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The False Prophet

(Stonegate #2)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  26 reviews
This is the sequel to the award-winning Christian fantasy novel, The Stonegate Sword. All the major characters return, Donald, Rachel, Carla, and Philip.

Stonegate remains the key, and Donald returns to that great walled city and his beloved Rachel just as the hosts of enemy are also closing in. Part adventure, part love story, this epic saga covers the vast panorama of New
Paperback, 343 pages
Published January 15th 2017 by Foxware Publishing LLC
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David Bergsland
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Christian dytopian fantasy

Book two in the Stonegate series by Harry James Fox is Christian dystopian military fiction with a medieval twist. This is a very interesting tale of life a hundred years from now in the Central Rockies and the Front Range. Having lived for 25 years in New Mexico, I enjoyed the tie-ins to our current culture out there in the West.

The story builds directly out of the first book, The Stonegate Sword, with the same cast of characters. Though the world-build is well-do
Harry Fox
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Jeremy Helton
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teenager-Adult
The False Prophet by Harry James Fox
I won’t bother with a synopsis--many other reviews have done this. I won’t try to label the genre--it is its own thing--something new. But perhaps for those of you who don’t like Dystopian literature, such as The Road by Cormac McCarthy, let me assure you that The False Prophet is nothing like that. I found McCarthy’s book to be gloomy. All I could think of was death, decay and despair. But in Fox’s novel, the breakdown of civilization was far in the past. The
Catherine Byrne
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like to vary my reading genres as much as possible. I enjoy being transported to a world I know nothing about. I must say, THE FALSE PROPHET did not disappoint. Set one hundred years into the future, when all present-day technical knowledge has been lost, wars are once more fought with simple weapons and tactics. The principles of human nature are the same however.
Not only does Donald have to fight the physical enemy and resist the False Prophet, cope with assassins and even a traitor within
Carl Harmon
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a good one. Hope there will be another, but I was not left hanging like so many series books.
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The False Prophet is a remarkable Christian dystopian novel set in western US one hundred years from now after the collapse of western civilization into a medieval assortment of cities and factions. It is the second book in the Stonegate series. A third book is expected later this year.

Fox’s grasp of military strategies and tactics interwoven with the flora and fauna of Colorado and surrounding areas and well-developed characters immerses you in the ebb and flow of events as a brutal, corrupt ru
Jackie Whitley
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-reads
Another reviewer called this charming book a "Christian dystopian military fiction with a medieval twist." I am glad he labelled it for me, because I was scratching my head to know what to call it The book crosses a number of genre boundaries, which might not be a smart thing to do in some ways, but it does make for a refreshing change of pace.
There is something that reminds me a bit of Tolkien, but it is subtle. There are no strange creatures or magic, not even "white magic." But I sense a sup
Samuel David
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Linda Sellars
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoyed this one. It is creative, well written, and has believable characters. I don't usually like post-apocalyptic fiction, but this tale does not focus on the collapse of civilization or the trauma surrounding the end of the modern world. It takes place generations later. A time in a possible future that is very different from our own, and yet very much the same.
I liked the fact that it is a clean read, and one suitable for young adults, though I see it as aimed at an adult audience.
Philip Dodd
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
In May, 2015, I read and reviewed The Stonegate Sword by Harry James Fox. Now, here in April, 2017, I have just finished reading its sequel, The False Prophet. I enjoyed reading the first book and I found its sequel just as interesting and absorbing. It was good to be back in the strange world Harry James Fox has created for his story. As in the first book, he describes well the wide open spaces of the mountain lands of America, familiar to me from cowboy films seen on cinema and television scre ...more
Harry Fox
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
As the author, I naturally think this is a good book, so my rating is biased.
This novel digs deeper into the characters introduced in the first of the series, "The Stonegate Sword."
Carla, a minor character in the first book, takes much more of a leading role. Though small in stature, she is revealed as an archer of uncanny skill.
Both novels are Christian-friendly, but The False Prophet develops spiritual themes in more detail.
Though this is the second of a planned three-part series, it stands o
Tony Parsons
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Joseph Bountiful was riding to Prophet City.
Martin Abaddon (son Prophet) who lived in Prophet City wanted to rule all the other lands (Stonegate, Longmont, Hightower).
Balek Brown was the leader of the False Prophet’s army who battled it out to no avail against the Raiders (mounted mercenaries).
The towns of Ariel, Bethuel, & Glenwood, were destroyed & the citizens were terrorized.

Rachel (daughter) parents had been killed & she was taken captive.
Donald of Fisher (horse troops commande
Maria Matthews
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have read other books set in the future and all depict a world torn apart by war, a few survivors struggling for existence so I was dithering over if I should read Harry Fox's book, The False Prophet. What I discovered was a storyline/plot so different to the other doom laden books. In this book I discovered a future worth fighting for, and characters that drew me into their world.
As a woman I was impressed by his vision of how women would take part in this world. Without spoiling the plot or
Pam Mooney
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love the setting one hundred years into the future without present-day technology. Refreshingly original. Having lived in New Mexico and front range Colorado, I enjoyed seeing my favorite haunts in the light of military strategies and tactics. I could close my eyes and picture the area in a seemingly medieval struggle. I liked that all the characters are very well developed including minor characters drawn in from "The Stonegate Sword". I truly appreciate it when I can really relate to the per ...more
Todd Hickman
This is an enjoyable novel. As some have commented, it is cross-genre, but I tagged it as adventure, because it seems to me to fit that best. It is Christian, in that there are Bible quotes liberally used (and they do seem to fit what is going on), but this is more a Christian-friendly book than a didactic, in-y0ur-face, polemic. The Christian themes are really subtle and fit the overall mood quite well.
I liked the characterization and the sense of place. It is Colorado, to be sure. The terrain
Barbara Griffin
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the first book in the series, but I think I liked this one even better.
The False Prophet has enough back-story that it could be read as a stand-alone novel, but reading the first adds a lot of richness.
I liked the characters, the descriptions of the Rocky Mountains, and the plat was exciting. Although the conclusion was satisfying, I wish the next book in the series was finished, but I will have to wait to see if the bad guy finally gets his just deserts.
Jason Pringle
Great. Emjoyed the clean writing style and the descriptions of the landscape and the development of the major characters. Don't want to give any spoilers away, but the conclusion was all that I could have expected. I wish the next volume was finished, since it cries out for another. That is not to say that the book ended with a cliff-hanger. It didn't.
Tawna Armstrong
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, fantasy
I. Loved. This. Book. What more can I say? Beautifully written and captivating. I wish number three was out. Hurry please!!
J.B. Trepagnier
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I picked this one up. I don't read much Christian and I've only read one Christian fantasy book before. This one is a little Christian, a little dystopian, and a little fantasy, but the mashup works.

This book was probably one of the most original dystopian books I've read. For one, even though it would be appropriate for teens to read, this is a dystopian novel with adults as the main characters. Maybe it's because I only pick up dystopian here and there,
R.W. Lang
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This is an epic tale of good versus evil. The False Prophet intended to command the towns in an apocalyptic America using his magnificent army. In addition, he forced his religion upon his people and repressed all others. Donald of Fisher had other plans and was torn between the love of two women. The war came down to the battle at Stonegate and after 6 days, the enemy wanted to parley. Donald accepted their surrender, but another attack was imminent. Balek Brown, a prophet's commander fought a ...more
Gerard Averett
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Get it. Read it. I will write a review later.
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
My comments are bit pedestrian, but that’s the way I roll.

After really enjoying the first book in the series, I found the first few chapters were a bit ‘clunky’. We were let in to some of the inner workings of the characters, but ‘told’ rather than ‘shown’. However, that soon gave way with the fast moving action. I preferred the more even chapter length in this book...for my style of reading it helped keep a sense of ‘pace’.

This book seemed to conclude fairly well, so we’ll see whether I get i
Carl Harmon
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I already reviewed the Kindle eBook. I liked it very much.
Gregory Daily
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book. I will want to re-read and I don't say that about very many.
Gregory Daily
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed it.
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