Harvest House Publishers
The Legend of the Firefish contains 347 pages of high adventure, blood curdling violence, a complicated but engrossing plot, and exciting Christian growth and ideas. George Bryan Polivka’s characters are set in the past in this fantasy tale, yet are very recognizable to today’s reader.
Packer has tried several ways to serve God, never quite achieving any of them. Now he is off on a pirate ship to help his poor village become richer – or at least that’s what he tells himself. Panna, who has waited patiently for him to come back and marry her, decides her best course is to follow him and gets embroiled in her own wild adventure. Along the way, readers meet a cast of good, bad, indifferent, very changeable, and completely human people. And all of this is in pursuit of a Leviathan-type sea monster (from Job 3:8 and Job 41:1) who glints fire and happily eats and destroys everything in its path, or at least that’s what the characters think they are doing. Really what is happening are mighty God-filled lesson for everybody. TV script writer and author, Polivka ably keeps all these twists and turns under control and fascinating to the reader.
There is a lot of violence in this book, being caused by and being done to both male and female characters. Man’s inhumanity to man stands out strongly. Character growth is also a main thread to the plot, for both Christian and worldly personalities. Christian characters are not perfect, making many mistakes; however, they do grow in grace as the story progresses. I found myself identifying deeply with some of the characters, including the horrendously bad one. Almost classic in scope, the themes are multifarious and varied; many Christian themes are represented. Several themes archetypal to the adventure genre will be cognized, including: a special sword and swordsman; true, chaste love; a search; and extreme good versus extreme bad.
The Legend of the Firefish is the first in the Trophy Chase Trilogy. The second book, The Hand That Bears the Sword will soon be available. While Firefish can be read enjoyably for itself, it does leave many questions unanswered with new plot threads started so that the reader desires the second book.
Christians who love adventure reading will find Firefish an interesting read. – Donna Eggett, Christian Book Previews.com
Packer Throme longs to bring prosperity back to his decaying fishing village by discovering the trade secrets of a notorious pirate who hunts the legendary Firefish and sells the rare meat. Armed with the love of the priest’s daughter and a noble purpose, Packer stows away on the ship Trophy Chase bound for sea. But many tests of his faith and his resolve follow.
Will belief and vision be enough for the young man to survive?
Captivating action, dialogue, and insights into the heroic struggle of faith make this an ideal read for fans of adventure, fantasy, and well–told tales of honor.