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Absence Of Faith (Volume 1)

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A book by Anthony Samuel Policastro

In this medical mystery thriller, Doctor Carson Hyll falls asleep and drives into a river and experiences one of the worst nightmares of his life. The young intern is knocked unconscious and has a negative near death experience so real, so frightening … see full wiki

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Author: Anthony Samuel Policastro
Publisher: CreateSpace
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Absence of Faith

  • Jun 19, 2009
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Absence of Faith by Anthony S. Policastro is a fascinating mixture of medical mystery and paranormal nightmare. It starts with an intriguing description of a young doctor's near-death experience. But this isn't your usual, walk-into-the-light type of thing, and soon there are people all over the small town of Ocean Village convinced they've died and gone to hell.

The story-line was intriguing enough to keep my interest, though there were incidents that stretched my credulity---which probably says more about me than about the writing. After all, I'm English; I've never lived in small-town America; the only doctors I know work in big-city hospitals; and my inter-faith experience is colored by my own multi-Christian background.

The author paints some fascinating characters with his words, fully formed before they enter the fray. Sometimes I loved this. Sometimes I just wanted him to get on with the story. But the effect is clever, leaving the reader never sure of where the enemy lies.

The portrayal of a young man falling into evil is particularly chilling; the slow seduction of experience conquering the flighty attraction of love. The scenes of a town gone wild are reminiscent of various scary movies I've seen---ah, but only in America says my English side. And the question of whether those threatened by evil will consider themselves betrayed by faith, or will continue to trust in God, is certainly an interesting one.

Satanism vs. an absence of faith. A fascinating concept. An entertaining book. And some truly haunting scenes to stay with you when the story's done.

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