"GUARDIANS OF ELIJAH'S FIRE," by Frank L. Cole, Bonneville Books, $16.99, 262 pages (f) (ages 12 and up)
Still recovering from their last adventure in “The Guardians of the Hidden Scepter,” Amber and her friends aren’t sure if they are ready to take on another. But they are swept up in a dangerous series of events that take them to Jordan, where they discover the source of Elijah’s fire. Elijah is the biblical prophet who, among other things, called down fire from heaven to burn up the offering of the priests of Baal.
Fifteen-year-old Amber receives an anonymous birthday gift — a mysterious pair of books bound in ancient leather. They contain the Old Testament's First and Second Books of Kings. She thinks she knows who sent them, but not until the story’s end does she learn the truth.
Told in first person, from Amber’s point of view, the story is fast-paced and full of action. Her friend, Trendon, a snack food junkie, provides some comic relief, but he is also a loyal and courageous young man.
Cole has loosely incorporated biblical archaeological facts and myths surrounding the Tower of Babel and Elijah’s ax, among other things, into a well-told tale. There is no offensive language or immoral behavior. However, there is violence in the form of kidnapping, stabbings, shootings and fire from heaven.
“Guardians of Elijah’s Fire” is the second in a series that validates Cole’s storytelling skills. "Guardians of the Hidden Scepter" is the first in the series.
Born and raised in Winchester, Ky., the author now lives in Utah with his wife and three children. He is also the author of the Hash Brown Winters series.
If you go ...
What: "Guardians of Elijah's Fire" book launch
Where: Tuesday, June 12, 6 p.m.
Where: Deseret Book, Fort Union Store, 1110 Fort Union Blvd., Midvale
Rosemarie Howard lives in a 100-year-old house on Main Street, Springville. She enjoys creating multimedia projects. Her website is at www.dramaticdimensions.com.