Saturday, 3 June 2017

#bookreview ~ Abaddyon #apocalypse #OSFARG @larrydshack



Larry Shackelford

Abaddyon is a fast-paced, Christian, apocalyptic urban fantasy/science fiction romance thriller that takes place in Salt Lake City, Utah and St. Louis, Missouri.  On a sleepy Sunday morning, the local populations are oblivious to ominous events that have occurred on the other side of the globe.  Sacred Biblical artifacts were stolen from a sacred shrine, and are about to unleash devastating effects on their future and the other surviving members on earth. 

FBI Special Agent Alan O'Brian, a recent transplant to Salt Lake City, is unwittingly thrust into a chaotic survival scene as the city suffers massive destruction and calamity.  The chain of events are incomprehensible, but with the aid of a rookie FBI agent and a comical Lutheran pastor, Alan attempts to reconcile and resolve the devolving situation. 

Emily Cannon is a young housewife residing in a Northern suburb of Salt Lake City.  Her perfect, protected life and religious commitment to the predominant religion is vanquished by the devastating earthquakes that rock the city.   The earthquakes are not her only obstacles; her children have vanished, and the unfathomable seismic events have revealed hidden community secrets Emily could have never imagined.

All hope seems lost when Abaddyon and his legion of angels surface from the depths of hell to claim the condemned souls of the survivors.  Alan and his team of improbable characters must locate and consecrate the unprecedented artifacts in order to reverse the disaster. Battling nature’s fury and formidable hellish creatures, their task is a daunting race against time, and individual spiritual awakenings.

What did I think of the Book?

The end is nigh…

It was an average Sunday morning, there was nothing of consequence on the news, and the weather was beautiful. But unbeknown to the world some sacred Biblical artefacts have been stolen. This theft sets of a change of events that no one could have predicted.

What an action packed adventure Larry Shackelford has just taken me on. Abaddyon is a cleverly woven story that is full of destruction and death, but also courage and hope. It demonstrates not only the worst of mankind's nature, but also the very best.

There is a big cast in this book, and each has their own story as they battle to stay alive during the apocalypse. I thought all the characters were extremely well fleshed and believable. I particularly liked Emily who really grows in this story, especially as she questions everything that she believes. She is a very strong woman who is determined to stay alive.

The plot is fast-paced and engaging. I simply didn't want to put this book down. As the tension mounted up, I was wondering how anyone could survive, and I had as many questions as the characters as to what had happened to parts of the population and all the animals. Thankfully, at the close of the novel, all the questions were answered!

If you like apocalyptic fiction then this is certainly the book for you.

I Highly Recommend.

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About the author

Larry was raised in southwest Missouri where he received his college degree, but he received his education after he graduated and began working in a maximum-security federal prison. After spending two years behind bars, he continued his law enforcement career as a criminal investigator, residing and working in eight states and two foreign countries. Larry retired from law enforcement after twenty-five years of service and resides in Salt Lake City with his wife and cat.

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