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Humanity is plunging down a slippery slope of morality. Righteous attitudes abound with malice, hatred, and discontent prevailing in the currents riding through humankind. In the spiritual planes, battles between the light and darkness are being fought over souls for their very existence. Assailed on all sides, heaven is left with no choice but to open the seven seals. 

The horsemen are summoned and ride forth. Conquest, the drums of war, hunger, and death are felt by all. 

Humanity is left standing on the brink where the slightest tremor will send it plunging into the abyss. Will humankind survive the tribulation placed upon it? Or will it vanish into oblivion?

©2018 John O'Brien (P)2018 John O'Brien

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Everyone on the planet should listen to this

Everyone should listen to this book not because of its religious views but because this is exactly how the human race is acting.
People these days are so obsessed with material things they can’t even take their heads out of their phones long enough to speak. Manners have all but gone along with curtesy and caring, all replaced with road rage and bad manners.
Please everyone take a little time to stop and think is this what you want the world to come too?

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A must read for everyone

I loved this book. It has opened my eyes to my actions and how they impact others. It may be a story but there are lessons for all in this book. It’s your best book so far John, thank you!

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  • Amanda Felix/ John Pytel
  • 21-05-2018

Read, it scared me...

...listened to it and it is giving me nightmares...This is unlike any tale John O'Brien has woven for us and it is truly terrifying because of the state of the world today. Mixing current events with biblical verses and all the mythos we have grown up with make you think about yourself, your family and friends and those you do not know. Will it make you change your attitude, the way feel about things and poeple around you. Would you behave differently or do you feel that it is just a great story fabricated by a great author. You decide, either way it is a fantastic tale he has woven and I look forward to the next installment.

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  • Ace
  • 23-05-2018

One of John O'Briens best books

What an amazing book. From start to end I enjoyed how well he was able to combine religious history regardless of your faith and what society is going through today, with a sprinkle of what could possibly happen in the future. I can not wait for part two of this book.

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  • Angelyn S. Furst
  • 22-07-2018

Started off with a bang ended with a whimper

Started off with a bang ended with a whimper. I really thought I was going to love this book and didn't.

A little too much detailed description and no real characters to care about. The characters in the book, I'm sure, are to be developed in later books, but this first book should have given us someone to care about. Which it doesn't.

The writer, who writes very well by the way, beats an opinion to death, which unless you are somewhat of a zealot is just plain boring. He also broached politics and frankly, I read to escape politics, and was disappointed.

If you are a religious person, you will probably not like this book. I sure the writer took license with the Bible. But so does every religion I know.

I was just plain disappointed.

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  • Theresa L
  • 24-04-2019

Good book

I won't lie I struggled with this book, it was very "technical" with a bit of story in it. After reading the reviews though I figured I was not alone so decided to give the rest of the series a try, I am glad I did. This book is really about setting everything up for the next books, stick with it, you won't regret it!

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  • Richard Davis
  • 15-05-2020

That was very visceral!

The level of thought put into this work was excellent. I this gave me a better understanding of one possible Armageddon.

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  • Karl
  • 17-10-2018

It was okay...

I love the concept and the narration was great, but there was hardly any dialogue between characters in the story. It felt like the whole book was just building up and setting the stage for the second book. I found myself fast forwarding through parts of the descriptions because I was getting bored. I’m going to listen to the next book and hopefully it’ll be a little bit better.

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  • Mark
  • 19-01-2020

I am not sure yet....

A lot of effort put towards paralleling our own current political/economic/social/cultural/religious situation .... I felt a lot of guilt for my part in contributing to the state of things now and for what transpired in the first book. This helps draw you in.

Much of the book felt like watching the news and reading the scrolling information at the bottom of the screen - lots of details/facts and was bordering on almost too much ‘information’ and not enough character development.. but I hope there is a point where the facts of gat led up to the end will transition into a story about the remaining people.

Made me irritated with the creator for trying to wipe the slate clean on humanity to ‘save himself’

Great read, different than what I expected, which is why I scored it lower. Well written and I am definitely going to the next book with gusto!!

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  • Steven
  • 09-11-2018

Not his best work.

I love John O'brien. This is not his best work. there are no real main characters to invest in. 75% of the book is describing the apocalypse. This feels more like an extremely long pro logue than a book meant to cause the reader to invest in the story and characters. I was almost let down. But Gagliardi make anything sound great. I listened to it twice to make sure I didn't miss anything. I most defenitely did not. One long pro logue.

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  • CaptainPicard
  • 13-04-2021

2012 but with revelations thrown in for good measure

If you’re interested in mythology and Christian fanfics then this might not be for you. It starts of with a very interesting premise but after the first 2-3 chapters turns into a run on 1 hour long chapters that is just a run on description of a disaster movie or world nuclear tensions. It felt like I was being quoted every scientific and news article that could even tangentially be applied to doomsday theory. The narrator is good but the focus of the narrative is basically 2012 and I’m considering getting a refund.

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  • troy s henne
  • 24-03-2020

not what I expected

struggle to finish. ending could have been done better , overall not satisfied. dont think I will look at any other in this series

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  • Titan
  • 13-04-2019

An enjoyable book

Honest I have listened to John's other series and looked at this series and thought weird concept but i thought go for it and to be honest i am glad i did this is a really good book and concept. Not going to lie it does take a bit of explaining and may at times seem long winded but it is not it is give you an good back story. There were times i thought were is this going but by the end of the book i really wanted more. Reminds me of an old Stephen King film i saw years ago with a massive new spin. Really good

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  • Annette Wright
  • 06-07-2018

Good but not my thing

I love John O'Brien's books and loved the look of this. However, I just didn't enjoy it. The long periods of exposition with no real action or interaction made the story drag for me. I lost interest sadly.

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