The Dark Age

The Dark Age

by Jeff W Horton

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BN ID: 2940012894564
Publisher: World Castle Publishing
Publication date: 06/20/2011
Series: Survivors of the Pulse , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jeff Horton was born in North Dakota, the youngest son of a career Air Force Master sergeant, where he spent the first four years of his life before moving to North Carolina. A somewhat voracious reader growing up, he read everything from comic books to The Bible, including stories by many popular authors such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H. G. Wells, Jules Verne, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Michael Crichton, Tom Clancy, C. S. Lewis, and J. R. R. Tolkien.

Jeff Horton's novel, The Great Collapse, a story about the coming of the pulse and the end of civilization, was published in 2010. He is a member of the North Carolina Writers Network.

When he's not penning his next novel, he enjoys reading, going to church, and spending time with his family.

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The Dark Age 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
In the five-hundred years since the Pulse caused the Great Collapse ending the Golden Age, civilization has digressed to the point of basic existence. The survivors have been told of an ancient prophecy about an artifact, said to be powerful enough to dramatically change the world. They have waited ever since for a long-anticipated sign from God. Finally, the sign appears in the night sky. Has the time come for Ferrell Young, the Warrior Clan, and the Church to risk everything in an effort to restore civilization? Yes, if they are to bring hope to a world full of despair. I am a fan of good post-apocalypse novels. This book is no exception. The author has shown great skill in weaving a story of "what if." What if everything changed in the blink of an eye? I did find A Dark Age to be a somewhat complicated novel but consisting of basic good versus evil. The author takes the concept and inserts enough detail to quickly define the environment, atmosphere, and characters. This enables the reader to promptly label the players. The main characters are likable, particularly the protagonist Ferrell, Alex and his daughter Hannah, and Brother Sebastian. Then there is the evil antagonist, Kraken, with whom the reader will quickly grow to hate. The plot, while based on a well-used concept, is well thought out and constructed in a manner to keep the reader's attention and interest. I did find the ending to be a touch simplistic but still satisfactory. Overall, it's very well done.
l_manning More than 1 year ago
After "The Pulse," an EMP disaster has destroyed all technology on the planet, mankind has sunk into a new Dark Age. Without technology people struggled to survive, and the great cities of old were largely abandoned except by roaming packs of "urbas," wild people who will kill anything in their path. There is one united Christian church and a mysterious warrior clan. There is also an evil tyrant named Kraken, who is bent on taking over the world by any means necessary. The church and the warriors have united to find an ancient artifact called the Oracle, that it is said will bring the world into another Golden Age. It will take a combination of brains and cunning for a group of brave men to find the Oracle and bring great hope to humanity. I found this book fascinating. It really draws you in from the beginning. The world is scarily believable. I know people have discussed what an massive EMP could do to the world, and this book takes that to an extreme. The world is in a Dark Age, and people are just struggling to survive. They wish for a better world though. Through hints and riddles, a group of people are able to go out and find a vital relic of sorts that survived The Pulse. With this, they are hoping to not have to fight for survival but instead thrive. This book covers the search for this artifact and deals with the battle with Kraken. Kraken is a despot who is determined to have everyone and everything under his rule. His cruel methods make him a formidable enemy for sure. Our heroes face much peril, and you can't help but cheer for them as they journey. The characters were interesting. I particularly liked Alex, an archaeologist of sorts and Farrell, a great warrior with an interesting past. This book also had a really good pace. Things moved along at a fairly fast clip, but it was never too fast. Another interesting aspect to this book was the talk of religion. It seemed to have a fairly Christian viewpoint, and characters were often discussing the role of religion in their world. There is some action and some romance. I really enjoyed this book. It seemed like a frightening yet believable possibly reality. It was a really great read. Book provided for review.
Icecream18 More than 1 year ago
The first quality the reader will notice about this novel is the detail the author cleverly inserts. The reader will be able to picture the environment, atmosphere, and characters; he/she will understand what is going on, even though this is definitely a complicated novel. This novel is almost a typical good versus evil novel, but the author takes the concept and makes it his own. The characters are easy to get to know and the main characters are likable. There is the evil antagonist, Kraken, who the reader will grow to hate-the author's intention. The reader will be rooting for the main characters to succeed throughout the novel. One of the most interesting aspects of the novel is the history and culture behind the plot. The plot is complex, not so much as to confuse the reader, but enough to draw him or her in. The novel doesn't lag much at all, the reader won't have to worry about being bored. This novel is recommended for readers who enjoy adventure and mystery.