Part of my Unschooled Master of Theology Program is extensive reading in various, often interrelated subjects, and that includes fiction.

I stumbled onto this book awhile back, maybe a year or more, but I finally managed to read it and, I have to say, what a great story it turned out to be!

So, let’s jump in and find out why Walker Buckalew’s book
The Visioners turned out to be an incredible story you won’t want to miss….

The Story Unfolds

The story begins with Joanna being dispatched by her mother to the family cabin in the middle of the woods due to a dangerous man and organization now out to get them.

It appears the famly is not only gifted, but they were responsible for putting Dr. Cameron Stafford behind bars. With his release, they now find themselves the target of the man’s vengeance, and he has the wealth and organization to carry it out.

After hiking a ways from where her family is staying, Joanna watches in horror as attackers in ski-masks launch an assault on the cabin. Only by sheer will and determination do Joanna and her twin brother, Samuel, survive, as they fight their way through tremendous hardships and threats, just to keep their lives.

They are joined in the adventures by Gareth Morgan, but he’s the subject for another time.

Reminds Me of Our Daughter

As I was reading this story, the suspense, the mystery of it all reminded me of a book I wrote a few years back, Our Daughter. It also has a teenage heroine as the main protagonist, Katie Cadora, who finds herself in the care of Christian witches who are out to destroy the little she has left after her life was shattered.

It’s these kinds of stories that I really get excited about. The idea that God cannot be fit so neatly in the proverbial box, that there are things out in the world that are part of God’s plan that we could hardly recognize as Christian, yet, they are.

Just like for Katie, Joanna has to find out what she’s really made of, what it means to put everything on the line and risk it all, just for a slim chance of getting their life back again. The Visioners is a coming of age story, with its own brand of magic and intrigue and enticing suspense.

You’re going to love it!

Recommend this Series

So, check it out the next time you’re on Amazon and need a new title to add to your ebook reader. You’ll love the characters, the story, and you’ll be begging to get started on book two.

Until my next review….

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Excerpt from Our Daughter:

“Okay, mom,” Randy said.

“You behave yourself and be nice. You’re lucky to have company while you wait for the doctors.”

The woman turned and started back the way she came.

“The nurse said it would be twenty or thirty more minutes, so we’ll eat quick and be back up here before they take you in, okay?”

“Okay, mom.”

“Sorry for him,” the woman said to Katie as she walked by.

“He’s funny.”

Katie grinned.

As the woman left, Katie noticed the boy moving around again on the bed. Before she realized what was happening, the tiny lump disappeared and she could hear the faint sound of bare hands and feet on the tile floor.

He was low crawling under the beds toward her.

A moment later, Randy popped his head out from under the nearest hospital bed, craning his neck around to look up at her.

“Hello, there,” Katie said.

Randy disappeared back under the bed, the bed sheet draping down almost to the floor. Katie could still see three little fingers pressed to the tile.

“What are you here for?” Katie asked, readjusting her seat in the chair, trying to get the ache in her chest to lessen.

For whatever reason, the wheelchair was really uncomfortable.

“Why are – ”

Randy’s voice trailed off for a moment as he looked around.

“Why are you here?”

“I’m getting my leg fixed,” Katie said. “See?”

Randy poked his head back out from under the bed and looked at the leg she was pointing to.

“What’s wrong with it?”

“The doctor said it’s broken,” Katie said. “Shattered.”


“Yeah. Ouch.”

“Can you feel it?” Randy asked, able to stay out from his hiding place.

“I can feel it, but it’s not too bad,” Katie said, then tapped the IV in her arm. “This thing is giving me medicine of some kind for the pain. At least that’s what the nurses said.”

“Why are you – ”

Randy stopped mid-sentence.

He scooted out from under the bed entirely and slowly crept over to her on all fours.

“What are you, some kind of spider?” Katie asked, giggling a little.

“What are you?” Randy echoed.

He was now only about a foot away from her chair and sat there, his legs folded up under him, gawking up at her.

“What are you staring at me for?”

“I’ve never – ”

Randy put out a hesitant hand and ever so gently touched her arm.

“Are you some kind of ghost?”

He looked around again.

“Are you – ”

He leaned in, talking in a whisper.

“Are you dead?”

A nurse came around the corner and stopped abruptly, spotting the empty bed in the far corner where Randy should have been.

“Randy Andrews,” the nurse said, her hands now on her hips. “You get right back into the bed and you stop playing around, please. They are ready for you in surgery.”

Katie watched as Randy scrambled on all fours under the beds and back up onto his, pulling the sheet back over top of himself again.

She started to ask him about his question, but couldn’t get the words out before his parents appeared at the door.

Katie sat there quietly, watching Randy stare back at her from under his sheet. She glanced over at his parents and the nurse, noticed Randy’s dad had no hair on the top of his head.

Are you dead?

What kind of question was that?

The snap of the wheel locks being disengaged on Randy’s hospital bed jarred Katie out of the confusion she was in.

The doctor she’d first seen was now at the door, waiting for Randy.

He was his surgeon.

They wheeled Randy out of the room, his parents following right behind, disappearing to the left, heading for his operating room.

The pre-op room was empty again.


Are you dead?

What kind of crazy question was that?

The nurse came back through the double doors.

“It won’t be long now,” she said.


Katie tried not to think about the dull ache growing just behind her sternum.

The nurse disappeared around the corner as Katie watched the double doors to the operating rooms slowly shut.

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