The end of times may not emerge from the darkness like a thief creeping through the shadows, or rage with fearsome abruptness like a nuclear blast lighting up the night sky. Instead, it may lift its head far in the distance, glare directly into the sun, and hide from no one. It will crawl slowly forward, moving with absolute purpose, unyielding in its approach. The final bell will not ring for decades, but it will ring, and there will be no way to stop it.
Ray Breckford faces such a future. Working as an accountant for a local hospital, he experiences the initial fissures in the breakdown of civilization. A strange anomaly grips the world and it is Ray's misfortune to become the focal point of a growing crisis. Mysteriously, all mammals face a barrier to conception. Scientists and engineers explore theories in hopes of explaining the mystifying condition, but they fail to find any answers. People of the world are somewhat slow to accept the dilemma, but when they do, panic erupts.
Ray witnesses terror and confusion unfold as governments across the globe react to the predicament. He notices an alarming tension rising all around him, not only from the calamity but also from the strict regulations enacted to maintain peace at any cost. Decisions meant to protect the innocent grow beyond the scope of their original intentions. Policies initially designed to guard the welfare of certain citizens lead to even greater turmoil.
As Ray searches for safety and sanctuary within the mayhem, he faces difficult questions regarding his own role in the dwindling legacy of humankind. Ray does not seek the attention, but his unwillingness to ignore the plight of friends and strangers places him within a struggle for control and security. While he realizes he cannot prevent civilization from entering the abyss, he attempts to save one small piece of humanity in hopes of grasping a ray of light for a darkening future.
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About the Author
When I was young, I didn't enjoy reading, mostly because it was connected to some assignment at school. In the tenth grade of high school, however, I took an English class--Criminal and Detectives in Literature. I was assigned to read "And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie. I finally understood what people meant when they said they could not put a book down. I explored more of Christie and learned that reading was more than just homework. I began sampling popular authors of the 1980s, and eventually moved to classics. I read "Treasure Island" and then the "Count of Monte Cristo." My sheer delight with these books led me to discover additional works. As I started to write my own books, I hoped I could create stories with positive messages that would allow a few readers to find enjoyment with my work, as I found pleasure with the books I had read. For those who have, I thank you for giving me the opportunity.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
simply amazing! I cannot say how much I have enjoyed everything Mr. Inlo has written. While this was not part of the Delver series I adore from him, It was awesome in its own right, and will make you think about the future of humanity.