The Sect by Braxton A. Cosby

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Summary: When Ziv is recruited by the secret society known as The Sect, he finds himself cast into a perilous journey of identity, love, and hope.
As a Conduit, Ziv possesses the ability to see creatures of the night: demons. The Sect trains him along with two other trainees to be warriors of light and confront the challenges of the treacherous Quad, in order to control their fear and hone their abilities.
As an untimely love triangle emerges, Ziv must control his emotions and chase down the evil Akabod before he can destroy The Windgate and banish the entire planet into enslavement by the underworld.

PROLOGUE:
Five years ago, one night changed everything. I was out horse playing with a bunch of friends, in the streets, acting crazy. We came to an old abandoned building and decided to play a game of hide and seek. But I played hide and seek a little too well, easily ducking away from the others, making my way to the lower levels undetected. As they scouted around looking for me, I lost myself, trapped in a maze of empty rooms. Trying to find my way back, I came across another group of other teens, making such a ruckus that I couldn’t help but spy on them from a distance. But their horse playing was nothing like what we were doing. Boys. A pack of them and a lone girl, engaged in disturbing behavior.

The boys were harassing her, hands everywhere. She cried out in screams that rattled my eardrums. My hands found their way over my ears, trying their best to block out the screeches. The more hands she batted away, twice as many appeared. They pressed in, grasping and groping. One of the boys pressed harder, adding slaps and kicks, until finally ripping a few layers of clothing from her body.

That’s when the others joined in. Her screams echoed through the rooms, breaking through my hands, making it hard for me to look away. I hid in the shadows, too afraid to help, too scared to make them stop. She tried to fight back, but there were too many.

Finally I emerged from the darkness and bucked up the nerve to yell out, “Stop!” But they ignored me. Eventually, things got really heated, the girl screaming at the top of her lungs, and the boys pushing her down. That’s when something broke free inside me. It started with a quiver, then a strong tremble, until my legs shook so hard I fell backward. My head slammed the floor. I winced and closed my eyes. What I saw terrified me. It was dark but I could see everything clearly. Horrible images shrouded me in a sheath of fear. Circling each one of the boys were hideous, great and fearful beasts. They had eyes that burned like embers, claws the length of fingers, and skin like that of dragons with patches of blazing red hair all over that seemed to stand on end. Grey smoke puffed from their mouths as they spoke. Some whispered obscenities, while others screamed deplorable things, encouraging the boys to continue. I opened my eyes and gasped. My heart fluttered and I looked around the room. The beasts were gone. Only the boys and the girl remained. Taking a deep breath, I shuddered at the thought of closing them again, but I had to.

I had to know the truth.

I did. It was true. I closed my eyes again and there they were. Within the dark recesses of my eyelids, I was able to see creatures from the other side. But what were they? Ghosts?

I mustered the strength to run out of the building, screaming for help. People stared at me like I was crazy. Finally, an adult took my accusations seriously and the police arrived, but it was too late. The damage was done. The girl’s family tried to press charges, but she was high on drugs and was not able to identify the suspects. I lacked the heart to come forward and testify against them, left town for good. From then on, I knew I was different. I had a path. But how it would all play out one day was beyond me. Until now…

My thoughts on The Sect.  Take a moment and re-read that prologue again, how can you not be fascinating about this story.    Human nature is  fickle thing, the line “I lacked the heart to come forward and testify against them, left town for good”  is a solid commentary on human nature.  How often have you heard about the New Yorker that stepped over the dying man, the person that witnessed a car theft but kept walking….

Which is what Cosby is really good at, writing about human nature.   Through in a solid paranormal back ground and you have one hell of a great book.   This book was great ya’ll and I am still in awe of the fantastic writing.   Every sentence I read took me to this world, this crazy crazy world.

This is book one of The School of Ministry series, and it enters you into a world where good vs evil is a constant battle, where evil runs rampant.   Where someone has to stop evil before it is too late.  In fact, you almost feel as if Ziv, the main guy, is starting to lead a life of evil, but the sight and faith changes him.

I am not one that often will reach for a faith based novel, but I am glad I did learn of this book.  IT was well written, world building was top notch and the writing entered you into this world.    This book will leave you wanting more, it will leave you ready to jump into the next book.  There are things I need answered, there are things you will need answered.

Cosby does an amazing job of mixing the Christian faith with the paranormal which I have never really seen done before, at least successfully.

I will give you a warning though, if you sit down to read this book make sure you have ample time to read this book because you will not under any circumstances want to put this book down.  T

About the Author:
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Multi-Award Winning and #1 Amazon Bestselling Author Braxton A. Cosby creates vivid, original stories that focus on relationships and world building that brings characters to life. Braxton received a lot of his inspiration from watching the accomplishments and exploits of his famous uncle, comedic legend Bill Cosby. Braxton is the CEO of Cosby Media Productions, a full-service entertainment studio that focuses on producing content in the areas of television, film, music, radio and print media. Braxton is also an actor and radio show host. As a writer, Braxton’s novels explore the psychology of human connection, concerning themes of trust, faith and selflessness. He resides in Lawrenceville with his wife and three daughters.

Disclaimer: I did receive a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review, as always the opinions are my own.

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