Wednesday, July 25, 2012


AUTHOR:   Chuck Graham

About the Book  . . .

A meteor strike plunges the world into darkness. A stranger to the village of Brigos Glen restores power and light, supplied by three businesses, known as “The Company,” located beyond the forbidden mountains. The stranger reveals a plan so the Brigons can maintain the power and share the light with outlying territories, which remain shrouded in darkness.

Now, seventy years later, The Company summons six Brigons, including the young engineer Sam Mitchell, to attend a conference in the mountains of the forbidden Outlands. 

Responsible for compiling a report about Brigos Glen from his five companions, Sam learns how managers and villagers largely ignored the plan or compromised it to self-interest, forsaking their duty to share the light. They also took for granted The Company responsible for generating and transmitting the power.

In an ordeal fraught with failure, revelations, and judgment, Sam discovers the true identity behind The Company and learns the fate that may befall Brigos Glen . . . that is, unless he can stop it.

About the Author . . .                 

Chuck Graham's legal career as an attorney in private practice spanned more than thirty-one years. He represented many local, national, and international clients, acquiring intricate knowledge about the often-overlapping structures of the corporate world. He also worked against those seeking to create racial division, including the Ku Klux Klan. He has served as a member of the state bar of Georgia since 1979 and an instructor to attorneys and judges through the Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE). He received the Medallion of Appreciation from ICLE.

Chuck is also a speaker and the author of Take the Stand (Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1996) and the compilations, A Year of Encouragement (Xulon Press).

In 1997 he founded Ciloa (Christ Is Lord Of All), a ministry devoted to sharing God’s encouragement with the world and teaching those who follow Him how to encourage others. Today Chuck serves as executive director and principal author of A Note of Encouragement, a weekly e-zine reaching 175 countries.

He and Beverly, his wife of thirty-four years, have lived in Lawrenceville, a suburb of Atlanta, for fourteen years. God has blessed them with three children. In his free time, Chuck enjoys backpacking and hiking (especially on the Appalachian Trail), playing the guitar, dabbling in photography, and reading extensively about the Christian faith. 

Reader Review . . . 

The planet has been in darkness for seventy years since a meteor crashed into the planet.  Contrary to what scientists thought before the tragedy, there were survivors.  One community, Brigos Glen, survived the crash and lived in darkness until a voice offering help called out in the darkness.  

Since then, Brighten Power Authority has supplied the community with light and power.  Sam Mitchell, an engineer with The Company, has been summoned to a conference at the Heis Center in the mountains of the eastern range.  Along with Sam are Company employees, including the Senior Managers.  What they learn and how they use that knowledge could impact the future of Brigos Glen and the welfare of the people.

Chuck Graham has written an religious allegory in order to explain the mystery of the Trinity.  The question of one God but three still confuses so many today.  In The Company, Graham's main character, Sam Mitchell is on a journey of revelation.  The knowledge he gains can be applied to our lives, as well.  

In all honesty, I found some of the allegorical references to be hard to understand.  It was a good novel,and I like what he's trying to do with it, but as I said, some of the meaning is a bit obscure at times.  Still, all in all, I enjoyed the novel, and give it 4 stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Litfuse Publicity Group<> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”   



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