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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
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  • Series: Black Earth
  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: David N. Alderman (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061532276X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615322766
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,252,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David N. Alderman is an indie author of two speculative fiction series: Black Earth and Expired Reality. He is also the founder of The Crossover Alliance (www.thecrossoveralliance.com), and he participates in National Novel Writing Month (www.nanowrimo.org) each year. When he's not writing or spending time with family, you can find David racking up his achievement score on his Xbox 360, questing in Guild Wars 2, or killing opponents in a game of Half Life 2: Deathmatch on Steam.

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7 of 7 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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4 of 5 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 Kimbie on June 2, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Reviewed on behalf of The Review Board (really wanted to give it 2.5*)
I wasn’t sure what to make of this book at first. I enjoyed the Prologue, which shows us Pearl, half angel half demon lamenting the coming danger to mankind. There was some lovely evocative writing going on here and I thought that the rest of the book would be the same. It was not. After a very promising beginning, Black Earth became a jumble of stereotypical goodies, baddies and the same old end-of-world scenario.

Something is going to destroy the world. As far as I could tell, the stars that are falling aren’t really stars but aliens, or demons, or both. Anyway, it then starts to get all religious, and it turns out that the demons are in fact waging war against God, and the President of the United States, is maybe in cahoots with them, or the Anti-Christ. Again, I wasn’t too sure who was doing what to whom a lot of the time. I think it was because of the multiple viewpoints that the author used.

There was so much going on, that I felt like I was reading a succession of short stories rather than the first book in a series. I would have preferred to have stayed with one or two characters and followed their story in relation to the overall plot. If it were a YA novel, then the inclusion of teenagers as the main protagonists would be fine, but apparently it is not, so I was confused as to why so much of the story concentrates on them and their strange super powers.
Why do nearly all YA novels have to be set in High School? Do teenagers not exist anywhere else? Anyway, they do it seems - at summer camp. Here is another change on viewpoint, this time a guilt-ridden teen called Heather, who is struggling to keep her faith.
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