CSFF Blog Tour: The Telling

24 Sep

The folks at the Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog tour are highlighting Mike Duran’s latest book, The Telling. Here is a little about the book:

A prophet never loses his calling, only his way.

Disfigured with a hideous scar from his stepmother, Zeph Walker lives his life in seclusion, cloistering himself in a ramshackle bookstore on the outskirts of town. But Zeph is also blessed with a gift—an uncanny ability to foresee the future,to know peoples’ deepest sins and secrets. He calls it the Telling, but he has abandoned this gift to a life of solitude, unbelief, and despair—until two detectives escort him to the county morgue where he finds his own body lying on the gurney.

On the northern fringes of Death Valley, the city of Endurance is home to llama ranches, abandoned mines, roadside attractions…and the mythical ninth gate of hell. Now, forced to investigate his own murder, Zeph discovers something even more insidious behind the urban legends and small-town eccentricities. Early miners unearthed a megalith—asacred site where spiritual and physical forces converge and where an ancient subterranean presence broods. And only Zeph can stop it.

But the scar on Zeph’s face is nothing compared to the wound on his soul. For not only has he abandoned his gift and renounced heaven, but it was his own silence that spawned the evil. Can he overcome his own despair in time to seal the ninth gate of hell?

His words unlocked something deadly,

And now the silence is killing them.



Mike Duran was a finalist in Faith in Fiction’s inaugural short story contest and was chosen as one of ten authors to be published in Infuze Magazine’s 2005 print anthology. He is author of the short story “En Route to Inferno,” which appeared in Coach’s Midnight Diner: Back from the Dead edition, and received the Editor’s Choice award for his creative nonfiction essay titled “The Ark,” published in the Summer 2.3 Issue of Relief Journal. In between blogs, he also writes a monthly column for Novel Journey and has served as editor on the Midnight Diner’s editorial team. Duran is an ordained minister and lives with his wife and four grown children in Southern California.

Visit the author’s website.

My Impressions:

I read The Telling for another blog tour a few months ago. I eagerly signed up because I had read Duran’s earlier novel The Resurrection and enjoyed the creepy suspense  along with the faith message delivered in that novel.   The Telling has creepiness in abundance and suspense galore.  It also has some wonderful, quirky and flawed characters that you come to love.  Even though I hope never to encounter the situation they found themselves in, I found their reactions to events very realistic.  Fear, doubt and unworthiness accompany the huge task they face.  And there is a great reminder from one of the bad guys that darkness feeds on our fears, lusts, and despair.  But his sneer at our feeble faith is a deception.  As seen in Zeph, Tamra, and Annie, even the smallest faith can have a big impact when we submit to God.  The thing I took away from The Telling is that going it alone is never the answer to life’s problems, big or small.  Only God can bring about the victory that we need.  I would recommend this book to all that like supernatural elements in their suspense reading.


But don’t take my word for it, there are lots of others who have read The Telling and are eager to tell you their thoughts on the novel. Also the folks on the CSFF tours offer all kinds of other insights and fun stuff as well. So check out the links below to see what all the ruckus is about.

Jim Armstrong
Noah Arsenault
Keanan Brand
Brenda Castro
Jeff Chapman
Theresa Dunlap
Victor Gentile
Nikole Hahn
Bruce Hennigan
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Emileigh Latham
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Anna Mittower
Kathleen Smith
Donna Swanson
Jessica Thomas
Steve Trower
Dona Watson
Shane Werlinger
Phyllis Wheeler


(I first received The Telling from First Wild Card Tours for a review. Here it is again! All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

10 Responses to “CSFF Blog Tour: The Telling”

  1. Bruce Hennigan September 24, 2012 at 8:42 am #

    Good review. I totally agree as I mention in my review.

    • rbclibrary September 24, 2012 at 10:05 am #

      Thanks Bruce! I stopped by your blog this morning. Looking forward to your other posts.

  2. Kathleen Smith September 24, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    I too, read the Resurrection and immediately jumped on the opportunity to review this one. I love the suspense and creepiness that Mike didn’t give away too much too soon and let the reader experience the mine last!

  3. Rebecca LuElla Miller September 24, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    Very nice review, Beckie. It’s interesting to see what different readers are taking away from this one.


  4. Lyn Perry September 24, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    Forgot to opt in, but I’ll post my review Wednesday night. 🙂

    • rbclibrary September 24, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

      looking forward to your thoughts

  5. Phyllis Wheeler September 24, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

    So glad to hear what you think!

  6. Theresa D September 26, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    I enjoyed your take on this book. It was an awesome read. Now I need to get a copy of “The Resurrection”!

    • rbclibrary September 26, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

      You will like The Resurrection too.


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