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Fears of Darkness (The Fears of Dakota series)
From the Author
This book is very special to me. I began writing it while I was in high school as a means to deal with the aftermath of chronic apocalyptic nightmares I'd been plagued with. I almost completed it then, but set it aside to raise my family. Now that my daughters are grown, I returned to my writing with the support and encouragement of my husband.
FEARS OF DARKNESS has grown and evolved with me. It's a very personal story for me and I'm honored to share it with my readers!
Some of my favorite excerpts from the book are:
- "We get complacent. In good times we tend to forget the bad. We tend to get greedy, wanting more and not realizing how good things really are. Maybe we need darkness to appreciate and understand the meaning of light?"
- I wanted more than anything to connect to someone. I wanted to feel alive again. I just felt dead inside. I could understand how some people just gave up. This darkness was overwhelming.
- "Even in darkness, there's light. You just need to look for it."
- "Grace allows forgiveness and faith allows hope."
- There were a lot of dangers out there in the darkness. I couldn't live in fear of all of them or I'd never really live at all. Besides, I was less afraid of the wildlife than I was of the human factors out there. A cougar may kill me for food to survive, but only humans would kill me for sport
About the Author
J.M. Northup is a native Minnesotan who now resides in east Texas with her family. She has a background in aviation (civil, commercial, & military), nursing, and administrative work. She attended college at the U of M-Twin Cities, Inver Hills CC, and the Community College of the Air Force.
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I won't give any spoilers but the logic seemed thin for the situation to spiral that quickly and to that savage extent. So I did enjoy this book but I did not love it like I thought I would.
I was pleasantly surprised at the Author’s use of herbal treatment in this book. But, when you’re trying to survive the end of your civilized world, that’s all you’ll have. I’m a firm believer in the curing benefits of herbology, and her usage is spot-on.
I don’t agree with the premise of the plot. As stated in a prior review, it’s thin and I just don’t see the US falling apart as quickly or completing as she depicts. I do believe we've been complacent far too long, but any type of government failing will be due to outside sources. Not some gangs or groups of dis-satisfied people joining together. Her premise was more a ban on guns sort of thing, which I’m against.
As for the characters, I loved them all. They were very well-developed and each one brought a different strength to their group. I thought Dakota looked at the world too much through rose tinted glasses, but I did too at that age. At the end of this book, Dakota has to face the question of the wolves. It’s easier giving into the darkness and a person has to fight all the time to stay true to themselves.
I really liked the different settings, towns and other people they ran across in their trek to find a safe haven. I thought the ending was kinda rushed and didn’t make sense either, from no government to full military support.
This book is perfect for the young & older adult alike. It has a lot of moral challenges and issues that should be addressed in today’s society. I highly recommend and give it my 4 feathers.