the reader here in developing the reader's rapport with these two orphans. Goodwin has also depicted the closeness of Anne and Sophia very well as inseparable friends (and something deeper, but you will have to read the novel to find out in what way this is!!) and this adds a great depth to the plot and their important role in the fight against Memphis and fulfilling the prophecy.

I must make mention here of the dog, Dash. This adds another "character" to become endeared to and I discover from the author that Dash is based on his own dog of the same breed and name as his own. I can see how Goodwin has portrayed Dash here as pretty much the same as he experienced Dash in his life and the depiction of the relationship between Dash and the two girls. Very nicely done.

Memphis has been developed successfully as the demon bent on destroying Sophia and all connected to her in achieving his dominance of the world and Goodwin provides him with a great degree of evilness that does make you feel creepy, especially in his mastery of the demonic practices of sorcery and necromancy.

I love the way Goodwin has introduced the angelic involvement. With one angelic character, there is a twist that I did not see coming, but once you do, it makes sense and I chuckled at the cleverness of Goodwin to include and add another layer to the plot and relationship between the characters.

I loved the ending, the final confrontation between Sophia and her band of warriors against Memphis and his demonic army and the aftermath. I did cry at the demise of one loved character and the happiness of another and how this could flow into a sequel.

All in all, the loose ends are tied up but I can see that it is possible for a fourth book in this series, especially one to follow on from this one but also to fit in with the previous two.

Goodwin has stated that The Angelic Gene has a special place in his heart and I can understand why, I can say the same for me as well. Won't forget this one in a hurry. I would love to see this made into a movie!! It would be a ripper!

The author gifted this novel to me as a Kindle edition and this has not influenced my review. I have made it known to him that this review is based entirely on my opinion and how I interpreted his novel.

The Angelic Gene: Highly Recommended


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Be sure to check out Peter's blog at http://christianfictionreviewguru.blogspot.com.au/ for other detailed reviews.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Review for The Angelic Gene

I've read the outstanding first two books in this series (Elijah Hael - The Last Judgement / Elijah Hael - The Genetic Code) and have finished the excellent third. The entire series is a winner and I hope that Goodwin has more coming down the pike.

K. Bolas (North California) review of The Angelic Gene, via Amazon US

Thanks K. Bolas, I appreciate the review.  And yes, there are more stories coming.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

The Angelic Gene paperback proof approved

The first print version, the proof copy, of The Angelic Gene.  It's been approved for publish which means the paperback will become available over the next couple of weeks through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other good book stores and distribution outlets.