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Product Details

  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: WheelMan Press (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982436106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982436103
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,993,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gregory Bernard Banks began his pursuit of a writing career in 1997, after spending years studying his other creative love, graphic design. Over the years since he's served as moderator for the Zoetrope All-Story Writers Workshop, as a site administrator for Scrawl: The Writer's Asylum, and as webmaster for the WRITER and MARKET Literary Search Engine. He's currently co-Webmaster for the Speculative Literature Foundation, and A forum administrator at Lulu.com, and and is the owner of both BDDesign LLC and it's publishing imprint, WheelMan Press. Banks is also a contributor to Audacity Magazine (AudacityMagazine.com) with his column, "A Sedentary View", and continues pursuing his dream of landing a 7-figure book deal by the time he's 80. He's published five books prior to this one, Crossroads and Other Tales, Phoenix Tales: Stories of Death & Life, A Writer's Journey in Poetry & Prose, An Interview with Santa and Other Christmas Treats, and The Summoner. Banks lives in the rapidly growing city of Stockbridge, Georgia with his parents, his computer, and far too many books on his Amazon Kindle to count.

More About the Author

GB Banks is a sufferer of Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as "Brittle Bone Disease", and has been wheelchair- and home-bound and cared for by his parents for all of his 48-years. But through the power of his imagination, he has been able to escape to far-off lands and go on magical adventures, and now he hopes to use that very same ability to better his life, to give back to his parents for everything they have done for him throughout his life, and to free himself of the fear of being left alone and placed into a nursing home when they are gone. He has published several works in small publications over the last few years, but his dream is to become a full-time, financially successful author so that he can finally live a more independent life and be able to travel to see the numerous places that he has only been able to explore in his fantasies.

Among Banks' works are the novel "Three Hours to the Apocalypse" and the series WALKERS, which are stories based in the universe of The Walking Dead. His latest book is entitled "Revolution Z", an epic zombie war novel.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and thought each of the stories equally strong with the characters and locations well described so that I could relate to them.
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The story is told from many different viewpoints and the characters are believable, but I feel that they could have been fleshed out a bit more.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark McGinty on May 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
A contemporary twist on a quotidian premise, Gregory Banks fictionalizes the 2012 doomsday prediction with a stock disaster story heavy with religious overtones that sees the human race tumbling towards apocalyptic calamity. It is December 21st, 2012 and the President of the Unites States has alerted the world that they are on a crash-course with an asteroid, and that in three hours all will be destroyed. We're familiar with this scenario, the movie Deep Impact comes quickly to mind, but I was curious to see how the author would reconcile this seemingly Christian morality tale with a doomsday scenario based on Mayan paganism.

The fast-paced story quickly unfolds into a series of character-driven vignettes centering on the terrible mistakes people have made and the various ways they decide to address their past. Violent and even savage at times, Banks paints a bleak picture of humanity where people are "sophisticated beasts who must be given direction" and whose souls can be freed only by death (with just hours remaining the Israelis and Palestinians still can't stop killing each other). Once the three-hour fuse is lit, the story moves quickly towards disaster and the situation becomes more desperate as we move along. In such a character driven story it was odd that I felt more compelled by the doomsday scenario than by the people it would affect.

This is a very easy read, with short chapters that are never boring but there are so many characters that there is not enough time to get to know anyone, or to develop those characters we are supposed to care about the most. One of the most interesting threads concerns a bizarre religious cult reminiscent of the Heaven's Gate UFO group whose mass suicide in 1997 coincided with the appearance of Comet Hale-Bopp.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Capital One on June 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
Strong recommendations. Exciting, great imagination and just waiting for the movie to be release in the fall.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J.R. Reardon on May 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
Gregory Bernard Banks' 2012: SEEKING CLOSURE is a very fast paced read, and difficult to put down. It tackles a disturbing question - what would you do if the President announced that the world would end in 3 hours....and there was nothing - nothing that could be done?

I found the chapters to be well-written and the characters interesting. Banks' descriptions made me feel for many of the characters and sympathize with their stories. I didn't just ask myself what I would do with my last 3 hours....I wondered what I would do if I was in these characters' places in their last 3 hours.

I don't want to call this book a fluffy read, as it is deeper than that. But it is extremely fast paced and difficult to put down. Well done, Mr. Banks!

J.R. Reardon
author, CONFIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bill Flynn on June 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
A novel of fiction is turned toward realism in the hands the author, Gregory Bernard Banks. He has set a good part of this story in a stalled elevator, where three men with diverse backgrounds remove their shrouds of fake imaging. The dire circumstances brought on by a world ending makes the real life problems of these three men surface and boil in a cauldron of emotions.

A chance escape from the elevator into the outside environ of fear is peppered with revenge...revenge so strong that one "elevator" man even foregoes the attempt of a temptress to entice him into a last act of sex before the end comes. His revenge transends any desire to respond.

2012: Seeking Closure, is briliantly crafted to expose the weakness of the three "elevator" characters during their fast pace attempt to close out the wrong deeds done by them and to them before the world will end. But does it?

This novel by Gregory Banks reels toward the reader like a movie, because it is one. I learned more about the film, by going to the web site refered to on the books back cover.

The book enhances an interest in that film by the same name...2012: Seeking Closure.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L.C. Evans VINE VOICE on June 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
The book begins with a chilling premise--a giant asteroid will wipe out all life on earth. Though scientists and world leaders have known for months, the powers that be have chosen to wait until 3 hours before the end to make the horrific announcement. Of course the leaders have arranged safe bunkers for themselves and their families and other people they've deemed essential to world re-population. The story is carried forward by a focus on a few characters, their families, and other people in their lives. After the announcement about the impending doom, some people rise to the occasion and conduct themselves with dignity as they prepare for the end. But many remain all too true to the worst in human nature and chaos ensues.
The writing is wonderful and the story fast-paced. The tension rises quickly and the ending satisfies. Mr. Banks has done a fine job with this entertaining book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevis Hendrickson on August 5, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
What would you do if you only had 3 hours to live? Would you spend it with your loved ones? Or would you spend your last few hours alive seeking self-gratification? This is the situation faced by every human in the world in Greg Bank's 2012: Seeking Closure. This doomsday novel explores the primal nature of the human race when faced with its final annihilation.

2012: Seeking Closure is an intimate portrait of a motley cast of very flawed characters who share little in common except that they must all decide how they will end their lives. With their doom quickly approaching, they must wrestle with their inner demons in order to come to terms with their often dark and tortured pasts. Decisions are made within these final 3 hours of their lives which will test the resolve of these characters and lead them to their ultimate fates.

This is a fast-paced and captivating book that holds the reader in suspense as the doomsday clock winds down to zero. If you are looking for a tense and gripping read, look no further than this book. Highly recommended.
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