This book has been reviewed by Focus on the Family Thriving Family, a marriage and parenting magazine. It is the second book in the "Sons of Angels" series.
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During the previous year, middle-schooler Jonah Stone learned that his mom is only half human. Since her father was a fallen angel, Mom was a part of the Nephilim (Genesis 6:4). That made Jonah and his siblings, Eliza and Jeremiah, one-quarter angel, or quarterlings. Fallen angels kidnapped Mom, and angels of God (or Elohim, as He is usually called in the text) informed Jonah and Eliza they had to be the ones to save her. The kids battled evil creatures and fallen angels in disguise all over New York City. Relying on prayer and the armor of God, which manifested itself in literal ways, they freed Mom and other Nephilim from the grips of the fallen angel Abaddon.
Some time has passed from the first book to this one. The kids have faithfully practiced their angelic skills, which allow them to pass in and out of the spiritual realm. They no longer see things at face value. Angels give them messages, and fallen angels glare at them through yellow-tinted eyes, even as they walk through their daily lives.
A new school year has just begun. Angels approach Jonah on campus with an urgent message: Abaddon wants him and his siblings dead. The angels help the kids flee the school. At home, the family packs quickly, and they follow their angelic orders in order to escape to New York. The children stay in a convent with other quarterlings, while angels guard their parents in a different secret location. The angels explain the 13 quarterlings will now be part of an angel training school. They will learn battle tactics as well as spiritual disciplines such as prayer and Scripture reading.
Despite the angelic hedge of protection around the convent, Abaddon's forces break through and surround the building. The angels in charge try to devise a strategy for keeping the children safe, and everyone begins to pray, which forms a shield around the building. At the same time, Jonah begins having visions. An African woman is calling for help, the same woman he'd seen prophesying on the streets of New York City several weeks earlier. Jonah believes Elohim is saying it's up to him to save this woman from her captors.
Jonah and Eliza sneak out of the convent in search of the woman from Jonah's vision. Jeremiah and David, Jonah's roommates, follow to offer help. The kids fight fallen angels in various forms as they receive guidance from Jonah's angelic tracking device. They find the woman being guarded by fallen angels who look like Roman soldiers, and they learn she is a prophet of Elohim named Abigail. The kids rescue her, and she returns to the convent with them, just in time for the group to engage in an epic battle with angels, Nephilim, quarterlings and fallen angels.
Abigail challenges the leader of the fallen angels to a contest like that of Elijah and the prophets of Baal. The fallen angels are unable to overcome Elohim's barrier since His people are praying. After Elohim's forces win the battle, Abigail tells Jonah he, too, is a prophet. She is taken up into heaven, and Jonah and the other quarterlings enjoy a brief reunion with their Nephilim parents. An angel comes to warn them that Abaddon isn't through fighting them. The quarterlings and their angelic instructors must leave immediately for a safer location. Though Jonah and the kids are exhausted, they know it is best for everyone if they follow the road Elohim is showing them.
Fire Prophet tells the story of a spiritual battle in which modern-day Nephilim and their offspring must fight for survival. Jonah, Eliza and Jeremiah attend angel school, where they are trained in spiritual combat, biblical knowledge and practice of spiritual disciplines. Characters quote and refer to Scripture. Jonah and others pray often and receive quick, powerful answers and aid from God.
Bible stories take on modern twists, such as when the kids learn their taxi driver is Sisera, the Canaanite leader and when they face locusts like those mentioned in Revelation. The fallen angels and the prophet have a stand off similar to that of Elijah and the prophets of Baal.
Nuns run the convent where the children stay. They are described as women who have devoted their lives to serving God. The majority of the time that they appear in the story, they are praying. One of the kids' teachers at angel school is a Packistani man who came from a Muslim family. While in college, he accepted Christ as his Savior and became a pastor.
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The kids fight a number of battles, but the violence is not bloody, gory or graphic. Fallen angels don't die; they disintegrate, shatter or fall apart like broken pieces of clay.
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Lying/deception: In a hurry to rescue his brother, Jonah lies to a teacher and says his family's dog is in the hospital. Jonah and Eliza break out of the convent, which is against angelic orders, to hunt for the woman in Jonah's visions. They later pray for God's help with this mission and apologize to Him for disobeying the angels. Jeremiah and David also deceive angels so they can sneak out of the convent and help Jonah. Jonah lies to a taxi driver, telling him they're looking for a certain part of town so they can visit an aunt there. Jonah feels uncomfortable telling an outright lie.
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