Author: Douglas C. Atkins
Series: Standalone Title
Genre: Dystopian Fantasy with Christian Elements
Edition/Format: 1st Edition/Format~ eBook & Print
Hundreds of years ago, deep within an ancient Jewish religious work, the details of a prophesied judgment day are revealed. Written in 300 BC, the book of Enoch holds the truth for the future. The world needs to know the reality, but one question remains-who will spread the word?
Long after the turn of the twenty-first century, water and oxygen are in short supply. With nearly all the natural resources depleted, a megacompany controls the insatiable demand for water and oxygen through its international desalination plants. But when the company's network administrator discovers someone is sending out classified security information about the plants, he has no idea that it is all part of a plot hatched by the Church of the Elect. Its leader, Shaul Eitan, is determined to carry out a plan to destroy all the desalination plants and, worse yet, to initiate a nuclear holocaust. Eitan wants nothing more than to destroy the human population forever. The Watchers have no choice-they must risk everything.
Chaos reigns in a future dystopian world as everyone wonders if the book of Enoch has foretold a truthful ending to the universe.
(Free in KU)
From Chapter 16“What do I do?” he asked, very quietly.
“Tell her to stop and bring her up to us. I’ll be in Ping Sabino’s office.”
He opened the door and the person turned around. It was a woman in a Red Sox cap and sunglasses. She stood up. She looked horrified. His body entirely blocked the doorway.
“I’m afraid you’ll have to come with me, ma’am.” Her body was the shape of an hourglass. For a moment, he imagined himself with her. He licked his lips and stared at her.
She charged at him and kicked him in his face. He staggered a bit, but his excessive size counteracted the force of the blow. He grabbed both of her hands, held them tight, and pushed her forward.
“Don’t try anything else,” he said. “You can’t get away, and I’ll break your arms if you try.”
He no longer thought of her as hot.
~ ~ ~Sabino, Boucher, and Ernest Crowley, the head of security, were all waiting in Sabino’s office. The door was closed, and they were discussing what they should do with the spy. There was a knock at the door, and there stood Letendre, grasping Kamryn by the arm.
“AQU2556, I presume,” Boucher said.
“Kamryn Rodgers?” Crowley said in shock.
“It couldn’t be you,” Sabino said, stunned. “There must be some kind of mistake.”
“No mistake, Ping,” Crowley said. “We were all right here looking at your monitor as she was sending her message.”
Sabino had a horrible feeling inside. All this time they had been lovers, or so he thought, and it had all been an act. His emotions were torn apart. He hadn’t realized his feelings for her were so strong until this moment. He felt empty and used and betrayed.
“Kamryn, I don’t believe it,” he said, slowly and quietly.
“Ping, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to hurt you. After I first met you, we got along so well I wanted to stop spying. I really, truly did. I have feelings for you, more than you can imagine.”
He is a survivor of horrific life events. Drug and alcohol abuse, arrests, brushes with death, and the violent loss of his daughter, and the agonizing passing of his wife, plunged him into darkness and severed him from loved ones.
Never forgetting the despair of “the least of these,” he began loving others as a mentor to inmates nearing release, an advocate for the homeless in need of housing, and a hospice worker. Today, he is a volunteer custody case reviewer for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.
Doug also served others through writing. He wrote hospital and church grants, was a copywriter for New Hope Chapel, an art critic for The Patriot Ledger, and a guest blogger on Boston Globe’s innovation and technology blog. He has also appeared in the academic/peer reviewed publication The Journal of Product and Brand Management.
In addition, Doug received honorable mention in L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future contest, as well as placing second in the inspirational category of the Veteran’s Administration nationwide writing competition. He has been mentored by members of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and continues to improve his craft through continuing education programs, writing conferences, and his writing group.
Today, Doug is again happily married to Terri. Upon their vows, he gained three adult children and seven grandchildren. When he’s not writing, he can be found playing with dolls or acting out the role of a villain or superhero. He is having the time of his life!