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Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars: Prologue Reveal

In Look what I did!, My novel: The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars, On writing on January 8, 2013 at 1:01 pm

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I will always remember the screams, the untold billions of screams.

The cries of the damned reverberated off the canyon walls. The sound of their wails stretched over miles with each moaning breath mingled into a cacophony of pitiful, tortuous laments.  I beheld in fascinated horror as billions upon emaciated billions of humans and Elohim languished in agony. Their rotted and burning flesh stank as the winds made the hellish perfume waft across the skies, causing the air to reek with putrefaction.  Blistering heat sizzled from the white-hot lake of molten rock, and fire licked and bit at each captive’s smoldering flesh.  Flesh forever burned but never consumed. Therefore, they screamed the residents of this canyon did –– it was a sickening sound.

Is this how Moses felt? I wondered. To behold a thing that burns but is not consumed?

They see me.

“Please make it stop,” said one.

“I am sorry, oh God!  Please, God! Listen! Jesus, do you hear me,” said another.

“Aaarrrgghhhh!”

The voices melded and flowed, morphing into a singular pitiful cry for relief and anguish.

I watched as some fought to climb atop others in a futile struggle to escape the horrifying affliction.  It was a fruitless skirmish from which none could expect release.

I suppose that it could be possible to flee.  I saw neither bars nor chains to hold these souls captive.  Straining and squinting, my angelic eyes viewed no doors that would prevent escape. Selfish preservation run amok, pain, and hopelessness prevented them.  As one soul approached optimism and the border of freedom, another wretch dragged it back within the bowels of smoke and flames.  The grotesque scene of twisted, writhing bodies, moved as the tide in this sea of fire and brimstone.

I observed them dance, the denizens of this canyon. Dance a relentless waltz of hope deferred.  For there was no respite to soothe one’s pain, no aid to come to one’s side.  None could leave, and salvation had forgotten this place.

The Lake of Fire consumed each incarcerated soul held captive by the insatiable passions of lust and self: a twofold punishment forever administered on these prisoners for all time.  A memorial by El, forever to be remembered by us all.

The lake was an eternal smoldering monument of our war: a token of El’s wrath upon all those who had held back the truth in unrighteousness.  My eyes were older than much of creation, and as they darted over the vastness of this everlasting torture, I remembered when I first saw the flames of the Kiln run amuck.

Yet even now, I found that I looked for him: my beloved, my brother, my friend, and my enemy, he whom my soul delighted.

I stood at the precipice of this jagged maw in the Earth’s crust of heat, smoke, and fire.  I strained that I might see the Adversary.  It has always been an easy thing for a creature such as I to find my own kind, and with Lucifer even more so –– quite easy actually.  Knowing my brother, I needed only to look towards the heart of this mass grave of the spiritually dead.

Our eyes met.

He was still a creature of pride, and even here, even after all this time, Lucifer sought to be the center of all things.  He smirked as he looked at me, but I am not deceived.  I know that joy does not dwell in this place.  The human Dante was prescient when he penned, “Hope had abandoned all those that entered here,” here in the Lake of Fire, even Hell herself could not flee.

Lucifer’s face I knew with intimate familiarity.  The smirk on his lips masked an unspoken yet seething hatred from the inner knowing that he was “superior” to all in creation, elevated to stand in the very presence of God, yet cast down as rubble to be stared and looked upon, a creature to be pitied.

Oh how art thou fallen O Lucifer son of the morning. How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations.

It was this knowing, which I knew forever would gnaw at him the reason for his smirk.  Our gaze was short as smoke enveloped him, yet through the veneer, yes, I saw it–– a tear.

Then he was gone; veiled in smolder and fire; and pummeled by the legions he once sought to rule.  Forever crushed underfoot by those, he deemed chattel, forever humiliated.

Never in all my days did I believe my eyes would behold such a sight.

I turned away as I could behold such suffering for only so long.  Even one such as I had limits.

I am relieved that the war is over.

The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever.

But at what price?

This victory was not without loss, not without pain.

“Have you come to mock me, Michael?”

Lucifer’s voice could not be mimicked or masked.  There was one being in creation that sounded thus.  Only he could speak so that even from the Lake of Fire my attention could be garnered.

I am hesitant to reply. I do not wish to look upon this murderer.

We will not speak again after today: I know this; therefore, I turned to face him for the last time.

“What manner of conversation would I engage with the King of Lies?”

As I looked upon his face and body now disfigured, I steeled myself.  There was a time when I shed tears for my brother, but that was millennia ago.

Too much blood had been spilled between us, too many wounds.  Mercy no longer beat within my breast for him, yet even now, I could not help but ruminate on more pleasant times.  I drifted into reflection, and daydreamed back to the beginning of it all––still questioning––still wondering.

How did it come to this?

If you want to read more check out Chapter One!

 

The Third Heaven: Burn Heaven…burn.

In Look what I did!, My novel: The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars on December 9, 2012 at 1:42 am

Here is a brand new teaser trailer for my new upcoming book, The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars

The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars is book one in a three part series that tells the fascinating story of the fall of Lucifer.

God’s perfect creation; a being who dwelled in his very presence, walked in the midst of the stones of fire. Yet rose up to betray the Lord and bring heaven itself to civil war.

Many tales have referenced this great angelic war but few have sought to explore the dynamic relationships between God and the angelic hosts. Why did a third of heaven seek to overthrow their creator?

See Lucifer and his actions in a light never before seen. Journey back to the beginning, and see the drama unfold before your eyes: as allegiances are broken; choices made, and why all of creation waits for the manifestation of the sons of God.

What could go so horribly wrong that an angel would seek to usurp God?

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Progress Report!

In Look what I did!, My novel: The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars on November 29, 2012 at 12:19 pm

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Ok for those that keep up with me. Here is a little update on my book.

Entitled The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars the book currently stands at 378 pages and 106, 028 words. I am still strengthening the character stories, plugging a few holes in the draft, and smoothing the prose. But its nearing the end.

What is the book about you ask?

I love the Bible. I love the story of how Lucifer, chose to usurp God, and in his audacity was able to convince a third of heavens populace to join him. I have always wondered, what events, were so compelling that Heaven itself could be shredded by civil war? What weakness did Lucifer perceive in God that he thought he could exploit and usurp the King of the universe? What strategy did the Adversary assume would catapult him to rule? And was his motivation purely selfish? Was it due entirely to the creation of man as some might suggest?

My protagonist Michael ponders similar questions as he overlooks the Lake of Fire; in the prologue he sees his brother Lucifer amidst the flames and engages in conversation one last moment before he and his brother forever part ways: a question that Micheal asks as he looks over the flowing monstrosity of punishment which is that Lake of Fire and reflectively asks…

“How did it come to this?”

If you think you would like to preview the book and give me feedback I am looking for two final beta readers. I also want to thank Philip Andrew Wardlow, for  giving me great feedback. 

And stay tuned for another trailer!

Check out my new book trailer!

In Look what I did!, My novel: The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars on October 30, 2012 at 1:39 pm

I’d like to introduce my new trailer for my novel The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars

Yes its supposed to be a tease!  Hehe.. patience grasshopper, patience.  🙂

A new teaser trailer for my book! :-)

In Look what I did!, My novel: The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars on September 7, 2012 at 8:47 pm

It’s coming!

In Look what I did!, My novel: The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars on August 18, 2012 at 6:36 am