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Librarian's note: This is an alternate cover edition for ASIN B005V257FK In DARK LIAISON, A Christian Suspense Novel, Book One in the COIL Series by D.I. Telbat, we jump into an intense scene where things are not as they seem for Memphis as he is unknowingly tested. And then we meet protagonist Corban Dowler. It is an age of prophetic strife when spiritual darkness collides Librarian's note: This is an alternate cover edition for ASIN B005V257FK In DARK LIAISON, A Christian Suspense Novel, Book One in the COIL Series by D.I. Telbat, we jump into an intense scene where things are not as they seem for Memphis as he is unknowingly tested. And then we meet protagonist Corban Dowler. It is an age of prophetic strife when spiritual darkness collides with servants of the Cross. Christians worldwide are persecuted on a heightened level, and while no safety seems to exist, one man steps forward to lend a hand to the defenseless laborers. Corban Dowler is an old-school spy. Six years ago, he accepted Christ's gift of salvation and then resigned from the morally compromising C.I.A. As Corban desires to fulfill God's Great Commission, he builds an organization called the Commission of International Laborers, (COIL), where he devotes his skills and resources to assist persecuted or kidnapped Christian servants in the most dangerous environments worldwide. There are times in this age when Corban Dowler must hastily extract missionary families and Christian workers from danger zones before death steals them from their righteous work. For these operations, Corban has developed commando-style teams using non-lethal weapons to extract the threatened or persecuted servants of the Lord. These covert multiethnic teams are ex-military or ex-CIA, and all believers in Christ. Satan is every bit the adversary as he operates through his demonic workers of iniquity. They are set on claiming the lives of the righteous that stand for Truth. While COIL is working tirelessly to rescue Christians in need, Satan's followers are placing roadblocks, destroying, and kidnapping believers in Christ to thwart the efforts of COIL. The operatives find themselves prey to the very wickedness that they are committed to fight, and a battle between good and evil emerges. With new cover design by Streetlight Graphics, Dark Liaison is an 83,000-word Christian action-suspense novel of espionage and spiritual warfare. This Book One in the COIL Series contrasts the lives of satanic antagonists bent on hatred with the COIL laborers who protect the Christian men and women servants standing for righteousness. And we learn that...there is no redemption without sacrifice.


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Librarian's note: This is an alternate cover edition for ASIN B005V257FK In DARK LIAISON, A Christian Suspense Novel, Book One in the COIL Series by D.I. Telbat, we jump into an intense scene where things are not as they seem for Memphis as he is unknowingly tested. And then we meet protagonist Corban Dowler. It is an age of prophetic strife when spiritual darkness collides Librarian's note: This is an alternate cover edition for ASIN B005V257FK In DARK LIAISON, A Christian Suspense Novel, Book One in the COIL Series by D.I. Telbat, we jump into an intense scene where things are not as they seem for Memphis as he is unknowingly tested. And then we meet protagonist Corban Dowler. It is an age of prophetic strife when spiritual darkness collides with servants of the Cross. Christians worldwide are persecuted on a heightened level, and while no safety seems to exist, one man steps forward to lend a hand to the defenseless laborers. Corban Dowler is an old-school spy. Six years ago, he accepted Christ's gift of salvation and then resigned from the morally compromising C.I.A. As Corban desires to fulfill God's Great Commission, he builds an organization called the Commission of International Laborers, (COIL), where he devotes his skills and resources to assist persecuted or kidnapped Christian servants in the most dangerous environments worldwide. There are times in this age when Corban Dowler must hastily extract missionary families and Christian workers from danger zones before death steals them from their righteous work. For these operations, Corban has developed commando-style teams using non-lethal weapons to extract the threatened or persecuted servants of the Lord. These covert multiethnic teams are ex-military or ex-CIA, and all believers in Christ. Satan is every bit the adversary as he operates through his demonic workers of iniquity. They are set on claiming the lives of the righteous that stand for Truth. While COIL is working tirelessly to rescue Christians in need, Satan's followers are placing roadblocks, destroying, and kidnapping believers in Christ to thwart the efforts of COIL. The operatives find themselves prey to the very wickedness that they are committed to fight, and a battle between good and evil emerges. With new cover design by Streetlight Graphics, Dark Liaison is an 83,000-word Christian action-suspense novel of espionage and spiritual warfare. This Book One in the COIL Series contrasts the lives of satanic antagonists bent on hatred with the COIL laborers who protect the Christian men and women servants standing for righteousness. And we learn that...there is no redemption without sacrifice.

30 review for Dark Liaison: A Christian Suspense Novel (The Coil Series, #1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Peter Younghusband

    DARK EDGE: Prequel to the COIL Series whetted my appetite for this series and now Dark Liaison has more than satiated this appetite! As with any satisfying meal that is also delicious and tasty, you want more of this meal. So with the C.O.I.L series. I want more and am so glad that there are 4 more books to continue to more than satisfy me! This is one action packed, engaging series that keeps you on the edge of your seat, and one you cannot put down. Telbat definitely has the imagination and wr DARK EDGE: Prequel to the COIL Series whetted my appetite for this series and now Dark Liaison has more than satiated this appetite! As with any satisfying meal that is also delicious and tasty, you want more of this meal. So with the C.O.I.L series. I want more and am so glad that there are 4 more books to continue to more than satisfy me! This is one action packed, engaging series that keeps you on the edge of your seat, and one you cannot put down. Telbat definitely has the imagination and writing expertise to transport the reader to a world of rogue, covert, special ops involving spiritual warfare, demon possession, physical imprisonment and torture of the persecuted Christian church and individual Christians. Full review: http://christianfictionreviewguru.blo...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    5 stars for the series. This is a great series. I binge listened. Cameron Beierle as narrator is the best. It's no coincidence that I dont swear as much after listening to the series. New D.I. Telbat fan. I look forward to his other works. 5 stars for the series. This is a great series. I binge listened. Cameron Beierle as narrator is the best. It's no coincidence that I dont swear as much after listening to the series. New D.I. Telbat fan. I look forward to his other works.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    Great Christian end-times suspense thriller. I will definitely read more in the COIL series. An ex-CIA agent, turned Christian, runs the COIL network to save Christians in persecuted countries who are in danger. He is a master of disguise. However, evil forces are trying to put the COIL network and Corbin out of business. It is an age of prophetic strife when spiritual darkness collides with servants of the Cross. Christians worldwide are persecuted on a heightened level, and while no safety see Great Christian end-times suspense thriller. I will definitely read more in the COIL series. An ex-CIA agent, turned Christian, runs the COIL network to save Christians in persecuted countries who are in danger. He is a master of disguise. However, evil forces are trying to put the COIL network and Corbin out of business. It is an age of prophetic strife when spiritual darkness collides with servants of the Cross. Christians worldwide are persecuted on a heightened level, and while no safety seems to exist, one man steps forward to lend a hand to the defenseless laborers. Corban Dowler is an old-school spy. Six years ago, he accepted Christ's gift of salvation and then resigned from the morally compromising CIA. As Corban desires to help fulfill God's Great Commission, he builds an organization known as the Commission of International Laborers, (COIL), where he devotes his skills and resources to assist persecuted Christian servants in the most dangerous environments worldwide. There are times in this age when Corban Dowler must hastily extract missionary families and Christian workers from danger zones before death steals them from their righteous work. For these operations, Corban has developed commando-style teams using non-lethal weapons. These covert multiethnic teams are ex-military, or ex-CIA, and all believers in Christ. Satan is every bit the adversary as he operates through his demonic workers of iniquity. They are set on claiming the lives of the righteous that stand for Truth. While COIL is working tirelessly to rescue Christians in need, Satan's followers are placing roadblocks, destroying, and kidnapping believers in Christ to thwart the efforts of COIL. The operatives find themselves prey to the very wickedness they are committed to fight, and a battle between good and evil emerges.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Donald

    Though I liked Corban Dowler's character/role, I struggled to understand how simply disarming a foe who was torturing God's servants would improve working/living conditions for either the servant or the people group with whom they were living/working. Also it was - to me - less than chivalrous not to go-after Brandon for physically attacking and injuring his wife Janice and blind daughter Jenna. There were too many demonic, dark places with Abaddon. The professional narration was poorly recorded Though I liked Corban Dowler's character/role, I struggled to understand how simply disarming a foe who was torturing God's servants would improve working/living conditions for either the servant or the people group with whom they were living/working. Also it was - to me - less than chivalrous not to go-after Brandon for physically attacking and injuring his wife Janice and blind daughter Jenna. There were too many demonic, dark places with Abaddon. The professional narration was poorly recorded, with misreadings from the text, slowed-down, low-pitched southern slang, a refusal to read contracted words, e.g., 'cannot', instead of the text's 'can't' in EVERY instance.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Suzette Edwards

    New Favorite Author I started with the most vurrent series by D.I. Talbat and enjoyed it so much (except for the cliffhanger ending 😱) that I figured I would start from the beginning. Now I'm hooked and plan on reading the rest of his books. The action is nearly constant. The message of Christian attitude is very convicting, especially during these trying COVID times. What a great writer. I love action / drama / mystery but it is so hard to find good stories without sex and / or foul language. Th New Favorite Author I started with the most vurrent series by D.I. Talbat and enjoyed it so much (except for the cliffhanger ending 😱) that I figured I would start from the beginning. Now I'm hooked and plan on reading the rest of his books. The action is nearly constant. The message of Christian attitude is very convicting, especially during these trying COVID times. What a great writer. I love action / drama / mystery but it is so hard to find good stories without sex and / or foul language. This is a refreshing find.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Libby

    Very unique take on a Spy/ undercover operatives novel. The group Coil are former Military, Mossad, CIA opperatives who have given their lives to Christ and now use their unique undercover skills to rescue Missionaries whose lives are in danger. While not using lethal force they disable their enemies using a special gun and a sleeping agent. There is also a strong Spiritual battle element between good and evil. There were a few cheesy parts but the story kept my interest

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lorrine Zinter

    Very informative I liked this book's subject matter and the character were clearly defined. Lots of action, but I wonder if the battle against the enemy is as obvious. I know spiritual warfare is ongoing and would love to subdue people like the Coil characters do. Thanks for the info. At the end of the book that informs the reader of the "real" warriors to pray for each day. I will be reading Book 2. Very informative I liked this book's subject matter and the character were clearly defined. Lots of action, but I wonder if the battle against the enemy is as obvious. I know spiritual warfare is ongoing and would love to subdue people like the Coil characters do. Thanks for the info. At the end of the book that informs the reader of the "real" warriors to pray for each day. I will be reading Book 2.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Excellent book The author certainly knows how to keep a reader's interest. There were parts where I would have to remind myself to relax, that it was fiction. He doesn't just tell a story; somehow he wraps the story around you, gathering you in with details of the characters, their emotions, and the actions that are taking place. Excellent book The author certainly knows how to keep a reader's interest. There were parts where I would have to remind myself to relax, that it was fiction. He doesn't just tell a story; somehow he wraps the story around you, gathering you in with details of the characters, their emotions, and the actions that are taking place.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Another wonderful book from a great Christian author. Telbat's books show how average people are able to be and do things far beyond what's normal, when they belong to Jesus Christ. We get to see how God watches over His children and how He will use everything for their good. Sometimes we don't understand the why of things, but as the book shows, we can always trust the Lord. Another wonderful book from a great Christian author. Telbat's books show how average people are able to be and do things far beyond what's normal, when they belong to Jesus Christ. We get to see how God watches over His children and how He will use everything for their good. Sometimes we don't understand the why of things, but as the book shows, we can always trust the Lord.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    It took a few chapters before I started to like the characters and storyline; ended up really enjoying it. I love the author’s emphasis on relying on God but using the wits God gives to battle the Enemy and his pawns. I didn’t expect the twist - it added quite a punch to the story.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Vetter

    Great This book kept me very interested in the lives of the main characters. Couple of twists and turns and a few surprises. You've done it again Mr Telbat. Checking into Book 2 of COIL next. God bless you . Great This book kept me very interested in the lives of the main characters. Couple of twists and turns and a few surprises. You've done it again Mr Telbat. Checking into Book 2 of COIL next. God bless you .

  12. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Bonner-wells

    Great book Covers sensitive topics in a very Christ honoring way. Makes me wonder how us Americans would face persecutions. Thank you for an inspiring read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Great story line Really loved the spy world theme! Never thought about the powers in play His return. Well written story and a very interesting topic!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Benita M. Williams

    wow What can I say? A must read series and I'm not even through all the way. glad I found this series. I think I read the books put of order but still great read! wow What can I say? A must read series and I'm not even through all the way. glad I found this series. I think I read the books put of order but still great read!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Trinity Rose

    D.I. Telbat is a new author for me and I just love his style. This book Dark Liaison is a book I will cherish and reread. I will read any of D.I.’s other books, because he’s that great of an author. This story is my favorite kind. It talks about the persecuted church and is a suspense/secret agent type of book. I couldn’t put this book down and I so look forward to book two in the series. The characters are highly developed and very likable or unlikable. I didn’t know how Dark Liaison was going D.I. Telbat is a new author for me and I just love his style. This book Dark Liaison is a book I will cherish and reread. I will read any of D.I.’s other books, because he’s that great of an author. This story is my favorite kind. It talks about the persecuted church and is a suspense/secret agent type of book. I couldn’t put this book down and I so look forward to book two in the series. The characters are highly developed and very likable or unlikable. I didn’t know how Dark Liaison was going to end and I love that in a book. I also loved all of the different disguises that Corban used. He is quite an intriguing character. Corban was once a spy and thought nothing of killing the enemy but now he is a Christian and can’t kill anymore. So Corban and a band of other individuals form a group that gets Christians and Missionaries out of harm from religious persecution. They are many times in dangerous situations, but never do any of them kill or harm another human. It is so interesting the many ways they do this. I really can’t say enough for all of the wonderful parts of this book. If you never read any other book this year, you need to read Dark Liaison. It is such a fantastic book, full of excitement and adventure. I highly recommend this book and wish I could give it more than 5 stars. Here are ways to get in touch with D.I. Telbat or to read about his book. D.I. Telbat http://ditelbat.com Author Central Page for D.I. Telbat on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B004ULWX14 Vision for Telbat's Tablet website: http://ditelbat.com/about/vision/ Dark Liaison book page on site: http://ditelbat.com/dark-liaison/ About page on ditelbat.com: http://ditelbat.com/about/ Media room on ditelbat.com: http://ditelbat.com/media/ (includes a link for PDF of Chapter One excerpt, besides many other links and info) Thank you to the author for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

  16. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Heal

    Dark Liaison by D.I. Telbat I enjoyed Dark Liaison, a Christian suspense novel with an unusual premise. The hero is Corban, an ex-CIA agent, who has used his contacts and skills to build an alternative spy agency whose mission is the rescue of suffering saints facing imprisonment, torture, and death in places like North Korea, Guatamala, and China. Satan’s forces, led by Abaddon and his the creepily evil minions are ramping up their attacks on Christians in a last ditch effort to thwart God’s kin Dark Liaison by D.I. Telbat I enjoyed Dark Liaison, a Christian suspense novel with an unusual premise. The hero is Corban, an ex-CIA agent, who has used his contacts and skills to build an alternative spy agency whose mission is the rescue of suffering saints facing imprisonment, torture, and death in places like North Korea, Guatamala, and China. Satan’s forces, led by Abaddon and his the creepily evil minions are ramping up their attacks on Christians in a last ditch effort to thwart God’s kingdom before Christ’s return to Earth. But as a Christian, Corban and his agents refuse to kill in the line of duty, even those who are actively trying to kill them, relying instead on creative, non-lethal methods to overpower the bad guys. Luigi, an assassin hired to kill Corban, is left scratching his head when Corban “adopts” him instead of killing him. Of course, this anti-violence philosophy increases the risks of each rescue mission, but Corban’s team operates on faith, knowing their lives are in God’s hands. I loved the concept of this novel and the military techno-lingo and mission details that made the story every bit as exciting as a traditional spy story. Telbat brings home the real life danger and suspense that Christians around the world face daily as they try to live their faith. I will definitely be thinking and praying more after having read Dark Liaison. There were some flaws in this debut novel—a little too much explaining and not enough action at times, a few areas in which my disbelief was not suspended well enough. But I look forward to reading the next book in the series, sure that the writer will continue to improve his considerable skill.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Dark Liaison, while a great suspense novel, also made me think about all of the Christians who, for their faith, suffer persecution, torture, and even death in foreign countries. They know the risks, yet they still go to share the Gospel. I think Dark Liaison's story was very entertaining and it kept my attention throughout. I love how Corban had so many identities and that COIL didn't kill people - even when someone was trying to kill them. There was a lot more substance to Dark Liaison than norm Dark Liaison, while a great suspense novel, also made me think about all of the Christians who, for their faith, suffer persecution, torture, and even death in foreign countries. They know the risks, yet they still go to share the Gospel. I think Dark Liaison's story was very entertaining and it kept my attention throughout. I love how Corban had so many identities and that COIL didn't kill people - even when someone was trying to kill them. There was a lot more substance to Dark Liaison than normal books - which I liked. Many times I found myself thinking about things mentioned in this book and how true they are. The good vs. evil message was very well written - in the end Light will overcome darkness, Good will overcome evil, God will defeat Satan. Overall, I loved Dark Liaison and definitely recommend it - I'm looking forward to the next book in the COIL series!!! * I received a complimentary eBook copy for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. *

  18. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    I feel like I'm constantly repeating myself in reviews - it's really hard to find a good Christian suspense author. It's even harder to find one that writes with any depth. And. . . it's about time that I can say I've find a new author that I intend to follow because his books are excellent! Dark Liaison combines all the suspense and thrill of a classic spy/action novel with a some great messages about Christianity. It also promotes awareness of the persecuted church. This book is well-written: i I feel like I'm constantly repeating myself in reviews - it's really hard to find a good Christian suspense author. It's even harder to find one that writes with any depth. And. . . it's about time that I can say I've find a new author that I intend to follow because his books are excellent! Dark Liaison combines all the suspense and thrill of a classic spy/action novel with a some great messages about Christianity. It also promotes awareness of the persecuted church. This book is well-written: it doesn't leave a lot of holes, it has believability and the characters are interesting and likeable. It lacks all of the regular problems of most of the Christian fiction genre. That is why I will be reading the rest of this series as it comes out. I only wish there were more books out already! I highly recommend Telbat!!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Roger Feenstra

    The book had its moments of suspense, but equally had moments where the storyline didn't seem to always flow. The characters didn't seem to be fully developed. Corbin, for example; I never had any strong feelings about him. Likewise for his family--they all seemed rather detached from each other emotionally. The author did a good job of describing the prison break. I waited until I was finished before I viewed the author's hand drawn map, and it was exactly as I had envisioned in my mind as I r The book had its moments of suspense, but equally had moments where the storyline didn't seem to always flow. The characters didn't seem to be fully developed. Corbin, for example; I never had any strong feelings about him. Likewise for his family--they all seemed rather detached from each other emotionally. The author did a good job of describing the prison break. I waited until I was finished before I viewed the author's hand drawn map, and it was exactly as I had envisioned in my mind as I read the story. This author has potential. He is still young and I will read more of his work. He kept a Christian theme throughout. For an easy, suspenseful read, I would recommend this book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michael E.

    Interesting and Exciting thriller... ...something different. I really enjoyed this book. It is a well written spy thriller, but not along the lines of Bond or Bourne. The story follows a private spy organization on a clandestine mission, dueling with forces such as the CIA, criminal masterminds, and a pure evil enemy. What is different about this story is the connection back to Christian faith, and how a man who once was a natural assassin and experienced field agent would live a life honoring Go Interesting and Exciting thriller... ...something different. I really enjoyed this book. It is a well written spy thriller, but not along the lines of Bond or Bourne. The story follows a private spy organization on a clandestine mission, dueling with forces such as the CIA, criminal masterminds, and a pure evil enemy. What is different about this story is the connection back to Christian faith, and how a man who once was a natural assassin and experienced field agent would live a life honoring God after going through a salvation experience. It is an interesting story, laced with lots of action. Fun read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Axle Black

    I found 'Dark Liaison' to have a good balance of action, suspense and spiritual content. Telbat has exceptional skill in outlining a relitively complex plot that is easy to follow. At no time did I get lost between scenes as I sometimes do. The characters are normal, everyday people, both good and bad. The action, though sometimes approaching the limits of possibility, is believable. The story line in 'Dark Liaison' somewhat resembles that of the 'Left Behind' series. All in all I found it an ad I found 'Dark Liaison' to have a good balance of action, suspense and spiritual content. Telbat has exceptional skill in outlining a relitively complex plot that is easy to follow. At no time did I get lost between scenes as I sometimes do. The characters are normal, everyday people, both good and bad. The action, though sometimes approaching the limits of possibility, is believable. The story line in 'Dark Liaison' somewhat resembles that of the 'Left Behind' series. All in all I found it an addictive read - clean and exciting. The one fault, I find, is its cover. It doesn't do the book justice.

  22. 4 out of 5

    O

    It's hard to criticize Christian fiction, since there's so little of it (aside from Romance). Alas, this novel, while interesting, is full of non sequiturs, implausibilities, good-guy high-tech and bad-guy low-tech, strange spiritual-warfare blindspots, healing miracles, and overall Huhs? that the thrust of the story goes awry. To point out those many cases would require Spoilers, so I'll beg off on that. Suffice it to say, if you're Christian you'll probably like it, because the the writing is It's hard to criticize Christian fiction, since there's so little of it (aside from Romance). Alas, this novel, while interesting, is full of non sequiturs, implausibilities, good-guy high-tech and bad-guy low-tech, strange spiritual-warfare blindspots, healing miracles, and overall Huhs? that the thrust of the story goes awry. To point out those many cases would require Spoilers, so I'll beg off on that. Suffice it to say, if you're Christian you'll probably like it, because the the writing is lucid and the good guys win (with God's help, as always). Just leave your common sense at home.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Misty Heringer raup

    what could be better than 007, a secret ops team who are Christian, fighting real enemies, without legal means? this book for me sucked in and I love the series and characters! makes you think about others and be more grateful too.

  24. 4 out of 5

    D.I. Telbat

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I am the author of this book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Pretty good book. The ending was certainly exciting, but It was almost too optimistic considering the topic of end times.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lorna Timoll

    Excellent!!!! Brilliantly written. Although Christians are forever being persecuted, God watches over them. In the end, they win.I highly recommend book

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jodi Woody

    Loved it.Another great Christian fiction. Spies, demon possessed bad guys. All with good writing. I give it 5 stars. High school and up.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nadine

    Great action and suspense book. It left me wanting more. I'm glad there are three more books in the series. With many twists and turns it will leave you excited to read the next page. Great action and suspense book. It left me wanting more. I'm glad there are three more books in the series. With many twists and turns it will leave you excited to read the next page.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Darrell

    Good Reading I like a good action book. I'm an Alistair McLean fan and these characters are similar. They have resolve and fortitude. Good story. Good Reading I like a good action book. I'm an Alistair McLean fan and these characters are similar. They have resolve and fortitude. Good story.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aahamsing41

    The Lord is in control. Although a world of fiction, the tale rings true. It presents a story that is portents of things to come. Very well written and a great read.

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