An Edgy, Secular Apocalyptic Thriller from USA Today Bestselling Author Larry Brooks… a.k.a, the Storyfixer.
Any writer who tells you that the release of their latest novel isn’t cause for both excitement and self-doubt is lying through their clenched teeth. It’s been six years since my last book, and while my storytelling chops are still lubricated, the whole author-on-tour thing is a bit rusty.
In my case there are many layers to that anxiety.
First, this story was literally several decades in the making. It was a concept that hatched before I’d published anything, and developed over time alongside my emerging writing skills, for better or worse, and a bloodied ego.
It’s a story that remained the centerpiece of both an innate fascination with all things religious and prophetic, as well as a lingering doubt that I was up to it.
I tell people it took this long because the story was always bigger than my ability to write it well enough. That I wanted to establish some credibility as a published novelist to set the stage for this, my Big Story, the one I told myself I was born to write.
Funny how things turn out. I first had to publish a couple of paperback thrillers with nearly naked women on the cover to get here.
I was also more than a little frightened by the material itself.
Over the years I’ve had ministers and psychics alike tell me I’m treading tricky ground here, messing with the fictionalization of things both Biblical and supernatural, not to mention political, and the last thing I wanted to be was the puck in a game of supernatural ice hockey.
In fact, that very notion – a writer stuck in the middle of dark forces because of something he’s written – became the heart of the concept itself.
Dan Brown hasn’t been struck by lightening yet – at least, if you don’t count his $300 million payday – so maybe I’ll live to see the movie version.
Part of the self-doubt, too, is asking my Storyfix readers to give it a shot.
I’m lucky to have this venue, and to have you reading it. In some ways this is like someone you know having published a book, and let’s be honest, that’s one of the reasons any author launches a website in the first place.
Yet, while I’m confident in the story and my execution of it, it does present an interesting opportunity to walk the walk of all this six core competencies talk I’ve been slinging into the universe.
And for you to be judge of how that works.
That said, if you like thrillers, if you enjoy speculative fiction, if you want to see if I can deliver the goodsI’ve been pontificating about here, or if you’re simply interested in the karmic quid pro quo of the free information and coaching offered here on Storyfix…
… then please, click HERE to order the novel from Amazon.com.
Here’s the elevator pitch:
“Whisper of the Seventh Thunder” is a thriller ripped from today’s headlines with roots into what many believe might be the coming apocalypse.
When Gabriel Stone’s devout wife dies in an unlikely airline disaster, he finishes the novel she had warned him not to write, as it would challenge and even defy the will of God. The story he writes goes inside and behind the Bible’s Book of Revelation to reveal startling connections to covert operations that are, quite unknown to Stone, about to tear the world’s political tapestry to shreds.
As the book nears publication Stone suddenly finds himself the pawn in a war between superpowers and supernatural forces, each with hidden agendas beyond his comprehension and stakes that pivot on his ability to accept the unbelievable and stop the unthinkable.
“Whisper of the Seventh Thunder” is a story that is as personal as it is global in scope, juxtaposing choices that are at once spiritual and survival-dependant, with nothing short of our very souls hanging in the balance.
At the Core of the Concept
The novel’s conceptual heart leverages two of the more mysterious and foreboding verses in the New Testament: 1 John 2:18, which tells us there have been many prospective anti-Christs, and could imply that others might follow… and Revelations 10:4, which is the instruction to the author, John (while in political exile on the Isle of Patmos), to seal up what the seven thunders have shown him, to not write it down as he had the other visions, perhaps implying it is a key to the specific time and nature of the end of days.
But don’t let that scare you away. This isn’t a religious book, any more than The Davinci Code or The Omen were “Christian” books. It’s a story about how some people respond to what they believe and desire, and the consequences that come from it.
To be honest, Borders did have it initially categorized in the Christian Fiction section – nothing at all wrong with those books, by the way – which wasn’t accurate and has since been fixed. Had it not been fixed, my novel would have been the first book on that shelf to have the word f*ck in the dialogue (only once or twice, though, I swear).
Yeah, I’m goin’ straight to hell for that one. Then again, God forgives all who ask, and He knows that this is how real people talk sometimes.
But I digress.
When Stone fills in these blanks he unwittingly lights an apocalyptic fuse that only he can understand and ultimately defuse. But the cost of doing so hangs in the balance between untold worldly fame and wealth, versus his very soul.
You can read the first review of the novel HERE.
One final note.
My previous novels were major paperback releases from a big-time New York publisher. This novel is being published by a new small press – Sons of Liberty Publishing – with a courageous vision for bringing out stories that don’t flinch or blink in the face of issues that might make some folks squirm or shy away.
Which means, while the book is already available from Amazon.com and other online venues, your bookstore may or may not have it in stock. If they don’t, though, they can certainty order it for you.
Your support is most appreciated and I’d love to hear your thoughts, either here or via an online review.
Thanks for tolerating my little moment in the publishing sun. We’ll get back to more storyfixing forthwith.
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