Tuesday, June 24, 2008

CSFF Blog Tour: Vanished Day Two

In yesterday's review of Vanished by Kathryn Mackel, I mentioned her vulnerable, believable characters. The two central characters, Jason Logan and Kaya de los Santos have both gone through rough times and because of that, they help charge up the story.

Both Jason and Kaya come from failed marriages, ones that fell apart for vastly different reasons. Both have suffered professional set-backs that Mackel reveals gradually through the telling of the story. They've both been battered and beaten down and they're now trying to put their lives back together again. And then, like I said yesterday, everyday life disappears in the wake of the bomb blast.

There are some very raw emotions lurking in their past and it helps make the story more compelling. It's refreshing to see people who are so real. These are no saints with only slightly dinged-up halos. These are people who have fallen and fallen hard and desperately in need of healing. These are people we can all relate to.

Be sure to check out what the other blog tour participants are saying:

Brandon Barr
Justin Boyer
Jackie Castle
CSFF Blog Tour
Gene Curtis
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Beth Goddard
Andrea Graham
Todd Michael Greene
Katie Hart
Christopher Hopper
Joleen Howell
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Mike Lynch
Terri Main
Shannon McNear
Melissa Meeks
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Deena Peterson
Steve Rice
Ashley Rutherford
Mirtika or Mir's Here
Chawna Schroeder
Stuart Stockton
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Linda Wichman
Laura Williams
Timothy Wise


Rebecca LuElla Miller said...

Wow, I love this perspective--looking at the characters and finding real people. What a concept for Christian fiction!

I'm enjoying your posts, John.


Kathryn Mackel said...

John, thanks so much for "getting" Kaya and Logan. They're dear to me because of their struggles, resentments, hopes...and their everyday heroism in simply doing their duty.

(Can you tell that characters do come alive for an author?)