Friday, May 9, 2014

Michael J. Webb on A Tale of Two Cities & Paradise Lost @mjwebbbooks #GoodReads #Fantasy
What’s your next project?
Devil’s CauldronA follow up to my newly released thriller, Infernal Gates.  A good part of the action takes place in Antarctica, a place I’m fascinated with and a place that’s on my “bucket list” to visit.  It is sort of a parallel universe meets Dan Brown kind of historical conspiracy meets the occult meets angels and demons battling for the souls of mankind.

Here’s a teaser from the Prologue:
It is a sunny, crystal clear, late Southern California afternoon, and something wicked is brewing deep within the bowels of the old house. 

The house is large, imposing, and very expensive, one of the many pre-war mansions dating from the turn of the century that line South Orange Grove Avenue like guardians of another time and place.  To the casual observer there is nothing obvious to suggest that anything is out of the ordinary at the two-story home located on a quiet, typically American street that has come to be known by locals as Millionaire’s Row.

The only portent of evil hovering over the stately home like a ravenous predator is an odd blue-grey haze that suddenly appears just before five p.m. and swiftly shrouds the San Gabriel Mountains overlooking the city, obscuring the pristine-white snow-capped peaks . . .

What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
William Shakespeare.
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,/Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,/
To the last syllable of recorded time;/And all our yesterdays have lighted fools/
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!/Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,/That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,/And then is heard no more. It is a tale/Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,/Signifying nothing.

This quote reminds me to stay focused on today.

Many people live their lives past-present and are bound by perceived failures, missed opportunities, and a litany of reasons why their lives are unfulfilling and disjointed.  When we live present-future, this is where God meets us, comes alive in us, and expresses Himself through us to everyone we come into contact with.  He has plans and purposes for us that we cannot even imagine. His thoughts are much higher than our thoughts, and He promises us that if we love Him and keep His commands, He will manifest Himself to us. When we yield ourselves to Him and allow Him to order our steps on a daily basis, we cannot help but fulfill our destiny.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Ethan Freeman, ex-Special Forces Ranger, wakes up to discover he is the sole survivor of a fiery commercial airline crash that killed his entire family.  His nightmare is only beginning when he becomes the FBI’s prime suspect.  Only Ethan knows he’s not a cold-hearted murderer, but he has no idea what happened to him–and why he alone survived.

He finds an unlikely ally in Sam Weaver, the NTSB Chief Investigator.  An ex-military pilot, Sam senses Ethan is innocent.  She tries to remain dispassionate in her investigation of the crash even as she finds herself attracted to the man who may be America=s worst homegrown mass-murderer.
Neither Ethan nor Sam realize that shadowy spiritual forces are at work which will alter their lives forever.

A monstrous evil, imprisoned since the time of the Pharaohs, has been released by The
Nine, a sinister group of powerful men and women who believe they are the direct descendants of the Anunnaki, ancient Sumerian gods. The demon they have unleashed intends to free The Destroyer from The Abyss, the angelic prison referred to in the Book of Revelation, and unleash a worldwide reign of terror and annihilation.

Facing impossible odds, time is running out for Ethan and all of humanity as he is drawn
into an ever-deeper  conspiracy–millennia in the making–and learns that he is the key to stopping The Nine.

How did you come up with the title?
It comes from a quote by John Milton from Paradise Lost:
With impetuous recoil and jarring sound/Th’ infernal doors, and on their hinges grate
Harsh thunder, that the lowest bottom shook/Of Erebus.  She opened, but to shut
Excelled her power; the gates wide open stood

The imagery is that of Satan wanting to break free from the prison he has been consigned to so that he can continue his rule and reign on the Earth, torment mankind, and fulfill what he considers to be his destiny:  replacing God as the god among men.

Why did you choose to write this particular book?
I regularly drive long distances and have a great deal of time to think.  One morning, as I was headed to an appointment, the opening lines from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities scrolled through my mind unexpectedly:  “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.”

As I meditated on those powerful words in terms of the present condition of our fallen world, a fascinating thought popped into my head.  What would happen if my wife and I were on a commercial airliner that crashed within a few minutes of takeoff killing everyone on board—except us!  We awaken exactly 24 hours later, at home, in our bed, dressed in the same clothes we’d worn to the airport.  How would we explain what happened to us?

Infernal Gates
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Genre – Christian Thriller, Fantasy, Adventure
Rating – PG-13
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