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The Legend of the Firefish (Trophy Chase Trilogy) [Paperback]

By George Bryan Polivka (Author)
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Pages   352
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.02" Width: 6.01" Height: 0.93"
Weight:   0.83 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 31, 2007
Publisher   Harvest House Publishers
ISBN  0736919562  
EAN  9780736919562  

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The Legend of the Firefish is a timeless tale of the pursuit of faith and honor.

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.

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A Fresh Fantasy Tale  Mar 16, 2007
Harvest House Publishers has leaped onto the stage of Christian fantasy in a dramatic way. The Legend of the Firefish, first in the Trophy Chase Trilogy by George Bryan Polivka and Harvest House's first fantasy publication, is a winner.

The story. Packer Throme, a young man expelled from seminary in the Christian region known as Nearing Vast, makes a decision to help the people of his village, most who make their living as poor fishermen. Packer's decision puts him in deadly peril and and tests his faith in ways he hadn't imagined.

That's it. I'm not giving you any more. I don't believe a story has as much power if you know the entire plot line going in. Suffice it to say, there is danger from the sea, danger from compatriots, danger from enemy warriors, danger from the sea monsters known as Firefish. And mostly there is spiritual danger, woven skillfully into the story because of who Packer is.

Strengths. There are many. This is a story filled with action, adventure, danger, intrigue, surprise, suspense. It will keep readers turning pages to find out what will happen next.

I also found a creative world I've never encountered before. There is no magic--which explains, to my mind, why a publishing house with a conservative reputation had no problem publishing a fantasy. The feel of the story is more like that of a fairy tale--one stripped of the Disney aspect of such a story and told as the raw tale of how it really was back then. In an author note, Polivka references C. S. Lewis's belief about Myth. Clearly, the world he creates is mythical.

The characters Polivka created are fresh and interesting. Packer is troubled by his status as a failed seminarian but does not stand still in defeat. Instead he moves forward with a daring plan, only to deal with the doubts about the wisdom of his decision when the troubles start to come. In addition, Polivka portrays a strong female character who is integral in a subplot as captivating as the central story-line.

Most impressively from a writer's standpoint is Polivka's successful use of the omniscient point of view. For one thing, it is fresh. So much of Christian fiction is patterned after Browne and King (Self-editing for the Fiction Writer) that it is nice to read something out of the mold for a change. But Polivka does it expertly, panning out to show the big-setting picture when needed and panning in while switching seamlessly from one person to the other when a closer view is called for. It's writing reminiscent of an earlier era, without the boring parts.

There is a theme, a clearly defined one. And there is an overt portrayal of Christianity. I remember thinking when editor Nick Harrison first mentioned this fact in an interview at Speculative Faith that I would pretty much have to see it to believe it. Well, Polivka pulled it off. Not just my opinion or Nick Harrison's either. This is what Publisher's Weekly had to say about the clear--I mean, strongly in line with good Calvinist doctrine--Christianity:

"Though the Packer-Panna romance finds considerable ink, this is a tale almost entirely of pirates, warriors, stormy seas and battles with monsters. The Christian message is palpable, and Polivka's characters relatively complex. With the nonstop action that cuts between multiple story lines, readers will be flipping pages eagerly."

The fact that there is no doubt about the Christian beliefs or that the theme is strong, PW's ONLY comment was that it was palpable. Which means, it worked. This is a story that does not back off from Christianity, making it an integral part of the story instead. As a result, it works. Packer's crises of faith are consistent with his character, as are his ultimate actions.

Weaknesses. There are few. The writing is a delight. But I had this problem: at one point I didn't like Packer for a decision he made. After painting him as a man of faith who was trusting God for the outcome of his situation, whether it turned out for good or for ill, he makes a questionable turnaround, one that comes into some focus a little further into the story, but for a period of time, I was disappointed in Packer and didn't understand his change from a dependent child of God to one lacking in faith.

There was also a scene early in the story that portrayed considerable violence. It was not gratuitous at all, but I thought it lacked power simply because it came so early. I didn't know Packer well enough to feel strongly connected with him.

That's it--and I could easily overlook those matters because the overall story was such a success.

By the way, this is not a trilogy in the traditional sense. The Legend of the Firefish easily reads as a stand-alone, for those of you who prefer not to engage a three-part story.

Recommendation. A must read for fantasy lovers and a highly recommended rating for others who want a good story. Christians or non-Christians (because the overt Christianity is "palatable" ).
An adventure with Christ in the action  Mar 4, 2007
This unusual new book offers a seafaring tale of lands before the time of Internet technology and modern news media. I like ancient parables of northern Slavs, Vikings, and Native Americans, and this story reminds me of all those at some point.

Polivka combines this flavor with science fiction and a fantasy that recalls C.S. Lewis's Narnia. His story is like a foundation myth handed down through generations, without flashing special effects, but more akin to the oral tradition of folktales or Native American lore. This is especially true in character names of Dog, Talon, Duck, Hand, Monkey and Ox, and in legendary fish with personality.

Fantasy can catch the attention of those who might benefit from seeing the values and grace of Christianity work, so this book is a good mix for introducing the Trophy Chase Trilogy. The Legend of the Firefish is strongly Christian by design, but not "in your face." Packer Throme's faith is tested and he does not always make the faithful decision. This is more believably real than a Crusader in shining armor, brandishing a flaming sword against the devil. This caused me to want to expand my compassion to accept Packer and hope for the best. I would want such mercy.

Nearing Vast is Packer's village and I think the name indicates that daily life is approaching the vastness of all that is and can reach for the divine (truth). The Vast Sea contains monsters, just as our lives contain trials to either challenge or accept in their power over us. This setting is much like J.R.R. Tolkien's universe as well as Narnia. Wishing his impoverished fishing village to be blessed with some kind of good fortune, Throme pursues a pirate that chases the Firefish for its meat bounty, with interesting and fun results.

In Packer's love interest Panna, Firefish supports the strength of women. It is interesting that the word "helpmeet" in the English language before King James did not mean "servant" at all. The original English and the Hebrew word mean "defender and warrior." This is the help that "comes from the Lord."

It is swashbuckling, with Christ in action and people in predicament, and very much fun.

Armchair Interviews says: Good for anyone in middle school through adult ages.

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