America faces radical change in my fiction book The Sleepwalkers and newly-released sequel Eyes Pried Open. The story line is based on possible events that could befall the nation as I see and sense the imminent peril within her and without her. “Doomsday”, “SHTF” and “TEOTWAWKI” are a word and acronyms that describe the theme, and certainly they are justified. But as this indie author has been promoting this story, I’m beginning to think I’ve been missing the mark just a tad. As much as it is a gnarled tapestry of a nation and a people under threat, it is the people and the “character” of these characters that compels the story to come alive and perhaps I haven’t given them their due.
Fifty year old Jeff Seagraves and his wife Cheryl, who is his junior by a year, struggle to make ends meet on retail jobs better suited for younger people living at home for free in their parent’s basements. Many in America are born with a silver spoon in their mouths, but the utensil Jeff and Cheryl each came into the world with was more akin to a plastic spork. Still, they’re a bright and industrious couple who at one time operated a successful antiques business. Their fortunes have changed and much has been lost, but their strong faith in Christ and their deep love for each other are unbreakable binds that hold them together. Individually, they struggle with torment and addiction that may have a supernatural and generational root, and it’s the aforementioned faith and love that allow them to fight that spiritual warfare and continue marching on despite chronic setbacks. And, it is that faith that makes them “watchers on the wall” as they know that the End of Days is nigh and America will not remain as a shining city on the hill. They see an increasingly debauched and depraved society and culture that has turned from God and made a false god of itself. They rely on the online alternative news media as well as Twitter and various YouTube channels for their information, as they know that the corporate mainstream news is bought, paid-for, and manipulated to promote an agenda-driven product that doesn’t often feature the truth…
…and it is on YouTube that Jeff discovers the first of a series of videos by The Black Mask Channel – and the mysterious man donning the black ski-mask offers a dire warning that is perhaps as cryptic as it is compelling.
Does the Black Mask know what’s about to happen to America? If so, how does he know? Who is the man behind the mask and why does he conceal his identity?
When it comes to characters, this two-part fictional tale features many that I hope that the reader would find memorable. While most are average Americans, a few are well…shall we say…”supernatural.”
But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. ~ 2 Timothy 3:1
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of
this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. ~ Ephesians 6:12
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. ~ Hebrews 13:2
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