"Set in a world where the Biblical prophecy of the Rapture has come true, the story follows the protagonist Sam. Sam is half-demon and-half human, having characteristics of both. He is stronger and faster than most humans, heals faster and is difficult to hurt. He of course has h... read full description below.
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The Rapture has occurred, just as the Bible predicted. The faithful have risen up to Heaven. Those left behind are in a living hell. Earth burns, hell-like in its oppressive heat. Every volcano in the world has erupted, and tsunamis and earthquakes continue to devastate the planet. Clouds continually rain ash onto the scorched landscape, sparking fires all around. Plants and animals are dying. Food is scarce. The night sky is devoid of stars, and the moon - when it can be seen - is the colour of blood. The remnants of humanity fight for survival. Most have fled the cities and now hide in caves deep in the mountains. By night, demons stalk the Earth, capturing the remaining humans and killing them - if they're lucky. The less fortunate are converted to worship of the Devil, and ushered into endless hell. Eighteen year old, Sam (short for Samael) was raised in the town of Jacob's Ladder, Utah. It is - appropriately enough - near to a place of natural scenic beauty called Devil's garden. He finds himself alone, unable to rise up with his family because he is half demon. His mother, a devout Christian, was seduced by Satan and conceived his child. She smuggled the boy to an old friend - Hikari - a Japanese sword master and demon expert. Since then, Hikari and his daughter, Aimi, have been all the family Sam has known. Now they're gone, and Sam must set out on the mission Hikari charged him with long ago: to help all the humans left behind. Armed only with his beloved Japanese swords and his wits, Sam wanders the post-apocalyptic world alone, separated forever from everyone he loves. Cursed by his demonic heritage, he must now embark on a quest that will take him across the US to the City of Angels. There he will confront his destiny. There he must fight to save a friend ...and the souls of the living. Harold Camping predicts that the Rapture will occur any day soon. Be prepared. Read Rapture before the Rapture.
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Phillip W. Simpson has a background in Archaeology, with a BA in Ancient History and Archaeology and a Masters in Archaeology and Anthropology. After a brief stint in the army, Phillip completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies and worked as a curator and archaeologist before travelling overseas. He lived and worked in London for four years and after foolishly rejecting a job opportunity at the British Museum, he fell into recruitment of I.T. professionals for the banking sector in London. He continued to recruit I.T. staff for the next three years and worked at Sydney University in the evenings with a view to starting his PhD in Archaeology. After selling his interests in the recruitment company and writing his first sci-fi novel, Overdrive, Phill he met his wife-to-be, Rose, at a friend's wedding. He then completed a Graduate Diploma in Teaching. He's been teaching and writing ever since, and has published over 50 children's books and numerous articles and short stories for local and international markets. Phill lives in Auckland, New Zealand, with his wife, Rose, his son Jack and his two border terriers, Whiskey and Raffles.