Business-as-usual for August Adams suddenly turns deadly in Matt Bronleewe’s novel Illuminated. In an unforeseen turn of events, Adams finds himself at the mercy of the devious Xandria Muro, who threatens to have August’s son, Charlie, and mother-in-law killed if he doesn’t hand over the secrets of the rare Gutenberg Bibles. Adams knows he’ll have to work fast or he’ll never see his family again. Bronleewe creates an amazing story from start to end. The story seems to flow easily, keeping you entranced with
Bronleewe’s constant stream of building intensity and amazing sense of humor. You can feel August’s fear for his family as he works to save them, along with his anger toward Xandria and her schemes. The moment when a serial killer is ordered to “take care of” Charlie and his grandmother is one of the most unforgettable scenes in this novel.
While August Adams is feverishly searching for answers to the riddles of the Gutenberg Bibles, his son Charlie is left in the care of Grandma Rose. Things seem safe for them until they are visited by several of Xandria’s minions, including an extremely dangerous killer. It falls to the two of them to determine how to deal with these problems. Meanwhile, April, the mother of Charlie and August’s ex-wife, is arrested for suspicion of theft related to one of the stolen Gutenberg Bibles. It’s up to her to escape and get back to her home in time to rescue her family.
In this story, August Adams is shown to be a true hero. He is strong-willed, brave, and intelligent. His knowledge is the only thing keeping his family alive. Xandria has only enough patience for the secrets of the Gutenbergs to be revealed until she decides to give the order to dispose of Adams’ family. Adams regards her with noticeable dislike and can never accept the fact that she always has him right where she wants him.
Also, Bronleewe really brings out the relationship between August Adams and his son, Charlie. It is clear that August loves his son and is determined not to let anything happen to him. Charlie looks up to his father with utmost respect. April Adams doesn’t exactly see him this way. She views August as a poor role model for her son, considering how Adams isn’t exactly in the safest or most honest line of work. Their divorce seems to have troubled Charlie quite a bit, but he still hopes that perhaps his parents will be able to patch things up.
In the end, August realizes that Xandria might be part of a bigger problem: a nationwide problem. His knowledge and his wife’s courage will be needed to save their family, and eventually, the world. After reading Illuminated by Matthew Bronleewe, you will still be feeling the rush of adrenaline. This novel is filled with intense, fast-paced action and a mystery that will keep you guessing through most of the story. Illuminated is recommended to any and all who love a great thrilling tale that keeps you wanting more. – Michael Moore, Christian Book Previews.com
August Adams has failed his family before. He's sacrificed relationships in pursuit of adventure, fame, and money. Now the very lives of those he loves depend on his ability to decipher a centuries-old puzzle encrypted in the colorful hand-painted illuminations that adorn three rare Gutenberg Bibles.
It's a secret that could yield unimaginable wealth, undermine two major religions, and change the course of Western civilization. Two ruthless, ancient organizations are willing to do anything to get their hands on it. And August has the span of one transatlantic flight to figure it out. If he fails, those he holds most dear will die. If he succeeds, he'll destroy a national treasure.
The clock ticks, the suspense mounts, and the body count rises as August pits his knowledge and his love for his family against the clock, secret societies, and even Johannes Gutenberg himself.