Thursday, April 9, 2015

#REVIEW and #GUEST POST: Survivor by Pauline Creeden



*Novella companion to Sanctuary What if the Biblical End Times unfolded in a way no one told you about and the rapture didn’t happen before the tribulation began… Aliens have attacked and Rory’s mother is missing, but none of that matters much to him. He’s safe in his apartment complex, has his friends and his twin sister, Hailey. But as supplies start to dwindle, it becomes obvious that he needs to do something to make sure they all survive…even if it means he has to brave going outside through the Shisa and the zombies people have become. As long as they are safe, that’s all that matters, right? Kindle Paperback Start the series with award winning Sanctuary

MY RATING: 4 1/2 stars

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Once again we are faced with the Shisa, the dog/monkey/human alien that has invaded the world, destroyed the sun, poisoned the world's water supply. Here we are in an apartment complex seeing the day to day struggles of a band of people of varying ages, from trying to find enough water and food, to how they deal with the physical aspects of death.

While some of the writing I found was so detailed it did seem to yank the story to a crawl, the author did a spectacular job of keeping the plot moving. The action parts of it were heart-pounding, the emotional parts made me cry. I didn't find this novella to be as overtly Christian as the previous book, it isn't so "This is the end of the world as presented in the Bible", however, with society being as it is, many may not see it from a religious point of view, instead, seeing it as a survival situation. That in itself made it more realistic in my view.
Another wonderful job of writing by the author, and I can't wait to read more from her.

Guest Post: The Yellowstone Caldera

My husband and I homeschool our fourteen-year-old son. Because he’s in high school now, we do a lot of our studies out of college text books because they are more readily available. Last year, we were studying geology when I first learned about the Yellowstone Caldera.

It’s surprising that something so peaceful looking could be so deadly.

Did you know that there is a super volcano beneath the park in Wyoming that is scheduled to erupt sometime in the future? Many geologists believe the eruption might even be overdue. Now I’m not trying to sound like a conspiracy theorist, or even to raise an alarm, but when I first heard of this, it reminded me of one of the scriptures about the End Times:

Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light… (Matthew 24:29)

I’ve often wondered exactly how this would play out.

But if there were several volcanic eruptions, or even one gigantic one, it’s possible for the sky to be covered in ash and possibly for a long time for much of the world. So in the Sanctuary End Times series, the Yellowstone Caldera makes an appearance, and the scripture in Matthew is fulfilled by it.

Like any good science fiction, it has a little bit of truth added to the fiction to make it hit home a little harder. For Hugh, Rory, and the rest, it means a constant grey sky, and ash falling down in constant flurries.


SanctuaryeBookAmazonLeft Behind for the Hunger Games Generation In a heart-racing thriller described as Falling Skies meets The Walking Dead, Jennie struggles to find a safe place for what s left of her family. But it seems as though there is no place sacred, no place secure. First the aliens attacked the sun, making it dimmer, weaker, and half what it used to be. Then they attacked the water supply, killing one-third of Earth s population with a bitter contaminate. And when they unleash a new terror on humankind, the victims will wish for death, but will not find it… When the world shatters to pieces around her, will Jennie find the strength she needs to keep going? Audible Kindle Paperback Watch Sanctuary's Book Trailer
  Sanctuary crosses boundaries and borders and incorporates elements of all kinds of action and intrigue, from thriller-like adventure to a post-apocalyptic tale of life after aliens invade. Thus it will delight readers seeking something truly different, while disappointing those who anticipated a shallow, one-dimensional subject and story line.”  

Pauline CreedenPauline Creeden

Pauline Creeden is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long. Follow Pauline Creeden: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Newsletter

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