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Apocalypse Rising Paperback – May 23, 2012
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About the Author
Eric Swett is the husband of Tracy and the father of Zachary and Connor. He works in the IT industry and is a self-proclaimed geek. A recent transplant to North Carolina, he spent the last year writing at least 100-words per day for a year, resulting in his first book, Apocalypse Rising.
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In Apocalypse Rising the story begins as Justin, already on the run, is trying to protect a young woman's life. They had fallen in with quite the wrong crowd who now want them dead. However, Justin is on the side of the angels, or he would be if the angels didn't have some troublesome agenda of their own.
Apocalypse Rising is just the beginning. The beginning of The End perhaps, but Swett does something not seen in many "apocalypse" stories. He takes the original meaning of the word seriously.
While today the word "apocalypse" has come to mean the end of the world, its original meaning was "revelation." and that is at the heart of Apocalypse Rising.
Through various viewpoints were are shown the world, bit by bit, being exposed for what what truly lies beneath its surfaces.
That theses revelation are set against the a backdrop of cosmic forces moving to bring about The Apocalypse only brings a poignant urgency to the events.
Swett weaves together various strands to reveal a world were magic is subtle but pervasive. Elves and Angels move among humanity hidden from view while a media tycoon commands the airwaves and demonic servants.
More than that Swett also reveals the very human side of his characters. We feel for Justin as he struggles with not just doing the right thing but sometimes needing to figure out what that means at all.
We feel for those around him as they struggle to understand the changes being wrought upon their world.
Mostly we feel that the next installment of the series can't get here fast enough.
Two thousand years earlier, Justin chose to walk among humanity feeling he could do more good with us instead of from Heaven. After witnessing a brutal murder, he takes his friend Lily and tries to get away before their found by the person responsible. During their escape, Justin begins to discover he's more than he remembered. After meeting a race of people long forgotten, his memory is restored and he finds himself the focus of attention he never imagined before then.
A very good story of rediscovery and friendship, I found Apocalypse Rising to be a fun read with its energy, good pace, and writing style. I'm a fan of pushing the envelope and the author delivered by offering an interesting and exciting view of our world. I think it's safe to say that if you're a fan of fantasy and urban stories, this is something for you. I'm looking forward to reading more from the author.
APOCALYPSE RISING will grab you by the hand and drag you into a world of lies, corruption, danger and suspense. It is a thrill ride from the first word to the last, and it will make you very, very glad that any enemies YOU might have are mortal!
Marantha D. Jenelle
Author of the soon to be released
THE IHMAYRAN CHRONICLES TRILOGY/BOOK ONE: CHILD OF SUN AND MOON
UPDATE: AUGUST 23, 2012
I just read this wonderful story for the second time, and folks, all I have to say is this...You have got to get this book! It was even better the second time around. I am looking forward to seeing what this promising new author will share with us next!
Marantha D. Jenelle
Artist, Poet, Writer, Calligrapher, Dreamer
There is this switching of perspective that Eric tries that is rather distracting at first and because of this it took me a little bit longer to settle into the novel. Chapters involving the main character are in first-person narrative while the rest are omniscient. It's much more jolting to read in novel form than it was when Eric ran the story as a serial on his blog. The effect wore away after about 60 pages and the characters and plot began to take hold, you don't notice it much after that and the pieces all start to blend as parts of the narrative whole.
It's a short novel that's well worth a read. I want to say more about it but fear any lengthy analysis may throw out spoilers that will ruin it for you. I'll save the analysis for my notebook and close by telling you if you liked The Prophecy movies and read the likes of Terry Brooks then there is no doubt in my mind you will enjoy this story.