The Road to Armageddon

The Road to Armageddon

by Clabe Polk


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ISBN-13: 9781544959429
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/12/2017
Pages: 460
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

CLABE POLK is into a second career as a writer of fiction. So far, he has written three novels, three novellas, several short stories, assorted screenplays, and has a couple of novels in process. He is a Christian, having accepted Jesus at the age of twenty-one, and a lifelong reader with a great variety of life experiences that has led him to write a variety of different types of fiction.

Retiring after nearly thirty-seven years in professional environmental protection program management and law enforcement, he has spent most of his life among the woods, waters, fields, farms, industrial and post-industrial sites of Florida and Georgia.

He currently lives in Powder Springs, Georgia with his wife, two daughters, and the family's Cockapoo named Annie.

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The Road to Armageddon 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Justine Reyes for Readers' Favorite The Road to Armageddon by Clabe Polk is a Christian dystopian novel loosely based around the Book of Revelation in the Bible. Readers are first introduced to Mark, a down on his luck guy trying his best to provide for his loved ones. When Mark hears about International Financial Services, his curiosity takes hold of him, and he decides to take a chance with the company. Little does he know, the devil is in the details. Soon enough, Mark and his family are thrown into the trenches of danger as the world they know begins to crumble. The end of days is coming and only faith can save them now. The Road to Armageddon was a wild ride full of action and mayhem. I really liked Polk’s imaginative take on the end of days. The concept which Polk focused on was very intriguing, to say the least. Instead of focusing on the supernatural elements, he focused more on the message that mankind is easily corrupted and will inevitably end itself. Just as Eve’s curiosity led her to disobey God, Mark’s curiosity led his family into danger. I love the wrap around and I appreciated the ending closing on an optimistic note. Though, as a cautionary warning to Christian readers, despite The Road to Armageddon being aimed at a Christian audience I would like to point out that this novel has profanity. Aside from that, it is a great and suspenseful novel that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
BellaReadz More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars I knew by the 20% mark that I would really love this book and it would go on my “favorites” shelf, and I was right! I admit I had no real expectations when starting it, seeing as how I’d never read the author before and the description felt a bit “wide-reaching” to me. Wondered if he’d pull it off, and I truly believe he did! I was so immersed in this book and impressed with the level of detailing on almost every single aspect. I feel like he has not only great knowledge of Biblical events and Scripture messages, but the detailing on other subjects as well. The narrative is sharp and lovely at the same time, the dialogue lightning fast and carried the story forward well. A lesser author would have glossed over some of these scenes that Clabe Polk carefully and masterfully brought to live in a memorable way, and made us care about the characters and feel invested in the story. I thought the overall pacing was decent, especially for a book this length, but the ending did seem too rushed to me.. To me this is one of those rare crossover books that really will appeal to readers who enjoy great books, regardless of religious or spiritual beliefs. Just tells a darn exciting… and profound… story. Recommend for ages 17+. I’m very interested to read more from Mr. Polk – happy to see he has several other books published.
NNLight More than 1 year ago
It’s the end of the world. No, really it is. The end of the world is here, complete with the Antichrist running the International Financial Services and wreaking havoc on everyone, including Mark and his family. Mark is like the rest of us, short on cash and it’s not even the end of the month. He needs money fast, so he decides to take an opportunity at IFS. It seems too good to be true but when he discovers who’s behind IFS suddenly his life and family’s lives are in danger. There’s a bounty on their head and they must flee with the clothes on their back. With the end of days close at hand, everything becomes a battle of good versus evil, from natural disasters to imprisonment, and Mark is left with a choice most terrifying. When all is stripped away, what truly matters and would you be willing to die for it? Not since reading the Left Behind series, have I read such a realistic fictionalized account of the Book of Revelations. Polk has a natural ability to draw the reader into his world through descriptive narration and world building. But it’s the characters that sold me on this book. They’re the straw that stirs the drink, so to speak, and I was hooked from the beginning. If you’re not into Christian fiction, please give this a try. You won’t find any preaching here, just an imaginative story about the end of days. There’s a lot of intrigue and action to pump any reader’s pulse. I love how events happen that I wasn’t expecting, too. Another kudos to Polk’s ability as an author. Highly recommend! Favorite Character/Quote: Ken Clifford. I know, I know, he’s a bad guy but he’s so well-crafted and deliciously evil. I got excited every time it came to his scenes and POV. My Rating: 5 stars
CodyBCB More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars okay, what can I say about this book? First off, I can tell you that it is a richly written and creative apocalyptic/action-thriller that is aimed at the Christian/Inspirational fiction crowd, and fans of this genre will love sinking their teeth into this one! It stands out to me in terms of passion and originality, even if some elements are familiar (as they are intended to be – this is based off ideas from the Bible Book of Revelations). But Clabe Polk manages to create a different type of story that feels more modern, and not too far off from some modern times phenomena. Enjoyed his strong world-building and character development as well (especially with Redmond at the end). It was good how he managed to make the characters believable and not the over-the-top caricatures they could have easily became, (like with “The Cardinal” or “The Serpent”). There are some editing things that were confusing, like why some spoken dialogue was in quotes and italics (this is incorrect), but content-wise the story flows from scene to scene effortlessly, and Mr. Polk shows exceptional ability when it comes to richly-layered storytelling. He has the ability to entice the reader into this dark and intriguing world that is full of action, suspense, spiritual warfare and faith. Recommend.
SamRyan More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars wow, what an insane book! Holy bananas!! Okay, I don’t even know where to begin because so much happens and I don’t want to give anything away, and this is a hard book to just quickly sum up in a short review… “Road to Armageddon” by author Clabe Polk is one of the most original (although inspired) and just flat out interesting and intelligently profound Christian/dystopian/Apoc novels I’ve ever read. I liked it for so many different reasons, first the writing was stellar. The strong word choice and fluid prose makes it a very easy book to sink into and just stay lost in. There are enough descriptions where you can picture everything perfectly, but not so much that it bogs down the pacing. I wish I knew what the characters looked like better though, because some of them I had hard time keeping straight. I liked that there were things I haven’t seen in other books like this before, and it just felt more “intelligent” than others I’ve read, like there is a deeper spiritual and philosophical message there that goes beyond the surface. One thing I really like is when authors are able to come up with new and creative ways to improve upon existing themes. This is wonderful because there are certain ones, like good versus evil, free will and freedom, fighting against tyranny, quest for survival, finding strength through faith…etc… which will never go out of style. But sometimes you can feel like you are reading the same story over and over. Well this was not the case here! Very unpredictable captivating throughout. My only very minor gripe was that the ending, while nice just felt a little ‘rushed’ or abrupt to me. I generally don’t mind some language in books, but it seemed a little too frequent here for my liking. But still loved the adventures with Mark and the rest, and this almost seems like it could be a movie or something. Looking forward to more reads from Clabe Polk! Recommend.
CJ2277 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars I was surprised how much I liked “The Road to Armageddon” by author Clabe Polk, even though this isn’t usually one of my more preferred genres (don’t dislike it, just don’t generally gravitate). But I was drawn to the description and liked the descriptive and powerful writing style of the author in the sample, so I dove in and ended up reading the whole thing in less than a week – which for me is fast as I have no free time and this is a pretty long book! But I was really impressed! I was pulled into this fantastical, bizarre, yet believable world from the start and was hooked on the creepy and frightening drama with the Bishop family, and with the other characters along the way. But interestingly enough, even though I thought that this book was going to be more ‘religious’, it encompassed so much more, from social conditions, disease, technology, cosmos, spirituality, survival, redemption…. I could go on and on and on… I also liked that for a book that is inspired by another book (the Bible), it felt original, and not merely ‘recycled’. A fun, action filled faith-based novel that will appeal to a wide audience. Appropriate for mature teens on up.
essieh More than 1 year ago
this is a hard book to review in just a paragraph, as there were many things that I really loved, and a few things that I though could be improved upon. First I have to say that I adored all of the characters (even the bad ones), and thought they all felt really authentic and I liked getting to know them all. I loved that no one ever felt really cliché or stereotypical, and that each one had qualities that made them unique, real, and deliver well in their roles (their ‘function’ so to speak). The overall story ARC was awesome and one of the better crafted apocalyptic fiction books I’ve read. GREAT action at the end and lots of surprises I did NOT see coming. What I didn’t like so much was that at times I didn’t feel like I was as involved in the story as I would have liked – like I was kept an arms’ length emotionally. Even parts that were supposed to be shocking or upsetting weren’t for some reason… I don’t know, there was just a certain amount of tension I thought was lacking at times – some parts felt rushed, others dragged out without much impact. And I thought the ending was a bit abrupt (boo) and some parts weren’t as explained as I would have liked. Some of the editing/formatting needed fixing. But overall I did really like reading it - it entertained, fascinated, horrified, and empowered me. Recommended for fans of Christina dystopian-sci/fi adventure.
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
this book by Clabe Polk was a great mix of so many elements-- suspense, action, spiritual warfare, philosophy. I can’t quite say that I’ve ever really read anything like it before, but I can see it appealing to fans of thriller and suspense, and even though it has a religious ‘theme’, it will cross genres in a way that is appealing to a massive audience, regardless of religious preferences (Reminded me of the movie “Devil’s Advocate” in that sense) – great cross genre appeal. Solid, fast paced and evocative writing and wonderful characters… really liked Mark and his family, but the others were awesome too. From global, financial domination, to starvation, disease, cosmic events and a showdown that leads to a spiritual apocalypse for the centuries, there are many complex subplots woven throughout and while this is a longer book, it was very fast paced and the prose is gorgeous – we can picture everything perfectly. Can see dystopian/action adventure fans really liking it, even those who maybe it’s not their thing, there is a lot of great character development and has a powerful message. Something for everyone, I think. There is some language, and the formatting/editing is off in some places, but nothing too terrible. Recommend for ages 16 and older.
BrendaMax More than 1 year ago
At first, I was immediately grabbed into this book “The Road to Armageddon” by Clabe Polk, because the forward was really interesting (normally I skip those) and the concept of a fictional book based on biblical apocalyptic events was really intriguing to me, even though I don’t generally read much in the way of ‘Christian fiction’. But having read a few other books by this author in the past (and really enjoying them!) I gave it a shot and quickly became caught up in Mark Bishop and (his wife’s ) strange experiences with IFS, and soon they were on a fight for survival that exceeded anyone’s imagination. It was easy to become immersed in the intricate world building and trippy plot development. But even though the narrative and prose was stunningly good (downright lyrical at times), there were times I felt the story wasn’t as focused as I’d like, with some conversations and scenes maybe weren’t necessary and perhaps could have been eliminated to tighten the narrative some and create more solid tension throughout (this is more toward the middle – the beginning and end were great). There were a few places and scenes where it was a little lacking in that regard… like it was a bit overwritten with too many things that just ‘happen’ but don’t advance the plot. But at the same time, the pacing was usually fast, I liked that we saw different character POV’s (not just Marks), and there was pretty much nonstop action and some DEFINITELY crazy developments toward the end. It felt fresh and unpredictable, always a nice experience, especially in a genre that is fraught with copycats. Intelligent, complex plotlines that are super intense and I mean that as a compliment. I know he mentions how the events that happen are loosely based on the Book Of Revelations, but it is such an exciting story and feels fresh. Has a great, positive message at the end and I think it was very entertaining overall. Some weird formatting issues, but nothing that ruined the experience at all. Probably best suited for very mature teens and older.