Although Dark Things was released in June of 2005, it is very timely in light of Barack Obama’s election as our first black president, because the story line of Dark Things deals with the conception and birth of America’s first black president.
Something tells Virginia Sills not to stay late at work. But young, pretty, black and gifted Virginia doesn’t listen, and she is brutally raped and left for dead in Washington, DC. As doctors strive to save her life, a more ferocious battle rages for her soul, because the demonic forces of Hell – the “dark things” – want her and her unborn child dead.
Virginia hears the doctors and nurses talking about likely death and wonders if it is true that she is dying, but she hears a voice in her head say emphatically, “It is not yet your appointed time to die.”
Her guardian angel Mathaniel, wounded, and with one chance left to redeem himself, is sent to protect her and the unborn child conceived during the attack, while the dark things will do anything to destroy her.
Dark Things, an action thriller by David M. Humphrey, is a story about angels, good and evil, coming to earth to battle over humans. It is an interesting book full of action and suspense, with a Peretti-esque feel to the spiritual warfare.
However, some of the cultural issues in Dark Things are dealt with a heavy hand. For instance, the reader is informed that the guardian angel must learn what it is like to be a black man in America. Furthermore, we discover the importance of the unborn child is not only that he will grow up to be a believer and president, but that he will become America’s first black president.
Dark Things would have more impact emphasizing the child, born to a black woman, would grow up to be a believer and future president, but the “first black president” is what is emphasized in at least two key places in the book. Was the baby important because of the beliefs he would hold or his color? Any strong believer who is president is cause for celebration, whether black or white, male or female.
Well written, suspenseful, and not a bad read, Dark Things is a little too political for my taste. However, I think it would make an interesting read for anyone in light of the recent election of President Barack Obama. Who knew in 2005 we would have our first black president less than four years later?
is an enjoyable, provocative, and timely book.
Author David M. Humphrey Sr has been a Bible Teacher and public speaker for over 30 years.
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