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He served as "writer-in-residence" for Moody Bible Institute following his tenure as Editor of Moody Magazine and eventually vice-president of publishing for Moody Bible Institute. He served 18 years on the Moody board of trustees, 7 as chairman. He has written many children and young adult book series, including both mystery and sports-themed books.

Over a period of 13 months, he assisted Dr. From to , Jenkins was writer of the sports-themed comic strip Gil Thorp. Having been in negotiations with Tribune Media Services about the possibility of turning Jack Berrill's stories into a youth book series, he was asked to take over the writing duties of the strip when Mr. Berrill died in LaHaye , who conceived the series, handled the theological under-pinnings of his end-of-the-world series, while Jenkins handled the writing. The Left Behind series includes 16 books which have sold over 60 million copies worldwide.

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In Jerry B. The Guild promoted its writing program through annual conferences at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs and the Grand Hyatt in Denver as well as with Guild Apprentice, Journeyman, Craftsman, and Master Craftsman courses using a staff of authors and publishing professionals as mentors. Jenkins and LaHaye have been criticized for their apocalyptic beliefs, in which they assert that the end of the world is near. I will definitely be reading more of them in the future. Sam Ruiz just learned that she is a Rippler, a person who can become invisible, and she learns that someone wants her, and all others like her, dead.

This made the story very suspenseful, but the story also had 'Rippler' was such an incredible story! This made the story very suspenseful, but the story also had it's light-hearted moments. At first, I found the excerpts from Girard L'Inferne's journal a bit confusing, but towards the end of the book, they began to make sense.


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The ending didn't cover all the things that were brought up in the story. So I can't wait to read the next book, because I just have to know what happens next. Even though this book is written for a young adult audience, I think that adults would find it enjoyable as well - I know I did. I especially recommend it to those who enjoy fantasy novels. Jan 19, Abbie rated it liked it. The ability to turn invisible would be a handy power to have. It would be great for readers It's one way we wouldn't be interrupted while at crucial points of the story!

There was a few lines in the book that really made me laugh. The characters in "Rippler" are likable.

I liked Sam and Will's relationship, they were really cute together. I also really like Will and Mickie's relationship. They argued a lot, but when it came down to it, they would always be there for each other The ability to turn invisible would be a handy power to have.

They argued a lot, but when it came down to it, they would always be there for each other. It was nice to see how Mickie always accepted Will for who he was, and accepted his ability from a young age. Rippler by Cidney Swanson is a pleasant first novel, surprising in its confidence straight out of the gate. Rather the load the opening down with fifty pages of info-dumps and telling, the novel opens mis-en-scene, with main protagonist Samantha not only utilizing her power - the ability to become invisible by "rippling" out of phase with the visible world around her - but in immediate peril because of it.

As the novel opens, Sam is on a whitewater rafting team-building outing with he Rippler by Cidney Swanson is a pleasant first novel, surprising in its confidence straight out of the gate. As the novel opens, Sam is on a whitewater rafting team-building outing with her cross-country team when her power suddenly activates, making her appear to disappear and setting the team into chaos because they think she went overboard. One teammate, Will, seems to understand that she's still there and whispers some advice, and helps her out of the tough situation. It's a bold way to kick things off, because important things are happening right away, and you don't exactly know who they're happening to, or why.

All of that gets filled in as the rest of the novel unfolds, of course, but for a first-time novelist to display such courage and self-confidence bodes well for Swanson. Rippler is a paranormal romance, and fits neatly into the modern incarnation of that genre. Samantha's powers, it is explained, are actually a rare genetic disorder that is a mutation of another rare genetic disorder. The parent disorder merely causes unexplained numbness in limbs; Sam's condition goes a step further by causing her to ripple out of phase with the visible world around her.

It's an intriguing concept against which to build a mythology, and by combining it with the infamous Nazi science experiments on human test subjects, in World War II, there is a natural tapestry against which to draw villains. Swanson demonstrates a flair for building and evolving character over the course of a narrative, and her pacing is steady and even-handed, and rarely overlooks the logical consequences of character actions.

For example, as Sam is learning how to control her powers, she makes a mistake when "phasing back" into the visible world and inadvertently causes some property damage to a wall. In more careless hands, such an incident would be taken for granted, but Swanson follows through on the logical consequences of this property damage and much of the character development that follows in Sam's relationship with at least two other characters, flows from this seemingly mundane event that, in a Spider-Man story, wouldn't even be considered.

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Swanson's attention to detail and a logical flow of events is therefore a welcome addition to the paranormal romance genre. Of course, the novel is not without weaknesses. The most glaring problem with Rippler is related to both length and pacing. While the pacing of the story has a natural, unhurried feel, the novel ends just as all the pieces get put on the table. This is not atypical, unfortunately, of the modern paranormal romance series genre; the first novel is spent introducing and establishing character, while the actual plot isn't introduced until later novels.

It's a pattern established most clearly and popularly by Stephanie Meyer; her Twilight series of books contained virtually no discernible plot in the first two books, or at least none of any major impact. The real "story" of Twilight didn't pick up until the final two books. The cultural influence of Twilight has "rippled" throughout the genre ever since.

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And while it's not clear whether Meyer is a direct influence on Swanson, she has structured her first novel in a similar way. Rippler introduces villains, but there's very little in the way of major confrontations. Rippler introduces allies, but those alliances face few major tests. The groundwork for bigger conflicts and confrontations is laid, set in motion, and just as one expects that something significant is about to happen Now, please keep in mind, this is in no way an indicator that Rippler is an unpleasant read.

The prose bubbles along nicely, and those events which do happen are genuinely interesting. What is problematic is that it's just not a complete story in and of itself. It's like sitting down in a theater and, about forty minutes in, the actors come out on stage for a curtain call. It's a method many in this genre employ, and I am not opposed to cliffhangers or the idea that this novel is the first installment in a series.

Even so, how would readers have felt if Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone had wrapped up, I don't know Or, to go back in time a bit, what of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew had books that introduced a mystery, but didn't solve it until the next installment or two down the line. Now, in fairness, this is not something that should reflect solely on Swanson. This is how most paranormal romance series are written these days; it's a conceit of the genre. Unfortunately so, because it leaves a reader feeling a bit unsatisfied, I think.

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If a lesser writer had crafted Rippler, that "it's over after Act One" feel of the book would rankle a person more significantly. However, Swanson's charm in building her cast of characters is handled with enough grace that the incomplete feel of the plot is more forgivable. Will I come back for Ripple Book 2? Yes, because at the end of the novel, I find myself invested in Samantha, Will, Mickie, Syl and the rest of the characters introduced here. And frankly, I want to see what the villains introduced are capable of. But personally, I'd have felt just a bit happier, just a bit more satisfied, if Rippler had been longer, and had more of a series-opening conflict.

There's a great beginning here, and a well-developed middle. But even an installment in a series of novels needs, I think, just a bit more sense of resolution. Perhaps the second installment will deliver on that count. I certainly expect good things, given all the fine skills on display. Keeping in mind this is a first novel, I'm sure the next one from such a confident, poised writer will deliver the goods next time at an even more satisfying level.

Apr 13, Crystal Collier rated it really liked it Shelves: It was totally the invisible girl aspect of this book that caught my attention, but then when my husband asked what the book was about, I found that unlike many books with redundant concepts, this one was truly unique. He agreed that it was pretty cool, conceptually. I'll admit, I was a little put off by the journal entries which kept popping up at first.

Their relevance isn't explained until around the midway point of the book. Still, the characters drove me on. Now this isn't a supe It was totally the invisible girl aspect of this book that caught my attention, but then when my husband asked what the book was about, I found that unlike many books with redundant concepts, this one was truly unique. Now this isn't a super fast paced story. And that's okay--but be prepared for it. The action sequences aren't long or huge, but they do come. There is tension and a draw to keep reading. The developing romance between the two main characters is sweet.

Rather than form a "love triangle," that tension extends to an alienated best friend, vs a love interest. I enjoyed that aspect of the book especially. Very refreshing. So should you pick this one up? I'd say so. It's a fun read, and it's clean! Oh happy day. Content warning: Minor, infrequent cussing.