The fiction- fantasy suspense novel, The Canary List by Sigmund Brouwer is based on a spiritual battle between the evil occult and goodness. The book was interesting from the first chapter, when it was revealed that the heart-broken father had visual contact with the ghost of his daughter. Although not entirely biblical in scope, it is entertaining nonetheless. The spiritual storyline was based on exisiting religious entities and concepts. Elaborate detailed scenes brought the reader into the story and the plotline. Obviously, the author did some research to add authentic religious and occult details- mixing the elements of truth and fantasy.
The author goes into extensive detail describing a fictitious, yet well woven quasi-spiritual story with some facts- weaving together fables with Catholic and spitritual traditions and the occult. In fact, the same readers that actually believed Dan Brown's intricate tales of church intrigue and conspiracy theroies in the fictional novel, The Davinci Code, may be the very same gullible readers who may believe that there may be some basis of reality to this fiction piece. As with other works, the Catholic Church with its antique traditions, deep rooted history and elaborate rituals as well as the forbidden, secret occult groups has served as a good back-drop setting for many works of horror, fiction, drama pieces and thillers in movies and novels.
The classic battle between good and evil is integrated into the story- whereas the lurking danger of an ancient antagonistic presence is always there trying to obstruct goodness. It was well written with much detail, and is sure to appeal to a varied audience. The pseudo-realistic ideas presented as well as references to ancient traditions and, writings and visions make this almost plausible for those readers who have not studied the bible truths . A troubling fact as a reader for me was that rather than seeking wisdom and information about spiritism and the occult from the bible many readers will read this book and have some confusion as to the truth about the occult. .Nevertheless, this book is well written and the detailed storyline made it such that I did not want to put the book down. As a blogger for Water Brook publishers, I recieved a free copy of this book for review from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the ideas expressed are my own.