The Seventh Thunder

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When Gabriel Stone's devout wife dies in an unlikely airline disaster, he pours himself into the writing of a story that has haunted him since his youth—a story his wife had warned him never to finish. Inspired by a life-changing visit to the island of Patmos years earlier, he is fascinated with the visions beheld there by St. John The Divine while in political exile as penance for his devotion to Christ. Those visions included frightening sights delivered by what John described as the "seven thunders," visions ...

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Overview

When Gabriel Stone's devout wife dies in an unlikely airline disaster, he pours himself into the writing of a story that has haunted him since his youth—a story his wife had warned him never to finish. Inspired by a life-changing visit to the island of Patmos years earlier, he is fascinated with the visions beheld there by St. John The Divine while in political exile as penance for his devotion to Christ. Those visions included frightening sights delivered by what John described as the "seven thunders," visions he was instructed to withhold from us, to seal up and “write them not” (Revelation 10:4). As Stone becomes entrenched in his writing, the Book of Revelation begins to reveal startling connections to covert operations that are about to tear the world's political landscape to shreds.

When 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. Juxtaposing choices that are at once spiritual and life-dependent, Whisper of the Seventh Thunder stops at nothing short of our very souls hanging in the balance. Winner of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award for best novel in the SUSPENSE/THRILLER category.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620454923
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 12/2/2014
  • Pages: 358
  • Sales rank: 1,434,048
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Brooks is the author of four critically praised novels, including USA Today bestseller Darkness Bound, and the bestselling writing book Story Engineering: Mastering the Six Core Competencies of Successful Writing. Brooks teaches writers’ conferences throughout the nation and is the creator of Storyfix.com, named two years running to the Writers Digest “101 Best Websites for Writers” list. He lives in Arizona.

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A visceral presence permeated the cave. It spoke through a textured silence, something gentle and–depending on one’s frame of mind–holy. Maybe it was the warm shade of purple that imbued the walls with a surreal embrace, or the facsimile artifacts on display to channel the ambiance of the age. This place, known as The Sacred Grotto of The Revelation, was believed to be where St. John the Divine had been graced with apocalyptic visions while in political exile some two thousand years before, and where in a state of eschatological passion he rendered them into what would later become the holy Book of the Apocalypse, or as it would be translated and forever known, Revelation.

Gabriel Stone, still very much a man-in-training at twenty-seven, had stood to the side as the monk leading their tour channeled the past with a carefully rehearsed reverie: the indentation where John had rested his head, a flat pulpit of rock upon which he wrote the prophecy, the three fissures from which a holy voice had narrated the forthcoming end of days. Gabriel had studied Revelation years ago, part of a sociology assignment, finding it more metaphoric than fascinating. Yet he couldn’t shake the image of John trembling before the rocks as the visions overwhelmed him, and through the years he’d cultivated an intellectual curiosity that he steadfastly refused to acknowledge as spiritual.

But St. John would not let him go. And so, when the opportunity arose, Gabriel came here to find him.

The small crowd had obediently moved into the adjoining Chapel of St. Anne, built in 1088 as a sort of foyer to the cave, leaving Gabriel alone with what he realized was perhaps the first truly religious experience of his life. An inexplicable and quite unexpected emotion had washed over him, rendering him humble and full of awe, and he was hesitant to leave until he understood why.

Later, looking back on this moment, he believed he knew.

A soft voice suddenly pierced his awareness, echoing off the rocks, sending a shiver up his spine.

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