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Product Details

  • Series: Black Earth
  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: David N. Alderman (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061532276X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615322766
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,312,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Since 1990, David has been spilling his imagination across the page, creating magnificent worlds and unforgettable characters. Currently residing in Gilbert, Arizona, David is a full time, self-published author specializing in science fiction/fantasy and young adult fiction. His latest series, Black Earth, takes a gritty look at the life of Nathan Pierce, who on the night of his high school graduation witnesses what some think are the stars falling from the sky. Little does Nathan know that the evil about to infest Earth is like nothing he’s ever seen. Soon he’s caught in the crossfire of demons, a mercenary group, an immortal girl intent on killing herself, and even the President of the United States. Check it out and grab yourself a free five chapter sample at www.davidnalderman.com. In his spare time, David never passes up the chance to read a great book. Some of his favorite authors are Stephen King, Mark Twain, A.C. Crispin, Tosca Lee, Orson Scott Card and Ted Dekker. David also enjoys a good game to relieve the many stresses associated with traveling to other worlds. A good round of Half Life 2: Deathmatch online does the trick, though he can also be found playing a multitude of games on his Xbox 360. You can find out more about David’s journey through self-publishing at his blog: http://www.abrokenreality.blogspot.com

More About the Author

To start with, I am a writer. Not just of fiction, but of what I call edgy Christian speculative fiction - in general terms, science fiction/fantasy/horror/supernatural fiction with Christian themes and edgy content, such as sexual themes, language, drug use, and violence. Under normal circumstances, one wouldn't have to mention the fact that they write 'edgy' content, but in this case I do because edgy content usually conflicts with Christian fiction. At least that's been the general consensus among readers of both secular and Christian fiction. I won't even get into the dispute regarding Christian fiction coexisting with science fiction/fantasy.

A good portion of my life is devoted to writing, and in that regard, to self-publishing. Self-publishing is perfect for those who want to take control of their books and get things done on their own timeline and in their own way. It's also perfect for those writing in genres that aren't very popular yet. No matter how hard it is to market a specific book or style of writing, you must stay true to yourself. Let the world know who and what you are, and they'll never forget you. It's when you try to be like everyone and everything else that you get lost in the crowd.

So now you know that I am a self-published author of edgy Christian speculative fiction. But that's not me entirely.

I also love to read. To be a good writer, one must love to read to some degree. My childhood especially was heavily influenced by reading. I remember reading Mark Twain's work in my youth and falling in love with the characters of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. I remember reading terrific and sometimes horrifying short stories like Edgar Allen Poe's, The Cask of Amontillado and The Pit and the Pendulum, along with James Thurber's, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. In my senior year of high school I read through the Han Solo trilogy and fell in love with science fiction/fantasy and the Star Wars universe in its entirety. Present day I have an entire shelf full of books that have made their own requests to be read, including Stephen King's Dark Tower series, The Night Angel Trilogy, and a number of graphic novels.

Besides reading, I spend some of my free time in video games. Video games, in my opinion, are an artwork all their own. Combining music, storytelling, animation and voice acting, video games are the epitome of the arts, many talents coming together for entertainment's sake. When I do have time to game, you can usually find me online participating in a round of Half Life 2: Deathmatch, or scouring the world of Tyria for adventure in Guild Wars 2.

If you want to follow me on this adventure called life - particularly the life of a self-published author of edgy Christian speculative fiction - keep tabs on my website - davidnalderman.com - and follow me at my blog - davidnalderman.blogspot.com. I have also taken the time to create a community for readers and writers of edgy Christian speculative fiction to come together to support one another at The Crossover Alliance - thecrossoveralliance.socialgo.com. We'd love to have you over there. And don't hesitate to drop me a line - dna (at) davidnalderman.com - if you have the time. I'd love to hear about your own journey through writing and self-publishing.

Customer Reviews

All the rest of them are left dangling.
Keryl Raist
My expectations were blown away when I started reading this book.
Terri R. Hiegel
Some of them could very well be stories of their own.
Tiffany

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Albert Robbins III on February 24, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Black Earth: End of the Innocence

From page one, my heart broke for Pearl, an immortal who is trying to kill herself so she can go to heaven to be with her father.
No matter what she does, she can't die.

Nathan has just graduated and his parents don't bother coming to the ceremony. On top of that, his girlfriend is more interested
in flirting with another guy than congratulating him.

Heather is in love with Nathan but has never said anything to him because of his girlfriend. Trying to deal with the emotions of a
tragic car accident that left a baby dead, she goes off to a church youth camp. Missing Nathan isn't helping her feel any better.

Although Cynthia (Sin) has made a name for herself in school by sleeping around, it's hard not to feel compassion for her when
she is raped at a bar. The fact that she has a dominating, abusive mother, makes her life even more tragic.

Although I loved the plot and found the characters well rounded and believable, I do have a few cautions as far as the Christian
content. There is quite a bit of sexual content. The story line for Sin revolves around her having sex with many boys, but to
include women also, was more than I could take.

I also realize that Mr. Silver is a bad guy, so kidnapping and making sexual slaves out of women is believable, but it seemed overkill.
I got tired of reading the word "crotch".

Also disappointing was the story line for Sin. I would have liked to have seen her evolve more, and truly regret her actions. It felt like
she started to regret them a little, but never truly asked God to forgive her.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bookblogger on February 18, 2011
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Black Earth: End of Innocence is an extremely unique story. It follows several characters through their experiences with what could be the beginning of the end of the world. There are some definite religious aspects to the book, but the vehicle for the end of the world are fallen stars carrying the mysterious Legion.

The story moves along at a pretty fast pace and there is a lot of action. Despite all the different viewpoints and large number of characters I never felt like I was lost in the story at all. The only downside in my opinion is the cliffhanger ending, but the second book has been released so that is easy enough to remedy. If you are looking for a unique story with some crazy happenings and aliens then this is a great choice. Normally this isn't my choice of fantasy book, but I really enjoyed it so check out the sample and give it a try. Well worth the .99
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Terri R. Hiegel on December 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
My expectations were blown away when I started reading this book. The story line is absolutely captivating. It is refreshing to read a science fiction book with a christian background that doesn't come off corny. By far this is a must read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keryl Raist on June 27, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I started Black Earth: End of the Innocence with a lot of hope. I did my usual pre-review routine of reading the blurb and the first chapter. Both of them looked good. The first chapter is arresting and sets up the promise of a really interesting story. I was happy to agree to review Black Earth.

Unfortunately Black Earth starts going downhill from there pretty swiftly.

This is a big book, and it's the first in a series with, I think, thirteen point of view characters. It's entirely possible I've forgotten a few. On the upside I rarely found myself confusing them with each other. On the downside the whole book is more or less character introductions, a little back story, and a tiny bit of plot. I read the kindle version, so I'm guessing here, but this is probably a 400+ page story where by the end of it we're just starting to get a feel for what might be going on.

What is going on? It's hard to tell. The world is falling apart. Meteorites are crashing into the planet. Aliens or demons, possibly alien demons, are ramping up for war against God. Teenagers with superpowers are fumbling around trying to figure out what is going on. The President of the United States appears to be the Anti-Christ, or working for the Anti-Christ, it's fuzzy. There's some sort of time-travel-fix-the-future, and counter-time-travel-keep-the-future-the-way-it-is angle. Other planets have been destroyed by Legion (the alien demons). There's something about getting humans off of Earth to a new planet (which may have been destroyed in the future, by Legion) so they can evolve and avoid the destruction of Earth. There are bad guys galore (more on this later), and absolute scads of purposeless violence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany on January 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
Miles away from Nathan, a girl is standing atop a building, preparing to jump off. She wants to escape from her evil mother, Evanescence, and from the world she knows will soon come to an end thanks to Legion, a demonic alien force bent on partnering with satan to destroy earth. When Nathan blacks out, he can see and feel the things that she can feel. And he's not the only one with an unfathomable superhuman ability.

Heather, his best friend, can put up a shield when in danger, an ability she shares with Jasper - a Wedge from the world of Rhodenine who has come to earth to stop Legion from taking out Earth and rescue his woman. And where is his woman? She's trapped as a slave under a megalomaniac who wants to be the one to send all the humans to planet Anaisha when planet earth is destroyed.

The story also follows Cynthia, a teenager who went to the same school Nathan went to, as she gives a second thought to her whorish ways throughout highschool and deals with her mother who seems more and more evil and mysterious as the story goes on. Then there's President Amanda and the questionable laws she passes and Ericka, a reporter who is quick to bring those questionable laws to the light.

Though the main conflict of the story is the mysterious stars/meteorites falling from the sky and killing thousands of people left and right, there are as many conflicts - if not more - as there are point of views. However, Nathan remains in the middle of all of this conflict, and it begs the biggest question of all: What makes Nathan so important?

Black Earth is definitely like watching a movie. Because it changes point of views so often, and there is a good amount of action, I imagined I was watching it on the big screen throughout the whole story.
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