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From the back cover: Tyrfingr.
Its appearing portends the end of the world...or the beginning of a new age. Some believe it to be a grimoire, a book of ancient evil with the power to divide the truth from lies, light from darkness, bone from marrow, the soul from the spirit. Some say it even has the power to raise the dead back to life. Others claim it to be the marvelous Sword of Light - the sword that could only be drawn from its resting place on the Corner Stone beneath the Dome of the Rock by the hand of the true king, who will himself return from the dead to deliver mankind at its darkest hour.
One thing is sure - whoever holds Tyrfingr rules the world.
Two men long for its power. Only one can pull it from the Stone.
Imagine the damage a huge Asteroid could do if it crashed into the earth. That is the premise of "The Scavengers". Far from being just another disaster novel, Mr. Parker imagines such an event as a civilization killer, requiring centuries before mankind is able to recover. He explores ambition, pride, love and political intrigue in a future-ancient world that has quite literally been bombed back to the Stone Age. Rising from the ashes of the cataclysm known only as The Great Burning, a remnant of mankind survives to rebuild. Devoid of technology, a new Dark Age holds sway for more than a millennium, but at last government and religion reassert themselves.
The nation once known as the United States of America is reborn as a loose confederation of city-states. The tie that binds these once warring factions together is the tribal memory of the great nation that once existed, and the faith of their fathers - the worship of the God of the United States; the God of Five Faces whose name is Liberty. Power is shared between the Adam, the First Man of the Faith, and the President, the head of civil government. But as in nature, anything with two heads is a freak. In the end, there can be only one.
The delicate balance of power is tipped by the discovery of a fragment of an ancient manuscript which is written in archaic Ancient American. This manuscript may confirm the existence of the mythical Tyrfingr, an artifact of unspeakable power. To the Scavenger, Alwyn, falls the task of obtaining and translating this ancient manuscript. In the balance hangs the specter of bloody civil war.
"The Scavengers" is going to become a classic right up there with "The Lord of the Rings". Mike Parker has created a new world filled with new Peoples, dark terrors as well as new and old civilizations. And then there is the quest. Alwyn must obtain and translate Tyrfingr and keep everyone else away. Fasten your seat belts this is going to be a wild, exciting ride. Mr. Parker knows how to write a story that is full of suspense and action. To really appreciate just how terrific this book is you really have to read this book for yourselves. This is not a book that you want to rush through. "The Scavengers" is a book to be savored as you try to understand the deep things that Mr. Parker put in his story. Mr. Parker has done an outstanding job of bringing Alwyn and his adventures to life on these pages. I liked this book and recommend it highly! I can hardly wait for book two in this series.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from WordCrafts Press for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."