Genre: Urban Fantasy/Adult
In Apocalypse Rising, Eric Swett takes the reader on an action-packed ride from page one. The book starts with his main character, a fallen angel named Justin, and his addict friend trying to escape after having witnessed a terrible crime. Along the way, Justin begins to learn more about who he is and what his role in the End of Days will be.
One of the major themes I noticed in this story is Hubris, one of the classic tragic flaws the greeks used so well. Justin fell not as a punishment, but because he chose to. He felt he could do a better job of helping the world if he did things his own way. The price for such an act was he lost the memory of who he really is and what he can do.
I will warn you that this book may not be for everyone. Swett uses a very interesting technique in that he combines first person narrative from Justin’s Point of View with a third person perspective when the action switches to the antagonists. I personally enjoyed it and thought it was an interesting change. If you’re looking for a suspensful read with some great characters, this one is for you.
Book Info and Synopsis
Publisher: Haileybug Publishing
Date of Publication: 05/23/2012
Number of pages: 178
Word Count: 58,042
Formats available: Paperback, mobi, pdf, epub, rtf, lrf, pdb, txt
Cover Artist: Jan Marie Parupia
Blurb/Book Description: Long ago, an Angel surrendered his memories and his power when he left Heaven behind, so that he could make a difference in the real world. A couple thousand years walking amongst the teaming masses of humanity has left him disillusioned, but he refuses to give up. He spends his time with the forgotten souls of an urban slum, making a difference wherever he can.
When Justin witnesses the brutal murder of a woman at the hands of a ruthless business tycoon, he must run before his eternal life is cut short. Justin must swallow his pride in order to save himself, and the one friend he has left. The journey back to the fold is filled with danger and discovery as he finds himself in a race towards the end of the world.
Eric Swett started writing a story at 100 words a day in the spring of 2011 as an exercise while he worked on his novel. One year later and that exercise turned into his first novel, Apocalypse Rising.
He is the husband of Tracy and the father of Zachary and Connor. He works in the IT industry and is a recent transplant to North Carolina. He loves all things science fiction and fantasy and openly claims the title of geek.