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Heading Home by John Robinson

Reviewed by Lisa Lickel

"For fans of suspense and action, and those who hung on Robinson’s previous works, Heading Home is another intriguing attempt to visualize what might happen at the end of days. It certainly is thought-provoking.."

Heading Home is the first in a new series from John Robinson, author of the Joe Box series. It is a near future Apocalyptic tale uniting Vietnam War era events with today.

From the publisher: No one knows the day or the hour of Jesus’ return. But what if you knew the week? When every Christian simultaneously receives a message that Christ will return within the coming week the world is thrown into stark panic. Two old friends, hardened combat veterans from the closing days of the Vietnam War, set out on a suspenseful quest to redeem that time. What they don’t know is that they—and their entire church—have been targeted for satanic annihilation.

If you knew for sure that the end of the world was coming up sometime this week, what would you do? For Nick Castle, Vietnam vet and business owner, the answer is he’d go on one last mission to catch up with his former unit and make sure they were headed in the same direction he was when that end came. Nick had turned his life over to Christ after being wounded while serving. “Ratcheting up his witness” came when he heard the enigmatic message. He enlists his brother in Christ, CT Barnes who had also been in the service, to find their former mates. What they found instead was a war that was out of this world.

Robinson had a little trouble figuring out where the story actually began, and chose a lengthy, dramatic scenario from the Vietnam War combat unit’s mission to rescue survivors of a doomed outpost. He switches to the modern day battle for Nick’s family business, then back again to try and tie up some loose threads. I could have easily started at chapter 18 and enjoyed the images of the two time periods intertwined from there. Each chapter is short, just a couple pages, and Robinson uses plenty of words to tell the story. His descriptions of the men’s battles were particularly gripping and his dialogue entertaining.

Robinson doesn’t mince gore, suggestive language or racial joking mockery, which may offend some readers. As in the thriller genre, the story is told mostly through action and tension, leaving the characters’ messy internal emotions for the reader to guess at. For fans of suspense and action, and those who hung on Robinson’s previous works, Heading Home is another intriguing attempt to visualize what might happen at the end of days. It certainly is thought-provoking.

Lisa J. LickelLisa Lickel lives in Wisconsin with her high school teacher husband in a 150-year-old Great Lakes ship captain's house. She is active in more than one historical society, belongs to writing and reading clubs and is the editor in chief of Creative Wisconsin, the magazine of Wisconsin Regional Writers. A graduate of the Christian Writer's Guild, she has written newspaper features and magazine articles, radio theater, and authored several inspirational novels. Find her online at http://lisalickel.com, http://wisconsinauthorreview.blogspot.com, http://reflectionsinhindsight.wordpress.com, and Facebook.