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The Seventh Seal [Kindle Edition]

J. Thorn , Kate Sterling
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

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A best-selling, post-apocalyptic dark fantasy thriller that has placed in the Amazon Kindle Top 100 Paid Best Seller lists in four different genre categories from J. Thorn, a Top 100 Horror Author, Amazon Rank. Add it to your cart NOW because it is on sale for a limited time!

"Thorn is the new, fresh face in horror and dark fantasy."
JA Konrath (aka Jack Kilborn)

"J. doesn't mess around, he jumps right into the action and delivers an inventive blend of genres."
Scott Nicholson, bestselling author of the AFTER series

"Thorn brings an intelligence and thoughtfulness to horror. Someone who treats the genre, and its readers, with the respect they deserve."
David Wright, co-author of the bestselling horror and sci-fi Yesterday's Gone series


***WARNING*** The Seventh Seal is the J. Thorn version of Sons of Anarchy meets Die Hard with a radical Christian as the bad guy. It is a fast-paced, dark fantasy thriller full of violence, intended for mature audiences only. In addition, please do not purchase The Seventh Seal if you are a religious person and find a story with violence committed by members of the Catholic Church offensive. The Seventh Seal requires the same suspension of belief as a zombie apocalypse tale or a story about sparkly vampires.

Praise for The Seventh Seal...
"I think folks who enjoy apocalyptic fiction will like this story. It's intense, it's not pretty, and it was a good story. Definitely check it out."
K. Sozaeva, Amazon Vine Voice, Top 500 Reviewer

"What if the morning after was also the End of the World? That's what happens to J. Thorn's protagonist in this edgy take on the End of Days. What emerges is an edge-of-your seat apocalyptic adventure full of twists and turns. I couldn't put it down! This is an edgy book, however, and not without controversy. If you don't like your religion or your world view to be challenged, then proceed with caution!"
Vicki Keire, Author of Worlds Burn Through


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.

Any fan of "Mad Max", Cormac McCarthy, or David J. Moody will love The Seventh Seal!

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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: 942 KB
  • Print Length: 203 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZRM02A
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131 of 159 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 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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31 of 39 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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30 of 40 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Put away the thesaurus May 15, 2013
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THE SEVENTH SEAL is a good example of the overuse of adjectives, adverbs and descriptive writing.

The use of descriptive writing sets the mood, but when it is used excessively in every sentence, it stilts the plot and makes scenes unclear. In one scene the author writes "...John's vision came into focus. The black cape of a vampire fanned out across the floor with a pool of dark liquid shimmering under his chest." Where did a vampire come from? John knew there was a Halloween party (however the reader does not know), why not just say it? It made me stop and look back to see what I had missed. We find out later these are costumes.

The paragraph continues with "The hardy flies that survived the bitter day buzzed above the corpse." Seriously? John discovers a dead body and this went through his mind?

And it continues "The Bee Lady slumped..." The Bee Lady? Who is that? Where did she come from? Is she a vampire too? "Mascara ran down her face and smudges of black lipstick caressed her chin." A supoosedly dead body (we are to assume from the dead vampire that she is dead) has lipstick that is caressing her? "Three ragged holes desecrated her chest." Okay, now I guess she's supposed to be dead. Desecratedly dead.

John walks into a bedroom. Mind you he has been unconcious in the basement for three days. He get upstairs, steps over some dead partygoers and raids the refrigerator and eats a ham. Then cooks some beans and eats those. Meanwhile "The stove rattled and popped, following the lead of the house in attempting to expel the intruder." The House was expelling him? He's an intruder now? I thought he was part of the party from three days ago.
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33 of 46 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars I totally disliked the book
I totally disliked the book. I am not sure how I got it on my Kindle, but I started to read it and realized it was not what I thought it was.
Published 10 days ago by Gerald G. Fuller
1.0 out of 5 stars I found it very violent and poorly written.
Middle America readers who are not very educated. Plot is ridiculous and hard to follow. Not a very literary piece of fiction.
Published 1 month ago by Randi
3.0 out of 5 stars dont know why all the bad review's. liked it
i enjoyed this book dont know why so mny neg. comments, maybe because of the neg protrayl of religion in the story line. Read more
Published 1 month ago by michelle gilliam
3.0 out of 5 stars I thought it was good, but the language was bad for no reason
I thought it was good, but the language was bad for no reason? I mean it didn't need to be said to get whatever point across. Read more
Published 1 month ago by paul k
1.0 out of 5 stars Painful to Read
The book sounds interesting - religious group tries to take over and small group of survivors fights back. Sure, it's been done before, but there's nothing wrong with that. Read more
Published 2 months ago by E. L. Sapp
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
Did not like this at all. Wish I had my time back. Everyone is connected, and it all loops back upon itself.
Published 2 months ago by Kim Head
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Dark Fantasy Thriller!
This was a bad-ass book. I am a true fan of apocalyptic, end-of-the-world fiction, and this book has it all in spades. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J.
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 3 months ago by Kyle LaCoy
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great, could have been a good book though.
Okay, I'll be honest, I had to skim to get to the end. Which is almost worth a three star review. Writing isn't easy, editing is hard. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Don From Indiana
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 5 months ago by stanley semerod
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More About the Author

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.

J. Thorn is a Top 100 Most Popular Author in Horror, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure and Fantasy (Amazon Author Rank). He has published over one million words and has sold more than 130,000 books worldwide. In March of 2014 Thorn held the #5 position in Horror alongside his childhood idols Dean Koontz and Stephen King (at #4 and #2 respectively). He is an official, active member of the Horror Writers Association and a member of the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers. J. is a contributor to and a staff writer for as well as a founding board member of the Author Marketing Institute.

Thorn earned a B.A. in American History from the University of Pittsburgh and a M.A. from Duquesne University. He has spent the last twenty years researching mysticism and the occult in colonial American history.


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