pray: it's the end of the world as we know it!
STORY TIME THURSDAY: Pray by John Prescott
"The end of the world didn't begin with a bang. It began with the sound of a trumpet."The story opens with each of these three characters witnessing bizarre and gruesome events, in different parts of the country, after hearing the blaring of the trumpet : Trez Leighton, an ex-military officer camping in the Colorado mountains, sees a jet abruptly crash into the next mountain, in full throttle; Roxi Parks, a nurse leaving her shift at a Virginia asylum, is attacked by a vicious werewolf in the parking lot, and upon barely making her escape amid growing chaos in the streets, finds her way home only to discover that her daughter has simply vanished into thin air; Rick Adams finds that the same fate has befallen his neighbors, his only close friends, vanished shortly after hearing the same pure, haunting trumpet sound. One thing becomes rapidly clear to all of them: the world as they knew it had just ceased to exist.
Pray is the first book of the post-apocalyptic trilogy The Revelation Chronicles. With mythical creatures galore -- angels, demons, werewolves and monsters--, governments either collapsed or defenseless against the powerful paranormal forces, and even a bona fide anti-Christ, John Prescott depicts a frighteningly superb version of the anarchy of the final holy war fought by the remaining humans.
I started reading this book without knowing much about it. Though I was prepared for a dark story with possible religious undertones, I was completely flabbergasted. This book slapped me silly, called me Shirley, and kept me at the edge of my seat, the whole freaking time. I wasn't planning on reading it in (almost) one sitting, but I did, and I didn't even notice it because the pace is that fast and that gripping. Granted, the gore is not my favorite part, but I was actually surprised that it didn't bother me that much. Also, is it bad that I kept looking for clues about which celebrity the character of Samouel (the anti-Christ) was based on? I've been in L.A. too long :)
Pray is available in paperback and Kindle version at Amazon
To find other books written by John Prescott, visit his author page at Amazon
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Meanwhile, here's a topic: discuss!
Thinking about the end of the world is not something in which we engage voluntarily, amidst the bustle of our often hectic lives. But if you were to take a moment to envision it, how do you think it will happen?
Will it end in a bang, a whimper, or with the sound of a trumpet?
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Last week's random drawing winner of Eye of the Storm by Denise Moncrief is Heather (and you said you never win anything!). Heather, I have your email address, sending the pdf shortly. Congrats!
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