Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (1/09)
In 'The Chosen,' a man named Gabriel is awakened from a horrific dream in which he knows he must flee his home. He contacts his siblings and also directs them to pack up and run. As Gabriel is running away, he encounters an alien, the dark angel Valkyrie. Known as the Scourge of Worlds, she has come to earth to conquer it for her queen. When Valkyrie meets Gabriel she seems to be touched by his humanity, and something within her begins to change. Realizing that her mission is no longer what she wants, Valkyrie destroys her alliance with her queen, Seraphane, also referred to as Armageddon.
“The Chosen” is an absolutely fascinating book to read. Tony Arthur has created a novel that will take you outside of the typical science fiction genres. I was really intrigued by his creative plot. He made me look at heaven and hell in a different light. He also managed to create characters that are filled with darkness, yet not truly evil. I got swept into the lives of the characters in the story. In spite of the fantasy background, their emotions and dilemmas felt very real. This is one of those novels that leaves you feeling very affected by having read it. I highly recommend it for science fiction and fantasy fans.
A Great Read, recommended by reviewer: Jan Evan Whitford, Allbooks Review (2/09)
"When you pick up this book, fasten your seatbelt because you’re in for a thrilling ride filled with page-turning adventure in a violent clash between extraterrestrial creatures in a battle for the earth. Mr. Arthur does a terrific job of portraying a new world of invasion, unlikely alliances, complex offspring and betrayal—intermingled with complex interpersonal relationships. There’s even a little steamy sex, bordering on erotica. And who could resist a book with antagonist who is a "cauldron of malevolence?"
"Good writing should be filled with lots of conflict and tension and—believe me—the author provides plenty. He puts us right there, too, with vivid sensory descriptions and crisp, scene setting narrative. Not only that, but his unusual characters leap right off the page; I particularly liked his unique dialogue between ethereal beings, the unexpected plot twists, and the complex alliances. But what I liked best was the ongoing tension."
Star Trek may be history, but Sci-Fi is alive and well. And when it comes to Sci-Fi, there’s nothing like a well-put-together story involving an alien invasion of the earth. It’s a tale that never gets old—them against us—and Tony Arthur’s new novel, The Chosen, brings this classic opposition to thrilling new heights of intrigue and terror.
When Earth is targeted for conquest by an alien power, Gabriel mysteriously receives a premonition and flees his home, just narrowly escaping the doom beginning to spread across the planet. During his flight, he encounters Valkyrie, a being who poses the gravest threat to Earth's survival. She is a galactic horror, as well as an enigma. Somehow, Gabriel manages to steer her away from her purpose.
But they must both still face her rapacious queen, Seraphane, who is not about to relinquish her ambition or tolerate betrayal. In this epic battle of wills over power and supremacy, Gabriel and Earth are caught firmly in the middle.
The Chosen is available in print through the publisher Llumina Press and Amazon. The Chosen is also available in digital media (ebook) on Amazon Kindle and right here in epub and PDF formats.