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In The Foothills of Mt. Empyreal: The End is Now Paperback – February 11, 2014
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From the Back Cover
"ECCE CRUCEM DOMINI, FUGITE PARTES ADVERSAE!"
The Order of The Sentinels.
The Order of The Learned.
The Order of The Writs.
The Order of The Cloth.
In the Foothills of Mt. Empyreal the most powerful forces in the universe are drawn into combat.
And the fate of all the world hangs in the balance.
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Crystal Connor has proven to me that she is a master storyteller. Her writing ability far surpasses any other author in her gene. Her words are told with a purpose, they are interwoven with a complex plot that provides the ultimate reading experience. To say that I was impressed with this first offering of her writing is an understatement. I highly recommend this author and look forward to discovering more of her addictive work.
Connor’s characters debate and fight over the existence of mankind, weaving in pieces from several major religions into a tapestry of adversity and temptation. The discussions between characters explore the terror that often accompanies religious beliefs. Connor’s metaphysical elements offer a supernatural view of the end of the world which connects the reader’s mind to the author’s special brand of darkness: intense, sacred violence.
The ending left me feeling like I was hit by a truck, then the truck backed over me and ran me over yet again. Fortunately, I could remind myself, it’s a work of fiction.
The reason I gave four stars instead of five is due to the rapidly changing POV. At times, it was difficult to keep track of the storyline and, as a result, I had to reread a passage here and there to regain my footing.
It starts with a chilling account of lethal snow that terrorizes this small mountain village (this was probably the best beginning I have ever read! I completely felt the fear and danger as though I were trapped in that house with our main character!) Someone had been outside when it started, and fell dead along with many other animals... but unlike the animals had not been "digested" or "evaporated". So a couple old Navy men decide to investigate... More good than bad? Tension and excitement kept me reading, and I love experiencing the fear that this author is so good at imprinting upon the reader! I'll definitely be reading the next book, "The Guardians of Man".
The story begins with a set of characters in a unique situation. They stayed in their houses respectively. Two of them played charades and other games from their windows to pass the time. The world, as they know it, was changing. The sun created a mass of changes that isolated much of the world. The focal point of the story is in a town in the mountains. Here things go from bad to worse. Suddenly, the characters who just clung to basic survival are also trying to survive demonic creatures. I was immediately reminded of "30 Days of Night", as they're stranded in their town as a supernatural element invades. Just this time, instead of vampires, it's a apocalypse of religious proportions that could wipe out the human race.
There's plenty of action and mayhem as the different characters find each other and a group of celestial beings who, at first, could have been either friend of foe.
There were a few lengthy discussions that kind of bordered on Bible study, for me but there was a lot to absorb. It was like rewriting religious history and the players were all there to fight for a new world. Even the formatting (this I thought rather clever), was shaped to look like scripture though flowed much easier than any King James Bible. Then, came a constant struggle and battle that was both fun and nail-biting.
With multiple points of view, it wasn't hard to keep track of who was who. I think action/adventure and horror fans would really be drawn to this story.
There was an interesting prophecy and great twist on religious stories with a pinch of Rosemary's Baby that evolved into a a vivid imagery of action and horror.
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