Review: Escape from Paradise by D. Richard Ferguson

What if an enemy captured you by controlling your desires?

Rising from the waters of a mysterious pond, Adam finds himself in a strange new world, a golden paradise. Ten years later, still obsessed with finding the pond and his way back home, Adam receives a suspicious message from an enigmatic little girl inviting him to the high country, which is at war with the golden paradise. Adam can’t avoid the war, and once captured, he and his friend Abigail must discover what holds them captive, who they can trust, and how to break free before time runs out.

D. Richard Ferguson’s Escape From Paradise is a spiritually-driven Action-Adventure Allegory, a theological detective story about to receive power from God to transform desires and restore joy. An inspirational and emotionally-gripping novel of faith, courage, and restoration, each new plot twist uncovers another layer of spiritual meaning. Prepare to be thrilled, moved, and changed by Escape from Paradise.

From the moment Adam emerges from the pond, lost and alone, to his encounter with Kailyn as he sits outside the golden city contemplating his despair, I was immersed into a world fraught with enticing lies and fleeting truths. As each faction seeks to exert control over the land and sway Adam to their side, I was pulled into the struggle with him.

Adam’s reactions, emotions, and confusion are well-drawn and true-to-life. I saw the world through Adam’s eyes and experienced his doubt and longing. I was torn between the easy, but unfulfilling life of the city and the difficult path to the cottage and banquet hall. His fears, his desires have been mine at one point or another.

There was never a point where I thought I could put the book down and walk away. The world pulled me back. I enjoyed the maps and descriptions of the high and low country and the forces that rule each. The “Great Ones” or “little ones” were intriguing as were the roaming packs of animals and the mystery of the bodies. The author’s plotting is consistent and includes a wonderful push-pull of obstacles and wins versus defeats. The story is never too depressing, nor too optimistic. As Goldilocks would say, “It’s just right!”

If you enjoy complex characters navigating a story fraught with twists and turns that has a deeper spiritual meaning, then you’ll love D. Richard Ferguson’s Escape from Paradise. Find out more about the author and his other works here.

I read this book as an ARC from Reedsy Discovery.

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