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When dark forces rise, are faith and firepower enough? On the eve of his medical retirement, Navy SEAL Jedidiah Johnson receives a frantic call from his estranged childhood best friend David Yarnell. David's daughter has been kidnapped off the streets of Nashville in broad daylight. The police have no suspects and no leads. The only clue: the body of a dead priest left behi When dark forces rise, are faith and firepower enough? On the eve of his medical retirement, Navy SEAL Jedidiah Johnson receives a frantic call from his estranged childhood best friend David Yarnell. David's daughter has been kidnapped off the streets of Nashville in broad daylight. The police have no suspects and no leads. The only clue: the body of a dead priest left behind at the scene. With the clock ticking, David is growing desperate, as is his wife, Rachel . . . Jed's first love. Despite his painful history with David and Rachel, Jed agrees to help. But he's spent his career as a door-kicking Navy SEAL, not an investigator. His presence immediately draws unwanted attention, creates friction with the local police, and triggers a mysterious attempt on his life. Just when he thinks things can't get worse, it starts to happen again--the voices in his head, the nightmares, the visions. Dark memories and strange abilities, things he believed he'd left behind when he fled Nashville for the Navy at eighteen, begin to resurface. Jed realizes that to save the missing girl, he must take a leap of faith and embrace the gifts he's denied for all these years. To foil this dark intercept, he'll need more than just his years as a SEAL operator, because he has no choice now but to take up arms and join the battle in the unseen spiritual warfare raging all around him. And there is far more at stake than just a missing girl: the world is not the place he thought it was--and he is not alone.


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When dark forces rise, are faith and firepower enough? On the eve of his medical retirement, Navy SEAL Jedidiah Johnson receives a frantic call from his estranged childhood best friend David Yarnell. David's daughter has been kidnapped off the streets of Nashville in broad daylight. The police have no suspects and no leads. The only clue: the body of a dead priest left behi When dark forces rise, are faith and firepower enough? On the eve of his medical retirement, Navy SEAL Jedidiah Johnson receives a frantic call from his estranged childhood best friend David Yarnell. David's daughter has been kidnapped off the streets of Nashville in broad daylight. The police have no suspects and no leads. The only clue: the body of a dead priest left behind at the scene. With the clock ticking, David is growing desperate, as is his wife, Rachel . . . Jed's first love. Despite his painful history with David and Rachel, Jed agrees to help. But he's spent his career as a door-kicking Navy SEAL, not an investigator. His presence immediately draws unwanted attention, creates friction with the local police, and triggers a mysterious attempt on his life. Just when he thinks things can't get worse, it starts to happen again--the voices in his head, the nightmares, the visions. Dark memories and strange abilities, things he believed he'd left behind when he fled Nashville for the Navy at eighteen, begin to resurface. Jed realizes that to save the missing girl, he must take a leap of faith and embrace the gifts he's denied for all these years. To foil this dark intercept, he'll need more than just his years as a SEAL operator, because he has no choice now but to take up arms and join the battle in the unseen spiritual warfare raging all around him. And there is far more at stake than just a missing girl: the world is not the place he thought it was--and he is not alone.

30 review for Dark Intercept

  1. 5 out of 5

    Andreas Tornberg

    On the eve of his medical retirement, Navy SEAL Jedidiah Johnson receives a frantic call from his estranged childhood best friend David Yarnell. David’s daughter has been kidnapped off the streets of Nashville in broad daylight. The police have no suspects and no leads. The only clue: the body of a dead priest left behind at the scene. Dark Intercept is a new series by the brilliant writing team Andrews & Wilson about the Shepherds, a multinational task force that have existed for hundreds of yea On the eve of his medical retirement, Navy SEAL Jedidiah Johnson receives a frantic call from his estranged childhood best friend David Yarnell. David’s daughter has been kidnapped off the streets of Nashville in broad daylight. The police have no suspects and no leads. The only clue: the body of a dead priest left behind at the scene. Dark Intercept is a new series by the brilliant writing team Andrews & Wilson about the Shepherds, a multinational task force that have existed for hundreds of years. People who expects this book to be another Tier One or Sons of Valor series might be disappointed because this is not your ordinary military geo-political thriller. This is a spiritual and supernatural book about the battle between good and evil. In the book we meet people with special powers, priests and demons so in some ways it reminded me of a Stephen King novel. I have read all books by Andrews & Wilson and I absolutely love the Tier One series and the new upcoming Sons of Valor series. No one writes military thrillers, action-adventures and covert operations novels better than they do and they are experts in creating strong and interesting characters. Previously we have read about John Dempsey and Keith ''Chunk'' Redman and now they introduce a new hero, Jedidiah Johnson, a former Navy Seal who is drawn into a war between angels and demons, a battle between Shepherds and Dark Servants. The authors have really stepped out of their comfort zone here and created this new series which is more dark, deep and faith-based than we are used to. The book is still packed with military action but the spiritual and supernatural elements are new and I loved it. The book is so well-written, fast-paced and absolutely impossible to put down. I highly recommend this new book that will be published on September 7. Thanks to the authors, Tyndale House Publishers and Edelweiss for this ARC.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Agnes-Crockett

    I received a complimentary copy of the book from NetGalley and the publisher. Authors: Andrews & Wilson Publisher: Tyndale House On-Sale Date: Sept. 7th Synopsis: Newly-retired Navy SEAL Jed Johnson finds himself engaged in an urgent new operation: tracking down twelve year-old Sarah Beth and her kidnappers. Personal Connection The book is a supernatural thriller and the Lord really used it to speak to me! I have been experiencing spiritual warfare, recently, and the book shed light on the realities o I received a complimentary copy of the book from NetGalley and the publisher. Authors: Andrews & Wilson Publisher: Tyndale House On-Sale Date: Sept. 7th Synopsis: Newly-retired Navy SEAL Jed Johnson finds himself engaged in an urgent new operation: tracking down twelve year-old Sarah Beth and her kidnappers. Personal Connection The book is a supernatural thriller and the Lord really used it to speak to me! I have been experiencing spiritual warfare, recently, and the book shed light on the realities of my own circumstances. It’s not a flesh and blood battle! “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Eph. 6:12 What I Liked The writing was excellent! I was especially impressed with the chapters written from Sarah Beth’s perspective. I felt that the authors did a particularly good job of capturing Sarah Beth’s youthful innocence, without losing sight of her unique gifting and intelligence. She is an insightful, extremely believable, character. I’m also rather amused that these were my favorite (in terms of writing) sections, considering that both authors are male. Along this line, this is my first time reading a book by these authors. However, if they haven’t done so yet, I hope they write a children’s book— partially because I was so impressed with Sarah Beth’s (third-person limited) narration, and partially because this book was a bit intense for me (but really good!). In terms of content and writing, the book reminded me of Ted Dekker’s writing. I say that as a compliment, because Dekker is one of my very favorite novelists. The pacing was also delicious! While I had a little bit of trouble “getting into” the prologue (a snapshot of a battle scene in Afghanistan), I was hooked from chapter one! The authors have a knack for switching between perspectives just when things are getting interesting. It drives me crazy and keeps me reading! Similarly, the mystery elements were engaging and intriguing. I really like how Andrews and Wilson kept me guessing. I very much appreciated the supernatural emphasis, which was so timely for me. Spiritual Elements As I’ve mentioned above, the book strongly sheds light on the reality of spiritual battles, which we see described in Eph. 6. Like This Present Darkness, a popular Christian novel by Frank Peretti, I believe this book has a lot of potential to raise awareness among Christians. In general, I am “aware” of spiritual warfare, but the Lord really used it for me to shed light on spiritual warfare that I’ve recently experienced. For this reason, the book felt practically useful, in addition to being a well-crafted work of fiction. With that said, I think I would have liked to see a bit more direct interaction with the Heavenly Father. There was a lot of emphasis on the physical battle, alongside the spiritual. While the physical battle was integral to the plotline, I think I wanted more of a conscious recognition that God was the One battling. This is in no way to say that the book “leaves God out” of it. There are numerous references to His role in the battle between good and evil. I am just a little bit wary of emphasis on the impressiveness of spiritual warfare/ gifts over the Holy Spirit Himself. I’m NOT saying this book does that. Instead, I’m saying that, for a reader who struggle with the temptation to focus on the supernatural for its own sake , I’d advise caution. Content Notes One thing I really liked is that, in a few instances that used the Lord’s Name, the authors specifically allude to prayer, not just exclamation. (For those who are concerned, there were a few “swear“ words. I’m more concerned about the Lord’s name.) There’s a flashback to rape. There’s quite a bit of violence / intense scenes. With that said, I felt that the content was appropriately suited to the subject-matter, not gratuitous. It makes sense to me that, in a book about the battle between good and evil, there’s going to be violence. It wouldn’t really make sense to omit evil. In this sense, I feel that the content was appropriate to the subject matter, but certainly not mild. I wouldn’t say that this was a “scary” book, though 🙂 Recommendation Status Fast-paced, gripping and well-written, this is definitely a book for adults—or at least older teens. I would particularly recommend it as an illustration of the reality of spiritual warfare.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Abibliofob

    Great book and concept. Dark Intercept by Jeffrey Wilson and Brian Andrews is a brand new series called The Shepherds. We get to follow ex Navy SEAL Jedidiah Johnson as he tries to deal with being retired. The story is mostly about the fight between good and evil forces and is a bit to much science fiction for me but the plot was as usual great and the action is plentiful, so is also the thrilling parts. At first I thought I will not continue reading this series but it is so damn well written an Great book and concept. Dark Intercept by Jeffrey Wilson and Brian Andrews is a brand new series called The Shepherds. We get to follow ex Navy SEAL Jedidiah Johnson as he tries to deal with being retired. The story is mostly about the fight between good and evil forces and is a bit to much science fiction for me but the plot was as usual great and the action is plentiful, so is also the thrilling parts. At first I thought I will not continue reading this series but it is so damn well written and the characters are great so I will read the next one when it releases. Wilson and Andrews are growing on me. Well done sirs. I actually will recommend everyone to read this book and series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Hillis

    A great book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This is the first time that I have read anything by these authors, wow, what a suspenseful ride this one was! I wanted to turn the pages as fast as I could to get to the end to find out how everything was connected. I am not a big reader of fantasy but the suspense was incredible! I will be thinking about this book for quite some time. Thanks so much to netgalley and the publisher for the arc. The opinions are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rellim

    3/2021 - Please tell me there will be an audiobook! 5/2021 - Looks like it’s been corrected.... Also of note - I’m not sure this is the correct listing &/or it’s tagged to the wrong authors because none of their other thriller/military books are showing... 🤔

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ronald Roseborough

    Dark Intercept is an exciting read. It has plenty of action to keep any reader interested. Jedidiah Johnson is retiring from the Navy Seals. In any other job he would be considered in the prime of his life, but the demanding life of a Seal requires a team member to always be in top form. Jed has seen too much and suffered to much both physically and emotionally to continue. He feels it is best for him and his teammates to retire. Just as he is getting set to enter civilian life he is called upon Dark Intercept is an exciting read. It has plenty of action to keep any reader interested. Jedidiah Johnson is retiring from the Navy Seals. In any other job he would be considered in the prime of his life, but the demanding life of a Seal requires a team member to always be in top form. Jed has seen too much and suffered to much both physically and emotionally to continue. He feels it is best for him and his teammates to retire. Just as he is getting set to enter civilian life he is called upon by an old acquaintance, David, to help find the man’s missing daughter. Jed hasn’t heard from David or David’s wife, in years. The parting was not on the best of terms and was only exacerbated by the fact that David, who is now a pastor, had married Jed’s old girl friend, Rachael. Now they are turning to Jed to find their teenage daughter who they say has been kidnapped. Jed tells them he was a Seal, not a detective and doesn’t know how he could be of help. They bring up the fact that Jed had always had a special connection with Rachael and David, a closeness that went beyond the physical to the spiritual. This spiritual connection they say could help him find their daughter, who also has a strong spiritual connection with Rachael. Though not convinced of this, Jed does say he will look into the kidnapping. The hunt does not go as Jed had imagined, as he meets opposition from local law enforcement and from a dark energy that he cannot explain. He will need all his skills as a Seal and help from a higher power to bring the girl home. The action is well detailed. This is a faith based story that includes some interesting spiritual propositions and some unusual stretches of the imagination. This reviewer was provided with a complementary copy of this book by Tyndale House Publishers.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jack Stewart

    I'm a huge fan of the Andrews & Wilson Tier One series. The two Navy veterans write with an authenticity in both the action and emotional impact of war. Their debut in the spinoff series, SONS OF VALOR was one of the best books I've read in the military action/adventure genre. But, this book... this book was something special. I've known of the authors' faith for a while and have read Jeff Wilson's WAR TORN that discusses faith from a veteran's perspective, but when I heard about a book that cros I'm a huge fan of the Andrews & Wilson Tier One series. The two Navy veterans write with an authenticity in both the action and emotional impact of war. Their debut in the spinoff series, SONS OF VALOR was one of the best books I've read in the military action/adventure genre. But, this book... this book was something special. I've known of the authors' faith for a while and have read Jeff Wilson's WAR TORN that discusses faith from a veteran's perspective, but when I heard about a book that crosses genres, combining the military thriller with the supernatural, I was sold. And, I was not disappointed in the least. In a very atypical good versus evil story, Andrews & Wilson combine the weapons of modern warfare with the firepower of faith that pits the forces of God against the Dark Ones. It's a page-turner that I didn't want to end, and am already looking forward to the next book in the series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    SteVen Hendricks

    Book Review – “Dark Intercept” is a new series – The Shepherds Series -- from Andrews and Wilson and separate from their Tier One and Sons of Valor series. It’s a really good faith-based, spiritual novel based around a former Navy SEAL named, Jedidiah Johnson. On the eve of his retirement, Jed receives a frantic call from his disgruntled childhood best friend, David Yarnell, now a minister. David’s daughter has been kidnapped in Nashville in broad daylight. The police have no suspects and no lea Book Review – “Dark Intercept” is a new series – The Shepherds Series -- from Andrews and Wilson and separate from their Tier One and Sons of Valor series. It’s a really good faith-based, spiritual novel based around a former Navy SEAL named, Jedidiah Johnson. On the eve of his retirement, Jed receives a frantic call from his disgruntled childhood best friend, David Yarnell, now a minister. David’s daughter has been kidnapped in Nashville in broad daylight. The police have no suspects and no leads, and the only clue is the body of a dead priest left at the scene of the kidnapping. With the clock ticking, David is growing desperate, as is his wife, Rachel, who just so happens to be Jed’s first love, many years ago. This is an edge-of-your-seat, deep spiritual action thriller. Andrews and Wilson continue to amaze me in how they nicely intertwine faith and ‘violence of action’ all in one carefully planned story. The story is action filled and the pace was intense. As expected from the tag-team duet, the characters were well developed, and the dialogue was believable. This book was a pleasant surprise and what I especially liked about it is Andrews and Wilson’s efforts to tell a story of how a military warrior like Jed Johnson could use his faith and spiritual gifts to bring light and hope into the darkness of wrongdoing. These guys nailed this spiritual faith-based action thriller without being preachy nor overly religious. I could tell that they stepped out of their comfort zone in creating this new series which is deeper than what we are used to reading from them. The book is still packed with military action, but the faith and spiritual elements have been stepped up. I’m excited to read the next installment and highly recommend Dark Intercept. It’s scheduled to be published on September 7. Special thank you to Brian Andrews and Jeff Wilson, the Protectors Book Club (Dr. Jason Piccolo), NetGalley and Tyndale House Publishers for the ARCs, Advance Reader’s Copies.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sara Wise

    ** “The Bible is full of stories where God used flawed, seemingly unworthy people to fulfill His purpose. He doesn’t call the perfect to His service, or there would be no servants at all. He calls the ordinary, the damaged, and the uncertain to faith.” ** “Dark Intercept” by Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson takes on good versus evil in an action-packed story filled with spiritual warfare and a reign of terror. When Navy SEAL Jed Johnson is contacted by his estranged high school best friend, David ** “The Bible is full of stories where God used flawed, seemingly unworthy people to fulfill His purpose. He doesn’t call the perfect to His service, or there would be no servants at all. He calls the ordinary, the damaged, and the uncertain to faith.” ** “Dark Intercept” by Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson takes on good versus evil in an action-packed story filled with spiritual warfare and a reign of terror. When Navy SEAL Jed Johnson is contacted by his estranged high school best friend, David Yarnell, that his daughter has been kidnapped, Jed begrudgingly returns to his hometown to help find 12-year-old Sarah Beth. But Jed quickly learns there is more to the story, as Sarah Beth has special gifts that Jed just might have too — gifts the Dark Ones want to use for evil. Can Jed, along with a secret protective group, find Sarah Beth and stop the Dark Ones from completing their horrific mission in time? “Dark Intercept” is a fast-paced, heart-thumping story with a supernatural influence that keeps the readers on the edge of their seat, following incredible twists and turns. Andrews and Wilson also do a great job of developing both truly good and delectably evil characters. They also fill the book with some great themes, like we must walk in the light; “Be not afraid; I (God) walk with you”; God equips us for the path we choose; the importance of wearing the full armor of God; good will come from surrendering for God; and Jeremiah 29:11, that God has a hope, plan and future for us. One warning: this book does contain a lot of violence; some alcohol use; and curse words. Fans of Mike Dellosso, Craig Parshall, Mike Nappa, James R. Hannibal and the Delusion series by Laura Gallier will enjoy “Dark Intercept.” Five stars out of five. Tyndale House Publishers provided this complimentary copy through NetGalley for my honest, unbiased review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    This is a tough book for me to rate, mainly because of the combination of genres. It all makes sense in the world I live in, but I'm not so sure it would make sense in someone else's world. Still, MacLeod Andrews (one of my favorite narrators) brings this story of faith and brokenness to life. I'll be interested to see where these two authors go with the story. This is a tough book for me to rate, mainly because of the combination of genres. It all makes sense in the world I live in, but I'm not so sure it would make sense in someone else's world. Still, MacLeod Andrews (one of my favorite narrators) brings this story of faith and brokenness to life. I'll be interested to see where these two authors go with the story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ricki

    Couldn't get past the weirdness of this series what with visions, strange abilities attributed to Christian values- just too strange for me. Reminded me of the Kay Hooper FBI special crimes series where the agents have special psychic abilities Much prefer the straightforwardness of the Tier One series. Couldn't get past the weirdness of this series what with visions, strange abilities attributed to Christian values- just too strange for me. Reminded me of the Kay Hooper FBI special crimes series where the agents have special psychic abilities Much prefer the straightforwardness of the Tier One series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Neil

    This was a crazy intense, crazy good book and a fast read for me. I had a hard time putting it down. As much as I would like to compare it to being a mix of Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker on steroids that alternates back-and-forth, I really do not want to take away from the work the authors themselves created. It has good character development from start to finish. It grabbed my attention from the very get-go and never let go. It has a lot of action in it as well. There were a couple of moments wh This was a crazy intense, crazy good book and a fast read for me. I had a hard time putting it down. As much as I would like to compare it to being a mix of Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker on steroids that alternates back-and-forth, I really do not want to take away from the work the authors themselves created. It has good character development from start to finish. It grabbed my attention from the very get-go and never let go. It has a lot of action in it as well. There were a couple of moments where it felt like the story was "winding down," but then the authors ramped the tension and energy back up again. It was pretty crazy. Also, the book does a great job in describing different aspects of spiritual warfare, in how our battle is not just against flesh and bone but various spiritual forces of darkness. Again, the character development was great, as was the "voice" of each character. (view spoiler)[There are two teenage girls involved in the story, and I felt that the authors did a great job writing those characters well, making even these two young girls seem quite believable throughout the story. The main character was well-done; he is a "wounded warrior" who is pretty much forced to medically retire from the SEALs when he gets a phone call from his former high school best friend asking for help. I liked how the main character (Jedidiah Johnson) struggled with returning to his Christian faith (roots) after leaving the SEALs instead of immediately "jumping back in" despite not really having practiced his walk or faith since he left town after high school. He also struggled with different emotions involving his former best friend having married his ex-girlfriend, which I felt was also well-done and somewhat realistic. It takes him a bit, but I think he finally forgave his friend, David, at the end of the for marrying his ex-girlfriend and then "taking the path" that Jed thought he was on until "The Incident" their senior year. It is interesting how he alternates between faith and struggling to believe, how realistic it is (because Christians struggle but each person is different in how they make it through their struggle/trial and how fast). It is also interesting how he slowly comes around to recognizing how much spiritual warfare is going on around him and that he is involved in (one would think that one encounter with a demon-possessed individual, let alone more than one, would have convinced him of this). Anyway. I thought his struggles were well-done, especially how he didn't want to admit what had happened his senior year and then what kept happening to him while he was with the SEALs. I also thought his development and growth over the course of the book was well-done and believable; I liked him the most in terms of the characters. I think David Yarnell was probably the weakest character, followed by his wife Rachel. I wasn't too impressed with either of their characters or their "development" (or lack thereof). They are not really in the book that much, so it makes sense that their development is not as well done as other characters, but I found myself caring more about some of the "new team's" members more than them, and some of the guys on this "new team" that Jed encounters were even less-developed than David and Rachel Yarnell. I wonder if the authors did that on purpose, made them so "unlikeable" (in my opinion). (view spoiler)[David wants Jed to help find and rescue their daughter, but they keep withholding information from him that could help Jed with his attempts at investigation. In fact, it could be said that their withholding information nearly gets him killed at one point. In any case, the couple does not come across as likeable or sympathetic characters despite their daughter being kidnapped, nearly kidnapped, and the two of them nearly getting killed the second kidnap attempt. (hide spoiler)] It will be interesting to see how their characters develop in any subsequent books they appear in (view spoiler)[which I assume they will be, since Jed and David are paired up at the end and Sara-Beth is at a special "Campus" for this secret group they join (hide spoiler)] . (view spoiler)[I cannot lie; I thoroughly enjoyed it when Jed "put David in his place" after David demanded to go on the first mission to rescue Sara-Beth; it was priceless (151-153). (hide spoiler)] Ben Morvant's character was interesting, as was Pastor Dee. I liked them and thought they made a good team (action and intelligence was kinda how I saw it). I imagine Ben was introduced because Jed was familiar with him before Ben left the SEALs community and would respect Ben because of his former status and accomplishments. I really cannot see Jed respecting or listening to anybody else like he did Ben throughout the book after Ben and his team (finally) catch up with Jed. Jed's interactions with the two was interesting; while he respected Ben, he did not put up with any garbage from Ben. However, it seemed like he felt Pastor Dee was more of a straight shooter, and he listened to her and showed her respect, which was cool and well-presented. Sara-Beth Yarnell was well-done as a character. (view spoiler)[The authors did a great job with presenting her and her character development in the book. She sounded believable as a young-to-middle teenage girl who has encountered some crazy situations in her life and how she has to learn how to handle them, some with help and some without help. It was amusing to me that she was able to escape her "prison" before she was actually rescued, but the authors did a great (sorry to abuse that word!) job in developing her relationship with Jed (who she came to as her protector, her white knight, and called him "her Uncle Jed" [much to the chagrin of her parents]). Her internal responses to how her parents treated her after she was initially rescued and returned from her kidnapping were also believable in terms of how a teenager might respond to parents who are now suddenly "overprotective" and "hovering" (which was also understandable on their part). She was a smart character, a fun character, and brave. She also had a strong faith in God that was tested at time, but it was still cool to see a teenager character whose faith was believable even when being tested. (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[I thought the authors were setting up a potential romance between Detective Perez and Jed Johnson, but the crazy twist at the end of the book may change that. Actually, I suspect that she is the one who shot Jed in the back after he ran out of the Yarnell house to try and rescue Sara-Beth a second time before shooting herself to make it look like she was wounded in the gun battle as well (actually, it is confirmed she shot herself in such a way to give herself a serious wound without actually killing herself). I was surprised she was at the Yarnell house at the end of the book during the second kidnapping attempt, which immediately made me suspicious. Then Jed getting shot in the back right after he turned his back on her to leave the house also let me to believe she as actually "a villain" and not one of the white hats. It will be interesting to see if she turns to Christianity or not; hopefully she does, but we shall see. (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)] There were some things in the book that I was either meh or was not sure about. (view spoiler)[ There is a moment when we find out what happened between Jed and Rachel in high school that drove the two of them apart. During a "graduating party" their senior year, Jed and David go looking for Rachel in the host's parents' house. Jed discovers this guy in the process of raping Rachel and goes crazy, nearly killing the guy in the process. A "spiritual encounter" occurs in which the three friends (Jed, Rachel, and David) see a demonic spirit exit the rapists body and leave the house, freaking the three of them out. However, instead of "being grateful" that Jed stopped Kenny from finishing the rape, Rachel becomes angry with Jed and eventually breaks up with him. Then Jed becomes a pariah as the senior class practically turns against him (or so the authors make it sound; we might find out in a later book that this memory was skewed because of guilt, fear, and spiritual misdirection/attack and that he really was not rejected as much as the class did not know how to handle the knowledge he saved his girlfriend but nearly killed a classmate in the process). Not only does his class reject him, he also loses his two best friends (Rachel and David). Yet, when Jed asks Rachel why she is still so angry with him, why she still hates him after seventeen years, and she tells him, "You haven't changed a bit . . . . Because you left us, you selfish bastard. You left us both, and you took all your light with you" (154). It's funny - she rejects him and pushes him away; she and David reject him and abandon him; his classmates reject him. He barely feels like his family is supporting him (186-189). What else was he going to do? So she refuses to take any responsibility for what she did, how she pushed him away, blames him for leaving after she drove him away from her, and then expresses the anger and unforgiveness and bitterness she did to him at that moment? Ah, hypocrisy! How sweet your stench truly is! And how realistic! She hugs him at the end and states that "his light has returned," that he "brought it back to us" (384). Really; whatever that means. I cannot decide if that means she has forgiven him, that all is well in her mind between the two of them, after he nearly dies more than once trying to rescue her daughter. We'll see what happens in future novels, if my opinion of her and David improves or not. I am not sure how I feel about the "special gifts" that various people have in the book. I realize they are supposed to be gifts from Yahweh, but they still did not quite sit right with me. Mostly the telepathy and imaging and whatnot, I guess. That seems a little too "New Age" to me. Ben and his "healing touch" I could see 'cuz Yahweh can do that. The "warnings" that Jed would get while on missions I could see, too, as I have read bios of Christians in the military who experienced similar warnings from the Holy Spirit. Some of the visions that Sara-Beth had were believable, too. So, yeah, the whole "mind-reading" and telepathy and imaging was a bit shaky. I remember reading in a book, The Perfect Storm I think, in which some guy who could "image" was trying to help the Navy and Coast Guard find some missing SEALs or rescue personnel after the storm. He was able to image certain items in the water that the helicopter crew would find in order to direct them where to go next, but he could never quite get them to where they needed to go to either rescue the men or find their bodies. I would not say that guy had a gift from Yahweh, myself, and what was described in this book in some ways reminded me of that and the spiritual heebie-jeebies reading that gave me. I think I would have liked a bit more "giving glory to Yahweh" or acknowledging Him more directly than what happened in the book. At the same time, it is more about Jed "returning to the fold" like the prodigal child, as it were, so I "get" that there was not as much "giving glory to Yahweh" or focusing on Yahweh like I might have liked when the Christians were all together. This was more of a "minor meh" for me, though. It's not like zero glory was given to Yahweh, and there are various reminders throughout the book that these "gifts" are seen as being gifts from Yahweh. Victor, the "main villain," was something else. It is interesting how this group of Christian warriors (both Shepherds and Watchers) serve Yahweh Who is Almighty, All-Powerful, All-Knowing, etc, and yet Victor seems to have more power at his command than is available to the Christian warriors. I am not sure how I feel about this. I realize you don't want to kill your "main heavy" off right away in the first book, but maybe some lower level flunkies in command or something. It is just always weird to me how often Yahweh is portrayed as being somehow weaker than His creations despite the Bible pointing out evidence to the contrary (i.e. - that no part of creation will ever be stronger or mightier than Yahweh), including Christian fiction. That being the case, it will be interesting to see if there is some "explanation" given as to why Victor was able to oppose the Shepherds like he did. I know the disciples had trouble at times with casting demons out, so maybe it was something along those lines? I don't know. (hide spoiler)] The blending of spiritual and physical battles throughout the book was pretty crazy. I have never thought about "battles" in such terms, but in some ways it does make sense. If our battles are "not just" flesh and blood but also involve the spiritual dimension at times, then, yeah, things could go down the way they do in the book. The authors did a nice job (credible job?) in describing the tactics used by Jed as well as the "team of Shepherds" that he joins up with in the book. I thought their tactics, their behavior, was quite believable and realistic. The battle sequences are violent enough to be realistic but not overly-graphic to the point of glorifying the violence and its aftermath to the point of distracting from "the main point." The authors definitely have an interesting take on spiritual warfare in this book; it will be interesting to see how they keep developing this theme over the course of the series. (view spoiler)[The "last chapter" in which Jed is finally told "the whole story" (or as much as they are going to tell him) before discovering Ben and Father Newman was actually well-done, too. I felt it was a believable discussion, that Jed's struggles with finding out his new "leadership" wanted to pair him up with David was realistic. Jed himself needed to learn to walk in forgiveness, to forgive Rachel for breaking up with him and breaking his heart, for his two best friends abandoning him, his ex-girlfriend marrying his best friend, and his best friend who had never previously expressed an interest in spiritual things becoming a pastor. Jed saw David as "stealing" everything that Jed had ever valued from him because of what happened at Kenny's and afterwards; he clearly had issues of forgiveness he needed to walk through and healing to ask for as well. (hide spoiler)] I know at the start of my review I said I had a hard time putting this book down. Actually, I "hated" putting it down because it was that good, overall, and how it grabbed my attention and held my interest from the very beginning. It was intense and wild and crazy and good and heart-breaking in parts, and I loved some of the relationships (well, friendships) that developed between some of the characters, how "real" they felt. I would have rated it 5 stars but for some of the "issues" I had with it; I'd probably still rate it 4.5 stars but rounded down, so 4 stars it is. It is going to be a hard time waiting for the second book to come out, but I will be watching for it. I am glad that I took a chance and picked up this book to read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    Wow, that was an intense read! This is the first book I’ve ready by this duo, but I will surely be looking into their other titles. It’s not for the faint of heart—part This Present Darkness and part Kindergarten Cop. There’s a lot of blood and gore, but at the heart of this story is the assurance that evil forces are still working in the spiritual realm whether they can be physically seen or not. Well written and fast-paced, if you like Christian suspense you’ll love this book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chris Jager

    Action packed, fast paced and a good read. A spiritual warfare book, that will keep you up at night. I am already looking forward to book 2 of this series,which I hear is releasing in April.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Higgins

    An absolute hit and fantastic start to a new series by a powerhouse team of Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson! You do not want to miss this one! Navy SEAL Jedidiah Johnson wants to retire and leave the hectic and dangerous life of the SEALS behind him. On the night of his retirement, he gets a call from a childhood friend who desperately needs his help. Even though they have been estranged for years, Jed goes back to Nashville to help David and his wife Rachel, Jed’s first love. David and Rachel’s An absolute hit and fantastic start to a new series by a powerhouse team of Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson! You do not want to miss this one! Navy SEAL Jedidiah Johnson wants to retire and leave the hectic and dangerous life of the SEALS behind him. On the night of his retirement, he gets a call from a childhood friend who desperately needs his help. Even though they have been estranged for years, Jed goes back to Nashville to help David and his wife Rachel, Jed’s first love. David and Rachel’s daughter has been kidnapped and the police have no leads. The history between Jed, David, and Rachel almost keeps him from coming to help, but the thought of an innocent little girl being hurt because of something he can’t get past is not something he wants on his conscious. As soon as he arrives, he finds himself in danger and mysterious forces work against his presence there to help. Soon he finds himself in a hard place, a place he never wanted to be again, a place with the voices back in his head. All things he believed he left behind when he joined the Navy come back to the surface. To save the missing girl, he must go to a place of faith he abandoned long ago to win a fight against good and evil. This was my first book by this writing pair and I am kicking myself for having gone this long without discovering their writing. This story sucked me in from the first page and held on to me tighter than any story has done in a long time. I have been on a streak of reading several mediocre books and have been aching for something that really touched me and kept the adrenaline pumping. This was that story! I am so glad I picked this one up and gave it a chance. Not only is Jed a great main character, but every other character in the book also plays their roll to perfection. I knew without a doubt before I was even halfway through that this was going to be a series I would want to stick with. There is so much more to unpack with these characters; I want to know more about the history with Jed, David, and Rachel. The little it was touched on was just not enough to satisfy my thirst for their history. Give me more of Ben and his team, how they came together, and their backstories. The possibilities feel endless; I just hope Andrews and Wilson feel the same and keep the stories coming for the Shepard’s. I recommend this book to anyone that loves a good, fast-paced military thriller with a spiritual aspect that gets dark but keeps the light. I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jan Fore

    Dark Intercept Brian Andrews Jeffrey Wilson The Special Forces in the military are well trained, then sent out to accept working dangerous and confidential projects that few citizens would think about let alone attempt. Jedidiah Johnston was a Navy Seal. His code: Tactical Superiority, Courage under fire and Unbreakable brotherhood. Each and every one of them lived by the code, while activated and in retirement. He was not happy that he had to retire but he knew that due to injuries suffered in a Dark Intercept Brian Andrews Jeffrey Wilson The Special Forces in the military are well trained, then sent out to accept working dangerous and confidential projects that few citizens would think about let alone attempt. Jedidiah Johnston was a Navy Seal. His code: Tactical Superiority, Courage under fire and Unbreakable brotherhood. Each and every one of them lived by the code, while activated and in retirement. He was not happy that he had to retire but he knew that due to injuries suffered in a mission he would not be able to complete and protect his brotherhood. He missed working with them, needed his brother's contact and support but he was alone now. A phone call changed his world. It was from an old friend he hadn't spoken to for 16 years. David needed his help and although he wasn't on good terms with him, he knew he had to listen to what the man had to say. David had married Jedś girlfriend Rachel. The anger still brewed within him. He could tell the man was in tears, overwhelmed with fear. His help was not for David or Rachel; their daughter, Sarah Beth had been kidnapped. They wanted his help for her rescue. As a Seal he felt compelled to come to her aide. This incredible suspense novel is a journey into a world I didn't know existed. True, I knew our talents as humans are given in many forms. Yes, many SciFi books or movies create stories that are unreal but exciting and mysterious. This one had a touch of realty. It was intriguing, very well written by Andrews and Wilson. This is the first book in The Shepherds series. I received a promo for it, so I decided to read more. This novel gives us a Christian base into the compelling journey that Johnston took while trying to rescue Sarah Beth Yarnell. Dark Intercept was published on September 7, 2021 by Tyndale House Publishers. It is written by Brian Andrews and Jeffery Wilson. I appreciate Tyndale allowing me to read and review Dark Intercept via NetGalley. This novel gives us a tribe of wicked men and women who attempt to rid the world of peace, serenity, and brotherhood. It is an outstanding read, not one to be missed. Enjoy.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    Amazing. Absolutely amazing…… Okay, first of all, I have to reiterate the fact that I absolutely LOVE this writing duo. I have read and loved ALL of their prior books and I bought this new book in both eBook and audio without even reading the blurb on what is was about. I did just see that it was a new series and I didn't even hesitate. Also, let me say that this book is narrated by MacLeod Andrews so to me, it was a win/win. He is one of the few narrators that I absolutely adore. I will admit tha Amazing. Absolutely amazing…… Okay, first of all, I have to reiterate the fact that I absolutely LOVE this writing duo. I have read and loved ALL of their prior books and I bought this new book in both eBook and audio without even reading the blurb on what is was about. I did just see that it was a new series and I didn't even hesitate. Also, let me say that this book is narrated by MacLeod Andrews so to me, it was a win/win. He is one of the few narrators that I absolutely adore. I will admit that when I heard the foreward from the authors, I thought, "ohhh, this is going to be interesting." Let's just say that I was NOT disappointed. These guys are so freaking talented. The way they write is so unique. They have the modern war genre down pat, but this book was different. I was talking to my husband today and was telling him that I read all kinds of books. I read a ton of books that deal with the supernatural - vampires, werewolves, witches...even demons. But this is a DIFFERENT type of supernatural. If you are a Christian (as I am) and you believe in God, then you HAVE to believe in the devil. If there is good, then you have to understand that there is evil. It is honestly just a core tenet that cannot be denied. What I told my husband was that with all of the books that I read that are labeled "supernatural", this book had me hesitating. Why? Because this book is real. What do I mean by that? Well, this book is dealing with a different kind of supernatural. One that truly exists. I don't want to scare anyone off because this is truly a fantastic book. But, it brings to life the fact that evil exists, and if you believe in God, then you have to know what lengths the enemy is going to to bring people over to his side. Crazy, isn't it? So, I will stop there. This is a FANTASTIC book. But, it is also one that makes you think. I will admit that I was a bit miffed at the end at what Jed is forced to agree to - but I guess we'll see what comes of it. Truly, I can't wait for the next book! Seriously...I'm hooked already.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    This is a hard review to write. I've been trying to decide how I felt about this book since I finished it a couple of weeks ago. I love the writing duo of Andrews/Wilson and I've read all of their books. I love the concept here - former Navy SEAL faces spiritual warfare. I love Jed. He has run from events in his past, closed himself off because of them, and now he has to deal with them to save a child's life. Jed is a great character, and I'm thankful for the military members like him who serve a This is a hard review to write. I've been trying to decide how I felt about this book since I finished it a couple of weeks ago. I love the writing duo of Andrews/Wilson and I've read all of their books. I love the concept here - former Navy SEAL faces spiritual warfare. I love Jed. He has run from events in his past, closed himself off because of them, and now he has to deal with them to save a child's life. Jed is a great character, and I'm thankful for the military members like him who serve and protect us every single day. Jed is tough and battle hardened but still human with a strong moral compass. He has seen true evil up close on more than one occasion, and it terrifies him. He also knows he has been guided spiritually in the past, but he doesn't want to look too closely at that. Where I struggled with this story is the switch between Jed's POV and Sarah Beth, the twelve year-old he's trying to save. There's nothing wrong with her - she acts like a child because she is one. Not precocious or older than her years. Perhaps it was because I listened to the audiobook, which had a grown man voicing her (nothing wrong with the narrator - it's just hard to hear a 12 year old girl in his voice). I found her annoying, and I'm not sure seeing things from her perspective (except at the very end) enhanced the story. Overall, I enjoyed the book. If you are a fan of Frank E. Peretti, you're going to love this one. Note - even though this is unabashedly Christian fiction, it does contain a bit of profanity and violence. Some scenes might be inappropriate for younger readers.

  20. 5 out of 5

    BookGirlVlP

    I absolutely loved this book! I loved the intertwining of spiritual warfare with the military spec ops. Jed, the main character, was struggling with not just his retirement from the SEALs but also with his faith. I feel like I could completely relate with some of his faith-based struggles and that made this story more personal. I was extremely appreciative of the portrayal of the twelve-year-old girl in this story. The writers made her believeable for her age and made her voice come across as pe I absolutely loved this book! I loved the intertwining of spiritual warfare with the military spec ops. Jed, the main character, was struggling with not just his retirement from the SEALs but also with his faith. I feel like I could completely relate with some of his faith-based struggles and that made this story more personal. I was extremely appreciative of the portrayal of the twelve-year-old girl in this story. The writers made her believeable for her age and made her voice come across as perfect for her age in her situation. As the mother of a twelve-year-old girl, I thoroughly appreciate that they didn't make her sound five or twenty five. I have stopped reading books in the past because the author grossly misrepresented the child they are writing. The action and flow of this story made the pages fly by with out even realizing it. I was so caught up in the story, I was done and now waiting (impatiently) for the next one!! Thank you to Tyndale Publishers and NetGalley for this advanced digital ARC.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was great. I really enjoyed it. I listened to it and the narrator was excellent. It’s was a very unusual book. It had modern Navy seal and special forces guys they called the Shepard’s. Some had pre to natural abilities there are 2 young girls that can see the future and know what other people are thinking. These people are fighting evil. Jedediah Johnson is navy seal who is about to retire when he is called by a guy David that he had been friends with in high school until he married R This book was great. I really enjoyed it. I listened to it and the narrator was excellent. It’s was a very unusual book. It had modern Navy seal and special forces guys they called the Shepard’s. Some had pre to natural abilities there are 2 young girls that can see the future and know what other people are thinking. These people are fighting evil. Jedediah Johnson is navy seal who is about to retire when he is called by a guy David that he had been friends with in high school until he married Rachel who Jed was in love with. They call him to help them as their little girl SaraBeth is kidnapped by the evil ones. Then those evil ones are going to kill many innocent people in these large cathedrals they go to prevent these demons from doing these things. The one demon is supposedly the devil and not sure other than they are demons with super strength . This author Brian Andrew has several books but the library doesn’t have them. I found this one on Hoopla and one other ebook there so I suppose the others will need to be bought

  22. 4 out of 5

    Scott Townsend

    THIS IS A NO SPOILER REVIEW My wife gave this to me as an ARC she received from the publisher Tyndale House Publishers. She felt I would be interested in it as it is an action fiction, which is the main genre I read. To start off, the story flowed nicely beginning with the central character's background in Naval Special Warfare. I am a 25 year retired vet from the Navy, and have a good understanding of this area of expertise. The story was full of action, with faith based undertones. I am not int THIS IS A NO SPOILER REVIEW My wife gave this to me as an ARC she received from the publisher Tyndale House Publishers. She felt I would be interested in it as it is an action fiction, which is the main genre I read. To start off, the story flowed nicely beginning with the central character's background in Naval Special Warfare. I am a 25 year retired vet from the Navy, and have a good understanding of this area of expertise. The story was full of action, with faith based undertones. I am not into organized religion and am more of a spiritual person with a deep belief in the Lord. The author(s) did a good job of not going overboard with the faith portion of the story, although it was a major part of the "mission" of operators going after evil. When I say evil, I mean evil in the purest sense. There was good background on the supporting characters and how they are woven into the main character's (Jed) history, making him the person he is in the story. There are excellent concepts of the abilities of the "Watchers" as well as the "Shepherds," which come from the powers above. I must honestly say that this story impacted me in a way, that I look forward to the follow up stories within this series from Andrews and Wilson.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Doreen

    I have read Tier One and Sons of Valor by the authors and thought this book would be along the same track. It was and it wasn't. In this book, the authors have a lot of the same great action and suspense but this time it's paired with spiritual warfare. The battle is more good vs evil even though there are definitely human villains. In this book, some are gifted with special abilities that give them a unique ability to see the battle while others use their gifts to take the battle to the enemy. I have read Tier One and Sons of Valor by the authors and thought this book would be along the same track. It was and it wasn't. In this book, the authors have a lot of the same great action and suspense but this time it's paired with spiritual warfare. The battle is more good vs evil even though there are definitely human villains. In this book, some are gifted with special abilities that give them a unique ability to see the battle while others use their gifts to take the battle to the enemy. I think it could make some uncomfortable. I thought it was fascinating and it was interesting watching people learn how to use their special gifts. This is a great start to the Shepherds series. It was fast-paced. It was hard to put down. I enjoyed the marriage of faith and firepower. I liked Jed and Sara Beth a lot. I look forward to seeing what happens with them in the next book. Thank you to Tyndale House for providing me with a free e-copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amy Langmaack

    Retired Navy SEAL Jedidiah Johnson gets a phone call from his former childhood best friend stating his daughter is missing. Against his desire to keep a distance from this former friend, Jed returns to Nashville, his childhood hometown to help David find his daughter. What follows is a story stepped in the spiritual. Through special giftings or abilities to tangibly hear and see the spiritual warfare taking place around them, Jed, David and David’s wife Rachel are able to discover where the litt Retired Navy SEAL Jedidiah Johnson gets a phone call from his former childhood best friend stating his daughter is missing. Against his desire to keep a distance from this former friend, Jed returns to Nashville, his childhood hometown to help David find his daughter. What follows is a story stepped in the spiritual. Through special giftings or abilities to tangibly hear and see the spiritual warfare taking place around them, Jed, David and David’s wife Rachel are able to discover where the little girl has been taken.. In some ways, this story reminded me of the Murphy Shepherd series by Charles Martin as the main character sets off to find someone missing and is in a very clear battle against good and evil. However, Dark Intercept focuses more on spiritual warfare that is happening all around us. I enjoyed reading this story by Andrews and Wilson. The pacing was fast and steady. The story engaging and enjoyed learning about the characters and the battles they were facing! I’m excited to read book two in this series!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Keller Hackbusch

    This is an exciting and entertaining supernatural thriller. I am definitely a big fan of Andrews & Wilson writing. I was excited about this book, but am a bit torn. As a Christian pastor, I love that the book is clean being absent of bad language and other adult themes. I love the action and thrilling plot. I love the faith themes and Jed's faith struggle, and even his struggle to pray and turn to God. What I didn't like is the nature of the supernatural aspects (reminiscent of Dean Koontz) of t This is an exciting and entertaining supernatural thriller. I am definitely a big fan of Andrews & Wilson writing. I was excited about this book, but am a bit torn. As a Christian pastor, I love that the book is clean being absent of bad language and other adult themes. I love the action and thrilling plot. I love the faith themes and Jed's faith struggle, and even his struggle to pray and turn to God. What I didn't like is the nature of the supernatural aspects (reminiscent of Dean Koontz) of the book being attributed to God by the Holy Spirit. Granted, Andrews & Wilson are not writing a theology book, so I give it 4 stars and recommend it, even if Christians may struggle with some of the ideas. I plan on reading book 2.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Highly-recommended. Look, plenty of religion in this one. Wouldn't normally pick up a book like this, but the authors are fantastic and I've read plenty of their work in the past, so I did. And I'm glad that I did, too. 'Dark Intercept' is right amongst the best Andrews and Wilson work. Fast-paced, well-plotted and an interesting story, with a few plot threads left dangling for, presumably, at least one more entry. Highly-recommended. Look, plenty of religion in this one. Wouldn't normally pick up a book like this, but the authors are fantastic and I've read plenty of their work in the past, so I did. And I'm glad that I did, too. 'Dark Intercept' is right amongst the best Andrews and Wilson work. Fast-paced, well-plotted and an interesting story, with a few plot threads left dangling for, presumably, at least one more entry.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Vicki Thornton

    A clean supernatural thriller. It was quite intriguing the way it was put together. I liked it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    LaShana

    This was the start of another great series!! Spiritual Soldiers fighting against evil. Reminds me a little of the Charlie Parker series by John Connolly

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dana Craig

    Truly a thriller of good and evil. Great heart, memorable characters with spiritual and natural warfare.It's listed as a military thriller but I think anyone will enjoy reading this. It's a page turner. A definite plus - it's book one of a series. Truly a thriller of good and evil. Great heart, memorable characters with spiritual and natural warfare.It's listed as a military thriller but I think anyone will enjoy reading this. It's a page turner. A definite plus - it's book one of a series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    JoAnn

    Dark Intercept is a very well written inspirational thriller. This book has a plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat page turning the pages. I highly recommend this book. I received an advance ebook from the publisher and Netgalley and this is my unbiased review.

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