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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: (March 21, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1411624793
  • ISBN-13: 978-1411624795
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,621,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Apocalypse of Silence is the second book in the Mesphisto Seed trilogy. Book two ventures deeper into several areas briefly explored in book one. The devil's plans for the apocalypse are revealed and Satan's plans for the devil, Semjaza come to light setting the stage for The Shaman and the Rose which will conclude the series this summer.

About the Author

I've written poetry and prose for most of my 53 years and have published for nearly twenty in small press magazines both abroad and in the United States. My work in poetry was heavily influenced by such writers as Jack Kerouac and Richard Brautigan while my longer works were inspired by both Dante and Lovecraft.

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BIO: William Haynes aka `Elliott

I was a small press author from 1988 until 2004 and have published writings in Japan, Calcutta, Scotland and Belgium. In the U.S.A., I have published with Pearl, Black Bear Review, Alpha Press and many other small press magazines. Following my move from New York to Missouri in 1995, I began work on a modern day exploration of Dante's INFERNO in a current setting. The foundation of that series was titled The Curse of Mesphisto's Seed which I published in 2004. The following year I released The Apocalypse of Silence through While Curse explored the physical aspects of a direct confrontation between a small group of characters and the devil, Apocalypse showed the psychological ramifications of such an encounter over an extended period of time.
In late December of 2008, I took this series to the next level with my Outskirts Press title: The Shaman and the Rose. Using the same characters from the prior books, I wove the story into the Book of Revelations and introduced many fantasy elements connecting the Inferno with a fictional account of a possible apocalypse. I am currently working on a revision of the first two books.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lee Pletzers on January 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
Mesphisto's Seed 2:

The Apocalypse of Silence

William P. Haynes


Page count: 177

Reviewed by Lee Pletzers [...]

After reading the first book in this series of three, The Curse of Mesphisto's Seed, the Day of Awakening, I was desperately awaiting this second book. And book two delivers in two ways. First it is better written than the previous book, it is so much easier to follow the characters. And secondly, the pace is incredibly fast from the get-go. Mark and Peggy are married, and Elliott is believed dead, at the end of book one. Book 2 shows Elliott alive and well and in the presence of his father. But this book focuses more on the dark prince--Mesphisto than the first did, and naturally our heroes struggle.

Mark, Peggy, Josh and Anne find themselves in the presence of The Devil and Elliott and on trial for mankind, from the first line. Naturally they are quickly found guilty and are locked up in Hell's death row.

Mark's wedding present from Josh was a set of lock-picks and with this set Josh frees them, only to discover they may still be on trail as they check doors in a hallway looking for a way out. Each door they open leads somewhere and each one is sucked into a time in their past where they questioned God. Usually in times of great turmoil and fear and Peggy gets a glimpse of the future, a bad future, a future without Josh.

They finally get out of Hell to discover 16 years have past and doppelgangers have destroyed their lives. Debt is an ugly beast facing Mark, Anne has left him. Peggy has a terrible hairstyle and Josh owns a lodge. The Devil has finally put them out of the way, via the doppelgangers. Our heroes decide to find out why.
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The Curse of Mesphisto's Seed: The Day of the Awakening was a tantalizing introduction to an epic battle between good and evil waged, for the most part, on Earth. The Apocalypse of Silence builds strongly upon the events and people of the previous novel, placing the overall storyline in a much more focused and crowd-pleasing light and granting readers further visions of hell itself. This second novel is a much more impressive, polished piece of fiction than its predecessor, showing how much author William P. Haynes has grown as a writer in a very short time. It also, by the end, shifts the Mesphisto's Seed series onto a higher plane as the nature of the struggle changes dramatically in the book's latter moments.

In The Apocalypse of Silence, Haynes takes you immediately to hell. The heroes of the first novel have been taken prisoner by the devil and sentenced to death for their "crimes." Mark Talbot, who gained unworldly powers after his "death" (in the first book) finds himself momentarily stripped of those powers, but he, his new wife Anne, best friend Josh Riley, and Riley's companion Peggy are never to be found without a trick or two up one of their sleeves, and they effect a breakout - but only after coming face to face, individually, with their most private fears. Unlike what readers found in the first novel, the devil rather than Elliott himself is the true antagonist in these pages, and as such we learn much more about him and his ways than we knew before - such as the fact that he spends some of his days in human form and that he can be, if not blinded, certainly distracted by an obsession that might be considered love in a different context.

You don't leave hell and return to Earth without paying a price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. T. Newton on August 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
Sunday, August 28, 2005

60. An Alternative VIEW: The Apocalypse of Silence ~ William P Haynes ~

Title: Mesphisto's Seed 2: The Apocalypse of Silence

Author: William P Haynes


Genre: Fantasy /Horror

Publication date: 2005

ISBN: 1-4116-2479-3

Length: 177 pages

Edition: Paperback

Mesphito's Seed 2: The Apocalypse of Silence~ William P Haynes ~ Lulu.Com

"The Apocalypse of Silence as a book full of energy, imagination and stunning imagery, not to be missed. Keep your eye's peeled on Mr Haynes' progress, he is definitely one to watch..."

Back in the sixties, Josh Riley, a sheriff, and Mark Talbot were tied up in Jim Franklyn's murder case and it involved devil worship. Years later, during Mark and Anne Talbot's wedding, Mesphisto, the devil and his son Elliot trap Mark, Josh, Anne and their friend, Peggy, in hell, for their trial and sentencing. The devil, with all his contempt for humanity and its eternal suffering, finds them guilty, imprisons them in cells and condemns the incarcerated to eternal punishment.

Upon their escape from the confines of their cells they discover other members of Anne's Wedding party are held captive too. One by one, their true journey for deliverance begins as they search for a way out. Hell is a labyrinth of corridors and difficult to flee. These passages lead them to only where the devil wants them to go. Every door opened teleports each member of the cast into their own private turmoil, taking them to different points in their past, back to times they'd rather forget. The devil attempts to break their spirits, hoping not only they will loose faith, but the battle also.
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