RAPTURE by Phillip W. Simpson


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In this coming-of-age, faith-based adventure, a handsome teenager bitterly sets out to fulfill his destiny as a half-demon warrior, protecting faithless “innocents” in a post-rapture world.

It’s never been a secret that 18-year-old Samael is half-demon. He grew faster than his peers, and he’s much stronger and faster than any human—not to mention the horns protruding from his black, shaggy hair. For these reasons, he was forced to live a life of seclusion in the home of his sensei and foster father, Hikari, and Hikari’s beautiful daughter, Aimi. Sam struggles with his identity, his love for Aimi and the truth about his mother, all while preparing for the upcoming 7-year tribulation, when demons and the devil will rule the earth. Despite an action-packed introduction, the story starts slow. A lack of anticipatory buildup leaves the reader with few demon-fighting scenes that often struggle to excite. The story picks up, however, when Sam’s character develops as his past unfolds over chapters that cleverly alternate between past and present. It’s hard not to feel for Sam and his unfortunate fate: He travels the ash-crusted, demon-filled world on his way to Los Angeles to fight the Antichrist. He manages to make a few friends along the way, though: two teenagers named Joshua and Grace accompany him on the journey, although suspicions arise as they get closer to LA. The unlikely team faces a barrage of obstacles—corrupted towns, demons and pentagrams—as well as helpful angels and a slew of biblical quotes, but with Sam’s two swords and determination, he ably leads them through hell and back.

Teens with biblical interests will find this over-the-top story a fun, quirky read, but, for the irreligious among us, the salvation undertones may be too much.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0473191610
Page count: 300pp
Publisher: Pear Jam
Program: Kirkus Indie
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