Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Blog Tour: Lost Mission


With his newest offering, Lost Mission, Athol Dickson has created a book that explores how an 18th Century crime/disease could impact lives 12 generations later.

At the very least, the manuscript will keep you hooked until the last chapter.

Using two distinct sets of points of views - the first of the 18th century priests, and the second, four main characters living in present day, Southern California, Dickson has created a novel that incorporates a variety of issues and ideas.

The present day characters include:
•  Lupe, a shopkeeper who leaves her tiny village deep in Mexico to preach in America
• Tucker, a minister wracked with guilt for loving the wrong woman
• Delano, an unimaginably wealthy man, blinded to the consequences of his grand plans; and
• Ramon, a devoted father and husband driven to a horrible discovery that changes everything

Through the entire novel, Lupe, provides the common link, hooking the reader between past and present, as her interactions with all of the characters intertwines very distinct (and different) men.

Lupe also helps link the past actions of the priests (and the subsequent collapse of their 18th Century Spanish mission) and the present day efforts of Delano to build a "dream Christian" community, disturbs the forgotten ruins - and in Dickson's words cause rich and poor alike, to confront the onslaught of "hell on earth."

So What Do I Think
It took a couple (actually four) chapters for me to get into the rhythm of  Dickson's writing style. At first, I found his method of switching between between the past and present a bit jarring. But I stuck with it.

Once I became "hooked" into the manuscript, I wanted to continue reading until I discovered the "ultimate" crime - what caused the collapse of the Spanish mission, so I could find out how it was impacting the present day lives.

The novel, at the very least, will make you think. Dickson weaves in themes of witnessing to "non Christians," immigration, Homeland security, greed, the impact a mega church can have in the world, and the disparity between rich and poor.

Bit take note: It's a novel that won't necessarily leave you with a "happy, happy, joy, joy" feeling at the end.

The novel will however, stay with you, as you examine the world created by Dickson and realize that some issues - no matter what people may tell you - are not black and white for Christians, but rather, filled with shades of grey.

It will also make you think about how you treat the service person you may find yourself interacting with - the person who cuts your lawn, cleans your business and maybe even runs your household.

It may even remind you that Jesus came to save everyone, regardless of age, race or monetary status.

It would definitely be a good book for a book club - because it will stir on a lively conversation.


More About Athol Dickson
Athol Dickson is an award-winning author of several novels. His Christy Award-winning novel River Rising was name one of the "Top Ten Christian Novel of 2006" by Booklist magazine. He lives in California with his wife. Find out more about Athol and his books by visiting his website: www.atholdickson.com.

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As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Litfuse Publicity Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

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