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The Seventh Seal [Kindle Edition]

J. Thorn , Kate Sterling
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)

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Book Description

John Burgoyne awakes from a Halloween party with more than just a hangover. He is locked in a basement with a dead cell phone and hazy memories of the previous night. John discovers that a military force has taken over his community in Northeast Ohio and he worries that his wife Jana could be among the many civilian casualties. The Father, the figurehead of the Holy Covenant and commander of the troops, pursues John through the urban wreckage in search of the hidden knowledge possessed by John the Revelator.

J. Thorn pushes the reader through the wounded remains of the Rust Belt. Elements of urban fantasy, post-apocalyptical tales, and intense characterization percolate beneath the gritty backdrop of Cleveland, Ohio. The Seventh Seal delivers an action-packed ride.


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John Burgoyne awakens from a Halloween party, with a hangover and a dead cell phone, on the first day of the End of Days. He's desperate, on the run, and fighting for his life. After a violent coup, the Father, the figurehead of the Holy Covenant and the commander of a new military order, pursues John through the post-apocalyptic wreckage of Cleveland, Ohio, in search of the hidden knowledge he believes John holds. Burgoyne escapes and aligns with the resistance until Father orchestrates a final showdown.

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  • File Size: 875 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZRM02A
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124 of 150 people found the following review helpful
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I can't give a thorough summary for this book because it was so bad I couldn't finish it.

The first page was so awful, I almost stopped right there. "John's cell phone slid out of his pocket and hit the cement floor. It broke open with a pang of guilt and rolled to a stop with forgotten loyalty."

Huh? Guilty, disloyal phone? Rolling? I really love post-apocalyptic books, so I forced myself to read a more. Nope. Couldn't finish it. I skimmed through and read enough parts to figure out the story.

Guy passes out during sex. Wakes up to find the world has changed. No t.v. and people are shot or missing. Turns out "religious" group has decided to kill off the infidels (including children) and paints pentagrams on the infidel doors. Lucky for John, he was wearing a priest costume when he passed out so that buys him some time with the new regime since they immediately assume he's some saint. There are survivors here and there, including his wife (not the one he was doing while wearing the priest costume...but he was drugged and the only reason anyone knows about the sex is because the woman took cell phone pics and sent them to his wife to cause trouble...he didn't enjoy it, really!) (Again, this is not a thorough summary...at no point did any of this ever capture my attention enough to convince me to read the entire book.)

I have absolutely no idea why there are so many good reviews for this book. I notice the good reviews are only up until the book was offered free. Every review since the book was free has given it 1-2 stars, and then a few people marking off that the bad review is helpful and a whole bunch of people saying they disagree with the review. What does that tell me?
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I read with an open mind... December 21, 2012
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I'm a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction so I decided to read this book with an open mind, despite the warnings. It was boring for a start. I had a hard time continuing to read it. The writing seemed amateurish. The plot holes and lack of back story made everything confusing. There was nothing to make me like any of the characters in the story. Conversations seemed unnatural and it felt like characters used foul language just because. As for the religious aspect, the author seems angry at the Catholic Church. He has a very limited understanding of anything about the Bible or Christianity. Maybe a little research would have helped. The ending was very disappointing. Don't waste your time.
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28 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Different March 23, 2012
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The premise behind the book was good (religious fanatics killing off all the "infidels"), but a lot of his metaphors and figures of speech were stupid. But I still enjoyed it quite a bit.
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30 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Children's Book Gone Wrong April 28, 2012
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Apart from the hopelessly inconsistent prose, the thing that makes this work the most unreadable is the sheer inaccuracy of Every Single Thing:

Treating a wound with triage? (Apparently the author decided to randomly drop in medical words that sounded cool without bothering to look up their definitions) Hospitals that disinfect with poisonous methanol? (the nurse compared the smell windshield washer fluid to antiseptic; the methanol in washer fluid smells *nothing* like Isopropyl Alcohol )

M-16 machine guns? (Even if they weren't rifles, they haven't even been able to fire fully automatic since the end of the Vietnam war)

The modern US Army using jeeps? (which haven't been in service for 50 years)

People carrying a "Thirty odd six"? (that's just too funny... it's like asking a child what kind of gun his daddy uses)

Starting a HUMVEE with a key? (difficult, as they do not have key ignitions)

Next, we have our protagonist; a web designer that can operate and identify by sound military equipment (e.g., identifying a tank by sound and knowing a helicopter is military just by hearing it, operating an M-16 rifle, starting a HUMVEE and turning on its headlights, etc). Followed by an emergency R.N. that regains consciousness after a sudden and violent assault and inexplicable decides to flee the area without bothering to check on a single victim or call for and kind of help. She compiles an "essentials " pack with hair brush, deodorant and underwear... but no gauze, tape, antiseptics, antibiotics or pain meds...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of the Seventh Seal April 22, 2013
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John is drugged at a Halloween party and awakes days later to both personal and global horrors. Only the fluke - or was it divine intervention? - of his wearing a priest's costume saved his life. Religious zealots have some how taken over the military to kill off the entire population of those it deems as sinful and unworthy as they initiate their own coming of Revelations.

Normally goodreads is an excellent source of information regarding whether or not a book is part of a series, but even it gave no indication. As I got nearer to the end of the book with no sense of completion to the tale, it started to become clearer and clearer to me that I was either about to be faced with a cliff hanger, a dead end, or a continuation of the saga. I will give the author credit for not ending the book with a complete cliff hanger. However, what we are given instead is a glimpse into a scene that occurs later with no idea of how our hero escaped from the possible cliff hanger. We can most likely deduce what happened, but may never know especially since there is no guarantee that it will be revealed in the next book.

The plot is thrilling though, a very fast paced adventure that made it very hard to quit for the evening ... even though it was several hours past midnight. The fight of good vs. evil is a tried and true story but here what is foreseen as good, may not be the case.

While the book is not full of annoying errors, it could definitely use another read through by the editor, as some mistakes have slipped through previous editing attempts.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars wrong book
I thought this was going to be the same story as the Ingomar Bergman film "The seventh seal.' What a disappointment! I don't even begin to know how to describe the story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Eleanor Takahashi iNSKIP
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a good read
While I often read books in which I must suspend reality, this book was just too far of a stretch for me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth Hoerman
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite a Ride
I enjoyed this one. It had a neat premise and was a good ride throughout. The characters all felt very real. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Eric J. Krause
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
This was an intriguing title and I thought that it might be slow or a rehash of other stories. Man, was I ever wrong. Read more
Published 3 months ago by compton
2.0 out of 5 stars UGH! nuff said
So not the type of story I would like to read. While I will not be as harsh as some reviewers I will agree that the story writing was just not good and over explains too much. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Angel
5.0 out of 5 stars The Seventh Seal
The protagonist, John Burgoyne, awoke from a Halloween party; where he was drugged and found himself in a dystopian world led by a fanatic religious order. Read more
Published 4 months ago by David M Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Misguided Religious Fanaticism Gone Amok!
I liked this book a lot. It's unusual storyline in which crazed religious fanatics take over the resources of the U.S. military to murder U.S. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Laura J. Fullen
3.0 out of 5 stars The seventh seal
Different, sometimes a little hard to follow but good just the same. Would definitely like to continue the story. Off the wall.
Published 5 months ago by Tina Carney
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Very exciting. It was hard to put it down. I cannot wait to read the next book. I had never heard of this author before, but I will be looking for his books now.
Published 6 months ago by Jerry Kroeze
2.0 out of 5 stars Unpleasant
OK, so I'm a cranky old lady with old fashioned ideas. After reading 1/3 of this book, I decided it wasn't worth finishing. Read more
Published 7 months ago by T. Chase
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Want a story that's rooted in a fundamental aspect of being human?

I believe reading dark fiction can be healing. My overriding mission is to connect with you through my art, and I hope to inspire you to do the same. I'm a word architect and driven visionary. I'm obsessed with heavy metal, horror films and technology. And I admire strong people who are not afraid to speak their mind.

I grew up in an Irish Catholic, working class family and was the first to go to college. I didn't have expensive toys, so I used my own imagination for entertainment. And then I abused alcohol for entertainment. I spent the first thirty years of my life convincing myself I wasn't an addict and the last ten worrying about all the potential threats the substances hid from me.

Anxiety and depression are always hiding in the corner, waiting to jump me when I start to feel happiness.

I had to break through family programming and accept the role of the black sheep. In my 30s I started writing horror and formed a heavy metal band while my family rolled their eyes, sighed and waited for the "phase" to end.

I spent years paralyzing myself with self-loathing and criticism, keeping my creativity smothered and hidden from the rest of the world. I worked a job I hated because that's what Irish Catholic fathers do. They don't express themselves, they pay the damn mortgage. I may have left my guilt and faith behind long ago, but the scars remain.

My creativity is my release, my therapy and my place to work through it all. I haven't had a drink in a long time, but the anxiety and depression are always lurking. Writing novels and songs keeps it at bay. I scream over anxiety with my microphone and I turn my guitar up loud enough to drown out the whispers of self-doubt.

I hope to leave a legacy of art that will continue to entertain and enrich lives long after I'm gone. I want others to see that you don't have to conform to the mainstream to be fulfilled.

Don't be afraid of the dark. Embrace it.

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