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Dark waters are rising.There’s sabotage lurking in the waters of Eagle’s Talon, an elite floating community designed by gifted architect Vance Nolan. There’s also something else in the water—a mysterious presence friendly to some and hostile to others. And when disaster strikes, not even the saboteur expects it to be the first in a series of crushing blows.Stranded by a flDark waters are rising.There’s sabotage lurking in the waters of Eagle’s Talon, an elite floating community designed by gifted architect Vance Nolan. There’s also something else in the water—a mysterious presence friendly to some and hostile to others. And when disaster strikes, not even the saboteur expects it to be the first in a series of crushing blows.Stranded by a flood and surrounded by unnatural darkness, a limping band of residents, builders, and investors set their sights on escape. Single mom Danielle Clement will do whatever it takes to save her young son Simeon, but she doesn’t know who to follow: her charismatic lover and aspiring politician Tony Dean, who dotes on her and her boy, or the selfless Vance, who promises protection for everyone who stays with him—based on a vision and a faith she doesn’t share.In this watery world where everyone’s secrets will eventually come to light, survival might have more to do with uncovering the truth than with getting out alive....

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Afloat Reviews

  • D.M. Dutcher
    2019-03-10 15:19

    An intriguing premise goes absolutely nowhere.Vance is the lead architect of a housing complex built over a cove. His goal is to use this high-end complex to show that you can make affordable housing for the poor over water. Unfortunately things start to go wrong, and the residents of the complex get trapped in an increasingly destroyed building. The only chance seems to be for people to stay with Vance, and there are these odd lights in the water...Unfortunately the book doesn't live up to the idea. The premise is a little far-fetched. Why not just build houseboats for the poor? The idea of building fixed dwellings for people over deep water doesn't make any sense to anyone who lives by the ocean because hurricanes and storms can really wreck fixed houses even on the coast. This is forgivable, as the book starts out with the intriguing idea that there are things holding up the building under the water......but ignores that idea in favor of a really bland thriller. Again, it wouldn't have been bad if it went that route either. The idea of being trapped on a perilous house in the middle of a raging sea would be excellent drama. It just fizzles out though. If you're going to keep people in a confined space for much of the book, you really need to make them vivid characters with a lot of back-and-forth. They never really get beyond single note characters; Vance is the hero, Zeke the (view spoiler)[doomed (hide spoiler)] prophet, Dani the wife object, and a few others. The spiritual aspect is a bit confused. I'm not sure why it was so important to stay, especially when (view spoiler)[staying causes the deaths of not a few people when people start to panic. (hide spoiler)] I don't mind that God would tell people to stay close to someone to to show His power, but I'm not convinced why not just go on a raft considering how dangerous conditions were there. There's also issues with Zeke, considering that (view spoiler)[he interprets the accident that caused his blindness as from God to help a young Vance (or more darkly, as a sign for him not to let Vance slide so much) (hide spoiler)] as well as (view spoiler)[getting pointlessly murdered by another person on the condo. (hide spoiler)] It's perplexing.I can't recommend the book based on this. None of the ways it could be interesting work, and it feels like a short story stretched out to novel length.

  • Nick Duretta
    2019-03-21 18:42

    I didn't realize until I got into this novel that it was directed toward the Christian market, which definitely leaves me out. I slogged through it, however, and was grateful that the Biblical passages and Jesus stuff were far less intrusive than I was expecting. That said, this still wasn't all that great. I was never sure what was really going on. Healy isn't a bad writer, necessarily, although there's a lot of action here that is very poorly rendered (the plot seems to concern some sort apocalyptic environmental disaster that unleashes havoc on a riverside condo development). Much of it is hard to visualize or follow, and the characters are mostly one-dimensional. There are some Biblical morals about forgiveness and redemption, but none of this really made any impact on me, not even on an entertainment level.

  • Melissa
    2019-02-21 16:38

    3.5 stars. I had a very difficult time visualizing the setting and it was a huge focus of the story. Overall theme and plot exciting and good.

  • Christian Fiction Addiction
    2019-03-20 13:32

    Nestled in a sheltered cove lies a complex of unique floating apartments, providing housing for a group of eclectic residents that include single mom Danielle Clement and her son Simeon. The partially completed project is the brainchild of architect Vance Nolan, a man seeking to move beyond the tragedies of his past by bringing to life a vision of people living on the water. All is going according to plan until a sinkhole gives way. Death and destruction follow in increasing measure as torrential rains flood the cove, an unnatural darkness descends, and a man is murdered. No one knows what is real and who can be trusted. Erin Healy has again crafted a masterpiece, a novel of suspense and supernatural wonder, where nothing is as it seems. "Afloat" reminds me a bit of "Lord of the Flies", where a people become stranded together and in that crisis moment, their true colours emerge. Like all great stories, Erin Healy's book has the hero and the villains, and yet she manages to create each character with such depth that you cannot help but feel empathy for them all in their state of lostness. I admire Vance as a person of light, a man seeking to overcome his past and faithfully follow God. But probably my favourite character is the blind-man, Zeke, a man who clearly hears from God through visions he is given and through God's voice impressed upon his heart. As such he is utterly fascinating, a character I wish I could meet in real life. Afloat can be read on many different levels, perhaps first of all as a novel that will simply entertain with its intriguing plot, scenes of suspense, and its spiritual flavour. And yet as my mind mulls over its message, I find that it is really written with depth, a reminder to us all that each of us is afloat, utterly lost, except where God intervenes and reaches out his hand and offers salvation through nail-scarred hands.I walk away from this book with a deep appreciation for Erin Healy's skill in creating such a compelling read. 5 out of 5 stars.Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Thomas Nelson, for the purposes of this unbiased review.

  • Liz Terek
    2019-03-09 16:43

    Erin Healey is an award-winning author. Co-writing with Frank Peretti, she’s achieved high accolades for her work. After reading ‘Afloat’, it’s obvious why! Vance had a dream. Building elegant housing for the less fortunate was his objective. Safely fashioned, the buildings would sit atop of a river. Funding was an issue. Tony had the money to lend but different aspirations. Reluctantly, they’d become partners. Danielle is a recently widowed, single mom. Having accepted Tony’s advances in order to secure a bright albeit loveless future, she is also caught up in the building of the Eagle’s Talon community. Add to the mix a blind man & his dog, a stay at home mom, multiple children, & an assistant with an obsession about the end of the world.Disaster strikes. No one is getting in or out of Eagle’s Talon. All 3 plus a band of select others are stuck together indefinitely. Christians, atheists, children, murderers, scorned employees- all trying to survive. Electricity & water are non-existent plus the food supply is dwindling. Community secrets & confessions begin to spill. Grudges are made. Vance soon realizes that the only one he can trust is God. Now he needs to convince the others of the same. When the dust all settles, will anyone survive? Twists, decisions, and angels- this novel has it all! Completely entertaining, it’s Christ-centered, but never preachy. Each character is essential to the others & to the plot. Readers will find a piece of themselves in each individual. It is absolutely clean with no coarse language or risky scenes.I’d love to see a sequel-soon. Fans of any genre will enjoy it. Ms. Healy has made a fan out of me. ‘Afloat’ is every bit a 5 star novel. I received an eBook copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

  • Nora St Laurent
    2019-03-06 14:26

    I’m thankful for the review copy of a suspenseful tale that had my full attention as I turned the pages until the wee hours of the night. This is a fast-paced, heart-felt story I had a hard time putting down. This author does a great job of meshing mystery, suspense and faith together with characters I instantly cared for! I like how this author talks about how people respond in a tragedy. Just watching the show survivor gives viewers a peek into how the human spirit is diverse and how each of us go through the same circumstance in very different ways.Pete says to Vance and his Dad, “You’d think that in this day and age meteorologists would be smarter.”“They’re not the problem,” Dad said, “the real stinker is that in this day and age we think we know more than we really do. It doesn’t hurt to be reminded now and then how little we actually control.”Vance recalls this conversation with his brother and Dad years ago. It applied to him today as he faced the storm. Vance is the manager of this project. He knew better than anyone the layout of the buildings and how things were built. He seeks advice from his friend, Zeke. “How do I know the right thing to do?”“The same way you have always known. You ask God. You wait. You listen for the wisdom that drowns out fear and brings peace to your heart. I think you’ve already done all this, haven’t you?” Zeke continues after he sees Vance nod, “So for now at least, you know you’re doing what you must do.”“Is it enough?” Vance replies.“Is it enough? That’s the question of a man who thinks that waiting is the weaker activity. But patience requires the strength of Hercules.” I’ll Amen that! I like how this author naturally weaves the spiritual thread into this novel.This book is unlike all the disaster movies that have been out lately because of the spiritual thread she brings out in the story naturally. I also liked how this author described water as these characters are facing a flood. “In the Bible, rain could bring a destructive flood or a fall-on-you-knees relief after seven years of drought. Water could drown an enemy horde or heal a man’s leprosy. It could be turned into blood; it could be turned to wine. It harbored death and it delivered life.”People are seeking refuge in building 12, the only completed building in this project. Each was hoping to survive as they watched the tragedy around them play out. They pondered their next move as the rains are hammering down on the building.Single mom, Danielle Clement’s listens to her young son, Simeon tell her about the angels he saw when he was under water; before they reached a dry surface and what they said to him. Tony Dean, developer of this project and close friend of his mom don’t believe the boy. They think he’s a kid with a great imagination. What does he know about angels? But Vance and his friend Zeke’s spirits are encouraged and believe what Simeon is telling them and ask some questions.How do people respond in the middle of a tragedy? Let me count the ways. Things get more stressful and emotional as each person’s security is threatened and/or stripped away from them all together. Each member of this small group tries to come up with a plan to combat these uncontrollable events. Through all this the author gives a peek at how God works in mysterious ways and how He’s ways are definitely not ours. “God might not reveal himself to each of us equally, or even in similar ways.”Some people don’t take the time to stop and listen to that still small voice but plunge ahead trying to save themselves with little regard to the people around them. Some turn to God for the very first time. God uses all things in our lives for his Glory and our good if we let Him. This book gives a peek into the supernatural powers at work around us. It also reminds us of our eternal hope in Jesus no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in. I highly recommend this novel as a book club pick; there is so much in here to talk about. It’s also a great fun and thought provoking summer read.Disclosure of Material Connection: #AD Sponsored by publisher.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”Nora St.LaurentTBCN Where Book Fun Begins www.bookfun.orgThe Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com Book Fun Magazine www.bookfunmagazine.com

  • Lisa Johnson
    2019-03-18 21:28

    Title: AfloatAuthor: Erin HealyPages: 368Year: 2013Publisher: Thomas Nelson Erin Healy’s writing is a purely brilliant, exceptionally exciting and thoroughly enjoyable. After reading House of Mercy last year, I waited with anticipation for her next thrilling suspense to be published. Here in Afloat, the writer uses various components to weave a tale that includes mystery, murder, suspicion, and supernatural along with themes such as forgiveness with restoration of relationships. The characters learn through tragedy and the constant presence of danger to see themselves as they really are, leaving them to choose whether to embrace a different path or stay the same. Two brothers, Vance and Pete, share the loss of their father and were torn apart from each other because of unforgiveness, blame and grief. One brother, carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders, seeks solace in alcohol until Zeke shares with him the truth of the only One who is able to carry such a weight. Danielle who has been widowed two years with a little boy, Simeon, believes the lie she grew up…only rely on yourself. Now, can she let go of her selfish nature to do something that would require selflessness? Ranier is to come and see the units that were being built to float on the water engineered by Vance. Tony, the financial backer, is selling these units at an astronomical price. However, Ranier never comes to view the unit; yet, how is it that Danielle, Tony’s executive assistant, along with a few others sees him on the property while others do not? The water that is a muddy color seems to be illuminated with silver moving objects that some people can see while others can’t. Simeon has faith in Ranier. The single cuff link that he gave to Simeon glows when all other power is cut off during a catastrophe. Now, those left on the cove have no outside contact, no electricity and help seems a million miles away. Since the one unit, number 12, is the only one habitable, the mystery that at first is hidden begins to be revealed. Through a series of bad decisions and limited paths to travel to freedom, some people are beginning to turn on others with the hope of decreasing the number of survivors. With time running out, one man’s past becomes crystal clear and a last ditch effort may or may not keep his secret from public view. Plan to spend an afternoon lost in the pages of Afloat for there is so much more beneath the surface than what I have revealed. More characters, adventures, along with a good dose of hope will keep you turning the pages until you’re through. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself exclaiming to a friend that they have got to read this latest work of Erin Healy’s. I eagerly anticipate her next novel and sure hope it is soon! My rating 5+ stars.Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo.... Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson...

  • Jalynn Patterson
    2019-02-22 17:38

    About the Book:Dark waters are rising.There’s sabotage lurking in the waters of Eagle’s Talon, an elite floating community designed by gifted architect Vance Nolan. There’s also something else in the water—a mysterious presence friendly to some and hostile to others. And when disaster strikes, not even the saboteur expects it to be the first in a series of crushing blows.Stranded by a flood and surrounded by unnatural darkness, a limping band of residents, builders, and investors set their sights on escape. Single mom Danielle Clement will do whatever it takes to save her young son Simeon, but she doesn’t know who to follow: her charismatic lover and aspiring politician Tony Dean, who dotes on her and her boy, or the selfless Vance, who promises protection for everyone who stays with him—based on a vision and a faith she doesn’t share.In this watery world where everyone’s secrets will eventually come to light, survival might have more to do with uncovering the truth than with getting out alive.About the Author:Erin Healy is the best-selling co-author of Burn and Kiss (with Ted Dekker) and an award-winning editor for numerous best-selling authors. She has received wide acclaim for her novels Never Let You Go, The Baker's Wife, House of Mercy, and Afloat. She and her family live in Colorado. If you are interested in purchasing Afloat you can at this link.My Review: This was a unique book to read. It has very interesting plot. A subdivision of sorts built on the water, sounds fun enough, but is it? All is great until, a sinkhole threatens the virtual existence of this very unusual neighborhood.Architect Vance Nolan builds condominiums on water. And they are not little shoddy beach either. They are what he calls "elite living spaces" for wealthy owners. Vance starts to notice that the sounds of the construction crew take over for the natural sounds that you would normally hear around a body of water. Before long it is soon realized that there is a mysterious presence found there that noone had anticipated nor can anyone explain.Erin Healy is no stranger to this type of writing. She has well rounded characters and a plot that seems to take on a life of its own very quickly. Before long you are entrapped in the suspense and mystery of the cove and the supernatural happenings that have taken everyone by surprise. This book blends supernatural and spiritual to provide entertainment that is thought provoking to say the least.**Disclosure** This book was provided to me for my honest review by Litfuse.

  • Kellie
    2019-03-18 14:24

    I grew up on the many books by Frank Peretti that dealt with the supernatural. I’ve always had an interest in stuff of that nature and so was hopeful that this would be another one to add to my supernatural favorites. But whereas Afloat by Erin Healy also dealt with the supernatural, this was no Peretti.Summary of Story: in a freak accident, twelve people find themselves stranded inside of Building 12, one of the floating condo’s built by engineer Vance Nolan. As personalities collide in the wake of tragedy both natural and supernatural, along with a mystery and a murder, both Vance Nolan and single mother Danielle must come to grips with tragedies from their past as it spills out into their fight for survival. Pro’s: The concept of the story was intriguing: people thrown together in a fight for survival inside a fully furnished three-story condo…that floats. Really? And seriously? The floating condominiums sounded amazing! Despite being an aquaphobe myself, even I think I’d have liked to live in one of those marvels of engineering.Con’s: For me, the cons were easier to spot. One of them being that setting of the entire story was in such a complex area, the accidents themselves were so ginormous , the situations so huge – that I never felt I had a clear mental picture of what really happened. The small map at the front of the map was vastly important, but even with that aid, it was nearly impossible to really see the action, despite extensive (sometimes too extensive) descriptions. It was hard to keep track of the who’s who and none of the characters felt fleshed out into reality. While reading, there were hints of each character having a larger story to tell, most of which went unexplained. The supernatural aspects of the story felt forced and under developed. I felt the initial “message from God” delivered to one of the main characters towards the beginning of the book felt harsh and very “un-God-like,” dealing with more condemnation and judgment, than loving guidance and kind chastisement.Review Summary: While being a remarkable effort by the author, I felt the story was hard to understand, hard to feel a part of and larger than the imagination could adequately hold. Should I run out of room on my bookshelf in the future, this would be one of the first to go.Complimentary copy provided by Thomas Nelson and Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review.

  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith
    2019-03-04 18:39

    The one thing I love most about reading books is their uncanny ability to transport us to a place we'd never imagined we would go or experience things we would never want to but still like to be an outsider looking in. Erin Healy is a master at both of these events. In her latest suspense novel, Afloat, we meet Vance Nolan who has developed a revolutionary idea of building homes that can float inside a sheltered cover, providing the experience of an water-view home in a vastly different perspective. Originally Vance created these modular, green-friendly homes to provide alternative housing for the homeless in the small town called Eagle's Talon, so defined from the unique riverfront shape of land that houses what will be 96 modular units, in 12 buoyant buildings.The one thing lacking in all of this master build planning is the financial component and soon that appears to be solved with the backing of Tony Dean, a wealthy developer who sees these units as something larger than providing them for the homeless. He convinces Vance to build them with a higher end clientele in mind and spears heads the sales with the help of an attractive single mom, Danielle Clement and her son Simeon. Yet when a freak and unexpected storms rocks the small cove, along with a series of unexplained accidents, it seems that there is more going on that just what lies beneath the pristine waters. Darkness soon falls to those that find themselves trapped with no apparent way out.I received Afloat by Erin Healy compliments of Thomas Nelson Publishers and Litfuse Publicity Book Tours for my honest review. I received no monetary compensations for a favorable review. This is now my third book from Erin and once again she manages to captivate me right from the beginning. I was turning pages and trying to follow along while making my own guesses on what exactly was going on. There is a supernatural twist to this one that really makes you wonder about the people who come into our lives in unexpected ways and the ending is one that has you completely on the edge of your seat. I'd rate this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars in my opinion and know that I will most certainly add Erin Healy to my Must Watch List.

  • Create With Joy
    2019-03-21 13:19

    Eagle’s Talon is the type of place that most people dream about living: an elite community of floating condominiums that rise forty feet above the waters of a secluded cove. Currently under construction, they are home to a few lucky residents – at least, the residents thought they were lucky until the day the waters rose.On the day that disaster (or was that sabotage?) strikes, those trapped on the cove must band together and fight for their very survival. The problem is, everyone has competing interests and agendas all their own. Each must make choices that will impact the lives of those around them. Some will discover that past choices made by others have already profoundly altered their lives.Who can they trust?What should they believe?Are there forces at work that defy human understanding?Afloat by Erin Healy is an intriguing story about disaster and human nature. The book is full of twists and unusual turns. The story explores both the dark and redemptive sides of human nature.Overall, the book was good. At times, however, I found myself getting overwhelmed by the magnitude of the disaster. I would not classify this as a light read.Simultaneously, I found myself intrigued by the things that Danielle’s young son, Simeon, saw under the water and by Ziggy, Zeke’s pit bull service dog – the one with an overwhelming fear of the water.If you like Christian suspense novels that merge the everyday with a touch of the supernatural – check out Afloat.This review was originally published at Create With Joy.Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. I was not compensated or required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  • Ashley Martin
    2019-03-05 20:31

    Vance Nolan and Danielle Clement are both obligated to Tony Dean for different reasons with the same root: Tony's wealth. With Tony's investment, Vance has created an architectural wonder--floating apartments which line the cove of a peaceful river. But when the peace is shattered by a sudden disaster during construction, Vance, Danielle, and Tony, along with a handful of builders, investors, and residents, are forced together in a struggle to survive. As a single mother, Danielle's first priority is protecting her son, and she soon finds herself conflicted between the opposing plans of Tony and Vance. When Danielle's son Simeon sees glowing blue lights shimmering beneath the surface of the water, the lights become their one link to hope as a powerful storm rages, the world goes black, and a murder occurs in their midst. Erin has once again crafted an intricate tale of mystery, suspense, and the supernatural that captured my attention from the very start and held it through many a late night when I simply couldn't put it down. She skillfully lays the foundation, giving you just enough to keep you wondering how it will all tie together. But it isn't until the last piece is in place that you realize just how beautiful and complex the completed puzzle is. And she's outdone herself creating a unique, spine-tingling environment worthy of the big screen. Her characters possess real-life flaws and struggles and will quickly capture your heart (which for me means alternating moments of smiles and tears). Ultimately, it's the hope and redemption which is at the core of each of Erin's novels that leads to a truly fulfilling conclusion. I highly recommend Afloat to anyone looking for their next great read. It is a stunning work of fiction that will hold you captivated until the very last page.

  • Janellef
    2019-03-04 20:47

    This book was a little bit outside of my typical genre choice; there were floating silver lights, and unnatural floods and sun-darkening, and a man who appears and disappears at odd times. However, it was well-done, and I thought that the stories that were woven together about fear and faith and how our choices affect our lives and relationships were engaging and thought-provoking. Given the same situation, who would we trust? How could we make choices to protect ourselves and our children given such limited information? On the other hand, this sort of situation really revealed each person's inner character, and showed that you can hide your motives and true self for so long. My favorite quote from the book was "It was a devastating kind of grace, but maybe all new beginnings were." I think that sums up the book's impact nicely - letting go of the past and reaching for a new future is never easy, but oftentimes the only thing to do.I give this book 3 stars. Although the characters felt very true-to-life in that a lot of them weren't very likable, it made it hard to love the book. I could root for Danielle to make better choices from here out, but I couldn't applaud her choices to this point. One extra plus that the book had going for it, though, is that when I skimmed the Book Discussion questions at the end, I was impressed with their depth and the potential for meaningful conversation based upon them above and beyond the characters within the book.I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson, in exchange for my honest review.You can find my original review post here:http://readingwithteddyg.blogspot.com...

  • Dani
    2019-03-15 17:27

    Eagle's Talon is a peninsula where there are floating apartments on the water, called Building 12, which is the pride and joy of architect, Vance Nolan and investor, Tony Dean. One day tragedy strikes, and a sinkhole gives way trapping workers and residents from the world. A series of events follow and beliefs and friendships are tested. Nothing and no one is to be trusted.While I enjoyed Afloat, they were some issues that couldn't be overlooked. First, the story is told from multiple characters' point-of-views, which made it difficult to understand what was happening at times. The transitions from points-of-views were abrupt as well, which was extremely confusing to say the least. Another issue was that the beginning was rather slow paced, and I think this was because of the point-of-views and the confusion it created. Some of my other major issues had to do with characters, mostly with Danielle Clement and Tony Dean. Tony was a selfish businessman who had no morals at all. He looked out only for his interests’ and committed some unforgivable crimes. Danielle was selfish as well. She was a gold-digger and her actions and choices infuriated me. My last issue was more of a personal issue. There was a dog involved and I hate when stories, especially stories of survival, include animals. Most of the book I was worried about the dog, Ziggy, and wondering if he would make it out alive. With all that being said, I did enjoy Afloat. It was suspenseful and yet thought provoking. It is spiritually focused so if you don’t like that, be warned. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a survival story.

  • Ian
    2019-03-14 16:44

    I love a novel that stays in my mind long after finishing it. This is one of those novels.Healy powerfully blends natural disaster, murder and the supernatural to compose a fascinating multi-layered story. Her mastery of the writing craft and ability to create intriguing multi-dimensional characters make Afloat a compelling read.Even though the action commenced immediately, it took me a while to absorb the complexity surrounding the disaster and the introduction of many characters. I enjoyed this detail even though there were times when I found it challenging to visualize the full extent of the scene unfolding.But once the survivors are thrown together the novel really takes off. Vance Nolan is a marvelous hero. He's flawed with a troubled past, but selflessly courageous. Zeke, the blind man of faith, and a father figure, has invested years of love and wisdom in Vance and their relationship is a beautiful illustration of the power of committed friendship.Most of the characters are complex. We see their foibles, inhibitions, hopes and fears. Developer Tony Dean is an excellent antagonist. Greed, power, lust, we see it everyday, but perhaps not so well portrayed in a fictional character like Tony Dean.The reason this novel still lingers in my mind and why it is so special is there is so much to take away from it. Every reader will be grabbed by something different to ponder. And that is its' magic. Whether it's redemption, bad things do happen to good people, or sometimes faith involves staying put and waiting it out, there is so much in this novel. And I haven't even mentioned the angelic intruders.Highly recommended: 4.5 out of 5.

  • MartyAnne
    2019-03-23 15:47

    TITLE: AFLOATAUTHOR: ERIN HEALYPUBLICATION DATE: May 7 2013 AUDIENCE: ADULT, ESPECIALLY CHRISTIANREVIEW:Houses built to float,constructed to be strong in any tide, but they cannot withstand everything. Disaster strikes the equipment, and it in turn wrecks part of the buildings. Is this a sinkhole that has made the units and equipment unsteady and damaged? Or is it more sinister? The remnants of the community are trapped now that deluging floods have taken the roads, and no boats are near.Two leaders emerge in the chaos: Tony Dean, the developer and money-guy with political aspirations, who wants to leave ASAP any way possible, even if not completely safe, like building a raft.Vance Nolan, the one who had the vision for these floating homes, who wants to wait for rescue since they do not have safe ways to leaveNolan, a Christian, has also been told of a message from God that he must not fear, must stand and those who stay with him will be safe. Vance knows he cannot tell the others this, since they do not share his faith and would not embrace staying based on this. END: RESCUED, PROMISES OF SAFETY, ... ROOM FOR A FOLLOW-UP NOVELTAGS: Sabotage, Cover-up, Trapped, Major disasters, Survival, Faith, ChristianityGOODREADS: http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/sho...PERMALINK: http://martysreads.blogspot.com/2013/...

  • Linda Walters
    2019-03-03 14:32

    Great, great book; it kept my interest from start to finish. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next, or what the people were going to do or reveal. Every disaster you could think of happened in their struggle to stay alive; loved the twists and turns and the personalities of the people. There was also a murder exposed and self serving motives too that were exposed. Was God mentioned? Yes. Was scriptures mentioned? Yes. Will other people who are non-Christian enjoy the book? I would hope so, it was so skillfully written and so enjoyable, I'd hate to see them miss out on it!My rating is 5 Stars if that is the highest rating for liking a book. Wish I could give it more. I will be looking at more books from this author! Man, can she write!I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

  • Joy
    2019-03-19 19:24

    Healy's novels are known for their supernatural flavor, AFLOAT is the latest and it doesn't disappoint. Vance Nolan is an architect who has constructed apartments floating on a river. After copious amounts of rain a sinkhole opens up, the few residents along with investors find themselves floating in the middle of nowhere. Disagreements arise on how to get back to dry land with the rest of the world. Strange things begin to happen... total darkness in the daytime... lights coming from underneath the water. After two deaths occur they are at their wit's end. I'll stop there as I don't want to give away too much of the story. This is an awesome book, with enough suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat. The characters are so different that they actually fit well together! Well written, fast paced, eerie...you'll love it! 5 out of 5 stars!! I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Anna
    2019-02-23 13:44

    I found this book confusing and seemed very scattered in what the point or theme was supposed to be. Was it a book about a disaster, or about good versus evil.? I unfortunately found no real connection with the characters. Disappointing.

  • Marilyn
    2019-03-22 13:33

    Wonderful book! I loved this Christian mystery/thriller! I will write a review of it as soon as possible.

  • David Rough
    2019-03-20 14:47

    I liked this book although I found the constant emergency setting to be a little confusing. The author's explanations were sometimes difficult to picture. The angelic intervention seemed a bit over-the-top for my taste of great unseen spiritual dimensions of life. The ending was well done with a clarity of the story's threads coming together.

  • Renn Shearin
    2019-03-01 17:40

    Who will you trust when dark waters rise? Eagle’s Talon is an architectural marvel—shining residential units afloat in a protected cove of the gorgeous Rondeau River. The project is nearly complete, partially occupied, and ready to make investors rich when a sinkhole gives way. Then torrential rains and a flood leave a ragged collection of builders, investors, and residents stranded in one floating building, cut off from the rest of the world. They’re bitterly divided over what to do next. Architect Vance Nolan insists they should sit tight and wait for rescue. Developer Tony Dean wants to strike out into the darkness. And single mom Danielle Clement, desperate to protect her young son, Simeon, struggles to hold their motley band together. Power failure, a pall of unnatural daytime darkness, explosions in the distance, then a murder ratchet tensions to a boiling point. But Danielle’s young son, Simeon, has spotted something strange underwater—beautiful, shifting lights in the dark water below. In this watery world where everyone's secrets will eventually come to light, salvation may mean more than just getting out alive. Afloat by Erin Healy was an exciting and thought provoking novel that I enjoyed immensely. The plot line was interesting and moved at a fast but smooth pace. The story was intriguing and filled with mystery, romance, danger, and the battle between evil and good. The storyline was filled with unexpected twists and turns that left me with no idea what was going to happen next. The story was told from several different characters' view points, which allowed the reader to have an idea of what different characters were thinking and how they viewed certain events. The plot also included flashbacks to a defining moment in Vance's life and allowed the reader to see how God redeemed even the darkest events when Vance turned to the Lord. As a distinct contrast to this redemption, one of the other characters allowed one mistake to draw him into darkness, despair and finally murder, instead of turning to God for forgiveness and mercy.The characters of Afloat were realistic and well developed. I enjoyed seeing the characters, especially Danielle and Vance, grow and learn from their mistakes and surroundings as they were trapped and as tensions grew stronger. Vance was a very complex character who not only grew throughout the course of the novel but the reader also was allowed to see his growth as he relived his past mistakes and tragedies. The final culmination of these past events was very heartwarming to see. I also enjoyed the spiritual elements of the novel and experiencing the hidden spiritual battle that was also occurring.Overall, I really enjoyed Erin Healy's Afloat, and I would highly recommend any of her novels to a reader looking for a powerful, interesting, and spiritually focused novel.I received this novel for free from Thomas Nelson Books and Booksneeze.com in exchange for an honest review. See and follow my blog, http://hearttoheartbooks.blogspot.com for of my reviews!

  • Tammi
    2019-03-22 20:20

    Afloat by Erin HealyWho Can You Trust?Afloat isn’t the genre that I would typically choose, but the description and trailer intrigued me. While I was thinking about what I would write about Afloat, I was telling my husband about it and compared it to some of Frank Peretti’s books. Eagle's Talon is a new housing development that is built directly on the water. Although many of the buildings aren't finished, Building 12 is and has residents living in four of its eight units. Without warning a beautiful day is fractured with death and destruction when a crane suddenly collapses; leaving the people within the cove of Eagle's Talon trying to figure out what happened to cause the crane to collapse. Was it an accident or something more sinister? Is anyone safe? Vance Nolan is the architect who dreamed up and designed Eagle’s Talon. His plan was for it to become housing for low income people, but when he couldn’t secure the funding needed for the project an acquaintance suggested he talk to Tony Dean. As a final try to bring his dream to fruition he successfully proposed his idea to the developer.Tony Dean is a man not to be trifled with. His money commands respect, but the man must have control over everything within his reach. No matter the cost to him or others. When the crane collapses he wants to assign blame, without an investigation, and orders Vance to do the dirty work. Vance wants to learn the truth and to keep everyone safe. The construction workers were sent home, but not everyone made it across the isthmus before the heavy rains and flooding cut Eagle’s Talon off from the land.Danielle Clement, a widow and single mother lives in Building 12 with her 5 year-old son. She was hired by Tony Dean to show and sell units to perspective buyers. When the crane hits their balcony and Danielle, and her son, Simeon, fall into the water, Simeon notices some strange lights. What are they?Zeke Hammond is a blind man with a message for Vance. He and his dog Ziggy join the group and try to help in any way possible. As darkness falls and the power fails, will people listen to Vance and his message that all who stay will be safe, or will they follow Tony and his order that everyone would be safer if they leave? Will the truth come to light?I enjoyed Afloat, and getting to know the characters, some I really liked (Vance, Danielle, and especially Simeon), as well as those that I didn’t (Tony). As the action began the pages kept turning and kept me on my toes, guessing what would happen next. Who, if anyone was to blame for the crane accident, and what was the connection between these people? **Afloat by Erin Healy was provided for me free by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.

  • Amber
    2019-03-11 21:23

    Afloat is a stunningly, honest examination of the selfishness that is found within the human heart. We are given the opportunity to see how a group of very different people react to the chance of replacing their selfishness with selflessness (love). This is an edge-of-your-seat thriller chock full of the most delicious twists and turns that brings about the most unexpected and heart-soaring ended. You will have to read this hauntingly moving story in order to experience it for yourself.The two main characters that this story revolves around would seem to be the most ordinary people that you would meet on the street. Unfortunately, life has thrown them some wicked curve balls, and they have both tried to pull themselves back up on their feet but through two very different methods. While Vance has come to rely on God through the compassionate and loving help from his friend and mentor Zeke, Danielle has come to rely on a questionable local business man named Tony to help her get out of her life-altering misery. If anyone would examine the lives of Vance and Danielle, they would undoubtedly conclude that they were over the hump and back on track to getting their life back, but underneath the surface, things aren’t quite as happy and perfect for either one as some would assume.Vance has kept his mind busy in building the perfect inhabitable living structure that will float on water inside of a small cove. His dream is to offer this new housing to the homeless and those who can’t afford proper housing. However, in his search for funding, his dream is forcibly redesigned into offering these living spaces to the wealthy in order to make a profit after construction is complete. Danielle’s boss Tony who seeks to make life easier for her, pulls her farther and farther into his sticky web of deceptive advertising for Vance’s new housing for the wealthy. She works hard for him to show her appreciation, but her heart is somewhere else. She wonders how long she can keep up this pretense without Tony figuring out that it is not real.This story will pull you under the surface as its once beautifully calm depths transform into a raging, life-altering trial. Just when all hope is lost, we see our redemption swoop in to carry us away, but we must still our heart and listen to that small voice. If we aren’t quiet we will miss the life-saving instructions from our Rescuer and risk being swept away by the waves of confusion and chaos. This story belongs to those whose minds and hearts can’t be easily stilled. It will bring such a hope that even they can’t deny or turn away from. I pray you will open your heart to what the Lord would should you as you take part of this hair-raising, heart-refining journey.

  • Emma
    2019-03-22 15:43

    It seems like the perfect community. And of course, floating houses are a draw all their own. But Eagle’s Talon had problem long before the work crew hit a sink hole. Now with the world in chaos, unnatural strangers delivering messages from God, and lights shining deep in the water, a small group of people must try to navigate dark waters. And getting out alive doesn’t necessarily equate with survival.When it comes to the supernatural, it is difficult to find a balance. Here in the US, we tend to spend a lot of time falling into the ditches on both sides of the road and very little time actually on the narrow strip of asphalt. Mostly, it seems that in our imperialistic and capitalistic society it is much too easy to forget about the element of “other.” When we do acknowledge it, it is often in term of either days past or the sort of thing you see other places. And it’s very easy to overcorrect off the other side of the road and attribute the spiritual too much power and reverence. In short, spiritual forces outside the realms of fantasy are a tricky subject.Which is why I’m coming to enjoy Erin Healy’s books more and more. She weaves the supernatural into our mundane lives very naturally. She allows there to be other forces at work, but the glimpses her character catch of them are always brief and often never fully explained. Often, there is a great variation in how the events are perceived by different people. What is a miracle to one is a stroke of luck to another. In Afloat, it is a child who first sees that they are not alone.Often supernatural stories take place on a cosmic scale. Afloat brings things much more up close and personal. It takes a small cast, in an isolated area, and adds angels. In fact, I think the story works best because of how removed the little community is. The entire plot rests on the characters’ shoulder, and whether the book sinks or swims depends on the reader’s ability to connect to the people in it. I personally thought the characters were superbly drawn and became very invested even in individuals I didn’t necessarily connect with.If you’re looking for a summer beach read, Alfoat might not be the best choice. It’s detail driven and if you miss even something small, it can be quite frustrating. However, it’s a definite page turner that only solidifies Erin Healy’s position as one of the best supernatural suspense writers.My thanks to Booksneeze for providing me a copy of Afloat in return for my honest opinion of the book.

  • L_manning
    2019-03-15 13:26

    Eagle's Talon is a very unique place. Built entirely over water, it's like an oasis away from everyone else. One building is occupied while the rest are being built when tragedy strikes. First a sinkhole appears out of nowhere, almost killing a number of people. Next a storm like no other hits, flooding the site and stranding the people who didn't get swept away. Now the people there must fight to survive, but as secrets start to be revealed the surviving seems to become much more difficult. Everyone is hiding something at a time when trust is vital. On top of that people have been seeing mysterious glowing things in the water below them. What does this mean for the survivors? Will they be able to pull through it all?This book was very different from what I expected. There were so many elements to it. I found it a little difficult to get into initially. I didn't really understand the technical parts of the buildings, but the book really wastes no time when getting to the meat of the story. I thought I was being given a ton of back story on the characters initially, but then I discovered that they had secrets even beyond what I knew. This added a lot of depth to the story. There is also a fair amount of "action" as it were. With the sinkhole then flood, there are a lot of things going on. Also, people are not spared from the destruction. It really ends up being a tragedy all around.Beside the human aspect to the book, there is also a bit of the supernatural. This takes the form of mysterious glowing things that some people are seeing in the water. Rather than being frightening though, they seem to be helping the people to find their way and survive. You find out rather early on though what these are, but that really didn't take away from the impact for me. This book is full of suspense and atmosphere. You really get a sense of how difficult it is for these people in the harsh circumstances they find themselves in. I almost didn't want to read it at night, but then I am not really friends with the water so it creeped me out even more. If you are looking for a suspenseful yet thoughtful book, check this one out.Book provided for review.

  • Jim
    2019-03-16 15:35

    Having read Erin Healy's The Baker's Wife and House of Mercy and enjoying both of them, I looked forward to Afloat. I was not disappointed.Set in a cutting edge housing development along a river, Afloat takes us again into the human soul, and to, as Healy notes on her website, "thin places, a Celtic name for locations in the world where the veil between physical and spiritual realities is so delicate that a person can see through it." The result is a novel about God's supernatural grace against the backdrop of natural disasters which create stress fractures within people and between people.Vance Nolan has partnered with Tony Dean to create a unique set of apartments along a river's edge. Upscale and nearly complete, Eagle's Talon is a construction dream. Then a sinkhole causes havoc and death. Then a tanker runs aground on the river and drops an unknown substance into the water, earthquakes occur due to a volcanic eruption in the American West (not known to the main characters until later), and the power outages and apocalyptic change in the weather that follow create an unsettling environment which reflect the turbulence and ambiguity in the relationships of the Eagle's Talon survivors who are cut off from contact with outside world. As you follow the anxious and literally dark moments with Vance, Tony, and company, there are surprises at every turn as the truth (and truths) about their pasts, come out. Shame, guilt, lying, and blackmail are brought into the light. But alongside such revelations are people who message God's grace and forgiveness as well as natural phenomenon that offer life giving reminders and aid of divine help.I liked this novel because it brings out both the truth of human fallibleness and the reality of divine help and salvation in a unique way. Healy creates honest characters who reflect the ambiguity we all have when it comes to matters of the heart... and soul. I think that anyone who reads it will get a glimpse of themselves and also God's grace often offered to us in the words and actions of those who are closest to us.

  • Meagan Myhren-bennett
    2019-03-09 19:18

    AfloatBy Erin HealyAfloat was a book I just couldn't put down and stayed up late just because I wanted to know what happened next. While some might find it difficult to get into this wasn't the case for me. This is definitely an attention grabbing book - it grabbed mine and wouldn't let go.Afloat is a story of redemption and second chances and is a contrast of hope and hopelessness and selfishness and selflessness. How do we see the world and the events that shape it? For one suffering is cause for cynicism but for another it is cause for hope. Afloat takes a look at just such a situation when a series of events cause a group of people to be stranded on a floating residential complex. A fluke of nature or deliberate negligence brings the construction aspect to Vance Nolan's dream to a sudden halt. As they attempt to leave the work site a sudden and unprecedented storm begins flooding the area. As everyone scrambles to get to safety another tragedy strikes. Vance urges everyone to stay in the completed complex which has been constructed to withstand the situation that they now find themselves in. But Tony Dean, the projects financial backer, is determined that everyone get out as soon as possible. As the group tries to decide whom to follow, friendships and alliances are tested when it comes to trust. Strange lights beneath the water may hold the key to what is happening to them, but not everyone can see the light. Deceit can blind us to the truth and this is the case in Afloat. This is a battle between truth and deceit and the choice you make will determine whether or not you live. After reading The House of Mercy, I was looking forward to Afloat and I was not disappointed and would recommend this title to anyone who likes books with suspense and the supernatural. Sometimes you just need to trust in what you can't see rather than what your eyes tell you.I was provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review by the publisher through BookSneeze.

  • E.A. West
    2019-03-09 17:42

    Vance Nolan designed floating housing with the goal of providing affordable housing for the poor and homeless. Tony Dean finances the project and then turns the floating condos into an exclusive housing development for the wealthy. Danielle Clement is a single mom struggling to find her way after the death of her husband, and both Vance and Tony want her for their own. When disaster strikes the floating neighborhood of Eagle’s Talon, everybody who gets trapped by rising floodwater must set aside their differences if they want to survive.I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first started reading Afloat, but what I got was a complex mystery, supernatural elements, suspense, and a new way to view Psalm 119 all wrapped up in an almost apocalyptic setting. Between the eclectic cast of characters, mysterious events, and revelations about what brought several of the characters to Eagle’s Talon, the story pulled me in and made it difficult to put the book down. The plot contained so many twists and turns that I couldn’t even begin to guess what might happen next. Every time I thought things couldn’t get worse for those stranded in building 12, it did. Yet through Vance, his old friend Zeke, and Danielle’s five-year-old son Simeon, it was impossible to not hope everything would turn out all right in the end.Ms. Healy did an amazing job of showing the battle between good and evil, as well as God’s faithfulness even in the worst situations. The contrast between selfishness and love, which creates selflessness, is artfully woven throughout the story. I particularly enjoyed the way Ms. Healy applied verses from Psalm 119 to events in the story and used them to give Vance strength when his faith struggled. If you enjoy suspense or speculative fiction, you’ll enjoy Afloat.Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This review is based solely on the contents of the book and my experience reading it.

  • Iola
    2019-03-05 16:28

    It’s an intriguing idea: a subdivision built on the water, apartments literally floating on concrete-covered foam blocks anchored to the sea shore. Vance Nolan, the architect and designer, originally conceived Eagle’s Talon as a way of providing low-cost housing to the needy, but he couldn’t raise the cash. Instead, investors like Tony Dean are decorating and furnishing the apartments to the highest specifications and pricing them to get rich—and using Danielle Clement, a pretty single mom, to make his sales.But one fine day the unthinkable happens. One of the pylons gives way and several apartments fall into the Rondeau River. Things get worse when a storm comes, cutting off their only exit to the mainland… and then cutting off their communications and electricity. Simeon, Danielle’s son, is sure they will all be safe because the pretty lights under the water told him so, but the adults are fighting over whether it is safer to leave in a jury-rigged boat or stay in a damaged building (incidentally, the phrase is jerry-built or jury-rigged, not jerry-rigged. At least, what’s what the dictionary says). The novel was well-plotted with a good amount of suspense, well-developed characters, an interesting subplot with possible supernatural elements and some very well-done flashbacks, but I did find there were some unanswered questions. Even at the end I didn’t really get what the people saw under the water, and there was a scene at the end that just came out of nowhere, in a ‘I’m not sure I believe that’ way, not a ‘wow, what a cool idea’ way. Or maybe that’s just me. I don’t mind being left to ponder an idea at the end of a novel (in fact, the best novels are the ones you are still thinking about days later), but I like to have all the plot questions answered, and Afloat left one too many unanswered questions for my liking.Thanks to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.