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Ebook Details
  • 03/2020
  • 978-1-7346820-1-4 B086JJBK76
  • 218 pages
  • $11.99
Paperback Details
  • 03/2020
  • 978-1734682007
  • 216 pages
  • $15.95
Embaixador
With everything lost, a young man's desperate cry is heard who questions life itself. Unknown to him, the answer arrives as a strange foreign traveler crosses his path. With the young man set firm on ending it all, he begins an unstoppable wild free-for-all; professing to the traveler he wants to experience it all before his death. All the while his new traveler friend remains by his side throughout his spiraling downfall. As another mysterious person enters the scene, the young man is now pulled in two different directions. A friendship grows opening up a whole new world as he discovers the truths that have surrounded us from the beginning!
Reviews
Beltran’s adult debut is an unconventional work of Christian inspirational fiction. It begins as a classic cautionary tale about a young man, Caleb John McCray, who trades his blessed life—complete with a good job, beautiful wife Tiana, and delightful daughter Taylor—for an affair and some bad gambling bets. After a near tragedy pushes him to the edge, Caleb makes a rash decision that propels him straight to rock bottom. However, at his lowest hour, two strangers approach Caleb, each offering the answers and help Caleb seeks to put his life back on track. And the choice of whose help to accept will have implications not only for him but for the greater balance of good and evil.

Beltran’s novel boasts strong pacing, with short chapters that often end on a cliffhanger or ominous note, enticing readers to keep turning the pages. Surprises and plot twists abound. But in this battle for Caleb’s soul, the otherworldly war between heaven and hell and the more grounded depiction of Caleb’s downfall do not fully mesh. The first half of the narrative reads like a horror story, focused more on Caleb’s moral descent; the fantastical elements aren’t really introduced until the epic concluding battles. For his part, Caleb doesn’t seem interested in determining his own place in the mystery that presents itself during the second half of his journey. He focuses entirely on regaining his family. Consequently, it can feel as though two separate stories are being told.

Far from keeping things prim and proper, Beltran’s book includes strip clubs, gang members, and murder, and his protagonist is apt to exclaim profanities, party, and take drugs. Another distinctive element is the use of Portuguese; many of the characters are from Portugal, and much of the religious terminology is in Portuguese (including “embaixador,” which means “ambassador”). Caleb’s narration is conversational, allowing readers to envision someone relatable sitting across from them, spinning this yarn. Readers of Christian fantasy who are looking for something action-packed and outside the box will find it here.

Takeaway: This unconventional work of Christian fantasy offers a distinctive twist on the genre.

Great for fans of: Frank E. Peretti’s This Present Darkness, William P. Young’s The Shack.

Production grades
Cover: C
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: B+
Marketing copy: C

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 03/2020
  • 978-1-7346820-1-4 B086JJBK76
  • 218 pages
  • $11.99
Paperback Details
  • 03/2020
  • 978-1734682007
  • 216 pages
  • $15.95

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