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- Print Length: 389 pages
- Publisher: SNH Publications Ltd (February 4, 2018)
- Publication Date: February 4, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079LJHC3W
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"Beneath a Scarlet Sky" by Mark Sullivan
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This book starts out as speculative religious fiction, with a professor receiving a copy of a previously unknown version of Revelations. He doesn't know who sent it or why, but he starts to find some discrepancies as he translates it. Then he falls into a coma for three years after being injured in an explosion meant to kill him. The professor is "Chosen", but we don't know for what. He is protected by a Guardian. The Guardians have existed for a thousand years; their sole purpose is to protect those chosen and ensure the purity of the human species. Purpose: Unknown, but the Chosen and the Guardians seem to be on the side of good.
On the other side is Apollyon Corporation. "Apollyon" is the name of the angel in the bottomless pit in Revelations, i.e., Satan. Its mission seems to be to break the seals necessary for the apocalypse to begin so that Satan can be ushered in as King. And it does just that. Or does it?
As another reviewer wrote, don't ever get an implant for any reason the government might give you. Just don't.
The seals do start to break and the world is thrown into chaos, violence, and death on a scale never seen before. I felt sickened and helpless as I read the descriptions of the catastrophes because it seemed to hit very close to home. The world is a very dangerous place right now and it is not difficult to imagine these things coming to pass. It was very disturbing. I actually felt a little sick. Some of the ways people die...
Ultimately, though, this book is about defilement, as the title would imply. The apocalypse seems to be a weapon to punish humanity, but really isn't the main point of the story. Are humans worthy of the life we have been given on earth? Do we take too much for granted? Do we take the easy way out? Do we see evil happen and avert our eyes? Some of the answers to these questions seem to be a commentary on the world today. As I said, I was disturbed.
It doesn't seem to matter if people are good or evil; chosen or guardian. Everyone can be corrupted, violated, or made unclean, with or without their knowledge. The people that think they are corrupting the world can also be corrupted and violated. The people that think they are doing good can be corrupted and violated. Everyone can be manipulated, but who is doing the manipulating? God? Satan? Powerful people? Other? A combination of the above? Does life has a purpose?
Read the book and find out (in this book's fictional world). I definitely recommend it.
I can't give it five stars because there are some things that just didn't make sense to me. The dinosaurs were destroyed 65 million years ago, but there is plenty of evidence they existed. Wouldn't there be evidence of something that happened much more recently? Did Apollyon start the apocalypse or was some entity working through them to do so? Is the apocalypse really related to the breaking of the seals? It seems it is, or is it that once something this horrific begins it is impossible to stop? These are just some of the questions I had. There are also some editing issues, but they probably won't bother you unless you are nitpicky (like I am unfortunately).
This is a really good book. You are in a state of suspense almost from start to finish. Maybe that's part of the reason it was so disturbing. You keep asking yourself, "Who are these people and why are they doing these things?" And you can't wait to find out. And you'll probably be thinking about what you know of Revelations and how it relates to the things that happen as they happen. This book will make you think and question things you believe. I don't think I'll ever forget this book. Forget my nitpickiness, I'm giving it five stars.
I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book, through Reading Deals, and I gave an honest review.
The Defiled is a story that branches off and follows many different characters. Like an ebb and flow of the tide, this story comes and goes in interest. But trust me, when it's interesting it's INTERESTING and you can't turn away. When it lulls you may drift off, but the author keeps you engaged just enough to keep going.
A shadow organization has been working in the background for years. They have been setting up the dominos to topple the world, break open the seals and bring down Hell on Earth. Their goal is to bring forth the end of the world. A man worth billions of dollars is at the helm of it all, orchestrating the means of bringing forth a chip to be implemented by all the world one by one. It will happen in stages, but happen it will. This man, Victor, is ruthless. Has been all his life, and he won't stop until he's forced to.
The supernatural aspect of this story is truly engaging. I like how certain aspects of the supernatural elements truly hinges on the actions of humanity and the people who are put in place to bring about the end.
I will warn that it takes a bit to get what you have read in the blurb, but it's build up and it's worth it as the author lays the groundwork.
I am rating this book 5 out of 5 stars. I truly enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more stories from this author.
Be forewarned! There is a lot of violence in this story. So if you are not someone who enjoys that then I don't recommend this book to you.
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