YA Review – A Divine Conspiracy

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A Divine Conspiracy
(A Divine Conspiracy #1)
By Tom Bruner
Christian Young Adult Fiction
Paperback & ebook, 297 Pages
February 15, 2021

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It’s a new world for the first fifty, ever-created, Angels.

They have been brought to life for one reason. To fight evil. But no one knows what evil is or where it’s going to come from. The story takes place in Heaven another newly created estate, under construction as the Angels begin training, under the watchful eye of the Archangel, Michael, to become Guardians on a yet to be created planet called Earth. Heaven is something to behold. The Angels are mystified as they take their first tour through the new city. Incredible architecture (Skyscrapers made of seashells and white sand), birds of every color (Golden Eagles), and a city made of libraries (For those who like to read), are just a few of the sights the Angel’s experience.

We follow Adlay, one of the Angels, from his first breath, through extensive physical training, his Humanities class with Jesus, and his Worship class with a beautiful Angel named Lucifer, who immediately gives Adlay a foreboding feeling. The Angels work hard for months to improve and graduate from training. Adlay excels above everybody else in training but quickly discovers Lucifer is planning something. What he finds out, makes him question if he actually knows what is right or wrong. As the Angels near their big day, Adlay must make a difficult choice. Does he care only about graduating and moving on or does he risk everything to discover if Lucifer and evil are synonymous.

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My Review

Bruner, Tom. A Divine Conspiracy. 2021.

I am always intrigued by how authors interpret events in the Bible. I am also interested in how they perceive heaven. Tom Bruner has taken the creation of Angels and the events leading up to Lucifer being cast out of heaven and fictionalized it. I loved his description of heaven; he really made it sound enticing and like a beautiful place to live. Bruner did a great job of staying true to Scripture. There isn’t a lot in Scripture about events in heaven before the creation of Earth and I really enjoyed Tom Bruner’s perspective on the events. While he did modernize the story a bit – everything seemed plausible. I look forward to reading the rest of the books in this trilogy.

My only complaint about the book is the use of minced oaths in the speech of Angels – that just didn’t feel right to me. My copy also had some formatting or editing issues, but that did not deter from the enjoyment of the plot. 

I think that Christian middle school students and older will enjoy this fantasy-type YA novel set in heaven. 

I received a complimentary copy of A Divine Conspiracy. This is my honest review. 

About the Author

Tom Bruner appreciates books. Over one thousand read. Really. Growing up in Southern California, Tom has had a passion for reading books since his early teens. It’s all about the story is what he believes. Tired of the same vanilla spoonful every time he opened a Christian Fiction book, he decided to write, A Divine Conspiracy. This book is set in the newly created estate of Heaven. It tells the story of the creation and training of the first Angels ever to be. We follow Adlay, a newly created Angel from his first breath, through physical training and classes with Jesus and Lucifer until the day Heaven falls apart. It packs a punch. There is not a dull moment.

Tom considers taking a motley group of boys from the 7th grade through the graduation of high school with Lifegroup a church program to be his greatest accomplishment so far. That and U.S. Air Force Basic Training. That and fraternity initiation. Oh, and running a marathon without training. The boys and Tom met once a week throughout each school year. Spending six years with the same boys going through that period of their life a great adventure. Tom, an avid Christian, volunteers on Sundays at his church in the junior high ministry. Please pray for him.

Tom is a Southern California guy through and through. He loves the beach and writing books. A Divine Conspiracy is the first book in a trilogy. Tom hopes to have the second book out in six months.

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