Book Review: The Path of the Chosen Warrior by Marshalee Patterson

The Path of the Chosen Warriors
Marshalee Patterson
Publication Date: April 19, 2016
(first published November 2015)
Genre: Christian Fantasy
Staring into the eyes of the man she loves, Ruth knew that coming back home is where she will make her fondest memories with her beloved Joshua, and she was looking forward to their journey together as man and wife 
But all their plans were interrupted when they were caught up in a terrible storm and their boat crashed into an unknown area.
Although they were lost,it seemed as if it was destiny that brought them to this unfamiliar territory and until they discovered what it was and fulfilled it. It seemed that their future together would have to be put on hold. 
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At the sight of the last man’s death, he fell to his knees and shouted, to the surprise of the crowd, who didn’t even notice him standing in the entrance of the shrine while the angels wiped out the angry mob.
“Forgive me, God of these people. I see now that there is a greater power than Abaddon and I am sorry for all I have done against you,” and he fell on his knees and began weeping.
The people started rejoicing as they saw their enemies all dead and the High Priest on his knees. Some ran past him inside to free their friends. As those outside saw their friends emerge, they began cheering and embracing.
Ruth turned back towards to shrine and watched as the High Priest sobbed quietly to himself while everyone was celebrating. She walked towards him and knelt in front of him as he had done to her earlier and placing her hand upon his chin, she lifted it up to face her.
She smiled at him as she saw that there was still human love left in him. She told him to renounce Abaddon to be free of his hold. He started to renounce Abaddon and started to repeat what Ruth was saying to him to accept Jesus into his life, when suddenly his appearance changed and Ruth saw herself staring into the eyes of Abaddon himself.
Her eyes widened as she felt his hand on her throat. She grabbed his hand to free herself as she started to feel her breath diminishing. He forced her to stand as he got to his feet. Suddenly Joshua noticed she wasn’t near him and turned to see her being choked by the High Priest.
As he rushed towards him to free her, he was grabbed by the free hand of the High Priest and thrown back into the crowd, getting their attention now. They all gasped as they realized that it was no longer the High Priest but Abaddon himself. He was damn strong,” Joshua said to himself as he was helped up to his feet by someone.
As Abaddon walked more towards them, they stepped back as the sight of him was nothing they had ever seen before. Even though they saw the blackness in his eyes and felt the evil within him, they remembered the God that just saved them and they held their faith.
“Abaddon we aren’t afraid of you; our God told us that we have power over all rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness in the high places. Therefore we command you to release her and be consumed by fire,” a few shouted at him and then was joined by the rest.
They kept on calling on the fire of God to consume him and as they did the High Priest started screaming at them in the creepiest voice that made Ruth shiver. But even as she could feel breath leaving her slowly, she saw only the High Priest and tried to reach him.
“Fight him, resist him, command him to leave you in the Name of Jesus,” and at that name, she saw the switch from demon and man and back to demon and the look she got from the demon this time was deadly.

He began to squeeze her neck harder giving her little air to breathe but just enough for her to say, “The Blood of Jesus is against you Abaddon,” and with hearing that he violently threw her into the air and she landed in the river.
The people grew fiercer towards him and began to shout at him to be consumed by fire which started to burn at him causing him to scream violently, throwing the High Priest’s body to the ground. They then commanded him to loose him and die until the body of the High Priest was left motionless on the ground.
While that was happening, Brad and Joshua rushed into the river to get Ruth. She had fallen hard and was lying beneath the water. They were happy that it was a still river which prevented her body from being washed downstream.
As they lifted her from the water and laid her on the river bank, she seemed to be bleeding on the forehead. It seemed she had hit her head on a rock when she landed in the water. Ripping his shirt off Brad wrapped it around her head to stop the bleeding and then Joshua started CPR.
She hadn’t taken in a lot of water as she wasn’t under that long, so she was revived quickly, but the head injury was causing her to slip into unconsciousness. Joshua sat and pulled her into his arms and began to weep and tried to keep her conscious.
“Baby stay with me,” he said nervously, “remember we are going to have a son named David… who will love music like you do and sing like you.”
As he held her in his arms, he continued, even though his voice started to crack as the words came out, “Remember…. how you promised never to leave me….. and that we will grow old together,” he said to her and kissed her cheek.
“God, you told me she’s the one for me, you can’t take her away so soon. Let her be healed by the stripes of Jesus which He bore for her in Jesus Name,” he prayed as the tears slowly ran down his cheeks.

Held captive by Abaddon, a small town is offered a Red-sea like escape  from his malevolent hold. Filled with battle prayers, the story is a both fantasy and thriller. Based on the biblical account of Sodom and Gomorrah, this glaring noir story of sexual deviance and demonic possession portrays a vivid example of sin’s power and pull. The text provides a glimpse of how far modern society will go to indulge in inordinate desires. Yet, it offers a much needed story of hope, mercy, and redemption.

Ruth and Joshua do not take lightly the evidence of warfare in the spiritual realm. They harness the power of fasting, praise, and prayer to protect themselves and save others from sudden death. With an ever-present battle between good and evil, the demonic forces begin to threaten Ruth’s existence, yet, her desire to offer spiritual freedom to those held captive gives her strength.

This story, though predictable and filled flat characters, draws the reader in with its mystery and suspenseful action. The plot is driven by the warrior stance Ruth and Joshua assume throughout the ordeal. Patterson points the reader, quite forcefully, to the power of practicing the spiritual disciplines. Moreover, she states, through interwoven messages within her fictional prose, that the enemy (read evil forces) thrives on the reader (assumed to be a Christian) not knowing of, or understanding fully, the extent of his/her power in the spiritual realm.

While there were minor editing errors and questionable behaviors between an unmarried Christian couple, the plot was well-developed. However, the work lacks originality as it is immediately recognizable as a wholly intact Old Testament story.

Readers of Christian fiction who enjoy modernized biblical stories may find this book enlightening.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest​ review. 

About the Author

I was born in Kingston, Jamaica and always had a love for reading. It was while attending the Merl Grove High School that I discovered that I loved writing stories. Some of my favourite novels were written by Charles Dickens and Victor Hugo, as I found that I was drawn to stories that promoted good morals and values, which are great influences in building good character and qualities in us. However, after leaving high school, I went on to pursue a career in banking as a Bank Teller and didn’t follow up on my writing.

It wasn’t until I went to Italy in 2003; I started to relive the experiences and wanted to write about it. Being a Christian, I give credit to the Holy-Spirit who had greatly guided me in creating real stories that all can relate to. I write Christian Romance/Adventure books, where my characters are created out of my own experiences, with a few exceptions and this has helped me write from the heart and with a lot of love.

I hope that through my writing I can reach people with the message of hope in Christ and help restore their faith in Him. This I feel is a blessed opportunity to be chosen to be a vessel to reach people with stories of love and upliftment from a spiritual point; showing that love isn't just about sex and hopefully help many to discover ways to watch over their marriages and families. I am a lover of nature and the tranquility of it and find nature refreshing and peaceful. I enjoy different cultures especially the Spanish which I feels makes us learn to appreciate ours a little more in areas where we have been ungrateful or unappreciative. I also enjoy salsa music very much and dance it well too. I am a proud Jamaican.

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