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As Darkness Ends Paperback – September 6, 2011
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"If you enjoy Science Fiction tales where the end of the world as we know it is looming around the bend, then As Darkness Ends is a story for you." - Ruled By Books
"…it was enjoyable and the ending was pretty cool." -Far From Reality
"…the book grabs you from the first sentence." -Esquire Tech
About the Author
Aaron Crocco can be summed up as a writer and a podcaster, but complicating this further is the fact that he's a huge geek, Apple fanboy, and loves Back to the Future so much that he owns a Delorean. In the mid-2000′s his writing spark was reignited and he's been tearing up the keyboard ever since.
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Decisions, Decisions. Make the wrong one, and destroy humanity forever.
An earthquake shakes New York, but this is different from other earthquakes. It shakes the entire earth, no country is exempt from this earthquake. A man, struggling to get home, meets a stranger. He is given a choice, help complete the apocalypse or die.
I think the author did a fantastic job of describing a trip across the United States. This book definitely drew me in as a reader. There are several questions begging to be answered, and hopefully, the author will address those questions in future books in this series.
This is an excellent lead into a series. I like the way Aaron Crocco has done something different with an all too common story line. I think there will be many that will grab these stories and read them with all the trepidation and anxiety they can muster.
I find myself looking forward to the next book in this series. I think this is going to be an exciting, well written set of books that will allow the imagination to wander.
The book begins in my favorite way....it just jumps right into the action. In my opinion this is the best way as I have a short attention span for all the introductions that happen so often. I like a book to grab me early on or I'm likely to set it down and not pick it back up again. As Darkness Ends did just that. I was instantly drawn into the tragedy and what was happening with Travis and the global disaster that was occurring.
Travis is then given the choice to bring about judgement on the world or have no one judged at all at the end times. He chooses to do God's will as a runner and spread the Encautum to every corner of the Earth and begin the process of ending time for all. The book chronicles his journey and his realization of the power he possesses and its effect on others as they are instantly judged (and the effects that has), or some, not at all. We easily connect with him and his struggles with watching and experiencing how people suffer and how some who are initially unaffected can fall due to fear. But he keeps going so that some of humanity can be saved and judged fairly instead of being condemned to hell.
To say this book left me wanting more is an understatement. I want to know more about him, his life, his family, friends, interactions. I want to know how more people are affected and how they are handling it. I have no idea where the next books will go but yearn to find out.
But the biggest thing this book did is something that I think every artist...writer, singer, photographer, painter, etc. wants their art to do. It left a mark on me. It made me question myself, my actions, my life. It made me think about my being and myself and where I would fall if the Encautum and I ever crossed paths. It made me ask if I'm proud of myself, if I live authentically and question what in my life would I change if I could in order to achieve the most good. I think the fact that it makes a reader pause is it's greatest strength.
I think this is a fantastic first book and I'm thrilled that Aaron decided to write a series so that we can hunger for more. Well done!
So, I was provided a copy of the short story, "As Darkness Ends: Book OneAs Darkness Ends", and that began my journey into fiction reviews.
The premise of the book is simple. When a devastating earthquake hits the entire planet, Travis Hunter is among the survivors, and is tasked with a mission: help bring about the apocalypse or be killed. From there, we follow Hunter's journey across the globe, spreading judgment wherever he goes.
I read this story during the week that the Northeast suffered an Earthquake, Hurricane, and Tornadoes, so it seemed only fitting that it revolve around the mass destruction brought on by an earthquake. And I must say, the book grabs you from the first sentence. I can picture in my mind the scenes played out over the first few chapters, as Hunter tries to make his way back home, only to be stranded in the city to find refuge in a shelter.
Aaron Crocco paints a very vivid picture of the destruction that a major earthquake would cause New York City, and the ensuing mass hysteria that would follow. However, it began to feel a bit strained and forced as Hunter moved throughout the world, without the reader ever really understanding why. Yes, it is semi-explained, but we are left wondering if it really matters that people are being "judged".
It is my hope that, since this is the first story in a planned series, these questios will be answered. Maybe it is the author's intention to leave us with these questions.