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Kingdom Come: A Novel [Paperback]

Larry Burkett , Bunn Davis Bunn
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Jan. 9 2001
Central North Carolina hasnt seen much change in over 50 years…but suddenly people who have been there for generations are leaving the small farming settlements-lock, stock, and barrel. When massive warehouses surrounded by metal fencing seem to go up overnight, local businesses are bought out, and more than 6,000 families establish residence in a community named Kingdom Come, the FBI begins to suspect cult activity. Agent Ben Atkins is sent to investigate, and though he does sense something major happening, he is not convinced it is sinister. In fact, as he moves in for a closer look, he begins to wonder if those on the inside of Kingdom Come are working to keep evil out. But time is running short for him to discover the truth, as unexpected enemies-law enforcement agencies, media groups, and even the church hierarchy-threaten the communitys existence.

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In rural North Carolina, two sleepy hamlets have been taken over suddenly by a large, extremely organized community known as Kingdom Come. Certain that they have a cult of unprecedented proportions on their hands, FBI agents attempt to infiltrate it, find its arms cache and bring its leaders to justice. While this setup seems to promise a tense thriller, the novel instead devolves quickly into a paranoid depiction of an America in which the government and media target God-fearing Christians as public enemy number one. Although peppered with suspenseful scenes and blessed with one strong, well-developed female character, the narrative is ultimately dogged by implausibility and poor pacing. Burkett (famous for his personal finance books for Christians) and Bunn (an award-winning Christian novelist) reveal the truth about the community far too early. This at least should give them time to explain the cultish menace they describe in the first pages, but they provide only a partial accounting. The rest of the plot follows a battle between vindictive, ugly, one-dimensional villains (a few of whom do experience redemption, but it is too glibly telegraphed) and protagonists who remain unaccountable for their behavior save that they are simply obeying God's directives. The dialogue between the heroes at the end indicates that Burkett and Bunn plan to write a sequel. One hopes that it will be longer on intrigue and shorter on spiritual thriller clich s. (Jan.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Larry Burkett was the founder and president of Christian Financial Concepts, which teaches Biblical principles of money management. He authored of over seventy books, including Investing for the Future, Financial Parenting, and Business by the Book, with totals in excess of 11 million. Larry's ministry also has a monthly newsletter and two daily radio broadcasts, "Money Matters" and "How to Manage Your Money."

Davis Bunn is an internationally-acclaimed author who has sold more than four million books in fifteen languages. He has been honored with three Christy Awards and is a sought-after lecturer in the art of writing. Visit his website at davisbunn.com.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read July 29 2003
Format:Paperback
I loved this book. Could not put this book down. I recomend it to anyone that loves the lord and fiction mysteries. I have read several T. Davis Bunn books they are all great. But this book with Larry Burrket was great. I am a new christian and recomend it to all new christians.
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4.0 out of 5 stars just a great Christian Fiction book Oct. 13 2001
Format:Paperback
One of the things i've enjoyed most about reading books by T. Davis Bunn is the easy flow of his stories. This book is no different. It's a very enjoying story with a terrific Christian theme. In short, i'd recommend this book to anybody who wants to read a good fiction book where you really get to see the power of God at hand.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fine book...but I wanted more! July 4 2001
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading KINGDOM COME. Authors Burkett and Bunn have written some fine novels and have the genre pretty much perfected. This must be difficult when writing a Christian novel. You must be careful with the language and use of violence while maintaining a realistic storyline that isn't pure pabulum. In this, they have succeeded. KINGDOM COME had me wondering just who the bad guys were, what the alleged bad guys were up to, and how the situation could be resolved. All in all, a real page-turner. I only had two problems with the story. First, what was the purpose of the fence? It was the single most damning evidence that the community was most likely a cult, yet it was never adequately explained (at least to my satisfaction). Secondly, the book ended too quickly. I would have liked to read more of what eventually happened to all the major players. There was no mention at all of the despicable Miller Kedrick. That he was no Christian, though a major player in the church, was obvious from the beginning. Did he go to prison? Did he commit suicide? I think the book needed another 10 to 15 pages to tie up the loose ends and let the reader know where everyone ended up - both the good guys and the bad. I'm still happy with the book and glad I read it. I look forward to more books from Burkett/Bunn.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite up to standard May 4 2001
Format:Paperback
Kingdom Come has a plot that isn't quite what you expect... from reading the back cover. I read this book, being very fond of any fiction coming from Burkett. I was unsure about the co-author, however, and wondered if it would affect the novel. It did- significantly. It just isn't up to what I'd come to expect from Burkett. The characters are transparent, there are no surprises, other than the plot shift. And that very plot shift is gradual, therefore predictable. I kept reading, expecting (in Burkett style) to see a surprise ending. I never got it; the book ended in an anti-climatic manner, leaving me thinking the authors better stick to their own program. Pass over this book and read one of Burkett's other (and solo authored) novels. And if you are theologically inclined, skip over the book for the atrocious manner in which spiritual experience is handled at a so-called "revival." A great plot- too bad the authors never really took it where it could go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Unexpected Plot Feb. 19 2001
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This is a great book. The plot is unexpected, the events and characters unfold in a very quick pace at the end. There are some great descriptions of a personal experience with God. I was thinking the wrong thing when I started this book - I thought I already knew the plot - I was wrong - Enjoy!
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