Review: Sanctuary by Pauline Creeden

Pauline Creeden
Releases: Sept. 30th 2013

In a heart-racing thriller described as Falling Skies meets The Walking Dead, Jennie struggles to find a safe place for what’s left of her family. But it seems as though there is no place sacred, no place secure. First the aliens attacked the sun, making it dimmer, weaker, and half what it used to be. Then they attacked the water supply, killing one-third of Earth’s population with a bitter contaminate. And when they unleash a new terror on humankind, the victims will wish for death, but will not find it…When the world shatters to pieces around her, will Jennie find the strength she needs to keep going?

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My Review:
If you love apocalyptic stories, this one would fit the bill. I was fortunate to get to read a beta edition of this book. Elements of the story could change prior to publication fyi.

Jennie Ransom finds herself in the middle of the apocalypse when UFO spaceships appear over cities on earth. Weeks later, everyone is trying to live a normal life but it all goes down the drain on one terrifying day.

What the heck happened? I loved this story, it was scary, creepy, and suspenseful. Absolutely the kind of zombie story that holds more realistic than some others do. It holds nothing back. There were creatures who scared the crap out of me, zombies which were true to real zombie lore and I hope I never come across either one of them.

Jennie finds herself holed up in her house with her brother Mickey and her parents when the stagnant UFO’s decide to release something new on earth: huge doglike creatures. When her mother gets bit by one of them, her father takes her to the hospital to save her life. Trying to join her parents in the hospital, Jennie discovers that people are transforming into mindless flesh eating zombies from these bites and must escape from there to find a safe place. On the run with her brother, she meets sweet pastor named Billy Crawford who, with his wife, run a church sanctuary to help others during this time of starvation and danger. She also runs into a former teacher Hugh, who sees something in Jennie that sparks something more, and his devious brother is also in tow, a womanizing prick named Brad. When their attempt to find a better place to stay alive leads them all to a military base at Fort Monroe, where they should be safe, nothing is far from the truth as the aliens continue to appear.

I can’t wait for this book to release. It’s an epic, stunning adventure with some Christian elements involved, and a definite sci-fi twist with aliens and zombies abounding. A great chilling read!


In simple language, Pauline Creeden breaks down Biblical stories and applies them to real life in new ways. Her methods of teaching have brought new light to old scriptures.

Pauline is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy.

In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.

Her articles, reviews, and devotionals have been featured in RUBY FOR WOMEN Magazine,Devotionals for Bloggers, Faith Filled Family Magazine, and Christian Fiction Book Reviews. One of Pauline’s short stories has won the CCW Short Story contest. Other short stories have been published in Fear & Trembling Magazine, Obsidian River, Free Flash Fiction, and Avenir Eclectia. An urban fantasy short will appear in The Book of Sylvari: An Anthology of Elves from Port Yonder Press, and a vampire short will appear in Monsters! from Diminished Media Group. Her novel, Catalyst, will be published by Redeeming Tree later in 2013.

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1 comment:

  1. Nice review! I really like the cover on this one. Thank you for sharing.
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