"I just finished reading "Battle for the Round Tower", after reading the prequel, "No Mercy" last year. I would not be surprised if this epic allegorical tale is destined to become a cult classic of sorts or in it's own right, a classic.
"Written as a modern metaphysical story reminiscent of Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress", and C.S Lewis' "Screwtape Letters", it utilizes the struggles of Everyman protagonist, Hank Henderson, to echo our own core challenges of faith and spiritual growth. The story's content is founded on solid orthodoxy with an embedded mystic spirituality that steers clear of pseudo-spirituality and boringly dead religiosity. The story has a philosophical dialectic that reminds me of Augustine's treatise in "City of God".
"I definitely recommend these two novels, and I imagine that I will read them again, as I have the didactic stories of George MacDonald, C.S. Lewis and Tolkien. They can be enjoyed by readers with erudite and unlearned, moral and immoral, sophisticated and simple backgrounds revealing an invitation to all, to a realistic relationship by a loving Creator. Preston Gillham beautifully portrays both the hard facts and the joy of relationship with God using the characters and storyline in "Battle for the Round Tower".
"The closing chapter also whetted my appetite - is there a trilogy in the making here?"
Thank you for your kind words, Wenzen. And yes, there is a trilogy in the works.