Three supernatural gifts. Two thousand years of division. One moment of truth. Hannah’s head hung, long brown hair in her eyes. Her face felt pasty with cold and fatigue and pain. Arms behind her back, she sat in a chair, wrists and ankles tied to the wooden frame, chair legs bolted to the floor. A cold car. A gun. Horror. Pain. Grief. Screaming. A windshield blistering with holes. Darkness. It all came over her like a flood. A pouring out of pictures in her mind. But then there was one more thing. Not an image, but a feeling–that half a continent away someone else had felt it all happening too.
The Firstborn, those gifted with Foresight, Hindsight, and Insight at the time of Christ’s death are divided between themselves. And when an Islamic holy man is murdered outside of his mosque it becomes apparent that one of the Firstborn was to blame. Now, with the threat of a terrorist attack on an unspeakable target the Firstborn are spiraling out of control. Leaders are dying, members are being kidnapped, and unity is being forced. Three heroes, differently gifted and divided must work together to thwart those who would go too far.
Their breakneck race against time plunges them into a world of danger and through a gauntlet across the United States. From the Riverwalk of San Antonio, where Devin Bathurst, John Temple, and Hannah Rice must protect one another from assassination, to the gritty streets of Washington DC, a paramilitary compound in Pennsylvania, and ultimately back to our nation’s capital, the Firstborn must unite to prevent an impending atrocity from becoming reality.
I don’t read many thrillers. I’m a happily-ever-after, sweep-you-off-your-feet kind of girl. Kidnapping, multiple near-death experiences, murder, and secret societies step outside my usual realm of fiction (not imagination, but fiction 🙂
Conlan Brown writes a riveting, intense thriller in his novel The Firstborn. His characters are compelling and the pace flows as the speed of the characters who are trying to save the world from a seemingly insurmountable evil. Taking situations which hit too close to home, Conlan Brown makes this imaginary world believable…and gripping. He also reminds us that evil doesn’t just affect us from without, but also within.
Impressive first novel.