Thursday, May 31, 2012

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

Story Time for 6/7: Space Orville by Jeff Whelan 
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Same time, next week?

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?  

A random drawing will be held for the folks who comment on this post, to give away the pdf of this book. There is nothing to "follow" or "like", no rules, nada. Just say hi, or grunt, answer the question, or not, but please do clearly indicate that you want in on the giveaway. The winner's name will be announced next Thursday.

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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At 5/31/12, 11:47 AM , Blogger Melanie Jean Juneau said...

Why does it always say that I am from Perth? That is 45 minutes away. It is GREENBUSH. I admitt it is a tiny village, hamlet? BUT STILL! Actually my post address is Addison, my phone number is Athens and the only real town nearby is Brockville, ontario. Thank- you for letting me vent.
Back to you. I think I would love this book.

At 5/31/12, 11:51 AM , Blogger Melanie Jean Juneau said...

p.s. It will end with a glorious blast of trumpets, radiant streams of light, heavenly songs from thousands of irredscent angels and waves of mercy and love enveloping clueless mortals.

At 5/31/12, 11:55 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

Hahaha, Melanie, I think it goes by where your internet service provider is at. Vent away :)

See, I like that end of time vision, violent is my kinda thing. But would it be for everyone? What about the "sinners"?

At 5/31/12, 3:53 PM , Blogger alienbody said...

Sounds interesting. So, would a non-religious person find it too religion-y? Or is it just plain apocalyptic and anyone can get down with the tone? ;-)

At 5/31/12, 6:41 PM , Blogger Melanie Jean Juneau said...

Venting did not help. It still says Perth. I hate smart technology.

Well, who knows what is under a few layers of mud. One friend of mine, very worried about her "agnostic" mother sat at her deathbed while her mother was unconcious. Her mum suddenly opened her eyes, her face lit up in recogition and she smiled, closed her eyes and died. Didn't say the sinners prayer,ask forgiveness, blah, blah. It all happened in an instant, spirit to Spirit. Who knows what lies deep within our spirits. We sure don't.

At 5/31/12, 6:57 PM , Blogger Beckey said...

AND the endless TBR pile grows by one.

At 5/31/12, 8:43 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

I don't think it's too religion-y, Melissa. There's plenty of apocalyptic action but it is based roughly on the book of revelations, so there are plenty of references, obvious or otherwise, to the Bible.

At 5/31/12, 8:45 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

By two, Beckey... the second book is already out :) It was a fast read, or at least, it felt that way to me.

At 5/31/12, 8:55 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

That is such a cool story. Emily started asking me about the afterlife and all that hoopla and my answer to her was: Kid, nobody came back to tell us what it really is like, so we can only go by what we were sorta promised. We'll find out soon enough.

Sorry about the Perth thing, I can't help you there, except to say: Don't look at the traffic feed:)

And I meant to say "violent is NOT my kinda thing" (which completely changes the meaning of my reply, now that I think about it, heh).

At 6/1/12, 7:26 AM , Blogger Beckey said...

AGH!! I finally knock one off and add two! See.. it really truly IS the "endless" TBR pile! LOL

At 6/1/12, 11:48 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

LOL. I shouldn't laugh because I still have 1001 books to read on top of my current review list :)

At 6/1/12, 7:49 PM , Blogger Melanie Jean Juneau said...

I KNEW what you meant. Very relieved that I am not the only one who makes typo errors.
I have all sorts of stories about kids and the afterlife. I knew the family of a four year old, when I was in university, in a serious car accident. She was in a week long coma but she talked about the "nice man in a room with other people and a door. This four year old was given the free choice to come back to her family or not. She wanted to make sure everyone liked and loved her or she was going to go through the door with the nice man. As she was babbling, unconcious, she mentioned two people who went through the door, a young man and old lady. At the very same moment she spoke about them a young man and old woman died in emergency. Slowly as her parents reassured her that she was loved, she came out of the coma. Right before, she said "okay, I will come back, cause I know you really love me."

At 6/1/12, 8:40 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Sh|t Mel, that gave me goosebumps all over!

At 6/1/12, 9:23 PM , Blogger Melanie Jean Juneau said...

me too. the dad is a psychologist like yourself . he taped hours of Nicole talking, while in a coma. what blew him away was that his four year old was allowed to choose! One of her lines was ,"Does, so and so love me?" They would reassure her and she would respond, " well.. maybe I will come back."

At 6/2/12, 9:12 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

[shaking head in disbelief]


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