Reviewed by Megan Weiss for Reader Views (12/17)
Lyn Gibson’s “Wicked Truth” follows a young woman who just so happens to be in the middle of the war of good vs. evil. This allegorical novel presents extensive research into the books of the Bible and in turn presents possible evidence that the Final Days are among us. Of particular importance in this fate are the works of The Fallen, those angels who were cast out of Heaven by God. Over the course of the novel our main character, who is never given a specific name, travels to Rome with her friend, Father Martin, in order to locate lost relics of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ, such as the Holy Nails and what is called the Vedas. Once there, the protagonist realizes she is a reincarnation of Enoch, who is tasked with saving the human race from a satanic apocalypse. She also realizes that her peers all played an important part in the Crucifixion in their past lives.
“Wicked Truth” has an author’s note in the back following the conclusion of the story which implores readers to do their own research into these subjects which Gibson has dedicated her life. This book, in my opinion, is not for an overall general audience, but more for those who have both open minds regarding religious prophecies and those with the ability to understand extensive research into Christianity.
Gibson writes the plot of the story well, but there are some severe formatting issues, especially concerning dialogue. There are also many grammatical errors that are probably typos, which suggests that the book could have undergone more extensive editing. Sometimes it felt like there was almost too much happening at once. For example, our protagonist and her friend, Father Martin find themselves under constant attack from The Fallen and those doing their bidding. Once in Rome, almost every chapter seemed to contain an almost near-death experience for our main character as a result of dark magic and spiritual energy. The level of suspense created by these events is palpable and gives the story more depth, but it also gave it a little bit of predictability. I love reading about main characters who have to find their way out of certain peril, but an author has to make sure not to overdo it, otherwise making the protagonist seem overdramatic or unreliable, which of course is not something any writer intends.
Really, I think “Wicked Truth” by Lyn Gibson just needed to undergo more revision and editing before final publication. The plotline and characters have lots of potential; there are just some holes in certain areas and other instances which render the book a little too fanciful. I think additional revisions may also help figure out ways to better adapt the book so it’s more accessible to a wider audience.