The Light is spiritually moving and riveting, exploring the concepts of angels, forgotten teachings, and doing God's work on Earth against the backdrop of the rugged wilderness of Oregon's Cascade Mountain. It is one part Western adventure, one part spiritual reminder, one part thriller, and wholly entertaining and riveting. When Dan Branson accepts the invitation from a beautiful woman named "Angie" who comes from "up above" to help teach Earth's scientists the forgotten laws of physics, he, and the reader, have no idea whether she is extra-terrestrial life or angel, or what is in store for Branson. What ensues is a page-turning thrill-ride of drama and intrigue. Rolphe's ability to fuse spirituality with plot is truly unique, and in creating this compelling story, truly entertains and enlightens readers.
The Light chronicles the riveting story of Dan Branson, a rancher, who comes upon a woman named Angie who comes from "up above" in Oregon's Cascade Mountains while searching for the source of a flashing light. When he accepts her request to help her to provide Earth's scientists with "long-forgotten" laws of physics, he has no idea what is in store for him. The riveting story is packed with intrigue and danger, cleverly interweaving a spiritual message. He seamlessly fuses the conception of angels on Earth and the path to doing God's work in our human lifetimes with a western adventure. Rolphe has an extraordinary talent for story-telling and for weaving relevant Biblical verses into a compelling story without becoming preachy. Through Angie and Dan's quest to teach the world, the readers, too, learn and are reminded of important lessons.
If you are a fan of westerns, thrillers, or entertaining novels in general, "The Light" by Ben Rolphe is for you. This book has a little of everything including a deep rooted spiritual reminder. Overall, it is entertaining...what I would call a real page-turner. The story revolves around a rancher and it is obvious from the details that this is something the author has great experience in himself. The rancher gets an unusual request from a mystical woman and goes on to have quite an adventure that really draws the reader in and allows the imagination to take over.
The Light is such a powerful and profound read! Usually, I'm not into any book or movie that deals with the western genre. However, I was absolutely blown away from the way the author made every character completely translatable in every facet to his readers and just various walks of life. I truly admired the interesting connection of western life and extraterrestrial as one within this remarkable literature.
In The Light, Ben Rolphe deftly interweaves a compelling adventure story with spiritual message, taking readers on a journey through Oregon's Cascade Mountains with head wrangler of the Triple Peaks Ranch, Dan Branson, and a mysterious woman who calls herself "Angie." After entering the wilderness region of the mountains searching for the source of a mysterious light, Dan Branson meets a strange and beautiful woman of unknown origin, indicating only that she is from "above." Branson has no idea what he is in for when he accepts her request to help her on her mission to provide Earth's scientists with the long-forgotten laws of physics. What ensues is an action-packed western adventure that holds readers under its suspenseful trance as it reveals intrigue, danger, the truth of Angie's origin, and a spiritual message.
palmbeachprincess (West Palm Beach, FL)
Ben Rolphe really surprises with "The Light". What looks to be another western novel about a rancher actually turns out to be a fascinating adventure full of surprises including a sci-fi twist that leaves you intrigued and compelled. With all of these unexpected events plus Rolphes obvious knowledge of what it is like to actually live on a ranch, it really leaves you hoping Rolphe comes out with some more books so he is able to once again display his obvious talent. 5 stars all the way.
"This book is a fictional novel. Some will refer to it as science fiction while others may choose to call it a book on philosophy. You be the judge." In his introduction to his novel, Ben Rolphe offers this explanation. He claims that the introduction will tell us nothing about the novel; on the contrary, this combination of themes is exactly the definition that the reader will find. Rolphe's background in ranching shines through in his attention to detail, while the surprising weaving of philosophy and religion within the otherwise extremely realistic milieu is new and exciting. It's neither realistic fiction nor science fiction nor philosophy, but rather an amalgamation of all of these, tied in with exquisite detail, attention to modern themes and current events and a message that will resound with a great variety of readers. It's the perfect book for people who like everything, but also for those who never seem to like anything they read.
Ben Rolphe's The Light is, most certainly, a great moving and touching book. It took me only three sittings to finish the book. In addition, it's full of exciting and intriguing moments that will keep you entertain from start to finish. Ben Rolphe does a wonderful job and doesn't disappoint at all. Great Book!
Ben Rolphe's "The Light" is a sci-fi, philosophical Western. Moreover, it's such a very exciting, engaging read that I read it from cover to cover in one sitting. The author has the gift of making the reader feel like s/he's right there in the story, whether it be flying in the protagonist's Dan Branson's plane or encountering a beautiful extraterrestrial messenger named Angeline. The storyline is gripping and involves spiritual awareness, one's higher purpose in life, good versus evil, guardian angels, and a thoughtful interplay between Earth and beyond. Rolphe masterfully weaves a story true to his belief that it would be a far better world "if everything were as it should be, rather than as it is."
Bobbi Clough "Bobbi" (UK)
I am not much of a religious person, but it was a refreshing read, part sci-fi and part theology. I guess it depends on how you view the world and your own spirituality. The character of Dan is well developed and his back story is well written. It was in the outdoors, camping, fishing, and horses, I love them all. And in the end Dan finds peace with a woman and her daughter.
This book took me back to when I was younger just discovering westerns. Those were the good old days. I really enjoyed this western. The romance, spirituality, just everything you gotta love about a western. The ranches, the cows, the head wrangler. Then it takes an odd scifi turn that really just takes this western to another level. What more could you ask for?
S. Wood (Texas)
An amazing story about the wild west, angels, danger and life! Without being pushy or preaching, the author intertwines spiritual teachings into the story. This is story about a rancher who meets a women named Angie, she happens to be sent from "up above" to pass along some information. She wants Branson to join her in reminding Earth's scientists about some long forgotten lessons in physics. In the end she teaches him that life can be hard but you have not been forgotten. I found this book making me think about life after death and my faith in god.
Ben Rolphe does an excellent job in describing the Triple Peaks Ranch along Oregon's Cascade Mountains and the wilderness that surrounds them that the reader can truly feel the cool brisk breeze and early morning chill of the mountains, in his book "The Light". Dan Branson is the head wrangler for the ranch who seems a peculiar light in the mountains and proceeds to investigate. What ensues is a story of letting go of the past, believing in a new future and finding faith when all else fails. "The Light" is a modern day Western with a sci-fi twist.
Ben Rolphe's The Light is an entertaining western novel. The reader will be so captivated by the story not only for the action, adventure, and romance but for the spiritual message that lies underneath. In the story, Angie comes to Earth to teach man that although we are not perfect and there are many trails that we have to deal with in our life, God does not forget what we have overcome and will reward us for our good deeds.
Nichel B. (New York, NY)
Dan Branson's life hasn't been the easiest to live, but he hasn't given up. He's alive, breathing, doing, but he isn't really living. Not until he meets Angie anyway. Angie enters Dan's live, and forces him to open his mind to the possibilities that exist in the world, and also open his heart to love. Angie's not what you'd expect, but she is wonderful because of what she represents. The Light by Ben Rolphe is a most wonderful dual love story that offers hope for second chances because of the love God has for man. I challenge you to read this story, and try to remain unchanged in how you view God, and how you love others.
MizBanks (The States)
The story is all about a rancher who through a weird twist of fate meets a girl who declares herself to come from "Above", initially I thought it was ET but its not. This book has its storyline mixed with religion, Christianity, bible verses, references to angels and demons. It gives you a good storyline and a good ending on the same with a surprise. It really gets your attention, and I found it enjoyable. You learn on many things about the west, life, religion, people and miracles. Everything is fated and people can experience miracles is what the story lets you feel. A good weekend or vacation read.
The author has used his many talents to give us all a reminder that good things still happen in spite of the terrible times we all face today. However, in spite of his apparent faith in God and his love for his fellow man, Rolphe is relentless in describing the lack of a belief in God and an international despair as two of the reasons why men constantly go to war and distrust each other; whether it is one man distrusting another or nations who believe in different Gods. Infusing his love for cattle ranching, flying planes and God into his stories, he writes about what he knows. It is clear he knows much about what discord the lack of a belief can cause. Although he uses angels and demons to make his point, he does not turn to fire and brimstone, but to analogies and psalms and verses from the Bible. But, the psalms and verses are only used once you have a clear understanding of why they are there in the first place. He's not preaching; he is teaching.
Carolyn F. Piner (North Carolina)
Do not let this cover fool you into thinking that this is just an old western story. This book is a fantastic book for anyone that believes there is life after death and that oftentimes while alive we are faced with Angels (messengers of God) in human form that assist us in fulfilling our calling to do God's work on Earth. This book also illustrates that sometimes when in the middle of doing good for God, you will often face tough times, but the rewards are great in the end. This book is very detailed and combines adventure, romance, Christianity, humor and more. A great read that will really get you thinking and invigorate the soul.
By just glancing at this book you would assume it is just a western book but once you begin to read it you see that it is so much more! I really enjoyed this book because the author is so detailed in describing things and you begin to feel as though you are right there. His prior, real-life experience really shines through! This book is a great read for anyone who is looking for a book full of adventure, which you get plenty of as you read about Dan Branson who decides to head and look for the light he has been seeing. I highly recommend it!
If you enjoy western adventure novels, you are sure to like "The Light," the fourth novel written by Ben Rolphe. The author is a former entrepreneur who actually used to be a rancher as well. You can easily see his expertise in the novel. This book was written by someone who knows what he is talking about when it comes to the risks of ranging cattle, as well as the various aspects of farming and ranching. "The Light" features Dan Branson, the head wrangler at a ranch who heads out into the wilderness to look for a flashing light he has been seeing. The book takes an interesting turn with Branson runs into a woman in the middle of nowhere. He believes this woman is an extraterrestrial being from some other planet and he decides to help her on her mission to save the planet. The book appears to be a western adventure, and it has all of those aspects, but the unique twist of the appearing woman brings danger, intrigue, and plenty more to the novel.