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Monday, July 27, 2009

ARC Arrival: Lost Mission by Athol Dickson

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Lost Mission by Athol Dickson

Publisher: Howard Books

I received this book for a First Wild Card Tour in September.

About the book: Buried beneath the dirt-poor barrios and ultra-wealthy enclaves lining the hills of southern California lies a haunting secret that will challenge one community's understanding of morality, sin, and faith.

Hundreds of years ago, an idyllic Spanish mission was hastily abandoned and buried along with the evidence of a crime. When a construction project disturbs the ruins of this beautiful structure, four unrelated people -- each having a stake in the building's fate -- get pulled into the mystery of the mission's past and presented with difficult moral choices. In every case, a greater good could be served with a compromise of some basic moral value. But their choices could also perpetuate the very crime that left the mission forgotten hundreds of years ago -- a mystery that is gradually revealed through research into a piece of art excavated at the mission site.

Lost Mission is a spiritually compelling work that captivates, entertains, and instructs. Athol Dickson's writing style has been likened to Octavia Butler's (Publishers Weekly) and Flannery O'Conner's (The New York Times), and his novels are known for their richly evocative settings, unforgettable characters, intense suspense, and unique elements of magical realism. In Lost Mission, four distinctly different individuals have to decide whether they will repeat the mistakes of the past or uphold righteousness together. (from the back cover)

About the author: Athol Dickson is an award-winning author of several novels. His Christy Award-winning novel River Rising was named one of the "Top Ten Christian Novels of 2006" by Booklist magazine. He lives in California with his wife. (from the back cover)

Lost Mission
Publisher/Publication Date: Howard Books, September 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4165-8347-9
288 pages

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