New Arbor Day

Rated 4.50/5 based on 4 reviews
Agee Skyler thought the biggest problem on his roadtrip were the words he hadn't said to Caitlin Moss, but four cars piled like crumpled pop cans against a rolled semi is just the edge of an attack even a Marine wasn't ready for.

Meanwhile, time's running out for Caitlin in a darkened city under siege, as refugees grow more desperate while the buildings fall. More

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Words: 104,170
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465751102
About J.S. Clark

J.S. Clark lives in southern Ohio with his wife, Alisa and their children, assorted, adopted cats, dogs, and other living paraphernalia. He does a variety of occupations, but especially enjoys cultivating their small, less-than-semi-functional farm. I guess the hip people call it ‘homesteading.’

All the while, he desires to cultivate connections and community with others in the Kingdom of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah. And he hopes that shows through in life and in those short windows when Elohim (God) gives him opportunities to write.
Evangeline is his second published fictional novel, but at the time of this publishing, he's got several more including the sequels and non-sequels and short stories, all competing for attention. Including the ongoing series Aiyela the Space Gypsy, which he is eager to return to.

Check out J.S. Clark's blog at for the latest on these and other projects and happenings, and follow him on Twitter @jsclark5768!

Though honestly, he barely has time for the blog so twitter is for other people.

Samantha Beaty is the wonderful visual artist who made the cover for "Evangeline". You can see more of her work and contact her through

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Review by: Joseph Clark on Sep. 21, 2012 :
Enjoyable read. Mr. Clark creates a decently effective thriller with this first effort. New Arbor Day unfolds quickly, immediately confronting former Marine, Aegeus "Agee" Skyler, with a bizarre vehicle pileup that soon reveals itself as only the first sign of a far greater catastrophe.

Mr. Clark does a good job of maintaining a sense of urgency throughout the book. The nature of the disaster is revealed gradually, creating a healthy suspense in the early part of the book. The author keeps Agee and the other survivors who become caught up in his journey ever on the move from threats, human and otherwise, and the stakes keep mounting right up until the end. The action rarely lulls except for the occasional passage, which usually serves to flesh out the backstory of a character.

Regarding the characters, Agee makes for a believable protagonist. Though his military training conditions him better than most for a crisis, he is never completely on top of the situations he finds himself in (at least for 90% of the book) and he's the more likeable for it. The fear, courage, anger, cynicism, and hope he displays in the situations he finds himself in all feel realistically presented. The struggle of doubt and faith he experiences throughout the book also feels authentic, not heavy-handed. Likewise, the rest of the main characters, Caitlin, Cheyenne, Wynter, all receive healthy development and feel like genuine people.

There were several issues that kept New Arbor Day from being above three stars, however. One of them is that the prose can be awkward at times and can make imagining the events harder than it should be. Another is that, although the main characters were well-developed, some of the minor characters bordered on caricature, especially those of the "evil thug" variety. As well, the development of some of the characters' "abilities" (I'm trying to avoid spoilers) seemed abrupt.

Aside from these faults, New Arbor Day is really an enjoyable, thrilling, and thoughtful book, which leaves itself wide open for a sequel. Hopefully we'll see one.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Rebecca Louise on Sep. 15, 2012 :
As a sci-fi enthusiast I really enjoyed this book. The writing style of the author is very descriptive allowing me to get fully immersed into the story. It was a riveting read that kept me guessing until the very end. Over all a good book that I would defiantly recommend.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Theressa Mangus on Sep. 15, 2012 :
I really enjoyed reading New Arbor Day. The action kicked in very quickly and kept drawing me in to read more. Mr. Clarks writing style successfully made the impossible seem very plausible. Well done.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Bekah Downing on March 27, 2012 :
This was a very different book. Christian fiction can be tired and have very predictable plots. This book was a truly intriguing blend of sci-fi with a spiritual edge. Very enjoyable and I am looking forward to more by this author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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