Friday, August 14, 2015

Blog Tour/Review: Call to Arms by Randy Lindsay

Joining the military had seemed like the right thing to do, but when war breaks out in Europe Robert wonders if he hasn’t made the biggest mistake of his life. The Russian juggernaut grinds its way toward Italy, the country Robert has grown to love. As one of a handful of American soldiers in the area, he must find a way to help the ragged remnants of NATO’s forces to prevent any more European nations from falling.

While back home, the rest of the Williams family struggles to protect themselves in the face of an impending civil war. The very fabric of society continues to unravel, threatening the destruction of the Constitution and the American way of life.

As Vice President, Calvin McCord continues to defy both sides of the political divide in order to find a solution to the war in Europe, the ravaging of the United States, and an espionage ring within the White House. 

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RANDY LINDSAY is a native of Arizona. He lives in Mesa with his wife, five of his nine children, and a hyper-active imagination. His wife calls him the “Storyman” because he sees everything as material for a good story. Randy’s first novel, The Gathering: End’s Beginning, was published in 2014. He has also been published in several anthologies during 2013-2014. If you want to find out more you can check him out at

I loved the first book in this series, The Gathering: End's Beginning, and was interested to see where the story would go next. The Williams family is sent to Camp Valiant to live and John is the head of security there. Life is full of challenges for all of them as there is a radio host who has people riled up against them, leading them to believe that they have a secret agenda. 

The two oldest children aren't with the rest of the family. Robert has now joined the military so he's overseas struggling with decisions he needs to make to keep himself and other soldiers safe. Sarah, now 19, refused to go with the family and has stayed behind to work. John wasn't happy with her decision but didn't fight her on it, either. Her experiences were interesting as she learned how cold and cruel the world can be.

Calvin McCord is the Vice President and still having difficulty getting to the President. His story is separate from the Williams family and their paths crossed once when he was sent out on an assignment. Something significant happens for him so it will be interesting to see if their paths cross again in the future.

I think the author does a great job in showing a scenario that feels realistic, as far as things getting worse yet some things feeling the same. Some people will heed the call to leave their homes while others won't because it won't be convenient and it will appear that things aren't that bad yet. Most apocalyptic books I read start with the destruction having already happened and this one shows the gradual descent, which is scarier, yet more fascinating, to me. 

I love how he's portrayed the Williams family and shows them as real people with honest feelings and struggles about what they can and should do. Once again, there are thought provoking discussion questions at the end. The characters are LDS so their faith is talked about and guides their actions. This is a series I plan to keep reading and I'm looking forward to seeing where Mr. Lindsay takes it from here!

My Rating=5 Stars
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

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