The Weeping God and the Book of Hope, part three in the Rising Wind series, is actually a prequel to the first two books, so not necessary to have read those first.
The lead characters, Sage Dalton and L.W. are the main character’s parents in the other Rising Wind books.
Although the characters are different and set in an earlier time period, the book’s tone is very similar. This time they discover an ancient text in a Mexican desert tomb that leads Sage, L.W., and a group of fellow explorers to Tibet, where they find themselves in the middle of a war.
Even with danger at every turn, they still manage to discover secret caves that lead them toward an elusive yet powerful ‘Book of Hope.’
First and foremost, her books have a superb cast of characters that readers can easily relate to as they care about each other, work together, and achieve a common goal, laughing together and crying together.
Second, her stories revolve around rare ancient discoveries found all around the world. Much like the great Indiana Jones films, each discovery comes with an element of danger.
The third common theme is an embracing of all world religions. Religion is somehow intertwined with each rare find that the characters make. I appreciate how Ms. Olsen always characterizes the religious elements in her stories in a positive light, as the hope of humanity rather than how most works of fiction portray religion negatively as mankind’s biggest problem.
This is a fun read filled with colorful characters and lots of action. Fans of character-driven adventure who like to learn about science, ancient civilizations, and world religions along the way will enjoy it most!
Targeted Age Group: 18+
Written by: Diane Olsen
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“A Bronze Medal-winning Author of the Christian Illumination Book Awards.”
Diane Olsen is the prolific writer and award-winning author of her debut book titled; “Ancient Ways: The Roots of Religion,” a Bronze Medal Winner awarded by “Christian Illumination Book Awards.” Diane’s debut release of “Ancient Ways” is thought-provoking and an informative look at the development and evolution of religion throughout time and a well-considered concept – the idea of a connective thread of monotheistic faith throughout history from the birth of human creation.
Her new project is the “Rising Wind” book series, with book one released titled “The Thunder Beings” in 2018. Book two was released in May of 2021 titled “Ice and Bone,” and “The Weeping God and The Book of Hope,” released June 2021. The series is based and adapted from an original screenplay Diane wrote several years ago; she has written it within a three-part book series for her readers and fans to enjoy. It is an excellent multi-cultural light Christian-themed action-adventure mystery thrill ride like no other book series.
Diane was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado; she resides in Kennewick, Washington. Diane is an Undergrad at Colorado State University Ft. Collins: Pre-vet med, Anthropology, then attended and received her BA and MA at the University of Montana, Missoula: Anthropology, Archaeology, & Paleontology.
She has proudly raised two sons Andrew and Gavin, has four grandsons Dylan, Brayden, AJ, and Asher. She is an animal lover and enjoys living in Washington State with her two girls (doggies), “Ladybug and Charlie,” along with two ancient “retired” Zebra finches, one African Black-footed Cat.
She has raised sheep and goats and about 40 other species of critter over the decades. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading good books, spending time with her grandkids, and cooking. A few of her favorite books are ‘The Book of Certitude (Kitab-i-Iqan), The Upanishads, and The Great Initiates.’
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