By Don Hoesel / Bethany House
The 2012 phenomenon that’s going viral around the globe has led Sociology professor Brent Michaels to study the impact on society when, like the Y2K scare, 12/21/12 comes and goes with hardly a wrinkle. This is the date that, according to the Mayan calendar, the doomsayers predict the world will end. Michaels teams up with Colonel Richards, a scientist stationed at the Pentagon whose job it is to monitor the world’s fanatics, keeping an eye out for potential terrorists. Together they uncover something sinister going on beneath the surface, linked to billionaire and media mogul Arthur Van Camp , who also happens to be a huge manufacturer of weapons systems. The 2012 date has captured Van Camp’s attention too, and he’s looking to cash in on the public’s fear and paranoia. And what he instigates-along with his corrupt partners-nearly starts another war in the Middle East, while also bringing the world to its knees economically. It’s up to the professor/general team to blow the whistle on Maxwell, hopefully in time to avert a major catastrophe.
My Review: This is a hard review for me to do. I don’t think this is a bad story. The characters are interesting and there’s plenty of action and suspense. It’s just not a story I enjoyed. For me it was more the topic than anything else. I’m not big on “end of the world” stories. With that said, I’ll try to tell you the good and the bad of this story.
The Good: An interesting take on an upcoming event, the end of the Mayan calendar, though there could be other books out there, this is the first I’ve read. Our villains are motivated by everything from greed to revenge. Our military team is unique in that they’ve been investigating strange happenings that are scattered around the world. The military brings in Sociologist Brent Michaels to help analysis these events and determine what is happening.
There was good chemistry between the three main characters, Michaels, Colonel Richards, and Maddy. There was definitely a line of faith interwoven to the story but was not overtly Christian in its tone.
The story is fast paced and the story starts on November 30, 2012 and tracks daily the events leading to the end of the world.
The Bad: It just didn’t suck in me, until the last “few days” and then I found myself wanting to see how the author was going to end the book.
Again, not a bad book, but it’s also not a book for everyone. I’ve not read any other books by the author, so if you’ve like other of his books you’ll probably enjoy this one.
The Giveaway: I’ve giving away a copy of The Alarmist. Please leave a comment, including what state you live in. I’ll select the winner on May 12th at 9:00 PM PDT.
To learn more about the author visit his website at:http://www.donhoesel.com/
Thank you to Bethany House, I received a copy of the book in exchange for a review. No additional compensation has been received and I was only required to write an honest review. All opinions are my own.