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Christian post-apocalyptic fiction with adventure game action suspense around the world

  • Jul 16, 2012
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An EMP pulse has plunged earth’s civilizations into a dark age. For 500 years the Effect has lingered in the sky. But now a new age is dawning, either to terror or to hope.
Jeff W. Horton imagines a fascinating post-apocalyptic future history in The Dark Age, Survivors of the Pulse. Some of the premises may seem a little odd but they fit the form of the novel perfectly, rather like rules to an adventure board game. Forces of light and dark gather for war across the countryside. Seven items must be found to save the world. Fractured phrases of Latin hide their secret locations. And a curious cabal of scientists 500 years ago embraced true faith in God and man’s ingenuity as they chose how to hide them.
Faith in God runs deep in this novel, with Rome the last bastion of Christianity and science. Faith allows for seeming defeat to be redeemed in exciting battles and nicely timed coincidence. But man’s ingenuity allows for repeated failures in need of redemption. The author has a nice touch with his unconverted characters, leaving room for ambiguity and delayed or unforced belief, and allowing for a pleasing mix of heroes in the team. Priest, adventurer, archeologist and more combine their efforts in a fast-paced adventure that ranges the globe while remaining firmly centered in the US. And a nice level of detail recreates post-apocalyptic cities, seas and countryside quite convincingly.
My Latin balked at some of the clues, and my instincts warred with the risk taken in some of the hiding places. But the story’s fun, the environment’s intriguing, and the faith and science aspects of future history are nicely done. The Dark Age is a fun novel and I just might look out for its predecessor—The Great Collapse—one day.
Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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"As the world falls to pieces, evil will flourish and only the bold will dare stand in its way. "The Dark Age: Survivors of the Pulse" is set on a post apocalyptic Earth... "The Dark Age" is a riveting blend of science fiction and fantasy, recommended reading."  Midwest Book Review
"...I am a fan of good post-apocalypse novels. This book is no exception. The author has shown great skill in weaving a story of "what if." What if everything changed in the blink of an eye? I did find A Dark Age to be a somewhat complicated novel but consisting of basic good versus evil. The author takes the concept and inserts enough detail to quickly define the environment, atmosphere, and characters. This enables the reader to promptly label the players. The main characters are likable, particularly the protagonist Ferrell, Alex and his daughter Hannah, and Brother Sebastian. Then there is the evil antagonist, Kraken, with whom the reader will quickly grow to hate. The plot, while based on a well-used concept, is well thought out and constructed in a manner to keep the reader's attention and interest. I did find the ending to be a touch simplistic but still satisfactory. Overall, it's very well done."  
Reviewed by Paul J. for Readers Favorite
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