Touted as a Twilight alternative for the Christian fiction market, John Olson's Powers (and Shade before it) is a "super-natural thriller filled with menace, intrigue and relentless action" according to CBA Retailers and Resources. It released last week. Visit for a free download of a comic adaptation of the book which is sure to thrill your YA crowd.

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Comment by Morlee Maynard on December 15, 2009 at 4:21pm
I’ve learned more about John B. Olson.
• Speaker and Christy-Award-winning author
• Scientist and engineer
• University lecturer
• Partner and consultant on Ben Stein's movie, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

Dr. John B. Olson is the author of six novels including Oxygen, Fossil Hunter, Shade and Powers. His books have won numerous awards including a Christy Award, several Christy finalists, a Silver Angel award, Foreword Magazine Book of the Year, and placement on the New York Public Library’s list, Books for the Teen Age.

John earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and did postdoctoral research at the University of California at San Francisco before moving onto the position of director and principal scientist at a major scientific software company. He has spoken to college students all over the country on topics involving faith and currently works full-time as a writer and speaker.

One of Olson’s target audience is the young adult right out of high school. He wrote: “Freshman year is critical in the life of a college student. During this time many life-changing decisions will be made: Who will I hang out with? What standards will I hold myself to? Will I choose to follow after God or not? I want to do everything in my power to help young students make good, well-informed decisions.”
Comment by Morlee Maynard on December 14, 2009 at 12:18pm
We're always looking for titles to attract young adults to our libraries! In May, Hope Ferguson wrote about her experience with two Twilight fans. Interesting experience--"Twilight Comes to Church."

Author: John B. Olson
"Bury me standing. I must be buried standing."

Powers, the follow-up to John Olson's Shade ("a must-read for those who enjoy Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti" --Publishers Weekly), introduces a sheltered Gypsy girl named Mariutza. Her grandfather utters a mysterious last request before dying in her arms after being shot by ten cloaked men. Those same men die before her eyes, but strange powers continue to pursue Mari through the swamps of southern Louisiana where she has always hidden from "the Badness." Read more...


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