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Afloat [Paperback]

By Erin Healy (Author)
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Overview
Dark waters are rising.
There?s sabotage lurking in the waters of Eagle?s Talon, an elite floating community designed by gifted architect Vance Nolan. There?s also something else in the water?a mysterious presence friendly to some and hostile to others. And when disaster strikes, not even the saboteur expects it to be the first in a series of crushing blows.
Stranded by a flood and surrounded by unnatural darkness, a limping band of residents, builders, and investors set their sights on escape. Single mom Danielle Clement will do whatever it takes to save her young son Simeon, but she doesn?t know who to follow: her charismatic lover and aspiring politician Tony Dean, who dotes on her and her boy, or the selfless Vance, who promises protection for everyone who stays with him?based on a vision and a faith she doesn?t share.
In this watery world where everyone's secrets will eventually come to light, survival might have more to do with uncovering the truth than with getting out alive.

Publishers Description

Dark waters are rising. Who will stay afloat?

Architect Vance Nolan has crafted a marvel--shining apartments floating in the peaceful cove of a winding river. The project is partially occupied and about to make investors rich when a sinkhole gives way.

Torrential rains quickly flood the cove, leaving a handful of builders, investors, and residents cut off from the rest of the world.

The motley group is bitterly divided over how to survive.

Vance insists they wait for rescue. Developer Tony Dean wants to strike out into the darkness. And single-mom Danielle Clement, obligated to each man and desperate to protect her young son, Simeon, isn't sure which one is wiser.

Power failure, an unnatural daytime darkness, explosions, and a murder expose hidden intentions and dark histories. Then Simeon spots something strange underwater--beautiful, shifting lights in the dark depths.

In this watery world, everyone's secrets will eventually come to light. And deliverance may mean more than just getting out alive.

Another stunning exploration of the human spirit and supernatural possibilities from best-selling author Erin Healy.

"Heart-pounding suspense and unrelenting hope that will steal your breath." --Ted Dekker, "New York Times" best-selling author (for "Never Let You Go")

" "Afloat"] is full of danger, intrigue, and compelling characters. Readers will enjoy the way she intersperses supernatural elements into this action-packed novel." --"CBA Retailers and Resources"

" "Afloat"] is original and engrossing, with a unique plot and relatable characters." --"Romantic Times"

Citations And Professional Reviews
Afloat by Erin Healy has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Publishers Weekly - 03/18/2013
  • Romantic Times - 06/01/2013 page 76
  • CBA Retailers - 05/01/2013 page 40


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Item Specifications...


Pages   359
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.43" Width: 5.44" Height: 0.96"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 6, 2013
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  1401685528  
ISBN13  9781401685522  


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Publishers description for Afloat...


Dark waters are rising. Who will stay afloat?

Architect Vance Nolan has crafted a marvel--shining apartments floating in the peaceful cove of a winding river. The project is partially occupied and about to make investors rich when a sinkhole gives way.

Torrential rains quickly flood the cove, leaving a handful of builders, investors, and residents cut off from the rest of the world.

The motley group is bitterly divided over how to survive.

Vance insists they wait for rescue. Developer Tony Dean wants to strike out into the darkness. And single-mom Danielle Clement, obligated to each man and desperate to protect her young son, Simeon, isn't sure which one is wiser.

Power failure, an unnatural daytime darkness, explosions, and a murder expose hidden intentions and dark histories. Then Simeon spots something strange underwater--beautiful, shifting lights in the dark depths.

In this watery world, everyone's secrets will eventually come to light. And deliverance may mean more than just getting out alive.

Another stunning exploration of the human spirit and supernatural possibilities from best-selling author Erin Healy.

"Heart-pounding suspense and unrelenting hope that will steal your breath." --Ted Dekker, "New York Times" best-selling author (for "Never Let You Go")

" "Afloat"] is full of danger, intrigue, and compelling characters. Readers will enjoy the way she intersperses supernatural elements into this action-packed novel." --"CBA Retailers and Resources"

" "Afloat"] is original and engrossing, with a unique plot and relatable characters." --"Romantic Times"



More About Erin Healy

Erin Healy is the bestselling coauthor ofBurnandKiss(with Ted Dekker) and an award-winning editor for many bestselling authors. She owns WordWright Editorial Services, a consulting firm specializing in fiction book development. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Academy of Christian Editors. Her novels include such thrilling stories asNever Let You Go, The Baker s Wife, andStranger Things. She and her family live in Colorado."

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Fun Suspenseful Read  Nov 23, 2013
I’m thankful for the review copy of a suspenseful tale that had my full attention as I turned the pages until the wee hours of the night. This is a fast-paced, heart-felt story I had a hard time putting down. This author does a great job of meshing mystery, suspense and faith together with characters I instantly cared for!

I like how this author talks about how people respond in a tragedy. Just watching the show survivor gives viewers a peek into how the human spirit is diverse and how each of us go through the same circumstance differently.

Pete says to Vance and his Dad, “You’d think that in this day and age meteorologists would be smarter.”

“They’re not the problem,” Dad said, “the real stinker is that in this day and age we think we know more than we really do. It doesn’t hurt to be reminded now and then how little we actually control.”

Vance recalls this conversation with his brother and Dad years ago. It applied to him today as he faced the storm. Vance is the manager of this project. He knew better than anyone the layout of the buildings and how things were built. He seeks advice from his friend, Zeke. “How do I know the right thing to do?”

“The same way you have always known. You ask God. You wait. You listen for the wisdom that drowns out fear and brings peace to your heart. I think you’ve already done all this, haven’t you?” Zeke continues after he sees Vance nod, “So for now at least, you know you’re doing what you must do.”

“Is it enough?” Vance replies.

“Is it enough? That’s the question of a man who thinks that waiting is the weaker activity. But patience requires the strength of Hercules.” I’ll Amen that! I like how this author naturally weaves the spiritual thread into this novel.

This book is unlike all the disaster movies that have been out lately because of the spiritual element she brings out in the story. I also liked how this author described water as these characters are facing a flood. “In the Bible, rain could bring a destructive flood or a fall-on-you-knees relief after seven years of drought. Water could drown an enemy horde or heal a man’s leprosy. It could be turned into blood; it could be turned to wine. It harbored death and it delivered life.”

People are seeking refuge in building 12, the only completed building in this project. Each was hoping to survive as they watched the tragedy around them play out. They pondered their next move as the rains are hammering down on the building.

Single mom, Danielle Clement’s listens to her young son, Simeon tell her about the angels he saw when he was under water; before they reached a dry surface and what they said to him. Tony Dean, developer of this project and close friend of his mom don’t believe the boy. They think he’s a kid with a great imagination. What does he know about angels? But Vance and his friend Zeke’s spirits are encouraged and believe what Simeon is telling them and ask some questions.

How do people respond in the middle of a tragedy? Let me count the ways. Things get more stressful and emotional as each person’s security is threatened and/or stripped away from them all together. Each member of this small group tries to come up with a plan to combat these uncontrollable events. Through all this the author gives a peek at how God works in mysterious ways and how He’s ways are definitely not ours. “God might not reveal himself to each of us equally, or even in similar ways.”

Some people don’t take the time to stop and listen to that still small voice but plunge ahead trying to save themselves with little regard to the people around them. Some turn to God for the very first time. God uses all things in our lives for his Glory and our good if we let Him.

This book gives a peek into the supernatural powers at work around us. It also reminds us of our eternal hope in Jesus no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in. I highly recommend this novel as a book club pick; there is so much in here to talk about. It’s also a great fun and thought provoking summer read.

Nora St.Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins!
www.bookfun.org
 
Afloat by Erin Healy  Jul 21, 2013
Erin Healy’s writing is a purely brilliant, exceptionally exciting and thoroughly enjoyable. After reading House of Mercy last year, I waited with anticipation for her next thrilling suspense to be published. Here in Afloat, the writer uses various components to weave a tale that includes mystery, murder, suspicion, and supernatural along with themes such as forgiveness with restoration of relationships. The characters learn through tragedy and the constant presence of danger to see themselves as they really are, leaving them to choose whether to embrace a different path or stay the same.
Two brothers, Vance and Pete, share the loss of their father and were torn apart from each other because of unforgiveness, blame and grief. One brother, carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders, seeks solace in alcohol until Zeke shares with him the truth of the only One who is able to carry such a weight. Danielle who has been widowed two years with a little boy, Simeon, believes the lie she grew up…only rely on yourself. Now, can she let go of her selfish nature to do something that would require selflessness?
Ranier is to come and see the units that were being built to float on the water engineered by Vance. Tony, the financial backer, is selling these units at an astronomical price. However, Ranier never comes to view the unit; yet, how is it that Danielle, Tony’s executive assistant, along with a few others sees him on the property while others do not? The water that is a muddy color seems to be illuminated with silver moving objects that some people can see while others can’t. Simeon has faith in Ranier. The single cuff link that he gave to Simeon glows when all other power is cut off during a catastrophe. Now, those left on the cove have no outside contact, no electricity and help seems a million miles away.
Since the one unit, number 12, is the only one habitable, the mystery that at first is hidden begins to be revealed. Through a series of bad decisions and limited paths to travel to freedom, some people are beginning to turn on others with the hope of decreasing the number of survivors. With time running out, one man’s past becomes crystal clear and a last ditch effort may or may not keep his secret from public view.

 
Erin Healy  Jul 20, 2013
Afloat
By Erin Healy

Afloat was a book I just couldn't put down and stayed up late just because I wanted to know what happened next. While some might find it difficult to get into this wasn't the case for me. This is definitely an attention grabbing book - it grabbed mine and wouldn't let go.

Afloat is a story of redemption and second chances and is a contrast of hope and hopelessness and selfishness and selflessness.

How do we see the world and the events that shape it? For one suffering is cause for cynicism but for another it is cause for hope. Afloat takes a look at just such a situation when a series of events cause a group of people to be stranded on a floating residential complex. A fluke of nature or deliberate negligence brings the construction aspect to Vance Nolan's dream to a sudden halt. As
they attempt to leave the work site a sudden and unprecedented storm begins flooding the area. As everyone scrambles to get to safety another tragedy strikes.

Vance urges everyone to stay in the completed complex which has been constructed to withstand the situation that they now find themselves in. But Tony Dean, the projects financial backer, is determined that everyone get out as soon as possible. As the group tries to decide whom to follow, friendships and alliances are tested when it comes to trust.

Strange lights beneath the water may hold the key to what is happening to them, but not everyone can see the light. Deceit can blind us to the truth and this is the case in Afloat. This is a battle between truth and deceit and the choice you make will determine whether or not you live.

After reading The House of Mercy, I was looking forward to Afloat and I was not disappointed and would recommend this title to anyone who likes books with suspense and the supernatural. Sometimes you just need to trust in what you can't see rather than what your eyes tell you.

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review by the publisher through BookSneeze.
 

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