Michael J. Webb
About the Book:
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. Will he overcome his deepest fears and find reserves of strength he never knew he had as he confronts pure evil in order to save himself and an unsuspecting world?
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I was sucked into the drama of Infernal Gates from the first chapter. The book reminds me of the Left Behind series or Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness, but with a fresh take. There are three distinct sections: The Kingdom, The Powers, and The Glory (get it?). In the first section we are introduced to all the major players. There are different religions represented including Catholicism, Protestantism, Judaeism, Muslim and Native American beliefs.
In the second section we learn about the characters’ backgrounds and how many of them are interconnected. The forces for good are led by Tabitha, a Guardian and direct descendant of Lazarus, who is directed by the angel Gabriel. The forces of evil are led by The Unmentionable, a demon released from The Abyss, along with his minions, The Nine.
It is in the third section that the real battle between good and evil takes place. There are many signs and portents along the way, some from the Bible and some from other sacred texts and myths.
Infernal Gates is well-researched and inspirational, scary and fascinating, heartrending and heartwarming. It is an emotional rollercoaster that will leave you guessing to the very end.
I give Infernal Gates five stars!!! If you are a reader of apocalyptic fiction (and especially if you are a Believer) you will love this book!!
I received a complimentary copy of this book through Promotional Book Tours. All opinions are 100% my own.
About the Author:
Michael J. Webb graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida and obtained his J. D. from the same university. Over the past forty years he has travelled the world in search of adventure. He is a history buff, both ancient and modern, and is fascinated by the intersection of the scientific, supernatural, and Biblical world views, and has studied and taught from the Bible extensively for more than twenty-five years. He is also intrigued by recent discoveries in quantum physics that are now providing extraordinary insights into the reality of the spirit realm, especially as it relates to the study of Light. He incorporates all of the above into his supernatural thrillers. Michael and his wife make their home in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Books by Michael:
The Master’s Quilt, The Nephilim Parchments, The Song of the Seraphim (Giants in the Earth trilogy), The Oldest Enemy, Infernal Gates. He is currently working on Devil’s Cauldron, the sequel to Infernal Gates. He also authored a non-fiction work entitled In the Cleft of the Rock: Insights into the Blood of Jesus, Resurrection Power, and Saving the Soul.
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