Divine Apocalypse: The Beginning of the End: Lavon Gittens
Four young people thrown together by fate or is it just because they have special powers bestowed upon them that they never knew they had. Four angels that have been ordered to take down the Four Horsemen before the world comes to an end. One is a reporter, one a model who is quite vain, another and artist the fourth a bipolar blonde. Neil the reporter and journalist are about to become father. Dealing with this is difficult enough no less having super powers. A newly ordained you might say Sacred Angel he is now forced to work with Aurora and vain, smart and self-absorbed model that lets readers know appearances matter. Amanda the bipolar blonde and Ezekiel, an artist who is self-conscious. Together all four form the Descended Radiance: the fist of God and are mentored and trained by believe it or not a nun.
Hoping to deal with delusions, paranoia, fear, anxiety and worse loneliness the four ban together to prevent what the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have set in place. Each of the four tries to stop what has been set in place but the food supply has been affected, lives have been lost and the seen with Ezekiel and his father is frightening as his father is cruel and abusive and Ezekiel takes action but is it real? The divide between Heaven and Hell is there and the battleground is the Earth.
We meet members of the Four Horseman: Odium, Typhon and Giselle who has just had a young child. The Four Horsemen have unleashed their demons and horrors already as the four Angels attempt to stop them but their powers might be there but their knowledge of using them needs work. The demons and visions that appear each time they try and lash out at their adversaries is frightening and you wonder what is real and what is not. At the start of each chapter is a verse from the Bible or scriptures that sets the tone for what is to come within those next pages.
Poor Aurora lost her job thanks to Moira the nun for some reason she needed to teach her a lesson. Absorbed in her appearance and making sure that she always looks her best she even dresses to the hilt for training but when faced with adversity she and Neil manage to take down the enemy but the scenes are hilarious at times and you wonder if these four will ever finish what they have been challenged to do. The author shares their pasts, their visions that they see and the horrors that come into view as they tackled their enemies. As Neil hopes to be a part of his child’s life he is busy trying to safe the world but cannot tell anyone. Aurora has a new job but gets sidetracked to help Neil out of a bind. Ezekiel is having trouble facing what he thinks he did to his father and has to find some semblance in his life. Amanda is smart to a point yet naïve. Thinking that her boyfriend wanted to marry her and Aurora confiding in her roommate about her powers just might place them all in danger. Ezekiel is the Angel of Death and the dreams and visions of his father are frightening and the threats to his mother even more. As Neil is in danger when Odium comes to hunt him down, what happens lets readers know that their powers are greater when the four work together? Neil gets hurt but the other three come to his aid but things are about to spiral out of control.
Each one experiences something else and each one has their own visions and as you hear what happens the author vividly describes each event which takes the Angel somewhere else yet when waking up no one else is there. There powers are explained and their fears quite real but what the author has planned for them you won’t see coming. Fighting the Four Horsemen and heeding Moira’s warning as Aurora reads her carvings we learn what is really set out for them. As their visions are real and become realities and each one has to fight off their own demons, one finds it necessary to kill off someone in order to protect someone else.
The ending is violent and the powers that each Angel has become more prominent and sharp but just who wins and loses you won’t believe and where the four wind up is quite startling. Leaving their families and knowing they might never return they have to rely on their own strength, newly gained powers, appearances and transformations that will take them places they would never ever know. A prologue that sets the stage for an ending quite explosive as the Four Horsemen at the start sacrifice four innocent women. Just how this relates to the end you will have to learn for yourself. Will the world end? Will our food supply turn to ash? What happens when Odium decides he needs to sacrifice another? Who wins the battle? Who loses? To be continued on Book 2. What if the world was coming to an end and four angels were the only ones to save it and us? The author poses many questions and tests loyalties, trust, friendships, deceits, and lies and fear are just some the emotions and issues that are present in this unique novel.
As Amanda’s body slowly changed and although she felt death not two far away, one of the four horsemen, Fame stood near her hoping that the she would die. But, what happens is bloodcurdling and the end result a fiery end for one. As Neil feel an arrow rip through the invisible web he created, he directs and arrow into a wall behind him and the explosion was loud as Odium’s aim was accurate and what happens to Neil will surprise readers and Neil too. The Horsemen fired a more arrows and over charged with new strength but Amanda was right there and released rounds into another Horsemen and the end result is described on pages 290=291 in vivid detail. Ezekiel is next as the Horseman slam into him and the end result for all four well let’s not forget Aurora whose lungs are filled with black smoke and her skin is scratched. Poor Aurora could use a makeover and a spa visit. Ezekiel was suffocating and Amanda filled with bruises and burns and Neil seeing visions and where they wind up you won’t believe. What happens to the four Descended Radiance? Heaven or Hell! You won’t believe the ending! More to come in Book 2. Author Lavon Gittens takes readers into a world filled with lies, betrayals, fear, disloyalties and four misfits that you will grow to love and hope succeed.
Fran Lewis; Just Reviews/ MJ Magazine