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Lifting the Veil: Fallen

Lifting the Veil, Book 1
Narrated by: Mark Gagliardi
Series: Lifting the Veil, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
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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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  • Debbie
  • Kirwan, Australia
  • 23-06-2018

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
  • 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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  • Steven
  • 09-11-2018

Not your usual John O'brien book

Almost three hours into it and I can't Find the story yet. Oddly interesting though.

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  • David Campbell
  • 22-10-2018

Is there supposed to be a narrative hidden in here?

This fever dream seems to be much more an amalgam of morality plays than a narrative. I need to buy the pdf to see how many times the author mentions greed, racism (though I don’t think he ever uses the word), pollution, etc. I’m not terribly sure when the ‘story’ takes place as the closest thing you get to a main character is Michael, but you only see him between hours long descriptions of gruesome (and pointless) violence or vague descriptions of what the horsemen did at some point in history. Like if you were to take out all of the anti-science, anti-humanist sentiments/vignettes, the book would be an hour and a half long.
I don’t care that the author uses modified Christian mythos, but the weird inclusion of a “council” in heaven that rule with the Christian god seems quite out of place.
It feels more like a manifesto than like a novel.
I don’t often return audiobooks, but this book’s butt is going back on the shelf.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-10-2018

Better than anticipated

When the novel started I was unsure this would be anything I had expected it to be. Prologue and chapter 1 were not my usual reading material.
As the novel progressed, I found I enjoyed it more and more.
By the end I can’t wait to see what happens with white horse & lucky lady.
I am eager to find out how Maria and frank work through the bunker troubles. Did the periscope work? Was that the structure rising from the plains? With 3 years of food supply and 1260 days in the bunker what do they do to avoid the food crisis??

What corner of humanity did Michael land himself in? Do we know this group of survivors or is it another group?

Overall seemed a little dry at first, but lots of information, great descriptions for visualization and I could imagine this world created my John O’Brien.

Will deffinately be looking for the next book!

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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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  • Michael
  • 01-08-2018

Great start!!!!

This story line has great potential to a fantastic series. Can't wait to see how.future characters develop.

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  • Samuel Clemons
  • 29-07-2018

Well written

I truly was touched at times. It avoid a lot of the agenda driven motives of similar book.

It gives a good foundation for later novels.

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  • Trevor
  • 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.