(‘The Dark Hour’ is the third and final installment of The Coming Evil Trilogy by Greg Mitchell. I strongly advise that you read the first two books, The Strange Man, and Enemies of the Cross, as well as the novella, Lengthening Shadows as they will help you understand the story. This is a lengthy review, but I believe it is necessary.)
In “The Strange Man“, we read the background of the story. Dras Weldon, a 22 year old unemployed preacher’s son, loved being the bad boy. He bucked his father’s training and went his own way. Even though his brother, Jeff, followed in their father’s footsteps becoming a pastor and serving the church his father pastored, it was Dras who uncovered a secret so evil that not even his brother nor his best friend, Rosalyn, believed him.
In “Enemies of the Cross“, we find the theology of the story. Dras is sitting on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. His brother, Jeff, is searching for the truth even though it costs him his job, his home, and possibly his family. Jeff realizes his true mission when the residents of Greensboro are forced to take sides between good and evil. Good and evil are not always what we think they are.
“Lengthening Shadows“, a novella serving as a segue between books 2 and 3, describes a very different Greensboro than the one we left behind in the second book and gives a glimpse of what is coming in “The Dark Hour.” Mitchell whets our appetite for the conclusion of his trilogy after he endangers all the people we have grown to love.
In the final installment of The Coming Evil Trilogy, Greg Mitchell paints a dark picture of the human soul. “The greatest evil is not the devil or his angels but the darkness that resides in the human heart.” As I read the first line of the prologue, the first thing that came to mind was the first line of Daphne Du Maurier’s “Rebecca”, “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” Only in this story, it is Greensboro, a town that had become so evil, residents were afraid to stay and even more afraid to leave. A group of residents led by Jeff Weldon are determined to stay and fight the Strange Man and his evil gremlins and Shamblers.
Mitchell weaves his story with scriptural truth as he tells a story so outlandish that it’s believable. We don’t often think of what takes place in the supernatural but Mitchell has painted a picture in our imaginations of what happens when the devil, his angels, and his followers infiltrate our hearts, minds and souls. The battle for our soul doesn’t take place in plain sight. It’s a slow progression of how God’s truth is manipulated by Satan and, if we become complacent, apathetic, or just plain lazy, our soul will be lost. It starts when we accept Satan’s lies because we don’t want to hear the truth. If we accept the truth, he tries to convince us he is too powerful for us and there is nothing we can do. Or, worse, he wants us to think God has forgotten about us and doesn’t care.
My favorite quote from “The Dark Hour” was spoken by the Strange Man: “If you ‘Christians’ had an inkling of what it means to be in the will of God, things like me, wouldn’t even be here. I guess I should say ‘lucky for me’ then, yes?”
I highly recommend these three books and novella. They aren’t light reading. If you like Christian suspense or horror, you will love these books, but be careful. The people of Greensboro will grow on you.
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